I started this blog to get at the truth of what is in our food, whether it is genetically modified, where it comes comes from and what is done to it before it gets onto the grocery store shelf and into our refrigerators and pantries. I have focused most of this blog on GMOs and will continue to do so, because I feel that GMOs go hand in hand with industrial farming and the big food factory machine, but from time to time I will also include general posts about processed food and ingredients and/or practices.-Julie@Sleuth4Health
To that end, there is a new book out exposing the horrors of processed foods called Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal by Melanie Warner. Andy Bellatti, Registered Dietitian, posted this article on Huffpost/Healthy Living: What You Don’t Know About Processed Food. Bellatti writes: After reading Pandora’s Lunchbox, I sent Melanie some burning questions via email. Here is what she had to say:
The term “processed food” is ubiquitous these days. The food industry has attempted to co-opt it by claiming canned beans, baby carrots, and frozen vegetables are “processed foods.” Can you help explain why a Pop-Tart is years away from a “processed food” like hummus?
You have to ask yourself, could I make a Pop-Tart or Hot Pocket at home, with all those same ingredients listed on the package? I don’t know anyone who could do that in their home kitchen. How would you even go about procuring distilled monoglycerides and BHT, for instance? These are highly-processed food products loaded up with sugar and sodium, subjected to abusive processing conditions, and assembled with a litany of additives, many of which nobody ever consumed prior to a hundred years ago.
Yet it is possible to make your own black beans at home by soaking and then cooking them. You could even attempt a rudimentary canning operation to preserve them. You can also make hummus by grinding chickpeas with a few other ingredients like lemon juice. The same goes for frozen vegetables and even baby carrots, though homemade baby carrots wouldn’t look as pretty as the ones you buy at the store. The “processing” these foods go through is minimal and not disfiguring. The end result still looks like a food that once grew on a farm. Read full article