Monday, January 3, 2011

High Fiber Hooey and How to Read a Nutrition Label-You Thought You Knew!

It's been an extremely challenging food week for me. I'm on an island off the coast of Florida and healthy eating can be challenging outside of anyone's home environment. But I'm proud to say that I think I've figured some things out this week.

First, I love Dr. Fuhrman's Kale and Bean Saute and I'm psyched to go home and experiment with other interesting sauteed greens recipes. My first is going to be Collard Greens in Peanut Tomato Broth from Leslie at The Whole Plate. Ohhhhhh, I'm excited for that one!

The second thing that I think I figured out is that eating any processed high fiber food is potentially dangerous, to me and the others around me, if you know what I mean. Okay, I'm just going to put it out there, I had a really ugly fart attack two days ago. At first I was worried, wondering if all of the kale and beans in my new found love, Kale and Bean Saute, was doing this damage to my intestines. I have been eating this lovely sauteed mix every day--in every way--sometimes with brown rice, sometimes with avocado and tomatillo salsa on top, and then sometimes, everything all packaged up in one of these seemingly healthy, whole wheat, high fiber tortillas.

But then, the ugly happened. And as I was reading through the entirety of Farty Girl, it occurred to me that maybe it was the tortilla. You see, it turns out that all this high fiber shit is not good for you. Why? Because it's an isolated fiber, and not fiber found in real, natural food. It's just more fake crap that food companies are selling us and leading us to believe will make us thinner. If you are eating any of these processed foods labeled as "high fiber" I suggest reading all about what you are eating here and here.

I'm throwing them away. 'Cause that's what they are to me, garbage. Who wants to walk around farting and stinking up the room?

P.S. I ate the Kale and Bean Saute the next day without the "high fiber" tortilla and guess what? NO FARTING! Yeah!

For more on the disturbing things that food companies do to get you to buy their "healthy" processed garbage food, watch this video. This guy, Jeff Novick, used to work for Kraft Foods, and now he's made it his mission to let us know the real deal. It's a bit long, but totally worth it!
Have you discovered anything about food that you find disturbing? Let us know!


QZB said...

A bold post! Not only for sharing personal information, but also for challenging one of the most beloved and believed "truths" of nutrition.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!
-faithful reader and a fan of you!, Lisa

liz said...

I love going to the supermarket when I have a great grocery list of fresh fruits and vegetables. But sometimes I want to make something that requires a "processed" item (like tortillas). I end up spending forever standing in the aisle reading labels and trying to pick the "best" one. And I usually end up with Food for Life products. And I don't eat them often, so I feel like they are okay once in awhile. I guess my question is, are you saying that you are no longer eating tortillas at all, or just high fiber ones?

Wendy (Healthy Girl) said...

Liz-I'm definitely not giving up tortillas, just the frankenfood ones with all of the isolated fibers that are added. There are a few of them on the market and they have very low calorie counts for the size of the tortilla--that's why they are so appealing. And I don't think these isolated fiber additives will cause a person harm (I'm not a scientist) but they do cause terrible flatulence and fool people into thinking that they are getting the fiber that they truly need to have excellent health--that kind of fiber has to come from real, whole food!

Anonymous said...

You are so funny! Thank you for your sense of humor! You made my day, because I had the opposite problem. I was farting all during Marco Island because I was eating all the processed crap, too. Like key lime pie, fried coconut shrimp and I even subjected myself to eating linguine and clams one night, at Joeys. (Oh, and I forgot I ate the garlic rolls too!)

Loved it!!!

But I'm back on the wagon, now that I have my lovely box from Toby! Michelle

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