Eating Primal means close to the source, minimal processing, and not too many
ingredients. Too many foods in the supermarket and restaurants today are filled
with umpteen fillers, preservatives, and chemicals your can't pronounce. You
need a science degree to find out what they actually are and are suppose to do.
Granted, the food industry has a lot of people to feed and the supply needs to
be stable from farm to market and in transport and on the shelf. The problem
lies in companies touting their foods as healthy, when in fact they are anything
Here are 3 prime examples:
Cheerios (and the rest of the
General Mills and the rest of the cereal manufacturers want you to think cereal is 'What's for breakfast' and it's healthy. They are anything but. Grains, added sugar, food colorings, with a splash of milk are not healthy. Despite what you grew up on, are told by your doctor, dietician, or nutritionist, or how attracted you are to the colors, characters, and endorsements by the American Heart association....
- Grains are not healthy no matter who tells you
- Excess carbohydrate consumption is the leading cause of all
conditions and diseases we now face.
- Wheat counsels and the government who
subsidizes them are the ones telling you that grains are healthy.
nutritionists, dietitians, and doctors are still peddling the whole grain
ideology even though the science and facts, (and the current state of human
health), state otherwise.
From the Cheerios website:
in fat, have no saturated fat and are naturally cholesterol free. Cheerios is
also an excellent source of folic acid and a good source of
Whole grain oats, modified corn starch, SUGAR, salt, tripotassium phosphate, wheat starch...and a bunch of synthetically added vitamins.
Anything but healthy!
Sara Lee Honey Whole Wheat Bread
This ingredient list says it all, bread really only requires 4.
Enriched Bleached Flour [Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin,
Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate (Vitamin B1), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Folic
Acid], Water, Whole Grain [Whole Wheat Flour, Brown Rice Flour (Rice
Flour, Rice Bran)], Wheat Gluten, Skim Milk, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Sugar, Yeast, Butter (Cream, Salt), Contains 2% or Less of Each of the
Following: Calcium Sulfate, Salt, Dough Conditioners (May Contain One or
More of the Following: Mono- and Diglycerides, Ethoxylated Mono- and
Diglycerides, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Calcium Peroxide, Datem,
Ascorbic Acid, Azodicarbonamide, Enzymes), Guar Gum, Calcium Propionate
(Preservative), Distilled Vinegar, Yeast Nutrients (Monocalcium
Phosphate, Calcium Sulfate, Ammonium Sulfate and /or Calcium Carbonate),
Corn Starch, Vitamin D3, Soy Lecithin, Soy Flour.
Healthy Choice frozen
The numbers on the nutrition facts panel look promising – only 270
calories, 21 grams of protein, 5 grams of fiber, and only 4.5 grams of fat.
The sodium content is 550mg, a quarter of the daily max.
Cooked Penne Pasta (Water, Durum, Semolina [Enriched with
Niacin, Iron (Ferrous Sulfate), Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid],
Egg Whites), Garlic and Pepper Seasoned Chicken Tenderloin Chunks, Chicken
Tenderloin, Water, Garlic and Pepper, Chicken Seasoning [Salt, Sugar, Dehydrated
Garlic, Spices Including Paprika, Maltodextrin, Soy Lecithin, Chicken Broth
[Contains Flavors], Xanthan Gum, Caramel Color, Natural Flavor], Olive Oil,
Isolated Soy Protein Product [Isolated Soy Protein, Modified Food Starch,
Starch, Carrageenan, Soy Lecithin]). Broccoli, Water, Diced Tomatoes, Tomato
Paste, Contains 2% or Less of: Full Moisture Parmesan Cheese (Cultured
Pasteurized Milk, Salt, Enzymes), Brown Sugar, Onions, Garlic, Salt, Canola Oil,
Modified Food Starch, Spices, Potassium Chloride, Xanthan Gum, Citric
Tactics in making better food choices:
1) Eat closer to
- Buy raw food and prepare meals. Less ingredients, less
preservatives and artificial crap = more nutrition
2) If there are more
than a few ingredients or chemicals you can't pronounce, avoid it.
Avoid boxes, cans, and frozen dinners
4) Make the same decisions when
5) Meats - Vegetables - Fruit - Nuts/Seeds -
...anything else is an add on
6) Make enough food for leftovers
so cooking doesn't become a bore
7) Do not buy salad dressing
your own salad dressings in less than 2 min
8) If it contains high
fructose corn syrup, punt it!
9) Cane sugar is no better for
10) Organic doesn't mean squat if the food is still a grain, bean,
refined sugar, or a packaged nutrient deficient snack.