When Big Business and Food Meet

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When big business and food meet, the results are often delicious. But is it healthy? I recently read an article in Reader’s Digest (June 2015, print issue) about 50 things food manufacturers don’t tell consumers about packaged foods. Here are some that I found particularly deceptive:

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PBS Gives Us the Facts About GMOs

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There is a lot of information, and misinformation, about genetically modified organisms (GMOs). This video from PBS.org cuts through the myths about GMOs spread by the corporations who create these “Frankenfoods,” foods which have never been scientifically confirmed to be safe for consumption, despite what these corporations are telling consumers.

27 Foods to Stop Buying from the Supermarket

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From Reader’s Digest:

Cross these items off your grocery store list. Whether they’re rip-offs, fakes, drastically unhealthy, or just plan gross, here are the 27 foods you should never buy again.

“Blueberry” items- Blueberries are now in everything from your breakfast cereal to muffins, granola bars, and sauces—or are they? Turns out that most of the blueberry-flavored items on grocery store shelves don’t feature a single actually berry, just artificial blueberry flavor. Buy your own berries and add them to plain cereal for a real health boost.

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Here’s a nice blueberry idea the article doesn’t mention: Top plain pancakes with heaps of REAL blueberries to make your own healthy blueberry pancakes! I do this all the time. You can vary this by using sliced bananas, strawberries, or any other fruits. It tastes really good and it’s healthy. Adding some whip cream is nice, too. Or, make your own pancakes (from scratch or a pancake mix) and add real blueberries into the batter.

Check out the rest of the article here.