My name is Emily Beth, and I'm your resident health-nut conspirator. I'm a 20 year-young vegan, who is absolutely obsessed with the food industry, the food they distribute, and how our body utilizes that food. This is the tumblr where you will learn about whats good and whats bad. I'm also going to spread awareness about the evil reality that is the FDA. I am on a personal crusade to save the world by helping people make better choices.
Mac and cheese might just be the “ultimate kid’s food” for children around the world, but if you’re anything like me, you’ll still be eating it until you’re old and wrinkly. Because it is a kid’s food, you already know off the bat that it CAN’T be good for you. Cheese, pasta, milk — all the ingredients needed to win you fat-ass of the year award! Not to mention the powdered cheese that comes in the box comes from cows that are treated with nasty shit like hormones, antibiotics, and painfully milked-dry cows. YUCK! I don’t know about you guys, but I’m not into putting that filth into my body. However, there is a wonderful solution.
Annie’s is an all-natural brand thats based out of a family-owned farm in Connecticut. All of their products are either all-natural or organic. Even though you can find their products in whole foods and health-conscious super markets all over the country, they’re NOT an evil food corporation (just take a look at their website — they even give you a video-tour of their farm, and the names and twitters of the people who run their company! How lovely!)
Annie’s is my favorite brand. Everything they make is delicious and wholesome. But back to the topic of mac and cheese, Annie’s Shells & Real Aged Chedder is FANTASTIC! Take a look the product description:
“Annie’s Cheddar Mac (as we call it!) is our answer to all those chemically orange colored cheeses out there. We’ve taken our original Shells & White Cheddar and added a little color to it, naturally! Our totally natural cheese is colored with a plant extract called annatto. Annatto has been used in tropical American cultures for generations to color foods such as butter, cheese and mustard. The annatto tree grows 20 to 30 feet in height and when its seeds are stirred in water, they produce orange annatto dye, also called achiote, to color foods. Annie’s Cheddar Macaroni and cheese is a great alternative for kids who need to have that “orange” cheese on their macaroni. Good Source of Protein Good Source of Calcium Good Source of Vitamin A Good Source of Thiamin (Vit. B1) Good Source of Folic Acid Yeast Free 0g Trans Fat Vegetarian”
I think its safe to say that “carbs” are everyone’s favorite part of a meal; Breads, pastas, rice, and even desserts! Its a simple enough statement, yeah? But lets not forget, we live in the 21st century, and there are very few things that are simple these days — including our super markets and variety of foods!
Walk down the bread isle of your super market, and you’ll see a thousand options:
DOUBLE FIBER, ENRICHED WHITE, CINNAMON RAISIN, HONEY OAT, WHOLE WHEAT, WHITE..
And the list goes on and on. But what does it all mean? Which breads are actually good for you? Which breads are MARKETED to be good for you, but really aren’t? Which breads are just loafs of health-problems city? Well, I’m going to break it down for you.
White vs Wheat vs Whole Grain
THEORY: Make something look awesome, and people will want it.
This same theory is directly applied to white bread:
You start out with a grain of whole wheat. Then, in a LAB, they refine the grain by literally taking out all of the good and beneficial parts of the grain — this leaves you with refined white flour. Next, they bleach the refined flour using chemical bleaching agents which contain chlorine, and then dry it in kilns at high temperature to kill any beneficial remains. Not over yet though. Next, they add gluten, which is directly linked to causing inflammation and worsening health problems. But don’t worry — the gluten is what gives it that fluffy, mouth-watering texture.
This, my friends, is what white bread is. Just like the photo shopped model, white bread is designed in a lab to have a texture and (lack of) taste that will make us drool. It is an empty, bleached, refined, and unnatural product that will make your tummy bloat and your hips and ass explode. If you’re into that kind of thing, then I mean, continue eating your white bread. But if you’re trying to make smarter choices, you should now see that
(This process is also how they achieve all white products. And remember, refined flour is used in almost all sweets.)
HOLY SHIT, WHOLE WHEAT:
The lesser of two evils, we have whole wheat. Lets start off with a nice, big, disappointing fact: whole wheat and white bread have the same impact on blood sugar (which is NOT a good impact). Eating two slices of whole wheat bread effects your body and blood sugar the same way one snickers bar would. It raises your blood sugar, which isn’t good if you’re diabetic.
So then whats good about whole wheat, and what exactly is it? Wheat is a kind of grain, and whole wheat is when every part of the wheat is used: the bran, endosperm, and germ. These three components of all grains are GOOD for you! The bran supplies antioxidants, B vitamins, trace minerals, and dietary fiber. The endosperm is the inner part of the grain with most of the proteins and carbohydrates and small amounts of vitamins and minerals. Lastly, the germ is rich in B vitamins, vitamin E, trace minerals, antioxidants and essential fats.
So whole wheat bread definitely has some benefits to it! At least more than white bread! But this bread is no saint either. In addition to having a high sugar index, wheat is also ADDICTING! Wheat is an opiate that doesn’t make us feel high — it makes us feel HUNGRY! This is the effect exerted by gliadin, the protein in wheat that was inadvertently altered by geneticists in the 1970s. The whole wheat we praise is genetically altered in a lab to be an appetite stimulant. So, whole wheat is a healthier bread that stimulates your appetite and in turn will make you fatter. And before we decide if wheat is “good or bad,” let me just throw one more fun fact out there: because wheat is an opiate, people get withdrawals from it, just like with “real” drugs. Try not eating products with wheat in it for one day — you go nuts. Trust me, I’ve tried it.
SO, whole wheat: yay or nay? It has fiber and nutrients, but its an appetite stimulant and addictive. I can’t tell you what to think, but I can give you the facts. Whether you want to consume whole wheat products is up to you. Personally, I believe if you can deal with withdrawals and control your appetite, you’ll be okay.
HOPE FOR WHOLE GRAIN:
So, now that you know the facts, you can make the right decision, or at least a HEALTHIER decision when choosing bread :)