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What’s Healthy?

June 19, 2012

OK, here we go… I was browsing around Pinterest (check it out, it’s a great place to find everything: recipes, decorating ideas, geeky pictures) and I came across another seemingly great healthy recipe.  Breakfast cookies they are called, so I dutifully followed the link to see for myself.  The first line of the blog entry: “When I first saw this recipe I was intrigued by the fact that these have NO sugar, butter, eggs or anything that can be considered unhealthy.”  Well, despite the fact that eggs and butter ARE healthy, I continued on to the ingredient list:

Rolled oats, check… coconut flakes, check… salt, cinnamon, allspice, check…  almond meal, mixed nuts, dried fruit, check… bananas, check… vanilla, check… canola oil … WHAT?!  Canola oil?  Really?  You’ll demonize real unadulturated butter but praise a chemically altered GMO oil that turns toxic once heated?

Sorry, epic recipe FAIL.

Let’s start over.  I will try baking these cookies using my own healthy ingredients: coconut oil instead of canola, and I may add an egg in place of some of the banana (Bananas are good, but egg gives extra protein and a better consistency for baked goods).  I will post an update with pictures so stay tuned…

In the meantime, consider food.  Real food, not a food-like product.  Can you identify where it came from (it grew in the ground naturally, it is a part of an animal or came from an animal)?  Would your grandparents recognize it is a food product (whether or not it came from their country or was part of their diet)?  Could it be reproduced at home, from scratch (like making butter from unpasturized cream)?

So many healthy and natural food products are declared  unsafe, yet they are the foods that our country’s founders ate.  Did the settlers have homoginization and pasturization processes?  No, they didn’t need them.  Unclean, profit-driven factory farms didn’t exist.  Just the family cows, who may have even had names and were taken care of in clean barns and fields.  Milk came straight from the cow.  The cream that separated naturally was churned into butter, not hydrogenated spread.  But butter and whole milk and animal fat cause heart disease, you might be thinking.  Well, think again and do the research for yourself.  Look up “lipid hypothesis” and then make your own decision (rather than relying on what the pharmaceutical companies are feeding to the medical industry).

I could continue (and don’t you worry, I will in future posts!) but for now, suffice it to say that what the average American believes are healthy foods are not.  But don’t just listen to me. I encourage you to do your own research (from a variety of sources, including sources not funded by big pharma, the processed food industry, and the FDA) and decide for yourself.