Junk Food

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     Oh my goodness, this last couple of weeks has been insane!  I have picked up more hours at work.  I originally asked for 30 hours a week, and I'm working 41!  Kind of stressful.  I work for an in home care company, and so it's pretty demanding.

     I have found that when I'm stressed, or don't have time to cook I want to grab something fast.  Something that probably shouldn't pass through my lips.  You know the old saying "Once on the lips, forever on your hips!"  Who likes fast food?  We all do!  It tastes soooo good!  Did you know that McDonald's french fries contain 19 ingredients?  Wait what?  Most of the ingredients are genetically modified.  This is just crazy!    
Potatoes, Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Natural Beef Flavor [Wheat and Milk Derivatives]*, Citric Acid [Preservative]), Dextrose, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate (Maintain Color), Salt. Prepared in Vegetable Oil: Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil with TBHQ and Citric Acid added to preserve freshness. Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.
*Natural beef flavor contains hydrolyzed wheat and hydrolyzed milk as starting ingredients

     Fast food is loaded with oil.  There is a pleasure center in our brains that make us want to eat more.  Plus it tastes soooo good!  lol
     Junk food has a plethora of ingredients.  If those ingredients are hard to pronounce you should not eat them.  What about hydrogenated oils?  The chemical structure of oil has been altered to make it have a longer shelf life, so that rancidity doesn't happen.  These are also commonly know as Trans Fats.  You know that an oil is hydrogenated if it is solid at room temperature.. ie.. margarine, shortening, packaged snacks, baked goods that are pre-made, ready to use dough, coffee creamers, fried foods and peanut butter (unless you get the natural peanut butter that contains no hydrogenated oils)  These oils have been banned in Europe.  Interesting that they are still legal here in the US.  There is big money in food companies which I'm sure is one of the reasons that there are so many processed foods in this country.  Food corporations are always looking for new and better ways to improve their products to make them taste better which makes us want to eat more and more.

 So what do you snack on?  I get really snacky at night.  Now that summer is almost here, we always have fresh fruit on hand.  Cantaloupe, watermelon, mangos.  Anything in season, and something that is sweet.  Pretty soon, cherries will be on.  Popcorn with nutritional yeast.  I also love Lara bars.  They are processed, but there is only five ingredients listed in them.
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