Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Wate-On's Competition

If products like Wate-On and Ensure help you gain weight when consumed daily, why wouldn't products that contain the same active ingredients (Oil and Sugar) do the same? Products like... (I listed the first few ingredients for each product in the order they appear on each manufacturer's list.)

Nabisco Ritz Crackers:
  • Enriched Flour
  • Soybean Oil
  • Sugar
  • Partially Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil
Nabisco Honey Maid Graham Crackers:
  • Enriched Flour
  • Sugar
  • Graham Flour
  • Soybean Oil and/or Partially Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
Wegman's Hamburger Potato Rolls:
  • Enriched Flour
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Wheat Flour
  • Soybean Oil
Kellogg's Froot Loops Cereal:
  • Sugar
  • Corn Flour, Wheat Flour, Oat Flour, Oat Fiber, Corn Fiber
  • Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil
Kellogg's Pop-Tarts, Brown Sugar Cinnamon, Unfrosted:
  • Enriched Flour
  • Brown Sugar
  • Soybean And Palm Oil
  • Corn Syrup
  • Dextrose
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
Kellogg's Eggo Waffles, Cinnamon:
  • Enriched Flour
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • Vegetable Oil
Tastykake Chocolate Cupcakes:
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Enriched Flour
  • Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Shortening (Canola, Soybean, and/or Cottonseed Oils)
Dunkin Donuts Cake Donut:
  • Bleached Wheat Flour
  • Barley Malt
  • Sugar
  • Soybean Oil
Food markets are just crammed with products that are some amalgamation of Sugar/Fat/Flour. Really, they're all the same food with different packaging.
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6 comments:

Bix said...

This is why American's diets are so high in omega-6, or why they have very little omega-3 relative to omega-6.

The 50 Best Health Blogs said...

Some grains make me feel terrible.

I'm still trying to figure out exactly what the problem is (maybe gluten?) but I have had to cut back on things like bread, which is a challenge for me, because I like sandwiches.

Jim

Bix said...

I'm going to sympathize, Jim. There's nothing like a good sandwich.

Could be gluten, who knows. Wheat is grown with a lot of chemicals, fertilizers and pesticides which are found in high amounts in wheat flour.

It could be what we eat it with ... the "meat&potatoes" theory - the combination of fat and easily digested sugar that aggravates blood glucose problems. (I have another post on this coming up.) (All of the foods in this post fall under the "meat&potatoes" theory.)

It might not be anything inherent about wheat or grains at all. Rather it could be some environmental condition that makes our digestive system vulnerable to certain foods ... hormones would do this, whether our own (which have been ramped up/down) or synthetic ones from plastics and pesticides.

Bix said...

Speaking of grains that give trouble ... quinoa!

Dr. Mel said...

Quinoa????? What kind of trouble? What really bothers me about the ingredients in the foods you discuss here is that the soy, cottonseed, and canola oils used in such mass-produced foods are themselves oils made from products grown for industrial use. This is one of the reasons I prefer to buy organic oils if I can, or avoid soy, etc. oil altogether. It's not that organic is so good for you, as much as it's *less bad* than conventionally produced foodstuffs. And that's a pretty sad state of affairs.

Perovskia said...

I second that; what kind of trouble does quinoa give?? I just started adding it to the diet after hearing all its 'benefits'.