That’s right. I’ve gone through the coupons that arrive safely tucked away in the folds of your Sunday paper, and some of the claims that I see over and over are driving me crazy. I feel I have a responsibility to counter their claims with a little TRUTH. Ready? (I will avoid actual names for legal sake, but you’ll get the idea.)
1. Paper towel-type hand towels for the bathroom
The advertisement shows a dirty towel (sorry, but to start with, NO ONE’S bathroom towel gets THAT dirty before being washed) with the words toothpaste, mustard, shaving cream, make up, grime, mascara and hand lotion under it. Folks, please tell me HOW any of these things would even get on your regular towel? You RINSE OFF toothpaste, you RINSE OFF mustard, you RINSE OFF shaving cream and you RINSE OFF make up. Come on. Do you realize how many trees go into processing the cardboard for the box and the pulp for the towels?! I can guarantee you it’s a WHOLE lot more than washing regular towels each week at home. Want fresher towels? Go to the dollar store and buy some hand towels. Change every couple days. Wash once a week. Easy. Please don’t reward this company for using up our natural resources for nothing.
2. Granola Thins/Crispy Squares
100% Natural. Well, while this claim is true, I discovered a new ingredient that I haven’t seen before. Seems the corn industry is scrambling now that the ugly truth is out about high fructose corn syrup (please don’t believe those awful commercials that tell you sugars are processed the same in your body – go talk to a diabetic). Now, they’ve come out with HIGH MALTOSE CORN SYRUP. It is all glucose, so your body can process it, but it’s still a CHEAP, PROCESSED CORN SWEETENER. And for those who have gluten issues – which is over 50% of the population in the States – this is BAD for you. Will the corn industry ever give up? AVOID!
3. Popular yogurt company that makes yogurt items for kids
You try to be a good parent. You read labels and think that you’re feeding your children the best they can have. But have you really read the ingredient label? This gurt on the go (and other products) features HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP and ARTIFICIAL COLORS. If you’d like to give them yogurt (which IS good for them), give them Stonyfield’s plain, no fat yogurt and add some fresh fruit and maybe a little sprinkle of Stevia. Please stop feeding them colorful crap.
4. A certain vegetable-in-eight juice
If you drink this juice for the taste, then that’s one thing, but if you drink the juice for the nutrients, you’re going to be sadly disappointed. Whatever nutrients were in the veggies in the beginning have been cooked out during processing. If you enjoy that kind of juice, take the money wasted on this juice, invest in a quality juicing machine and brew your own. Not only will you get the nutrients, but there’s no funny processing or tons of salt as a preservative. It claims that it has the same vitamin C as orange juice. Funny that. It has ascorbic acid in it – ASCORBIC ACID IS NOT VITAMIN C. The majority of ascorbic acid in the food industry is SYNTHETIC and has NO nutrition whatsoever. (I have mentioned this in other blogs.) Don’t be duped!
5. A chef who thinks he is secretly nutritious
This one makes me giggle. Shame that this mess is being fed to our growing children by the GALLONS. First of all, guess what it has in it that is EVIL? If you guessed HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, you’re right! After that comes caramel coloring (mentioned in a previous blog), citric acid and maltodextrin (oh goodie – a double dose of cheap, processed corn sugar). There are a few other icky preservatives in there, as well. If you really want to feed your kids pasta, meat and sauce, make some up at home. It’s a SIMPLE meal to make, and if homemade, will be MUCH healthier. “Secretly nutritious”, my backside.
6. ‘Pure’ type pet food
I can’t believe pet owners actually feed their beloved pets this CRAP. I looked at one supposedly benefit-ful, and the first 3 ingredients are disgusting AND the main causes of allergens and other medical issues with dogs. They are ground yellow corn (they use it because it’s cheap), chicken BY-PRODUCT meal and corn gluten meal. There’s NO benefit in this food, period (see my previous blog). You are hurting your pet by giving them this, I promise you. And they have ‘slices’ to snack on. It’s made with the same CRAP, plus they toss in artificial colors, as well. Poor pets. Invest a couple more dollars and buy your pet something that won’t kill them prematurely.
7. No degree for pets here
This dog food advertisement has this quote: “It’s the nutrition I deserve with a taste I love”. No, my little furry friend – you do NOT deserve THAT kind of “nutrition”. It’s more CRAP. More ground corn. More by-product meal. More corn gluten. More artificial colors. STOP THE MADNESS! Ever heard of Innova?
PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF YOUR HEALTH, YOUR CHILDREN’S HEALTH AND YOUR PETS HEALTH, STOP BUYING THIS MESS, REGARDLESS OF WHAT THESE COMPANIES’ MISLEADING MARKETING DEPARTMENTS COME UP WITH. Learn the facts, and then make informed decisions.
Remember, every single time you buy something, it’s a vote to that company that you want them to make more of that item, and these votes COUNT. If the product is not of quality, DON’T BUY IT. In this day and age, there are WAY too many alternatives out there for you to compromise both yours and your family’s health. Many companies are making big changes because their bottom line is being affected, not because they care about your health. So keep it up!