The Plight of a Food Processing Food Editor

Feb. 1, 2010

Like many Americans, my family doctor has cautioned me to take better care of my expanding body.

"Cut out processed foods," she says. 

Be sure to stock your pantry with low-fat and low-calorie foods if you feel like you must snack. 

I don't know about you, but working in the food industry, particularly in a job that is centered around processed foods, makes the chore of sticking to only whole foods a little difficult. 

Did I add I'm also a parent? 

Like many Americans, my family doctor has cautioned me to take better care of my expanding body.

"Cut out processed foods," she says. 

Be sure to stock your pantry with low-fat and low-calorie foods if you feel like you must snack. 

I don't know about you, but working in the food industry, particularly in a job that is centered around processed foods, makes the chore of sticking to only whole foods a little difficult. 

Did I add I'm also a parent? 

In addition to trying to eat whole foods, I'm also supposed to make sure my kids -- a 13 year old daughter who is pretty good about eating healthy and an 8-year old who would live on Fruit Roll-ups and Mac 'n Cheese if he could -- eat healthy every single day of their lives. 

Riiiiiiiiight. 

I don't know about you, but I'm a working parent. I don't have hours to slave over an oven preparing three whole-food only meals everyone will enjoy.

I rely on the convienience of strangers -- particularly those who package their foods in containers that scream "filled with 1 whole serving of your daily vegetables" or "contains 12 essential whole grains."

The series of Sweetener articles  I just posted on the website today: Have Food Processors Found the Holy Grail of Sweeteners? I will admit has me even more confused.

To try to calm my fears that I'm filling my body with toxins, I did a fairly liberal straw (ahem: Facebook) poll to my friends: how can I reduce my sugar intake while sweetening my food? 

The answers were all over the place. 

"You should get Xxxxx," said one friend

"No, this is much better for you," said anothe friend. 

I think I was just as confused after the "what should I eat now?" poll than I was before. 

As someone who is contantly reading about what food processors are doing to make foods healthy, I wish someone could explain to me what is truly going to make me healthier and what is just a line being used on a product to make me buy it. 

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