Do I really need to know what’s in my food?
I don’t claim to know everything nor do I want to (takes the fun out of the unknown and discovery) about food. What I do know is that unless we become aware of what is in the food we choose to consume we will not be able to determine how it will affect us. And if you are reading this, something tells me you WANT to know what is in your food so it can do for you not go against you.
Eating is something we need to do and will do in order to survive. So let’s take the time to test your knowledge on food and find out the answer to the question of whether or not we really need to know what’s in our food…..and why.
Let’s take a cheeseburger for example. If you eat a cheeseburger (mmmm, yummy!) we tend to think about how good it tastes right? Then we link that pleasure with the food and we continue to eat cheeseburgers. Do you have the same pleasure with what it did for your body after you ate it? Hmmmmmmmm….something to think about.
With food, we tend to usually only hear about the benefits but not the other facts so I tend to lean towards the hidden truths when writing so you are aware.
For now, here is a formula for discovering what’s in your food so you can test your knowledge and ask yourself these questions about the food you consume:
What’s in a regular old cheeseburger? First you have the meat right? What’s in that meat? ___________
Then you have the bun, what’s in that bun? _________________________________________________
Then you have the cheese, what’s in that cheese? ___________________________________________
Then you have the condiments-ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, pickles, lettuce, onions etc., what’s in each one of these? ____________________________________________________________________
Ready for the answers? (Based on an average)
Typical red meat usually has 17g of fat and possibly other added ingredients and hormones depending on the type you consume. Without knowing what else made up that hamburger patty, you will not be able to determine if it will do for you or against you.
Let’s take the bun. A typical hamburger bun is made up of bleached enriched white flour and has about 23g of carbs on average. It contains gluten, no vitamins or minerals (except sodium). What will the bleached flour do for you? How about gluten? Is this bun doing for you or going against you?
Ah, the cheese. One slice of typical American cheese usually has 100 calories, 9 grams of fat, dairy (sugar) and you would have to run for 10-20 minutes just to “burn” it off. What’s in that dairy? Sugar, hormones and who knows what else. Will these sugar and hormones do for you or go against you?
Quick rundown of condiments (not all inclusive): ketchup (sugar), mayonnaise (fat), mustard (mustard seed and vinegar), pickles (vinegar, salt), lettuce (pesticide residual), onions (cooked in oil will have fat, carbs).
How do you feel about a cheeseburger now? The intention is not to tell you what to eat but you make you aware that unless you take the time to question what is in the food you choose to consume, you will not be able to know if it is doing for you or going against you, and thus not be able to make accurate healthy adjustments.
So…do you really need to know what’s in your food?