Remember in Snow White when the wicked Queen genetically modified an apple with poison to kill the sweet Snow White?
Well, that apple isn't just in Snow White. I bought four of those apples today. By accident. By the innocent sneakiness of a happy little 4 yr old boy who put a package of "Grapple"s in our cart.
An apple injected with artificial grape flavor.
What the??? (as W would say).
Cause really...a nice crunchy apple needs to be injected with flavored crap to increase the appeal?
Ugh. The sickeningly sweet smell of them from the package is enough to bring the Kool Aid man running through the streets. Maybe it was he who thought this up, not the wicked Queen.
Regardless, if my child bites this apple, I'll be begging to sleep until Prince Charming is home from the hockey game to wake me!
Food Challenge Friday
They are everywhere. The diet revolution made them a day to day norm in our diets. There is so much controversy with this. Health wise. Of course, it's a cazillion (official number of course!) dollar industry so the companies responsible want us to believe in the health benefits. Do you avoid Artificial Sweeteners? Do you love them & swear by them?
As you all know, I've been a bit of a Diet Coke addict. *ahem* I drink it for the caffeine (a whole other post), it's cold, and I like the taste.
I know this needs to change. Now. And here's what's helping me change my mind.
1. Weight gain. My family doctor talked to me this week about there is lots of evidence that artificial sweeteners CAUSE weight gain. My body doesn't know the difference between sugar & a "calorie free" sweetener. It's something sweet & the body reacts as such.
2. Formaldehyde. My son's naturopath gave me information that as's turn into formaldehyde and over time cause MS like symptoms.
Both of those should be enough to scare me off forever!
We don't have fined sugar in our home. We use Agave nectar, brown rice syrup, and pineapple juice and the family has reponded well to it. Even my Favorite Husband doesn't use sugar in his coffee any longer. Wuhoo!
Now, to stop buying Diet Coke. Now.