One of the ways I've had to change is to stop being such a naïve sucker. Yep, that was me-believing all that bull the big food companies and small (especially the small) "healthy choice" food companies. Just because something say's it's "organic, natural, healthy, even sugar free" doesn't mean it really is.
I was a huge fan of "healthy" "Power Bars." Well, you might as well read candy bars, because I'm hard put to find one without a substance that breaks down to sugar-let alone fake sugar. So I was thrilled when I saw Camilla V Saulsbury's book " Power Hungry: The Ultimate Energy Bar Cookbook." Ok, I thought, I'll make my own healthy bars. I have a sugar-gluten free muffin cookbook of hers I've already reviewed that I love so I bought it. There are plenty that do use honey like I do or even use no sweetner and to be fair she never said sugar free or even healthy for that matter. It's not her book I'm feeling suckered by but ingredients in some recipes that look and sound healthy.
Having decided to no longer be a sucker when I came across ingredients for the 3rd time that said you could not use honey, maple or agave (which I do know breaks down into very high fructose syrup) to hold the bars together you had to use either her DIY Glucose Syrup, organic light corn syrup or brown rice syrup, I decided to google them. Organic light corn syrup intrigued me especially. Never heard of it before. That is when I found this article on "Hold The Toast." I borrowed her title and strongly suggest you just read it now as part of this article-blog. (http://holdthetoast.com/content/theres-sucker-born-every-minute-files)
So, having read the article, You see why organic light corn syrup is NOT healthy, not a good choice for the bars. I already (I'm still grieving over this loss) knew about how very difficult it is to find rice products without arsenic in them so brown rice syrup is out for me and that left her DIY Glucose Syrup. It turns out the first ingredient was evaporated cane juice! Just read SUGAR because that is what evaporated cane juice really is. In fact it has a higher Glycemic Level that actual white sugar does! Won't be making those recipes. Although if I put all the other ingredients together they would make a good bowl of granola. Maybe that is what I'll do- just make up baggies of granola.
So there is my story of today's try at not being a sucker-tomorrow is another day. In todays market you really have to be careful and research before you buy or eat. Just because you are standing in Whole Foods or your local health food store doesn't mean the product actually is healthy.