Processed foods http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/2413/all en-US 5 Reasons Why I Don’t Clip Coupons http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-why-i-don-t-clip-coupons <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-reasons-why-i-don-t-clip-coupons" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/4215693352_7e69b37fd5_z.jpg" alt="man with arms crossed" title="man with arms crossed" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>People love coupons. According to the Nielsen Clearing House (NCH), an industry leader in coupon marketing and redemption, 78% of consumers report using coupons on a regular basis. I&rsquo;m not one of these people. Though clipping coupons is usually the first thing that comes to mind when folks think of frugality and thrift, I argue that it&rsquo;s time to put down the scissors. Here&rsquo;s why. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/extreme-couponing-5-reasons-why-i-ll-pass">Extreme Couponing? 5 Reasons Why I'll&nbsp;Pass</a>)</p> <h3>1. You Usually Have to Buy Something to Get a Coupon</h3> <p>Though some coupons are free or accessible online at no charge, most of them are still found tucked in that old standby, the Sunday paper. I don&rsquo;t read the paper, and I don&rsquo;t want to have to buy something in order to be offered the chance to save money. It seems contradictory and is a bit too complicated for my taste.</p> <h3>2. Coupons Attempt to Modify Behavior</h3> <p>Manufacturers want me to save 50 cents on that pint of ice cream for one reason only &mdash; to get me in the habit of it. It&rsquo;s simple. And it&rsquo;s a claim that the manufacturers and the coupon industry would be the first to admit. Coupons exist to suggest new products and to habituate shoppers to particular products and brands. Then later, at 3:00 in the morning when I need that pint of rocky road in the very worst way &mdash; poof! No more coupons. No thanks.</p> <h3>3. Coupons Encourage Over-Buying</h3> <p>Often, the savings that we get from a coupon only applies when <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/bulk-buying-101">buying multiple items</a>. Even though each item may be cheaper in the long run with the coupons, why should I have to buy multiples? What if I don&rsquo;t end up liking that new brand of coffee? What if that brand of cheese has a bad aftertaste? Who should be the lucky recipient of all my surplus java and Colby Jack?</p> <h3>4. The Savings vs. Time Investment Is Low With Coupons</h3> <p>Couponing requires the regular purchase of a newspaper at best. At worst, it requires joining some coupon exchange club and buying a handy organizer. Then I have to clip, file, and wait for double coupon day. And while I&rsquo;m at it, I should also join my grocery store&rsquo;s loyalty program to boost my savings even more. With this much effort, are the savings really worth it? Wouldn&rsquo;t buying generic save me just as much without all the hassle?</p> <h3>5. Coupons Typically Push Pre-Packaged, Processed Foods</h3> <p>I seldom see coupons for <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-produce-workers-guide-to-choosing-fruits-and-vegetables">apples or broccoli</a>.<b> </b>Maybe they exist, and I&rsquo;ve just blinded myself to the entire category of things that require clipping. But it seems to me that coupons generally push convenient, pre-packaged, and processed food. I&rsquo;m not a health nut, but the last thing I need is another excuse to buy a frozen pizza and Pop Tarts.</p> <p>Perhaps I&rsquo;ve overstated my case, and I certainly don&rsquo;t mean to disparage diehard couponers out there. It&rsquo;s just that I can&rsquo;t quite see what all the fuss is about. Don&rsquo;t get me wrong; I&rsquo;m all for saving money. I&rsquo;m just not sure that couponing achieves that goal in the long run. Looking for sales on things I&rsquo;d buy anyway, stocking up when I find a smoking deal on something I really love, gravitating toward generics and store brands whenever possible &mdash; these are my tried-and-true tactics.</p> <p>Still, NCH says I&rsquo;m firmly in the minority of shoppers with my coupon-free wallet. Heck, 1.75 billion coupons were redeemed in the first six months of 2011 alone. That&rsquo;s a whole lot of clipping, and I must be missing something. If you&rsquo;re serious about couponing, please fill me in &mdash; I&rsquo;m free most Sundays.&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/kentin-waits">Kentin Waits</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-why-i-don-t-clip-coupons">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-best-deals-coupons-sites">50 Best Deals and Coupon Sites</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-8-shopping-apps-thatll-actually-save-you-money-in-2016">The 8 Shopping Apps That&#039;ll Actually Save You Money in 2016</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/can-you-really-save-with-amazon-prime-pantry">Can You Really Save With Amazon Prime Pantry?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-100s-next-month-with-these-10-grocery-shopping-tips">Save $100s Next Month With These 10 Grocery Shopping Tips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-10-best-couponing-apps">The 10 Best Couponing Apps</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping coupons Processed foods time vs. money Tue, 20 Mar 2012 10:24:10 +0000 Kentin Waits 911613 at http://www.wisebread.com The Great Coupon Debate http://www.wisebread.com/the-great-coupon-debate <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-great-coupon-debate" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/free_grocery_coupons_prod_image.gif" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="324" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p> My husband and I approach grocery shopping as if we are from entirely different worlds. My ways of cutting corners are: going to Trader Joe&#39;s, buying fruits and veggies in season, trading for them (see earlier post Fresh Fruit for Rotten Cheapskates), and doing lots of dishes that require rice, beans, lentils, etc. I have a juicer so I go that route, or drink tea, or water---all cheaply acquired. Shopping for the kids&#39; lunches takes me into milk, cheese sticks, juiceboxes, and other lunch fare. Couple of nights a week I try to make something interesting that might require a special effort to purchase organic free range chicken or galanga root or tempura mix. And sure , I&#39;ve flipped through my mom&#39;s Sunday Sacramento Bee but I&#39;ve never found coupons that I could use for products I normally buy or am trying to buy except for some Aleve. Sure, there are Organic brand coupons every once in awhile, but when I&#39;m at the market and there is locally grown spinach versus a package of pre-washed from a hundred miles away, I go with the local--even if it means .25--.50 more. </p> <p> Enter my husband who has, on more than one occasion come waltzing in the front door at dinner time with a two for one deal on Lucky Charms cereal under his arm. They were on sale he says! And I had a coupon! The kids of course run up to him as if he were Santa Claus with his bag of goodies. (My kids didn&#39;t even know they existed until he sat them down and had a bowl with them. Geez, thanks honey. Talk about your gateway drugs...).</p> <p> My husband is the quintessential coupon user. He has absolutely no name brand loyalty so it&#39;s emotionally easy for him to go from one brand to another and back again based solely on coupon availability for said products. Something in me fights this. Why go for a product you don&#39;t know when you like the one you do know? He&#39;s willing to give everything a try for the sake of saving us cash. I have to give him credit--when I send him to our nearest major grocery store (Safeway), he goes, armed with coupons from the Sunday paper, the Internet, magazines all in his backpack. On the receipt at the end he always has a tally of $35--55 dollars saved by coupons and &#39;club&#39; membership to Safeway. Hmm...</p> <p> Meanwhile, back in the kitchen I unload the groceries and find some things we use and a bunch of things I&#39;m uncertain of. I&#39;m a make everything from scratch kind of girl. Store bought dressings? A lifetime supply of Stouffer&#39;s Mac and Cheese? Hmm...I suppose a lot of this goes down to personal taste, but the majority of coupons in your Sunday paper are for processed foods made by giant corporations. It&#39;s not like I don&#39;t like processed food that&#39;s not good for you, it&#39;s more like I&#39;m an addict and I don&#39;t want it around tempting me and the kids to indulge our collective sloth. </p> <p> I keep searching for coupons for organic fresh produce and bio degradable products. They do exist. But they are far less frequent. I use them when I find them. But I have to admit my grocery list contains what I need, then what I want, and if I happen to find a coupon, I use it. My husband shops by coupon and deal only. The kids of course, don&#39;t care at all. But I wonder what this constant search for the deal does to our quality of life. Can we just enjoy? Is his way hurting our health? Is my way hurting our pocketbook? Which should we be worried about more? Is there a happy medium?</p> <p> We are embarking on an experiment in November. He will purchase all groceries for the entire month his way. December we will go entirely my way and then we&#39;ll look at our receipts and journals of what we ate and see how we feel. So wisebread readers with spouses that lean in the opposite direction---do you have these issues? What do you guys do? What works for you? I&#39;ll let you know how the experiment went in a couple of months. </p> <p> Postscript:</p> <p>The husband offered these ebay links below where one can purchase coupons in bulk. Has anyone had experience with this as well? He also suggests </p> <p> <a href="http://discounts.shopathome.com/Discounts_And_Coupons/Default-GroceryCoupons.aspx?refer=76108&amp;src=SEPDSE" title="http://discounts.shopathome.com/Discounts_And_Coupons/Default-GroceryCoupons.aspx?refer=76108&amp;src=SEPDSE">http://discounts.shopathome.com/Discounts_And_Coupons/Default-GroceryCou...</a></p> <p><a href="http://free-grocerycoupons.net/home.html" title="http://free-grocerycoupons.net/home.html">http://free-grocerycoupons.net/home.html</a> </p> <p>Teas<br /><a href="http://home.shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=Tea+Coupons&amp;_sacat=159888&amp;_fromfsb=&amp;_trksid=m270.l1313&amp;_odkw=Juice+Coupons&amp;_osacat=159888" title="http://home.shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=Tea+Coupons&amp;_sacat=159888&amp;_fromfsb=&amp;_trksid=m270.l1313&amp;_odkw=Juice+Coupons&amp;_osacat=159888">http://home.shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=Tea+Coupons&amp;_sacat=159888&amp;_fromfsb...</a></p> <p>Breads<br /><a href="http://home.shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=Bread+Coupons&amp;_sacat=159888&amp;_fromfsb=&amp;_trksid=m270.l1313&amp;_odkw=Tea+Coupons&amp;_osacat=159888" title="http://home.shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=Bread+Coupons&amp;_sacat=159888&amp;_fromfsb=&amp;_trksid=m270.l1313&amp;_odkw=Tea+Coupons&amp;_osacat=159888">http://home.shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=Bread+Coupons&amp;_sacat=159888&amp;_fromf...</a></p> <p>Free Rage Organic Eggs<br /><a href="http://home.shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=Egg+Coupons+-rolls+-roll&amp;_sacat=159888&amp;_fromfsb=&amp;_trksid=m270.l1313&amp;_odkw=Egg+Coupons+-rolls&amp;_osacat=159888" title="http://home.shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=Egg+Coupons+-rolls+-roll&amp;_sacat=159888&amp;_fromfsb=&amp;_trksid=m270.l1313&amp;_odkw=Egg+Coupons+-rolls&amp;_osacat=159888">http://home.shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=Egg+Coupons+-rolls+-roll&amp;_sacat=15...</a></p> <p>Juice<br /><a href="http://home.shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=Egg+Coupons+-rolls+-roll&amp;_sacat=159888&amp;_fromfsb=&amp;_trksid=m270.l1313&amp;_odkw=Egg+Coupons+-rolls&amp;_osacat=159888" title="http://home.shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=Egg+Coupons+-rolls+-roll&amp;_sacat=159888&amp;_fromfsb=&amp;_trksid=m270.l1313&amp;_odkw=Egg+Coupons+-rolls&amp;_osacat=159888">http://home.shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=Egg+Coupons+-rolls+-roll&amp;_sacat=15...</a></p> <p>Kotex<br /><a href="http://home.shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=Kotex+COupons&amp;_sacat=159888&amp;_fromfsb=&amp;_trksid=m270.l1313&amp;_odkw=organic+Coupons&amp;_osacat=159888" title="http://home.shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=Kotex+COupons&amp;_sacat=159888&amp;_fromfsb=&amp;_trksid=m270.l1313&amp;_odkw=organic+Coupons&amp;_osacat=159888">http://home.shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=Kotex+COupons&amp;_sacat=159888&amp;_fromf...</a></p> <p>Organic Milk<br /><a href="http://home.shop.ebay.com/items/Inside-the-Home__Milk-coupons-MCDOnalds_W0QQ_nkwZMilkQ20couponsQ20Q2dMCDOnaldsQQ_catrefZ1QQ_flnZ1QQ_fromfsbZQQ_sacatZ159888QQ_trksidZp3286Q2ec0Q2em282?_trksid=p3286.c0.m282" title="http://home.shop.ebay.com/items/Inside-the-Home__Milk-coupons-MCDOnalds_W0QQ_nkwZMilkQ20couponsQ20Q2dMCDOnaldsQQ_catrefZ1QQ_flnZ1QQ_fromfsbZQQ_sacatZ159888QQ_trksidZp3286Q2ec0Q2em282?_trksid=p3286.c0.m282">http://home.shop.ebay.com/items/Inside-the-Home__Milk-coupons-MCDOnalds_...</a></p> <p>Morning Star food<br /><a href="http://shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=Morning+Stars+coupons&amp;_sacat=0&amp;_fromfsb=&amp;_trksid=m270.l1313&amp;_odkw=Morning+Stars&amp;_osacat=0" title="http://shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=Morning+Stars+coupons&amp;_sacat=0&amp;_fromfsb=&amp;_trksid=m270.l1313&amp;_odkw=Morning+Stars&amp;_osacat=0">http://shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=Morning+Stars+coupons&amp;_sacat=0&amp;_fromfsb...</a></p> <p>Organic stuff</p> <p><a href="http://home.shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=Organic+coupons+&amp;_sacat=159888&amp;_fromfsb=&amp;_trksid=m270.l1313&amp;_odkw=Organic+coupons+-MCDOnalds&amp;_osacat=159888" title="http://home.shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=Organic+coupons+&amp;_sacat=159888&amp;_fromfsb=&amp;_trksid=m270.l1313&amp;_odkw=Organic+coupons+-MCDOnalds&amp;_osacat=159888">http://home.shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=Organic+coupons+&amp;_sacat=159888&amp;_fr...</a></p> <p>Salads (fresh items) <br /><a href="http://home.shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=Salad+Coupons&amp;_sacat=159888&amp;_fromfsb=&amp;_trksid=m270.l1313&amp;_odkw=Organic+coupons&amp;_osacat=159888" title="http://home.shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=Salad+Coupons&amp;_sacat=159888&amp;_fromfsb=&amp;_trksid=m270.l1313&amp;_odkw=Organic+coupons&amp;_osacat=159888">http://home.shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=Salad+Coupons&amp;_sacat=159888&amp;_fromf...</a></p> <p>Toms of Maine <br /><a href="http://home.shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=Tom%27s+COupons&amp;_sacat=159888&amp;_fromfsb=&amp;_trksid=m270.l1313&amp;_odkw=Kotex+COupons&amp;_osacat=159888" title="http://home.shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=Tom%27s+COupons&amp;_sacat=159888&amp;_fromfsb=&amp;_trksid=m270.l1313&amp;_odkw=Kotex+COupons&amp;_osacat=159888">http://home.shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=Tom%27s+COupons&amp;_sacat=159888&amp;_fro...</a></p> <p>Yougurt<br /><a href="http://home.shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=Yogurt+Coupons&amp;_sacat=159888&amp;_fromfsb=&amp;_trksid=m270.l1313&amp;_odkw=Salad+Coupons&amp;_osacat=159888" title="http://home.shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=Yogurt+Coupons&amp;_sacat=159888&amp;_fromfsb=&amp;_trksid=m270.l1313&amp;_odkw=Salad+Coupons&amp;_osacat=159888">http://home.shop.ebay.com/items/?_nkw=Yogurt+Coupons&amp;_sacat=159888&amp;_from...</a> </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/maggie-wells">Maggie Wells</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-great-coupon-debate">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/breaking-the-bread-code-how-to-get-the-freshest-loaf">Breaking the Bread Code: How to Get the Freshest Loaf</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/horizon-organic-milk-is-it-all-just-lies">Horizon Organic Milk: Is it All Just Lies?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-only-15-foods-that-are-worth-buying-organic">The Only 15 Foods That Are Worth Buying Organic</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-produce-workers-guide-to-choosing-fruits-and-vegetables">The Produce Worker&#039;s Guide to Choosing Fruits and Vegetables</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-ways-to-shop-for-food-cheaply-without-a-tedious-grocery-list">Grocery Shopping for the Cheap and Lazy</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink cutting coupons eating fresh organic Processed foods Thu, 16 Oct 2008 05:32:30 +0000 Maggie Wells 2523 at http://www.wisebread.com The Dirty Secrets of Food Processing. Strong Stomach required. http://www.wisebread.com/the-dirty-secrets-of-food-processing-strong-stomach-required <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-dirty-secrets-of-food-processing-strong-stomach-required" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/2842882315_7864f82fde_z.jpg" alt="milk cartons" title="milk cartons" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><span style="font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.7em;">Now, I know this is slightly off topic even though I've labelled this a food and drink article. But I like to think that &lsquo;living large&rsquo; is also about making wise decisions with your money. And when you see these revelations, you may think twice abut where your grocery money goes.</span></p> <p>The article was taken from a presentation written by Sally Fallon, the President of the <a href="http://www.westonaprice.org">Weston A. Price Foundation</a>. Sally is also a chef, nutrition researcher and founder of A Campaign for Real Milk. I won&rsquo;t give a complete transcript of the presentation, it&rsquo;s around 16 pages long and you can read it <a href="http://www.westonaprice.org/modern-foods/dirty-secrets-of-the-food-processing-industry">here</a> (it&rsquo;s both an excellent and worrying read.) But I will give some snippets of the story to make you look twice at a few things in your pantry and fridge. (See also: Is <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-health-food-worse-for-you-than-junk-food">&quot;Health Food&quot; Worse for You than Junk Food?</a>)</p> <h3>Food Processing &ndash; industrial damage</h3> <p>In modern times we favor factory and industrial processing, which destroys the nutrients in food rather than increasing them, and makes our food more difficult to digest. Furthermore, industrial processing depends upon products that have a negative impact on our health, such as sugar, white flour, processed and hydrogenated oils, additives, synthetic vitamins and an extrusion processing of grains. These are the tools of the food processing industry.</p> <h3>Packaged Cereal &ndash; now without goodness</h3> <p>Dry breakfast cereals are produced by a process called extrusion. A slurry of the grains is put into in a machine called an extruder, which forces them out of a hole at high temperature and pressure and turns them into pleasing shapes. Then a blade slices off each flake or shape, which is then sprayed with a coating of oil and sugar to make the cereal milk-proof and keep it crunchy. MMM.</p> <p>This process destroys most of the nutrients in the grains, including fatty acids and even the chemical vitamins added at the end. And ALL the boxed cereals are made this way, even ones sold in health food stores. It&rsquo;s all about cutting costs, not making nutritional food.</p> <h3>Rat Experiments</h3> <p>Four sets of rats were given special diets. One group received plain whole wheat, water and synthetic vitamins and minerals. A second group received puffed wheat (an extruded cereal), water and the same nutrient solution. A third set was given only water. A fourth set was given nothing but water and chemical nutrients.</p> <p>The rats given the vitamins, water and all the puffed wheat they wanted died within two weeks- even before the rats that got no food at all. Autopsy results revealed dysfunction of the pancreas, liver and kidneys and degeneration of the nerves of the spine, all signs of insulin shock. That was just one test. You can read more about the other tests in Sally&rsquo;s complete article.</p> <h3>Milk</h3> <p>Processing milk destroys it. You should be able to live exclusively on raw cow milk, but our industrial system puts dairy cows inside on cement and gives them foods they are not designed to eat&mdash;grain, soy, citrus peel cake and bakery waste. In turn, these cows produce watery milk which is very low in fat.</p> <p>Milk from these industrial cows is shipped to milk factories, where lots can go wrong. The largest milk poisoning in American history was in 1985. More than 5,000 people across three states fell ill after a &quot;pasteurization failure&quot; at an Illinois plant.</p> <p>In these factories, milk is completely remade. 1st, it&rsquo;s separated into fat, protein and other solids and liquids. These are reconstituted to set levels for whole, low-fat and no-fat milks; in other words, the milk is reconstituted to be completely uniform. Of the reconstituted milks, whole milk is the closest to original cow's milk.</p> <p>The butterfat left over goes into butter, cream, cheese, toppings and ice cream. The dairy industry loves to sell low fat milk and skim milk because they make a lot more money from butterfat when consumers buy it as ice cream.</p> <h3>Milk Allergies</h3> <p>Many people, particularly children, cannot tolerate the stuff we call milk. That&rsquo;s because the pasteurization process deforms and denatures the proteins in milks to such an extent that when we drink it, the body mounts an immune response instead of deriving instant nourishment.</p> <p>Fortunately what we call real milk, that is full-fat milk from pasture-fed cows, milk that is not pasteurized, processed or homogenized, is becoming more available (see realmilk.com).</p> <h3>Powdered Milk</h3> <p>A note on the production of skim milk powder: liquid milk is forced through a tiny hole at high pressure, and then blown out into the air. This causes a lot of nitrates to form and the cholesterol in the milk is oxidized. Those of you who are familiar with my work know that cholesterol is your best friend; you don't have to worry about natural cholesterol in your food; however, you do not want to eat oxidized cholesterol. Oxidized cholesterol contributes to the buildup of plaque in the arteries, to atherosclerosis. So when you drink reduced-fat milk thinking that it will help you avoid heart disease, you are actually consuming oxidized cholesterol, which initiates the process of heart disease.</p> <h3>Orange Juice</h3> <p>In processing, the whole orange is put into the machine. And when they put the oranges in the vats and squeeze them, all the nasty pesticides go straight into the juice.</p> <p>A study carried out in Hawaii found that consumption of fruit and fruit juices was the number one dietary factor for the development of Alzheimer's disease. The researchers speculated that the real culprits were the pesticides used in fruit.</p> <p>The FDA has decreed that we can no longer buy raw juice, because it might be a source of pathogens. But they have found fungus that is resistant to pressure and heat in the processed juices. They also found E. coli in orange juice that was pressure resistant and had survived pasteurization.</p> <p>Another study shows just how toxic and damaging these juices are to teeth. They found that rats had more tooth decay from these commercial juices than they did from soda pop!</p> <p>And have you ever wondered why processed orange juice stays cloudy, why the solids do not settle? Well, soy protein combined with soluble pectin is added, keeping the juice permanently cloudy. Good to know if you have a soy allergy, right?</p> <h3>Processed Food Affects Fertility and Facial Structure</h3> <p>As children eat processed foods, with each generation the facial structure becomes more and more narrow. Healthy faces should be broad. When societies abandoned traditional diets and began to eat processed foods, the next generation was much more susceptible to diseases of every sort.</p> <p>We know from animal studies that if you continue a deficient diet for three generations, reproduction ceases and that's what we're seeing now. About 25% of couples are infertile. If we don't go back to a diet that produces good health, the human race will eventually die out.</p> <h3>To sum up...</h3> <p>As I say, the complete article by Sally Fallon goes into so much more detail, and also covers topics like natural and artificial flavors, hydrogenated oils and trans fats. I urge you to read it, then to look much more closely at the labels on all of your grocery store items.</p> <p>Spend your money wisely, yes. But don&rsquo;t always go for the cheap foods, because the more expensive, genuinely organic alternative may cost a little more but it certainly won&rsquo;t be as costly to your health.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-dirty-secrets-of-food-processing-strong-stomach-required">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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