Everything wrong with our nutrition in one simple commercial

OK, I have to admit, I can’t find the commercial in question….so…bear with me.

I was watching Good Morning America and a commercial for Jimmy Dean Delights aired. This particular commercial had two ladies sitting at a table around lunch time eating a salad. Of course, the salad was just a bowl of ice berg lettuce, and I am not exaggerating. They were both bummed that that was what they had to eat for lunch – and who wouldn’t be?! Then comes in a moron dressed like the sun and he suggests some Jimmy Dean Delights for lunch time, like a ham and cheese sandwich – all under 300 calories!

We have all seen the sun:

This is where we go SOOOO wrong with our nutrition.

If you do a salad right, then you do like I do. I have salad often and it can be really, really simple yet tasty and very nutritious. For example, several times last week I brought some spinach and lettuce for a base, topped with part of a packet of vegetables (pre packaged broccoli, zucchini stems, carrots and some sort of bean pod – all fresh, no additives), tuna I found at Costco with NO SOY (so happy to find tuna with no soy!), raisins and mayo (homemade with egg, mustard and olive oil). I get my protein, carbs and fat all with minimal ingredients and high quality.

Let’s compare with the ingredients from the ham sandwich that Jimmy Dean is selling (straight from their website):

INGREDIENTS: PRETZEL ROLL: ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, MALTED BARLEY FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), WATER, SUGAR, SOYBEAN OIL, CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF YEAST, SALT, BAKING SODA, MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES, SOY FIBER, CALCIUM SULFATE, CALCIUM PEROXIDE, DIAMMONIUM PHOSPHATE, TRICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, GUAR GUM, CALCIUM CARBONATE, DATEM, ASCORBIC ACID, ENZYMES, NATURAL & ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, DEXTROSE, MALTODEXTRIN, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, AUTOLYZED YEAST EXTRACT, SILICON DIOXIDE, CALCIUM PROPIONATE (PRESERVATIVE). SMOKED HAM: CURED WITH WATER, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS: SALT, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, SUGAR, POTASSIUM LACTATE, SODIUM LACTATE, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, DEXTROSE, SMOKE FLAVOR, SODIUM DIACETATE, SODIUM ERYTHORBATE, SODIUM NITRITE. SHARP CHEDDAR CHEESE: PASTEURIZED MILK, CHEESE CULTURES, SALT, ENZYMES AND ANNATTO COLOR.

That’s a LOT to take in. What if we just focus on the ham. I mean, it’s just ham, right? Just some pork? Not even close.

SMOKED HAM: CURED WITH WATER, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS: SALT, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, SUGAR, POTASSIUM LACTATE, SODIUM LACTATE, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, DEXTROSE, SMOKE FLAVOR, SODIUM DIACETATE, SODIUM ERYTHORBATE, SODIUM NITRITE

That is 13 ingredients in HAM. HAM!! Why does it need so many? Why does it need SUGAR?! Why does it need SOY?! It’s just plain gross.

But, hey, it’s only 300 calories (or less)!!

In that sandwich with a pretzel roll, ham and cheese we have 46 ingredients – and I am not even sure that is correct. I can’t tell when some of that “food” ends and the next “food” ingredient begins. What in the ever living fuck is DIAMMONIUM PHOSPHATE and TRICALCIUM PHOSPHATE??

I don’t think I need to go any further. Sure, the Jimmy Dean “food” is cheap and easy, but since when is cheap and easy good? If I buy a car I don’t want cheap and easy and when I buy a car I plan on having it for 5-10 years, if I am lucky. I hope to have this body for a lot longer than 5-10 years.

Eat real food, people.

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