I saw a commercial yesterday where two trim ladies walk into an apartment owned by one of them. Both in workout gear and acting exhausted as it was apparent they just got back from a tough workout of some sort. The owner goes to the fridge and gets two bowls of strawberries while the other lays down on the floor….apparently still suffering from the workout. The one getting the strawberries puts some whip cream on top – Reddi Whip – and serves. The one on the floor is shocked! How could you ruin your workout with whip cream?! The other tells her there is only 15 calories per serving. All is good in the world – belly up!
First, according to Reddi Whip’s website there are 15 calories per two tablespoons of cream and the amount they put on those strawberries in the commercial is more than two tablespoons.
Second, what’s actually in it. We all know – or you SHOULD KNOW – that calories are not the most important thing on the label, the ingredients are the most important thing. When looking at the Reddi Whip website for ingredients the first thing I found was this:
Product formulations and packaging may change. For the most current information regarding a particular product, please refer to the product package.
That doesn’t give me a sense of relief. I read this to mean that at any point in time you might get a bottle of Reddi Whip and it might have different ingredients versus the last bottle I purchased. Who knows what is in it?? Who cares?! It tastes good and only has 15 calories!! On the front page of their website it does have a picture of ingredients and it is highlighting that the first ingredient is cream, which is good. But the third ingredient is sugar and so is the fourth (corn syrup). It also contains something called “Mono- and diglycerides carrageenan”. That doesn’t sound like food.
Why not just eat the strawberries and call it good? I will never forget the story told in It Starts with Food when the Hartwig’s recall a seminar in which someone asked if they could put a sugar substitute on their strawberries to make them sweeter. What’s sweeter in nature than strawberries?! Strawberries are about as sweet as anything in this world, outside of pure sugar. If you eat a bowl of strawberries and think you need to sweeten them up with something your palate is gone and you need a serious re-education on food and what is good for you.
Next up is my boss. He is trying to lose 10 or 15 pounds. He isn’t a big man by any means and I am guessing he can’t lose much more than 10 or 15 pounds, but he is too concerned about avoiding fat. I have tried to educate him in round about ways over the past year or so, but he continually brings in junk that he thinks is healthy, but it isn’t.
Yesterday was the kicker. He brought these into work and was happy because they were “fish” and had “zero fat”.
Again, what’s in them? This proved to be difficult for this product. The website doesn’t have the information and searching on Google took more work than most products – a lot more. If you can’t find the ingredients online then the manufacturer is definitely trying to hide something. ABORT!! ABORT!!! AVOID!!! ABORT!!
Crab sticks (imitation crab meat, seafood sticks, krab) are a form of kamaboko, a processed seafood made of finely pulverized white fish flesh (surimi), shaped and cured to resemble leg meat of snow crab or Japanese spider crab.
So it isn’t crab? It’s just white fish? Then why is it pink? They must add something to it. I can’t find any ingredient information on what is in these things. I did find an article on sfgate.com about if they are healthy are not. The article leads off with:
Imitation crab is made with a type of fish called surimi. Manufacturers add fillers, flavoring and color to surimi to mimic the taste, texture and color of real crab legs. Imitation crab meat is a versatile ingredient that costs far less than the real thing. The meat can be used in many dishes and contains certain nutrients that are essential in a healthy diet. However, imitation crab does have nutritional drawbacks that decrease its overall nutritional value.
But then in the second paragraph goes on to say:
Imitation crab is low in calories and fat, which makes it an appropriate addition to your diet if you are watching your weight or trying to shed excess pounds. Choosing low-calorie and low-fat foods is also a healthy way to protect yourself from chronic illnesses such as heart disease.
I stopped reading. The author obviously still thinks the food pyramid is valid.
I wouldn’t eat a “food” that doesn’t list it’s ingredients anywhere on the internet. It isn’t just crab, that much is obvious, so what’s in it? I’m not willing to find out.