Keep It Real Thursday – My Rant on Frozen Peanut Butter Pie

 

Welcome to Keep It Real Thursdays! You’re invited to come and share your real food recipes using the Linky below. We’re excited to see what yummy things you’ve been creating and what great informational posts and videos you’ve got for us!

I recently read a blog post from some blog called… I don’t remember exactly, but it was something like “healthy and thin” or was it “healthy and skinny?”

I ended up there because I clicked on a photo through Pinterest for some peanut butter pie thingy (when I’m mad I barely speak in real English so bear with me). I’m a sucker for peanut butter desserts. It’s a real weakness. But it has to be made with real ingredients. Boy was I disappointed.

The recipe I happened to click on consisted of some aspartame sweetener of sorts and light/no fat frozen whipped topping. If you don’t already know this, frozen whipped topping is made up of weird edible oil products and 90% of the ingredients aren’t real food.

There’s nothing wrong with low fat if it naturally occurs that way. Take a carrot for instance. Carrots are a healthy low fat treat and its a real food. Avocados are high fat, but contain healthy essential fats good for the body. The real problem with these no fat/low fat products is that they are so processed that they no longer resemble food, at least not to our digestive systems.

But I thought low-fat was good for me?

Even the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute is claiming this as a good alternative to real whipped cream. This is scary!

Also noted under healthy fat choices according to the NHLBI are vegetable oil including canola, soft margarine and spray oils. I find this also quite scary. Click on “healthy fat choices” and “soft margarine” for 2 great articles given by the Healthy Home Economist on these topics and why real fat is good for you. For a few good laughs, check out the NHLBI recommended low fat alternatives. They make all kinds of recommendations for a low fat substitute to real food. Most aren’t real food.

Who’s Right?

So is the lady behind “healthy and skinny/thin” right? Is this fat free frozen whipped topping dessert actually a good healthy, low fat dessert?

With all the conflicting information out there, what do you believe?

Ultimately you decide. But common sense would dictate that natural products that came from the earth, untouched by modern technology and engineering is probably a better option….

There is so much information out there stating that low fat is good and that it’s indeed better to eat fake low fat foods than real high fat foods. Even the NHLBI thinks this (or some margarine company has deep pockets), so she is definitely not alone. After all, its the companies with the most ad dollars that win our hard earned money. You know the companies like Dannon touting the benefits of no fat yogurt being eaten by skinny, happy, healthy people spread on magazine pages and television commercials. But who benefits from the population buying into this notion? They do of course! We on the other hand are getting sicker and fatter every day.

Luckily the research that stood against low fat, fake products and that has always been there is gaining some traction. The internet has been a great tool for getting the word out there. Stop eating processed low fat packaged food! Eat real food, food with one ingredient on the package, and stop the low fat madness. Just to cover my bases, I don’t mean run out and eat french fries deep fried in rancid canola oil or southern fried chicken and pizzas either.

Now, back to whipped topping…

Here’s an experiment done by Jonathan Fields you may find interesting. He wanted to show his young daughter why frozen whip topping wasn’t a good choice as far as it came to food. He placed a bowl of frozen whipped topping on the counter, and left it there, for 12 days. Yup, 12 days. It stayed unchanged for 12 days. Click here if you’re interested in seeing the photos.

If you want a real break down of what you can expect to find in these frozen dairy products this source I found to be helpful without being over the top scientific. Click here.

Now do you still want to eat Cool Whip? If you’re wondering about the additives in other foods here’s a great resource for a food additives guide. It doesn’t have everything but it’s a good place to start. Food Additives Guide. You may even want to print it out to carry with you while your grocery shopping.

Oh yeah baby! You know that whip topping came from a can!

Fat Free & Laden With Fake Sugars Makes You FAT AND SICK

I also want to mention that it’s not fat free if it’s loaded with sugar or high fructose corn syrup, especially the latter of the two. High fructose is instantly stored as fat. It may have not contained a ton of fat before you ate it but it sure as hell turns into fat as soon as you eat it.

Why?

It’s completely foreign to the body and as a result the liver doesn’t know how to process it, so it turns it into fat until it can “figure out” what to do with it. Don’t believe me? Here’s an earlier post I wrote with an excellent link to an hour and a half long talk explaining the “why and how” of our body processing high fructose and other refined sugars. Real fat on the other had is readily used by the body and is used as fuel and energy. Eating real healthy fats does not make you fat.

Now the dessert was also made with some kind of Sweet-N-Low or aspartame. I’m not even going to get started on aspartame. If I have to serve (I work at a restaurant) one more pregnant lady a diet coke I’ll probably go postal!

Does whipped topping make a healthy dessert or not?

You decide.

But all I hear from phrases like “eat low fat fake food, hopped up on chemically engineered sugar it will make you healthy vibrant and young” (marketed in a much more clever way of course) is…

You’ll be skinny, that’s all that matters. In the end you’ll be dying of weird cancers and other never heard of diseases (at least before the 21st century), but you’ll be skinny. That’s the most important thing right? Who cares if you’re dead by 50. You were once skinny.

Note: You can also be skinny by eating real fat, real food and exercising and live a long healthy happy life. We always have the right to choose.

Because I don’t want to end on a negative note, I would like to invite you to not only share all those healthy delicious recipes, articles and inspiring thoughts on life that you always do, but if you have a whole food peanut butter dessert share it with the community so there’s an alternative to those we so often see that are in fact poison.

What’s your take on this?

 

Keep It Real Thursday

Welcome to Keep It Real Thursday!

The Rules:

1. Introduce yourself, your blog, and what you’re about in the comment section and a small blurb about what you’re sharing. This way people can get to know you a little bit right off the hop and hopefully follow you as well.

2. Be sure to add a link in your post back to this post. Simple linky etiquette. This allows your readers to find other posts that may help them on their journey.

3. If you’re sharing recipes, the only requirement is that the ingredient list be comprised of real food only, that means non-processed food items. That being said, we are all in different places on our real food journey, some more advanced than others. I invite all of you to share, no matter where you are on your journey, but I ask you to stay mindful when sharing your recipes that this is a whole (real) food blog. This means, no ingredient lists that include edible oil products (velveeta, frozen whip topping), protein powders, ketchup, white flour, margarine or white and brown sugar.

4. Less of a rule but more a suggestion: Retweet,  Stumble, or Pin this post so EVERYONE gets more exposure and traffic. It’s win-win for everyone.

Don’t have a blog? That’s ok, we’d still love to hear from you. Write your recipes or tips in the comment section so we can get to know you too!

Now it’s your turn to share your whole food recipes and ideas!

I’m sharing this with Mangia Monday, Monday Mania, My Meatless Monday, Whole Foods Wednesday, Cast Party Wednesday, Allergy Free Wednesday, The Tasty Alternative, What’s Cooking Wednesday, Real Food Wednesday, Slightly Indulgent Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday, Fat Tuesday, Simple Lives Thursday, Full Plate Thursday, Freaky Friday, Fight Back Friday, and Foodie Friday.

48 Responses to Keep It Real Thursday – My Rant on Frozen Peanut Butter Pie

  1. Debbie @ Easy Natural Food July 26, 2012 at 5:46 am #

    Hi France, I’m sharing my latest healthy smoothie – tumeric and ginger!, and my Kohlrabi and Mango Salad. Thanks for hosting!
    http://easynaturalfood.com/2012/07/21/kohlrabi-and-mango-salad/http://easynaturalfood.com/2012/07/25/turmeric-and-ginger-smoothie/

  2. Homegrown & Healthy July 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm #

    I’m not submitting a post today but I just wanted to comment on your rant and how much I appreciate it! We live by the motto of “If it’s homemade then you can eat it” so if we want junky food like pie and whip cream we are welcome to it.. as long as I’m making it myself.  It makes me sad to know that people look to these food alternatives genuinly believing that they’re viable options– companies know better and should be ashamed to put items like these on shelves.

  3. Homegrown & Healthy July 26, 2012 at 12:56 pm #

    I’m not submitting a post today but I just wanted to comment on your rant and how much I appreciate it! We live by the motto of “If it’s homemade then you can eat it” so if we want junky food like pie and whip cream we are welcome to it.. as long as I’m making it myself. It makes me sad to know that people look to these food alternatives genuinly believing that they’re viable options– companies know better and should be ashamed to put items like these on shelves.

  4. Healthy Frugalista July 26, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    I left #23, Do You Have the Guts to Butcher a Chicken?.  Raising meat chickens looks easy, but eventually they have to be butchered.  It’s a look at a newbies experience.  I’m wondering if raising my own meat chickens would be worth it.

  5. GlutenFreeHappyTummy July 26, 2012 at 2:02 pm #

    THanks for Hosting! I left # 26! I shared my SCD Cauliflower Pizza! It’s Gluten Free, Vegan, Specific Carb Diet and Body Ecology Diet friendly! 

  6. Lauren @ Empowered Sustenance July 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm #

    Thanks for hosting! I am sharing a super easy strawberry mousse which is egg, dairy, nut, soy, grain, and sugar free. It even has a vegan option!

  7. Mjskit July 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm #

    Thank you for such an interesting post! Loved the pictures of the 12 days of CoolWhip! The first I tried it years and years ago, I just knew it wasn’t right. I’ve never bought the stuff, but unfortunately, I have family members that still use it in spite of my ranting. :) The only thing you find in my fridge is organic butter and when I need cream or whipping cream for some reason, organic real cream. Even if one doesn’t care about the health benefits, I think the difference in taste should convince one in the right direction. Anyway, great post and thanks for hosting!

  8. AvocadoPesto July 26, 2012 at 5:14 pm #

    Thanks for hosting! Today I shared a vegan zucchini saute recipe! 

  9. Karen (Back Road Journal) July 26, 2012 at 7:03 pm #

    I would much rather have the real ingredients not as often than have the fake anytime.

  10. Barb @ Frugal Local Kitchen July 26, 2012 at 7:46 pm #

    Ugh! Whipped topping – yuck! I’d much rather have the real thing. Thank you for the link to the fake ingredient info – very helpful!

    BTW, did you find a frozen peanut butter pie made from real ingredients?

  11. Jeanette Chen July 27, 2012 at 12:48 am #

    I think I’m going to try that experiment with my kids for fun – I remember explaining to them that “soft” chocolate cookies in the package had additives to make them stay soft for month. After all, most fresh cookies harden after just one day. I linked up two recipes – Roasted Brussels Sprout Chips and Sesame Summer Squash Stir-Fry. Thanks for hosting France and for the great information.

  12. Brandis Roush July 27, 2012 at 12:52 am #

    I have always hated Cool Whip- I think it’s disgusting.  I think I was a real foodie even before I knew I was:)  But since I didn’t see another one posted, I think I’m going to try to make a similar recipe with REAL ingredients, because I think it sounds good!

  13. Michelle Pfennighaus, CHC July 28, 2012 at 1:13 am #

    Hi there, just found your blog and it reminded me so much of a series of posts I recently wrote, including the one I shared above ranting about Special K bars! I’m all about real food made accessible to the average person.

    • France Morissette July 30, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

      Hi Michelle,
      Thanks for stopping by and letting us know about your series and rants. It’s great to have more bloggers informing people about our “fake” health food that our government and grocery stores like to promote as good for us!

  14. Laura Mullin July 28, 2012 at 1:59 am #

    Well now I think it behooves you to create a peanut butter pie that actually is healthy! (or at least healthier than your typical peanut butter pie).

  15. Laura Mullin July 28, 2012 at 1:59 am #

    Well now I think it behooves you to create a peanut butter pie that actually is healthy! (or at least healthier than your typical peanut butter pie).

  16. Joanna @ Plusothergoodstuff August 3, 2012 at 2:14 am #

    My mom makes a delicious peanut butter pie with whipped topping. But I recently made peanut butter chocolate ice cream with grass-fed milk and cream, natural sweeteners, natural peanut butter, and dark chocolate…and it tasted almost exactly like the peanut butter pie but WAY healthier! My mom tried some and she’s now inspired to find a way to make her peanut butter pie healthier. :)

    • France Morissette August 3, 2012 at 7:20 am #

      Wow that’s super inspiring. Good for you Joanna. Let us know if you find a winner. I think there’s a few people reading this right now looking for a healthier option too!

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