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As you all know, I just spent a week in AZ with our dd and family.  Our daughter has been on the HCG diet-the one where she injects herself with the pregnancy hormone and eats a lot of protein and veggies.

So far, so good-she’s lost 18 pounds.  One night I went with her to my personal favorite food hang-out:  Sprouts.

Besides a lot of lean proteins, she has to eat a lot of veggies and Sprout’s has a fantastic selection of them, fruits and all kinds of speciality diet/nutritional fare.

Sarah wanted to check out the selection of program accepted products from Walden Farms.  They are supposed to have calorie/fat/sugar free items.

They did:  salad dressings, BBQ sauces, chocolate syrups, jams and other dessert toppings.

I’m not opposed to such items-I do use some of them.  But this array got me to wondering:  How exactly does one create items with “0” calories and no nutritional items apparant in these products and still call them food?

Take the “0” calorie marshmallow creme-how can it be true?  even if you use a no cal sweetener, egg whites have some calories.  And even though cocoa powder is very, very low in calories and fat- it still has some.

How can a fruit spread have no “sugar” or calories if it has fruit in it???

My daughter says the Bacon Ranch dressing is to “die for“.  Still wondering here-how can it be “free“, what do they do-encapsulate the smell of the bacon and somehow push it into the fake buttermilk???

Amazing what can be done with edible chemicals, isn’t it?

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      Mary Clark wrote Jan 23, 2012
    • So this has me wondering now. If they can alter these foods to be “no” calories...then exactly what is in them?  I would much rather eat something that was placed there by God and eat it in moderation than to put chemicals in my body that I don’t know what they are or what they can do to me.  That’s just me.  

      Congrats on her weight loss.....



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Jan 23, 2012
    • Unfortunately, our bodies have no real way of processing these foods as actual “foods.” It messes with our metabolism. These items are ok for once in a while to satisfy our taste for something that has too many fat grams or calories for our needs but I wouldn’t make any of it a regular habit. The human body is meant to take in nutrients, fiber, water - primarily from food.



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      Carine Nadel wrote Jan 23, 2012
    • cynthia, that’s what I pointed out to her.  kind of scary to me.  I tend to be as “whole foods” as possible. I do use splenda or truvia to sweeten my coffee and sugar free syrup once in a blue moon when I make waffles or the Hungry Girl fake sweet potato casserole, but I’d rather use items that have “food” listed as ingredients.

      plus, from what I’ve heard w/ this diet-it works really well, but the challenge (like all programs) is when the shots cease, is to keep eating and exercising the same way or obviously the weight just piles back on.



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      Vikki Hall wrote Jan 24, 2012
    • That is exactly why when I am on the pop I go straight for the regular coke vs diet!



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      Carine Nadel wrote Jan 24, 2012
    • I only have soda when I’m really queasy and then, yes, I’ll admit to having the diet version.



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      Nita P wrote Jan 29, 2012
    • i go for the real food, nothing artificial and allow myself smaller portions.  all in moderation.  i am wary of any synthetic foods.  hind site of these particular foods may come at the cost of your health.



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