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Activia Yogurt Is A Bunch Of Hype

In my opinion Activia is probably one of the worst fake healthy foods available on the market. Every single time I see Jamie Lee Curtis shilling this stuff on TV I want to throw a shoe at her. I guess her residuals from Halloween aren’t coming in like they used to so she had to resort to this. The worst part is that Activia knows that what they are promoting isn’t healthy, that the claims that it makes when it comes to helping solve your digestion issues are unsubstantiated. In fact they are so confident that they are lying that they settled out of court a few years ago when they were sued concerning the false claims that they were making about their products. Would you honestly want to buy a product from a company that is this shady?

There are now a wide range of Activia products so I am just going to concentrate on their regular strawberry and their light strawberry varieties. Let’s look at the regular kind first.

The first things that stand out when looking at the ingredients is sugar and fructose. One type of sugar wasn’t good enough so they decided two would be better! That really is an awful lot of sugar for something that is supposed to be healthy and good for you, especially when it is third and fourth on the ingredients list. Is it just me or is there a whole lot of ingredients in it? Yogurt does not that many binders! Also, there is carmine in it, which is a coloring derived from the boiled wings of an insect. It may be a natural way to get a color but if you are a vegetarian that would be something to avoid I would think. The only thing I will give them credit for is that they use real strawberries, however they have added ‘natural flavors’ which kind of messes the whole idea of using real fruit up. Lastly, I want to talk about their patented ingredient, the one they brag about helping your digestive system; bifidus regularis. They claim that this pro-biotic culture helps regulate your digestive system, but this fact is not proven! They are selling this product almost entirely based upon one ingredient that scientifically isn’t proven to help your digestive system. Shame on them! Never mind the fact that for it to supposedly work you have to eat it three times a day for two weeks. Funny, they don’t mention that on their website. Also, some people report getting very bad stomach aches from it, making their digestive systems even worse than they were before they started eating it. This product sure sounds like it’s healthy, doesn’t it?

Their light version of the same product has pretty much the same ingredients. Our friend fructose is there again, but this time he is joined by aspartame AND sucralose. That’s right, not only is their sugar, there are also TWO types of artificial sweeteners! Artificial sweeteners are known to cause a lot of people to have stomach issues, so why would it be in a  product that claims to help balance your digestive system? It makes no sense to me why people would eat this thinking that there stomach issues will get better by doing so.

The fact that there are so many different Activia products around now just proves the fact that the American public do not read labels or do simple research into the claims of the products that they consume.  If people ate more healthy they wouldn’t even need to try eating products such as this that claim to help them digest food better.

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Fake Health Food: Kashi

I’m not going to lie, until recently I had a bowl of Kashi GoLean cereal just about every morning and I felt pretty good about eating it. After all it had a lot of protein and fiber in it, just what my body needs. Then something alarming started to happen, I became more and more aware of what I was putting into my body and some of the websites I began to visit discussed how Kashi really isn’t as healthy as it reports itself to be. At first I was in a state of denial, ‘ My Kashi wouldn’t include GMO laced ingredients in their products, it just wouldn’t!’, but as time progressed I finally saw the light; the Kashi brand is a fake health food

Kashi bills itself as a natural brand that is healthy to eat and feel good about. They make only a few organic products, so mostly they are using the term ‘natural’ as a marketing gimmick for people to buy their food. The ingredients themselves, for the most part, in their products aren’t bad; no HFCS for example. However, the majority of them are not organic or healthy because they contain GMOs. Here is what Kashi has to say on their Facebook page when they are confronted on the issue:

We are listening and can appreciate your concern about GMOs. We also believe in organic agriculture as an important tool in a sustainable food system. That’s why 46% of our annual grain supply is organically grown and we source about 35 million pounds of organic ingredients per year. As a result, we have increased our production of organic foods significantly since 2004. We hope that you and your members will purchase more organic foods from Kashi and other manufacturers as it may help to increase the amount of organic ingredients available in the US. From Kathy at Kashi

So, according to them they use less than half organic ingredients in their products, meaning that the other 54% of ingredients are GMO based. That isn’t exactly natural is it. It certainly doesn’t make me think of one of their employees walking through a jungle fondling mangoes like they do in those commercials that they run. All natural should mean ingredients that are not based on something that is created in a lab.

On their website they have something called ‘Make A Real Food Promise’:

To living well. To eating better. To ingredients grown in the sun. To giving your body the good food it needs. To a better you. To choosing real, whole foods that care for you and the environment.

I’m sorry but 54% of the ingredients that you use are not ‘real, whole foods’. Instead, some scientist at Monsanto threw a bunch of chemicals together and created a frankenfood concoction, that is anything but what you say that you represent and support.

Kellogg’s, which owns Kashi, certainly took the ‘natural’ foods gig and ran with it, didn’t they? You won’t find the Kellogg’s name anywhere on any of the Kashi products, or on the website. Perhaps because they know that savvy shoppers automatically can figure out that their products are overly processed junk foods that contain equally junk ingredients. By purchasing Kashi they automatically bought into the ‘natural’ foods market and started a blitz advertising campaign acting like they are the warriors for ‘real food’. Their commercials always have one of their bohemian employees walking around touching food, nodding at native people and talking about how concerned they are about the environment. Well, if Kellogg’s really cared about the environment they wouldn’t be purchasing GMO laced ingredients, would they? GMO crops contaminate other crops and who knows what the hell the end product does to our health!

All of this has me thinking about whether or not Kashi’s organic products are actually organic. Why only make a few organic and not the rest? It’s like they got lazy at their factory and decided it wasn’t worth trying to be truly healthy all the way. Do they even make their organic cereals in dedicated facilities, or do they make them on the same machines as they make their non-organic products? I guess we’ll never know.

Do you know what I would like to see? More lawsuits brought upon companies such as this who claim that their food is healthy and natural when in fact it contains GMOs. A lawsuit has been filed in California against ConAgra foods for promoting Wesson oils as 100% natural, when in fact it contains GMO ingredients. If this lawsuit goes through and succeeds it may set the stage for other companies being held responsible for their fake claims.

Never trust what a company says. If they are pushing their whole ‘natural’ angle so hard that it hurts chances are their product isn’t really as natural as they claim it to be. Always question these companies when it comes to their products and their advertising tactics.

Kellogg’s Smart Start Cereal Is Concentrated Evil

Kellogg’s Smart Start cereal claims to contain ‘Lightly sweetened, toasted multi-grain flakes and crunchy oat clusters.’ Doesn’t that sound nice and innocent? Kind of makes you want to run around a meadow in the Alps and sing some songs from The Sound Of Music. However, something dark and insidious is hiding in this cereal! Actually several dark and insidious things, but who’s counting?

Let’s take a look at the ingredients:

RICE, WHOLE GRAIN WHEAT, SUGAR, OAT CLUSTERS (SUGAR, TOASTED OATS [ROLLED OATS, SUGAR, CANOLA OIL WITH TBHQ AND CITRIC ACID TO PRESERVE FRESHNESS, MOLASSES, HONEY, BHT FOR FRESHNESS, SOY LECITHIN], WHEAT FLAKES, CRISP RICE [RICE, SUGAR, MALT, SALT], CORN SYRUP, POLYDEXTROSE, HONEY, CINNAMON, BHT [PRESERVATIVE], ARTIFICIAL VANILLA FLAVOR), HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SALT, HONEY, MALT FLAVORING, ALPHA TOCOPHEROL ACETATE (VITAMIN E), NIACINAMIDE, ZINC OXIDE, REDUCED IRON, SODIUM ASCORBATE AND ASCORBIC ACID (VITAMIN C), CALCIUM PANTOTHENATE, YELLOW #5, PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B6), RIBOFLAVIN (VITAMIN B2), THIAMIN HYDROCHLORIDE (VITAMIN B1), BHT (PRESERVATIVE), VITAMIN A PALMITATE, FOLIC ACID, BETA CAROTENE (A SOURCE OF VITAMIN A), VITAMIN B12 AND VITAMIN D.

My, that is a lot of sugar! Let me list them as I see them on there: sugar, sugar, sugar, molasses, honey, sugar, corn syrup, honey, high fructose corn syrup, and honey. I don’t think I have EVER seen that many sugar loaded ingredients listed in just one product! I believe that Kellogg’s has broken some sort of record by making this! I guess they consider this cereal to be a ‘smart start’ because you’ll get a sugar high that will last a few hours after eating it. TBHQ and BHT also make an appearance, which are both really bad preservatives and that are banned in other countries. I guess they are good enough for us though! Polydextrose is partying in there as an added source of fiber, even though it’s proven that it doesn’t have the same effect as fiber that occurs naturally in food. Then there is your friend and mine gold oldie yellow #5! Plus, look at all of the added vitamins! It has been proven that vitamins added to a food do not absorb into the body as well as vitamins that are naturally occurring in food.

I’m beginning to think that Kellogg’s is trying to secretly decrease the surplus population by poisoning them with this stuff! Let’s look at the stats and see if we have anything further to fear.


It doesn’t have any fat, BUT it has 43 grams of carbs! 43! That’s insane! There are 14 grams of sugar alone. Well, that doesn’t comes of a surprise considering how often sugar appears in the ingredients. All of the bad things in this monstrosity negates those poor added vitamins. How could they ever stand a chance with all of that damn sugar crowding them in like that! Kellogg’s ought to be ashamed of themselves for promoting this as a smart start to the day, a good source of fiber and for having antioxidants. If you want to eat those things without the added preservatives in this cereal than I suggest you eat a bowl of oatmeal with some blueberries. This is just another example of a company pushing their junk cereal as a healthy food product. Stay as far away from this cereal as you can!

The Lie That Is Fiber One

It seems like everybody sings the praises of Fiber One cereal, and all of the other related products of the same line, as a good source of fiber. However, I would like to argue that nothing could be further from the truth. Here I am going to discus the original cereal and the new 90 calorie Fiber One brownies that everybody in the online diet food community is talking about.

Let’s tackle that ‘deliciously simple’ cereal first, shall we? Here are the ingredients and stats:

Now, on the surface it may seem healthy by just looking at the stats since it has no sugar and 14 grams of fiber, however if you slide on over to the ingredients it’s a different story. Look closely and you will see that it contains aspartame. So that’s why it has no sugar! To market their product and sell it to the diet crowd they created a concoction that bills itself as nutritious and yet contains a very controversial ingredient. I have been eating pretty healthy for the last six months and not once have I tried this ‘cereal’, because of that one ingredient. Doctors and nutritionists who recommend this cereal really ought to be ashamed of themselves for promoting it since aspartame causes headaches and stomach issues for a pretty good percentage of people. Also there is the ‘color added’ bit. What the heck is that? Where does that coloring agent come from and why does it even need to be there?  This fake healthy breakfast cereal has launched more products than you can shake a stick at, so let’s look at those brownies:

First off you can see that ‘wheat flour bleached’ is the first ingredient. That’s just another term for white flour with minerals and vitamins added to it. The process that creates it makes a product that is not as healthy or nutritious as regular whole wheat flour. Next there is our old friend chicory root which causes gas and bloating in a lot of people. There are a lot of people that complain about some Fiber One products making them toot night and day and this is why. Then there are the chocolate flavored chips. They are using fake chocolate chips! Personally, if I am eating a brownie with chocolate chips I at least want real chocolate chips in it. Overall it’s not a very healthy product and not especially good for you.

Instead of buying into the Fiber One hype think of more creative ways to add fiber to you daily diet. I add ground flaxseed to my cereal every morning. Two tablespoons contain 6 grams of fiber and it’s a natural way to get it into your system instead of combining it with another ingredient that could make you ill. So, along with my high fiber Kashi cereal I am getting just about the same amount of fiber than is in a serving of Fiber One.

Fiber One is nothing but a fake ‘health’ product that needs to be exposed for what it is; a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Websites and people who endlessly promote it as a healthy breakfast choice, and all around recipe ingredient, don’t care about your health if they want you to eat this.

WhoNu? Cookies Are Anything But Healthy

When I saw the commercial for these I automatically knew that they had to be a fake ‘healthy’ food product. Yes, I am that jaded when it comes to food companies churning out these products. These cookies seem to be taking off because people don’t read labels and automatically trust these companies when it comes to nutrition. They are made by a company called Suncore Products and are based out of Denver. I’m under the suspicion that they are secretly owned by a larger company, but I may just be paranoid.

I know it looks small, just click on it and it will get magically huge! Anyway! Sugar is the first ingredient. Yes, the first ingredient! If a cookie is supposed to be healthy shouldn’t sugar be a bit further down on the list? I eat cookies with sugar but it’s never on the top of the list. However, it appears that having sugar at the top of the list wasn’t good enough for them, they also have added corn syrup to the mix. I guess being healthy now means eating two different kinds of sweetener in a cookie? WhoNu indeed! Also, you will see  ‘partially hydrogenated cottonseed and coconut oil’. It has trans fat! Now, the company claims it is reformulating their products but until they do I am going to say stay away from them for that reason alone! Also, the term ‘natural flavors’ sneaks in. What the heck are the natural flavors? Natural flavors are anything but natural, they are created in labs in order to make food taste ‘better’. Why companies get away with calling these flavors natural is beyond me! Hey, by the way I actually eat some products that have this on the label so you can’t get completely away from it unless you grow all of your own food. Choose your battles.

After all of those naughty ingredients are listed they go on to list the vitamins they added to the cookies. Now, if these cookies were healthy to begin with why would they need vitamins added to them? It really feels like a marketing gimmick to me so that they can get parents to buy these for their kids, thinking that they are giving them something that is nutritious. Tons of those ‘mom’ type blogs are promoting them which is a total shame. It’s a sad day when getting free food is more important to you than actually writing about what is in the box.


Wait a second here, it claims that it has no trans fat, and yet is has that partially hydrated oil. What’s up with that? It contains 160 calories for 3 cookies and the fat is 7 grams. I can eat 5 of Earth Fare’s organic ginger snap cookies for 150 calories and just 3 grams of fat. Both are about the same price, so which one do you think I’m going to choose?

I went on their Facebook page and asked them why do they call these cookies healthy when they have such ingredients on them. This was their response:

Megan, thanks for your feedback. High fructose corn syrup is an ingredient in our Chewy Chocolate Chip cookies. But we are now updating our recipe so it will be eliminated in the near future. WhoNu? cookies were made to deliver essential vitamins and minerals without sacrificing taste. They in no way are intended to replace healthy eating habits. If you have any questions, feel free to email our consumer services team – consumerservices@suncorepr​oducts.com.

In other words they are trying to say that they are not promoting it as a ‘healthy’ food. If you’ve see the commercials or the website you know that they are full of it. These companies, when questioned, always say this type of thing. If they weren’t trying to promote it as healthy then why brag about adding the vitamins to the cookies? Also, they make it seem like that foods with vitamins and minerals aren’t tasty enough so you have to add vitamins and minerals to things such as junk filled cookies to get people to eat healthy.

Adding ‘vitamins’ to these cookies doesn’t hide the fact that they are nothing but a a typical fake ‘health’ product. Don’t fall for this scam because you can easily find cookies with more healthy ingredients than these.