This morning I awoke to a rant.
@Sheepmama, a delightful woman whom I happily follow on twitter made the mistake of shopping casually and not reading the full ingredient list on a breakfast cereal purporting to be healthy. Consequently, when she noticed the list of ingredients she couldn't pronounce, along with the dreaded "High Fructose Corn Syrup," she got a little irritated, and I can't blame her.
Food marketers get away with far too many misleading statements.
She made a few great points about claiming that things are "all natural" and the notion that just because it's natural, it's good.
I have to agree with her. Everything was made from something found in nature. But there comes a point in the chemical processing when one has to step back and say "it ain't natural no more." Because it isn't. Saying "But we used corn to make it," does not mean that it is any less processed or unnatural than plastics, bleaches, solvents, or dioxins. It just means that the base material is one with which people are generally familiar.
Furthermore, corn isn't precisely the most natural thing out there. When one takes into consideration the pesticides frequently used in it's growth as well as the genetic engineering of the plant, it is very hard to argue that corn is itself a natural commodity these days.
In closing, she left us with this delicious sounding recipe for a crock pot cereal. Yum.
3 cups water, 2 1/2 cups quality apple juice, 1/2 cup barley, 1/2 cup steel cut oats, 1/2 cup dried cranberries, 1/2 cup dried apricots,chop (here)
1/4 cup quinoa, 1/4 cup wheat berries, 1/4 tsp salt, 1/4 cup honey (here)
Put everything except the honey in the rockppt overnight. If desired ad l&d the honey in the morning. Top w toasted sliced almonds. Enjoy! (here)
Somehow I like an ingredient list I can understand.
Do you have any simple alternatives for a healthy/ier breakfast?