Wednesday, November 23, 2005


Sad Day for Healthy Eating: Mott's "Original" Apple Sauce Has High Fructose Corn Syrup

I trusted Mott's, as a matter of fact, I've recommended Mott's as one of the few food mega-companies who doesn't seem to add the nutritional nightmare High Fructose Corn Syrup to its products. This evening, my smiling husband held up a small jar of Mott's "Original" Apple Sauce, I accepted his choice calmly, without questioning it, because of my trust in Mott's. Oh, but when I tasted that ultra-sweet, unnaturally sweet sauce, I asked my husband, "does it have high fructose corn syrup?". He had his glasses on and could easily read the eeny-print ingredients; his face fell. "It does. Oh my God, I didn't check before, forgive me".

Make an emphatic note that Mott's originally introduced apple sauce in 1930, so naming a product that contains HFCS as "original" is a gross misnomer since HFCS was first manufactured in the 1970s. I'm writing Mott's the strongest language letter I can muster, I am functionally allergic to HFCS, I now can feel the headache, the acceleration in my nervous system that accompany any unwitting consumption of food sweetened with HFCS.

As I reported on my Yahoo! 360 blog, just last Saturday, my husband drank two strawberry frappés which had HFCS and made him sick. To prove how bad HFCS-sweetened food is, I leave food tainted with HFCS out to see if any of the ants that normally attack any food I leave out, will come near it. Last time I carried out my experiment, not a single ant attacked. So, I concluded, if HFCS is not good for the ants, why would it be good for your family and you?

blogged by: Frances M. Pabon


Parenting Tip: ToySafety.Net

Before Santa Claus goes on her/his shopping expedition for the toys her/his children want this Christmas, make sure to visit to research the toys on the buy list or to read guidelines on what not to buy.

blogged by: Frances M. Pabon

Tuesday, November 22, 2005


Not One Pair of Leggings In This One

My Gaiam holiday catalogue arrived yesterday. Just touching it feels good, it's made of recycled paper with natural ink. Browsing thru it is like discovering the world of green housekeeping -- furniture, linen, detergents, appliances, decor, solar-powered christmas lights, exercise equipment -- making my wish list look like eco-heaven. The organic sweaters are on sale, but there is not a single pair of leggings listed to round out the outfit. No problem.

blogged by: Frances M. Pabon

Sunday, November 20, 2005


Whole Foods Open on Thanksgiving in Massachusetts? Forget it.

Enforcing laws that date back to Puritan times, Massachusetts has warned all Whole Foods markets in the state to remain closed this Thanksgiving. Planning ahead is crucial this year in Beantown for all health-conscious holiday-celebrating folks.

blogged by: Frances M. Pabon

Monday, November 07, 2005


Boost for Organic Movement or Bust?

My surprise today: to read Prince Charles of England is a gung-ho organic farmer, who visited another organic farmer in Northern California last Saturday, November 5th. I wonder whether Charles helps or hurts the organic movement.... I hope he helps.

Update, today, Monday, November 7th, on the last day of their U.S. tour, Charles and his wife Camilla, visited an organic garden planted by students of Martin Luther King Middle School in Berkeley, California. Photo to the right, which I love for the energetic young man on the background, was taken then.

Sigh! When will our own "royalty" of politicians take their clues from Charles?

blogged by: Frances M. Pabon

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