By Bridget LeRoy
So I impulse-bought this fabulous-looking can of Green Iced Tea today. It was a tall can, like the Arizona brand, but spouted "all-natural" this and "no artificial" that all over its can.
The label said:
Flavored with Ginseng and Honey
Far East Style
Yeah, well....only if you consider that those natural, non-artificial Far Easterners are flavoring their Green Tea with sucralose!
I have a terrible reaction to sucralose, also known as Splenda. It feels like I've been stabbed in the solar plexus for about 12 hours after I ingest even tiny amounts of the stuff.
But it said "All Natural" on the can. So why would I read the ingredients? Of course, I didn't, until I had to pull over to the side of the road because of the pain.
And then I saw it. Sucralose, aka Splenda, aka PAIN. I felt like an idiot, but who knew? Usually there's a big ol' oval on the front that says "Sweetened with Splenda."
There are plenty of people out there who don't want to give up their diet drinks, and that's fine. Yay for you if you can take it. But don't you think something marked as natural should be natural?
This is why Pamela and I, and my family, try to eat as organically as possible. Because there are all sorts of laws being passed without our knowledge or approval, deals being made in congressional hallways and below stairs, so these manufacturers can continue getting away with this kind of crap by greasing the right palms.
My point is, read labels. You'll be surprised by what is in some of the products marked "all natural."
To be safe, try to eat food that remembers where it came from. The more natural, the better. The more processed, the worse it is for you. Nobody's perfect, but making healthier choices is like money in the bank for those times when you just can't resist the chocolate cake.
Oh, and La Vie Organic will be carrying organic chocolates with all kinds of healthy ingredients and elixirs in them. Order when you order your veggies and other specialty items. Chocolate that's really good for you!