So, everyone likes to start a new week off with a fresh start.
That’s why I thought I would begin something called ‘Meaningful Mondays.’
I will share a story, article or personal experience, mind, body, or fitness related, in hopes of providing a purpose or focus to your new week. Basically, a way to get the week started off on a good note. Because, some of us can you all the help we can get, especially on Mondays!
This weeks post will focus on the body and being mindful of what we put in it.
I follow a fitness/ clean eating blogger, LiveFitJourney.com, (which I highly recommend to any of my health or fitness oriented friends) and this week she had an especially interesting article.
Actually, the subject of the article is one I’ve often wanted to tackle myself but…was too lazy:
THE MCDONALD’S EGG WHITE McMUFFIN
In the article she compares the new egg white McMuffin to one she makes at home.
She breaks down the calories, fat, carbs, and protein.
Surprisingly, there wasn’t much difference in the two, with the exception of the protein (hers had more).
She didn’t compare the price of the McMuffin in comparison to making it at home, which I would imagine her version would come out cheaper or about the same.
But, here’s the difference…are you ready for it….the ingredients list!
The McDonald’s egg whites ingredient listing is as follows:
McDonald’s Egg Whites:Ingredients: Egg Whites.
Prepared with Liquid Margarine: Liquid Soybean Oil and Hydrogenated Cottonseed and Soybean Oils, Water, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Mono-and Diglycerides, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate (Preservatives), Artificial Flavor, Citric Acid, Vitamin A Palmitate, Beta Carotene (Color).
Her homemade McMuffin ingredient listing is as follows:
Wow! I mean…whoa!
The moral of her post is to prove that not everything a company promotes as being ‘healthy’ is actually ‘healthy.’
She goes on to provide a simple (like the easiest recipe ever) recipe for an egg white McMuffin…a healthier version.
I’m sure McDonald’s would defend the ingredients list and say that these aren’t harmful ingredients but required for mass production of the McMuffin. That could be the case.
However, why? Why are there 14 ingredients in one part of the McMuffin, in something that really should be 1 ingredient…egg whites! Granted these ingredients are not too foreign to the vocabulary but how much oil does one need to consumer in an egg white?
The act of separating the egg, the yellow from the white, takes seconds (DIY: crack the egg but not opening it-pour the egg back and forth in the shell until the yolk and white separates-or, buy a carton of liquid egg whites-BEWARE: some of those are full of other ingredients too-read the label).
Can’t the Golden Arches have one employee take real eggs and separate them, daily? How hard could that be? Ok. Maybe that’s too costly. Then, why can’t they purchase bulk of egg whites, only 1 ingredient, like we can at the grocery store?
I’m not going to totally diss on McDonald’s in this post because I realize there are times when you don’t have a lot of choices besides fast food (I’ve been there), unless you food prep in advance (that’s a different blog post). In this case, eating an egg white McMuffin is certainly healthier than eating one of their biscuits or hotcake-carb loaded breakfasts that goes straight to your arse and heart!
My challenge to you this week is to read the ingredients on 1 product you purchase, to make a mindful purchase of what you are consuming (and preparing for your family).
Inspect the ingredients….word for word. Google/ ask Siri about every word, while in the grocery store, if you are unsure of them.
A good rule of thumb is if you don’t recognize the ingredient, you probably don’t need to ingest it! The lesser the ingredients the better!
Spend a little extra time to do this, just once this week, and the next time you purchase the product you won’t have to investigate the list. You will know which one is the better of the choices. Seriously, 5 minutes extra, tops!
It’s a good habit to get into!
For now, here are 2 other ingredients that you need to beware of, as they are in many, many products.
Follow the link for each ingredient to define what it is, where it comes from, what it’s used in, and what it could do to you if consumed over time.
One of these is over the top GROSS!!!!!
Carrageenan–check your alternative milk products-this is added to a lot of them, except Silk Unsweeetend Almond Milk (update: I just saw this week where Silk is removing carrageenan from all of its products due to consumer complaint-Yes! Our voices do get heard sometimes
Rennet–check your cheeses people-Sorry, mice friends (you know who you are, if you are reading)-this by-product is from the intestinal lining of calves-Yum! the ONLY cheese I’ve found in the grocery store that doesn’t contain this by-product is a few types of Cabot block cheeses (see #4 on this page-shredded Cabot cheese does have rennet)-if a package does not contain rennet it will specifically say “does not contain animal rennet”-We only eat Cabot cheese-Yes, it’s pricier, but really? Plus, cheese isn’t something to be consumed in large quantities (again, another post)
Be sure and leave me a comment of how your challenge goes. I want to hear what products you investigate and what you find out!
Disclaimer: these are my personal findings and readings on subject matters- references to readings and websites are linked- other than the references these are my opinions- I was not paid to promote a product, as my opinions are purely ediotrial related-take this information as something to think about, look into, or do nothing
Disclaimer #2: no one hates McDonalds- all of the pictures and images were found on Pinterest and not created by myself