WARNING: the foods we cook for Abby are safe for her, but not necessarily for everyone. Please confirm any ingredients are safe for you before using in your diet. Food Allergies can kill and the best policy is complete avoidance. Read this post for more info.

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Canning for allergy free food.

Part of Project Elimination is trying to get our food "simplified." It will be a lot easier to track Abby's reactions when each food is just 1 singular food.

The last few trips food shopping I have been a label reading junkie- this is no easy feat in a busy grocery store- I tend to park my cart in front of which ever section and proceed to read the labels of Every brand. For me it is frustrating because it is dawning on me that there are so very few commercial foods that are safe. Not to mention, not only can I not pronounce most of the ingredients I also have no idea what the heck most of them are! The other hard part of reading labels is the other shoppers HATE me! The glares I get for taking up space being one of those weird people who wants to know what I am eating!! LOL- Yep, I am officially one of those people you hate to find shopping in your grocery store!

Here is the ingredients off a random commercial food- try to guess what food it is;

Tomato puree(water,tomato paste),water,high fructose corn syrup,wheat flour,contains less then 2 percent of vegetable oil(corn,cotton seed,canola and or soybean)dehydrated cream(cream,milk,nonfat milk,soy lecithin)salt,potassium chloride,soy protein concentrate,flavoring,citric acid,ascorbic acid(vitamin C),lower sodium natural sea salt,monopotassium phosphate,spice,butter(cream),cream powder(cream,soy lecithin)skim milk,butter(cream,annatto)enzyme modified butter,butter flavor(enzyme modified butter,soy lecithin,acetic acid),butter,oil,oleic acid.

What in the world could this be????????

Yep- good old campbell's soup that we all grew up on, the brand we all trust. From tomato soup to cream of mushroom- this is what the ingredients look like or similar to can to can.

Now, here is the ingredients for making your own soup to can. This stuff will last almost as long in your cupboard, and surprise surprise nothing but nice normal easy to pronounce ingredients. So, why do the the commercial food producers insist on adding all those chemicals and corn products and soy to a simple cup of soup?

Tomatoes (see step one) - about 4 quarts of chopped peeled tomatoes
3 cups of chopped onions
2 cups of chopped celery
2 teaspoons of finely minced or crushed garlic
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh basil, or 1/4 cup dried basil
1 cup brown sugar or honey (optional. Diabetics and others may want to use 1 cup of Splenda, or simply omit the sugars)
0 to 2 teaspoons salt (to suit your taste - like the sugar, salt is optional)

I have to start canning- we have to eliminate as many allergies as possible. The thing is, why did it take Abby's gut rebelling to the point of not eating and becoming a serious emergency for me to read the labels ???? We the consumer, trust the Government that this stuff is safe for us- a bowl of tomato soup that is made from corn and chemicals- the Government says it is okay, it tastes good, so what could possibly wrong with it?

In America and in my house, we have fought our weight, our blood pressure, and other health issues. We bought food based on calories,fat,sugar, and still have not felt well. Could it be that what we thought was healthy(aka commercial foods full of corn and chemicals and soy? who puts soy and dairy in their soup???)may not be so healthy. My hubby and I call it the Wonder Bread Era. When many of our Mom's started working,quick to eat foods in boxes and jars became available so Mom could work since she did not need to cook anymore. She did not need to garden or can.. Surely a loaf of bread on top of the fridge that never molds or dries out(we had a loaf up there for 6 weeks and it was still perfect-YUCK)is not good for our bodies.

Will all this effort going to single ingredient foods and clearing out corn,soy,chemicals, preservatives etc make Abby feel any better? A little. She already has been able to eat more variety of food. We threw out the Elecare-here is the ingredients list below-

Vanilla Powder

EleCare Jr Vanilla Powder Institutional / 14.1-oz (400-g) Can / Case of 6

53.7% Corn Syrup Solids, 8.7% High Oleic Safflower Oil, 7.7% Medium-Chain Triglycerides, 6.6% Soy Oil, 2.1% L-Glutamine. Less than 2% of the Following: L-Asparagine, L-Leucine, DATEM, L-Lysine Acetate, L-Valine, Calcium Phosphate, L-Isoleucine, Artificial Flavor, Potassium Phosphate, L-Arginine, L-Phenylalanine, L-Tyrosine, Potassium Citrate, Sodium Citrate, L-Threonine, L-Proline, L-Serine, L-Alanine, Magnesium Chloride, Glycine, L-Histidine, L-Methionine, Ascorbic Acid, Calcium Carbonate, L-Cystine Dihydrochloride, L-Tryptophan, Magnesium Phosphate, Choline Chloride, Aspartame, m-Inositol, Acesulfame K, Ferrous Sulfate, Taurine, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Zinc Sulfate, dl-Alpha-Tocopheryl Acetate, Sucralose, L-Carnitine, Niacinamide, Salt, Calcium Pantothenate, Manganese Sulfate, Thiamine Chloride Hydrochloride, Cupric Sulfate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Riboflavin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride, Folic Acid, Beta-Carotene, Biotin, Phylloquinone, Chromium Chloride, Potassium Iodide, Sodium Selenate, Sodium Molybdate, Vitamin D3, and Cyanocobalamin.
Phenylketonurics: Contains phenylalanine.

I just don't believe that our bodies have had enough evolutionary time(50 years)to adjust to eating processed chemicals to get our base nutrition. Maybe if we can eat clean,real foods without chemicals and maybe eat a chemical based snack(if you really have to have that twinkie!) on occasion we would all be better off..

I cannot help but think that since Mito is a disease of Energy, that I should focus on the fuel we put into Abby.

It certainly cannot hurt.


Anonymous said...

I think you are confusing chemicals with vitamins and minerals.

Diane said...

So, no chemicals at all involved in putting that can together? I think you are right that many of those are "vitamins" and I am right as well that there were a great deal of chemicals involved in getting those "vitamins" into a can. :-)

Diane said...

via wikipedia-This article is about the set of organic compounds. For the nutritional supplement preparation, see multivitamin. For the manga, see Vitamin (manga).

The chemical structure of retinol, the most common dietary form of vitamin A
A vitamin (US /ˈvaɪtəmɪn/ or UK /ˈvɪtəmɪn/) is an organic compound required by an organism as a vital nutrient in limited amounts.[1] An organic CHEMICAL compound (or related set of compounds) is called a vitamin when it cannot be synthesized in sufficient quantities by an organism, and must be obtained from the diet. Thus, the term is conditional both on the circumstances and on the particular organism. For example, ascorbic acid (vitamin C) is a vitamin for humans, but not for most other animals, and biotin and vitamin D are required in the human diet only in certain circumstances. By convention, the term vitamin does not include other essential nutrients such as dietary minerals, essential fatty acids, or essential amino acids (which are needed in larger amounts than vitamins), nor does it encompass the large number of other nutrients that promote health but are otherwise required less often.[2] Thirteen vitamins are universally recognized at present.

Diane said...

What is Your Vitamin Really?

Most vitamins in supplements are petroleum extracts, coal tar derivatives, and chemically processed sugar (plus sometimes industrially processed fish oils), with other acids and industrial chemicals (such as formaldehyde) used to process them [1-5]. Synthetic vitamins were originally developed because they cost less [7]. Assuming the non-food product does not contain fish oils, most synthetic, petroleum-derived, supplements will call their products ‘vegetarian’, not because they are from plants, but because they are not from animals. Most vitamins in vitamin supplements made from food are in foods such as acerola cherries, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, lemons, limes, nutritional yeast, oranges, and rice bran (some companies also use animal products).

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