This morning I’m drinking Langer’s Cranberry Fuji Cocktail. From the get go, you can tell that something’s up with the product simply because it says “cocktail”. When I bought it, I didn’t pay attention much. I just wanted some juice like substance and fully understood that my chances of “drinking clean” were probably out the door.
Maybe I should buy a juicer?
That may be going too far for me at the moment. Maybe someday.
Anyway, I actually looked at the label this morning. It has tons of Vitamin C, 100% of the daily allowance, no protein, it’s 150 calories per serving. It has 4 servings, so it’s pretty much like sucking down 4 candy bars, if I drink the whole thing today, which I will. It’s juice, right?
Actually, it’s only 10% juice. The rest of it is water and sugar, cranberry juice, apple juice (
None of that really caught my eye though, what did was the labeling. On the front it says in a neat little box:
No Crystalline Fructose
Okay….I learned that HFCS is High Fructose Corn Syrup. The other side of the label says:
Is high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) a major cause of obesity? Most nutritionists say yes. The body processes high fructose corn syrup differently than it does sugar, altering the way metabolism is regulated. As a result, the body is tricked into craving more while the liver releases more fat into the blood stream. We want more and at the same time store more fat. Langer’s Cranberry
Is this true? I don’t know. I haven’t really done research into it. And if it is true, I’m not sure if it’s entirely bad to have some of it sometimes. Though, to tell you the truth. Natural sugar sounds way better and my taste buds will tell you that it tastes way better.
And really, I’m not supposed to have tons of sugar. I have a lot of the fake stuff, Splenda, Stevia, but if I’m going to have something other than those two, I want sugar, real sugar. At least I know it’s natural.
Ummm, natural? That brings me to the other part of the label. GMO Free. What the hell is that, I thought? GMO stands for Genetically Modified Organisms. Sounds super creepy doesn’t it? Basically, we are talking about the genetic engineering of agriculture. The jury is out on the actual effect of genetically modified foods on the human body, though I’ve read articles that say GE (Genetic Engineering) can wreak havoc on the crops themselves.
It has been said that a GE crop can send over spores, as veggie types are want to do, to a “natural” crop and “infect” it. So, even if the farmer has done everything to make his/her crop natural, it might not be.
And I don’t really know how I feel about GE. My natural reaction is why? Why mess with nature? It’s probably bad for us. Another part of me thinks of how many civilizations were wiped out simply because they couldn’t keep up with the nutritional needs of its population and now we’re talking about a world population. However, I don’t see us sending tons of food to third world countries…
My thoughts on the matter are truly oversimplified simply because the ramifications are beyond me. This is going to be one of those hindsight deals where future generations will call us idiots or geniuses depending on the outcome.
In the meantime, I can do what feels right for me. I can share how I do it. Right now, I’m just trying to be more aware and finding alternatives where I can. Here are some links for those of you who want to know more.