Nancy Walker's


Healthy Eating, Vibrant Living!



Last week I ran across an article on high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) which really caused me to rethink a few of our family's eating habits. We don't buy very many processed foods but we do enjoy an occasional cracker or condiment from the center of the grocery store.  Now, I am even replacing those few items with homemade.  The article from the Washington Post stated that many high fructose corn syrups are contaminated with mercury during the processing cycle.  Yes, you heard that right, mercury.  Since we don't use many processed foods, I didn't used to go too far out of my way to avoid HFCS figuring our family didn't consume very much of it anyway.  But now?  Now, I am on a mission to make sure nothing in my kitchen has HFCS in it.  I can't imagine serving anything that may have even the slightest bit of mercury in it.  So, although I've always made my own breads, ketchup, spaghetti sauce, and salad dressings, I'm double-checking everything in our pantry and grocer before it goes in our cart. You'll find HFCS in almost everything these days, including soft drinks, cookies, yogurts, breads, salad dressings, condiments and the list goes on and on. It's cheap and it's shelf-stable, so it's appearing in just about everything that used to use sugar.
I cannot save our family from ever ingesting any chemicals or pesticides, but I am renewing my vigilance for anything with HFCS and perhaps you may want to also.

I've been busy in the kitchen lately enjoying the cooler days when I love to have things cooking in my oven.  We have made several desserts
that we all love and I don't feel too guilty about enjoying them. 
Both the Rice Pudding and Bread Pudding are healthy alternatives
to our grandmother's overindulgent versions. 

I'm often asked where a good source might be for some
of the books I have recommended. Believe it or not,
some of my best finds  are on eBay. It's hit or miss
and sometimes you have to check back often for availability,
but I have gotten some real deals for $1 or $2 plus shipping.
Sure beats the regular bookstore! Try it here.
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