Always Buy These 6 Processed Foods in Organic

Organic Breads

New Year, New Start.  We have all been there and continueto use these things because we sometimes need help in the kitchen. We have busy lives and so do our kids, so we can’t always make the best meals. In enters the processed box food. I complied a short list of “helper” foods to watch as we want to feed our families quality food but it can’t always be homemade. This list was explained more in depth on the Rodale Institute website if you want any more answers. I love the fact that Rodale just says it to you straight.  I know we don’t want to hear about doom and gloom, but some small changes can be made at least. I may not completely eliminate these things from our diet, but I can cut back or switch to organic on the foods we eat a lot.

Organic Cereal

6 Processed Foods to Buy in Organic

  1. Bread
  2. Cereal
  3. Pasta Sauce (tomatoes)
  4. Snack Foods
  5. Canned Chili
  6. Fozen Dinners

Here is the break down for each list item:

Bread has pesticides, the worst being organophospates malathion, which keeps the grain from being infested with bugs.  This is a dangerous chemical which can cause IQ problems and ADHD in people.  I also found some scary info for doctors on how to recognize if children have toxic levels from the University of Washington.

Cereal is basically the same as bread but also add in the GMO foods to the equation which can be 50-100% of the corn and/or soy used in the cereal.

Pasta sauce really comes down to the tomatoes, so I think that would include anything containing tomatoes like sauces, salsa and ketchup.

Snack foods contain flour (breads) which can have GMO and flour so this is the same as above.

Canned Chili is weird, but it is the can lining which causes hormonal problems and diabetes along with the pesticides on the tomatoes and beans.  Double whammy. Rodale says that we should not really eat anything out of cans, but I have noticed a growning number of manufacturers changing the lining on the organic food cans. So watch for that on your canned goods.

Canned Chili

Once again, this is not to scare anyone, this is just to remind people that the foods that we consume a lot of, should be looked at a little better.  Can you cut it out? Or reduce the amount? Or maybe switch the most used item to organic?

Our family has switched to organic in the things we eat a lot of like milk, yorgurt and cereal.  But we still eat the other things, just not as much.  🙂

Here are some other posts you may want to consider reading:

 5 Better Sweetners to Watch For

 6 Bad-For-You Natural Ingredients


This list was adapted from Rodale Institute.


6 Bad-For-You Natural Ingredients

Caramel Color in Soda

This was an article from Rodale Institute on some ingredients that people should be aware of. Now, I am not saying we have to completely remove them (unless we want to) but we should cut them down in our diets.  Some of these I would never have suspected but it really does sound logical how these things can be hurtful in large quantities; i.e. as when they are in every product we consumer multiple times a day.

The sad truth is that a lot of foods and drinks contain large quantities of fillers, or cheap ingredients. These are things that when eaten in such large amounts cause such harmful results. Anything in large quantities is not good.  🙂

Not So Good Natural Ingredient List

Palm Oil

  1. Carrageen – derived from seaweed.  Linked to inflammation like arthiritis, arteriosclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease. (Dairy)
  2. Caramel Coloring – used to be sugar heated up. Now is suger heated up with ammonium compounds creating cancer causing byproducts. (Soda, lunch meat, anything that is colored brown)
  3. Palm Oil – raises bad LDL as much as partiallyhydrogenated soybean oil. (Cookies, chips)
  4. Evaporated Cane Juice – refined white sugar crystals. These crystals are then processed more to remove vitamins and minerals.  FDA made it illegal to call it juice which is used in “100% juice” boxes.
  5. Fruit Juice Concentrate – Apple, pear, white grape which have very high fructose levels can cause memory problems and heart problems.  (Use only natural sugars provided in another post)
  6. High Fructose Corn Syrup – FDA ruled it is not natural due to super processing. The process can introduce mercury into the fructose. The FDA had to overturn this ruling in 2 months due to Corn Refiners Association backlash. Possibilities are enough for my family.

High Fructose Corn Sugar
Adapted from Rodale Institute News.

Herbal Helpers for Colds

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I read a short article about some herbel helpers that we can do at home for when our children or family members get a cold.  There are two things that can help lighten symptoms.  One, is Thyme-Honey syrup and the other is Peppermint tea.  I have used the tea trick for a long time, but the thyme one is new.  Thyme is really good for helping the body fight the cold better too.

I grow lemon thyme in my garden and mixed in with the perennial beds.  It is a great filler and awesome with fish.  Place some fish in tinfoil with butter and some lemon thyme.  Seal it up and place on grill until fish is flaky.  Yum!

Thyme can be dried and kept in a sealed container to be used in a cold helper when needed in the winter.

For Cold and Flu:

Thyme-Honey Syrup

Thyme works to loosen up mucus in the lungs.  Honey helps sooth sore throat and has antibacterial properties.

Cold Herbal Helpers
Help is as close as your cupboards with this home herbal helper
Recipe type: herbal helper
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 oz dried thyme leaves
  • 1 cup of honey
  1. Boil water in small pan
  2. Remove from heat and add thyme to steep covered
  3. After cooling, strain into jar and mix in honey
  4. Store in fridge for 3 months
  5. Dosage: kids 10 & younger, 1 tsp. several times per day; 11-13, 2 tsp; teens and adults 1 tbs as needed. Don't give honey to babies under 1 year old!


Upset stomach or headache:

Peppermint Tea

Peppermint tea helps with digestion.  Upset or nervous stomach from a cold or test. Also some headaches can be caused by a nervous stomach or indigestion so a little peppermint tea can help!  Drink about 1/2 cup of tea at the start of the stomach ache or headache and then another 1/2 cup twice per day as needed.