The photo above shows how much sugar is in 2 breakfast pastries.
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They say a picture speaks 1,000 words. While we read labels more than the average person and investigate all sorts of items in the grocery store or fast food outlet, nothing prepared us for this photo shoot. It is not because we spent over $200 on food, or that the studio was congested and busy for days while we discussed, reshot and reshot to get the look just right or the message across; and it is not because there are scribbled notes, empty boxes and piles of papers printed from fast food sites on my desk. It is more because while it is one thing to WRITE about what is in processed food, it is quite another to SEE what is in the processed food! In the end we have a PowerPoint show that is now over 70 slides!! You can see it in its entirety in a flash file above this paragraph.
The photo below shows the amount of fat and sugar in a chocolate bar:
And this one is striking - more for its portion size - do you really think a hungry person is going to keep the portion of this pizza to just 1/6th of a slice?
And speaking of portions - our way of weighing things is on a postage scale - this big sandwich (from the deli of our store) weighed 18 ounces and we noted it would cost $6 to mail it - way too big!:
We did have a bit of good news - the oven fries we made from fresh potatoes come without added fat or salt - and tasty thanks to the oven crispiness and no-added-salt ketchup:
I think this next whole meal photo shocked us the most - it had over 50 grams of fat and over 3200 mg of sodium for the whole dinner. It didn't look like all that much food yet it was more than 1000 calories - and all foods are common for what someone might choose if they didn't watch our show - 1 crunchy-fried chicken breast, 1 biscuit, macaroni and cheese, and oven fries.
If you choose baked chicken, cole slaw, mashed potatoes and a biscuit you don't fare that much better:
Here is one more that is a good visual for sodium:
The left hand side shows the upper limit for almost 70% of the people in the US (>40 and at risk or having hypertension) or 1500 mg of sodium. The right side shows 4000 mg or what most Americans eat in a day. And while most of that DOES NOT come from a salt shaker, it is enough to fill one. We hoped that all of the foods we chose, which were boxed convenience meals, pickled foods and sauces and dressings, frozen dinners and fast food meals, gave a clear picture for where all of the excess salt and fat is coming in the diet.
After photographing all of the piles of sugar (the pastry and soda photos were compelling in our opinion), it was a bit underwhelming to shoot tiny piles of salt - it is just 1/4 of a teaspoon to add 590 mg of sodium. So, we opted to shoot them in teaspoons and tablespoons - we felt that made it more relevant because no one would add that much to their food.
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Judy’s passion for cooking began with helping her grandmother make raisin oatmeal for breakfast. From there she earned her first food service job at 15, was accepted to the world famous Culinary Institute of America at 18 (where she graduated second in her class), and went on to the Fachschule Richemont in Switzerland where she focused on pastry arts and baking. But after learning that the quality of a croissant directly varies with how much butter it has, Judy sought to challenge herself by coming up with recipes that were as healthy as they were tasty.
Judy received The Culinary Institute of America’s Pro Chef II certification, the American Culinary Federation Bronze Medal, Gold Medal, and ACF Chef of the Year. Her enthusiasm for eating nutritiously and deliciously leads her to constantly innovate and use the latest in nutritional science to guide her creativity, from putting new twists on fajitas to adapting Italian brownies to include ingredients like toasted nuts and cooked honey. Judy’s publishing company, Food and Health Communications, is dedicated to her vision that everyone can make food that tastes as good as it is for you.