Day 18: No Sugar Challenge (also a look at Chick Fil A ingredients)

Yes, the challenge is still on and I’m on day 18. Only 82 more days to go… maybe by then I’ll stop craving chocolate cake. šŸ™‚ I’m going to get more xylitol on Friday, so I can try another recipe. Hopefully the next won’t be a disaster!

My weigh in today was 166! That is 9 pounds in 18 days. I am beyond amazed. I know a lot of it is water weight and not fat melting off. šŸ™‚ But I can see a difference in my face. Before the challenge, we would eat out maybe once a week. I would also sneak a low fat berry coffee cake from Star Bucks on occasion. But I have since learned that has over 30 grams of sugar. šŸ˜¦ Boo!

We did go to Chick Fil A last week for dinner. I grabbed their nutritional brochure and am really blown away with their ingredients. Only 6 grams of sugar in a chicken sandwich, but I’m really sad by what else I found. Actually, I’m quite pissed off about it…

This is what’s in the original Chicken Sandwich:

Chicken (100% natural whole breast filet, seasoning [salt, monosodium glutamate, sugar, spices, paprika], seasoned coater [enriched bleached flour {bleached wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid}, sugar, salt, monosodium glutamate, nonfat milk, leavening {baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate}, spice, soybean oil, color {paprika}], milk wash [water, whole powdered egg and nonfat milk solids], peanut oil [fully refined peanut oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness and dimethylpolysiloxane an anti-foaming agent added]), bun (enriched flour [wheat flour, malted barley flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate {Vitamin B1}, riboflavin {Vitamin B2}, folic acid], water, high fructose corn syrup, yeast, contains 2% or less of each of the following: liquid yeast, soybean oil, nonfat milk, salt, wheat gluten, soy flour, dough conditioners [may contain one or more of the following: mono- and diglycerides, calcium and sodium stearoyl lactylates, calcium peroxide], soy flour, amylase, yeast nutrients [monocalcium phosphate, calcium sulfate, ammonium sulfate], calcium propionate added to retard spoilage, soy lecithin, cornstarch, butter oil [soybean oil, palm kernel oil, soy lecithin, natural and artificial flavor, TBHQ and citric acid added as preservatives, and artificial color]), pickle (cucumbers, water, vinegar, salt, lactic acid, calcium chloride, alum, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate [preservatives], natural flavors, polysorbate 80, yellow 5, blue 1).

If you aren’t sure what these mean, here is a cheat sheet:
Monosodium glutamate: MSG: Is known to interfere with brain chemistry and have been implicated in many neurological diseases, such as brain cancers, MS, fibromyalgia, depression and hyperactivity (ADHD), and is linked to obesity. Other side effects are increased appetite, headaches, nausea, chest pain, flushing, sweating, weakness, and rapid heart beat. I’m really shocked by this!!

TBHQ: tert-Butylhydroquinon: Petroleum based preservative for animal fat and is considered a synthetic anti-oxidant. In studies, rats who were fed high doses of TBHQ long term developed stomach tumors. But really, who wants petroleum in their food? There has been some anecdotal evidence that TBHQ can cause anxiety, restlessness, and aggravation of ADHD symptoms.

Dimethylpolysiloxane: Is related to silicone. It is used to keep the oil from foaming in fried foods… and this chemical also is the main ingredient in silly putty. It is also used in cosmetics, head lice treatment, lubricants, herbicides, Rain X, and caulk. Yumm… (McD’s and Wendys also use it in their fryers)

Calcium propionate: This is used as a pesticide and is considered slightly toxic. But in food, it prevents spoilage. It causeds “oxidative stress and produced reversible behavior (e.g. hyperactivity, dystonia, social impairment, perseveration) and brain (e.g. innate neuroinflammation, glutathione depletion) changes reminiscent of autism in rats. Also, in a small study in children (n=27) found statistically significant “[i]rritability, restlessness, inattention and sleep disturbance in some children” on challenge with calcium propionate preserved food.”

I really didn’t think Chick Fil A of all fast foods would have such bad ingredients. I thought they were the exception. But, guess not. šŸ˜¦ If you have the time, please send them a email or write on their Facebook wall. Maybe they will listen if more than 1 person is vocal. I do know that the McDonalds in Europe doesn’t use the toxic ingredients that they use in the US. So, fast food can be made without the junk.

Why is our health put at risk so people can save a buck? I truly don’t understand…

Please stay tuned… I have 2 AWESOME giveaways coming up- not food related šŸ™‚

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