Go Fooducate Yourself
By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson
Here’s a cool way to learn more about food and nutrition. It’s Fooducate, a blog whose name says it all. Its purpose is to educate eaters about the food they take into their bodies. I’m impressed.
I haven’t hung out on the site long enough – yet – to figure out how it’s funded. When it comes to food information, I’m always looking for hidden agendas. Writing my book about insulin resistance, the precursor to Type 2 diabetes, taught me to do that. Even where the USDA is concerned.
Where Fooducate is concerned, though, so far so good. I especially like their list of synonyms for sugar, which is too horrifyingly long to reproduce here. I recommend that you go see for yourself.
Fooducate is inviting you to test its new food comparison tool. There’s a search space at the top of the page. Enter a type of food (I tried mayonnaise) and you get a list of brands. Click on a brand and you see nutrition information, including the USDA nutrition facts label (you really should learn to read these labels — the information is great). And you get suggested substitutes for the food you’ve chosen — various kinds of mustard, in this case.
I’m probably not going to approve of all the alternatives Fooducate proposes. I notice that honey mustard is one recommended option, and since honey, sugar, and wheat flour are the second, third, and fourth ingredients I know that’s not an option for me, since I don’t eat sugar or starch. If you’re insulin resistant, as I am, the fat in mayonnaise is less harmful than the sugars and starch in honey mustard. I’ve been pre-diabetic for more than 30 years, and I don’t want to go there. But I’m willing to believe, if skeptically, that for most people dietary fat constitutes more of a health threat than sugar and starch.
Fooducate’s information is well presented and of great interest to anyone who cares about what she eats or feeds her children. The site is worth a bookmark.