This afternoon, a cute little newsletter landed itself in my inbox…just like the countless others to which I subscribe! But this one in particular caught my eye. Why? Because it shed some light on a list of foods you may want to reconsider buying, storing or even eating.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not an ADVOCATE of any one specific diet or nutrition plan for the masses. Moreover, I do not ADVOCATE the eradication of any one specific food from your culinary repertoire if it brings you vast amounts of joy.
Quite the contrary.
If you are information seeking, starting a healthier lifestyle or already a master of nutrition, this read may be of interest to you. More specifically, it focuses on bulk purchasing and long term storage of some common fatty foods (….which the foodie already knows too well the shorter the lifespan of the food, the better!!!).
This isn’t to say that you MUST IMMEDIATELY raid your cabinets and eradicate them of certain foods, but rather, to inform and provide knowledge seeking portals for nutritional optimization.
Brown/Wild Rice – toss it after the 6th month mark. Make sure you put it in the fridge after opening so that it retards the rancid oil process.
Nuts and Nut Butters – no more than 1 month. Refrigerate after opening again, to retard the process of going rancid.
Olive Oil – no more than 2 months. Nearly 3/4 of all olive oil you buy at the grocery store is not REAL olive oil. The ones that are real, they have been in storage for so long to get to the grocery store that they are most likely rancid. According to an article revealing bad and good of olive oil, here are some tips when selecting good olive oils.
“Three things: the harvest date, where it comes from (this means the specific region, not just the country), and the cultivars, or what olives the oil is composed of. If these essential elements are missing, it doesn’t speak well to the quality of the oil or the producer.”
Vegetable Oil – these are simply bad, bad, bad….rapeseed (aka CANOLA – which, in fact there is no such thing as a CANOLA SEED) oil, soybean oil, corn oil, sunflower oil, safflower oil, peanut oil, cottonseed oil…etc. Simply put, they oxidize easily and are unnatural in the way they are made. CAVEAT….foods with these oils in them are no better so read those labels!
This certainly isn’t a comprehensive list, but it calls to light a need for more “AWARENESS” when considering certain foods you may believe to be HEALTHY.
Bottom line: Buyer beware!!!!