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Friday, August 05, 2005

Homemade Is Better

In nearly all instances, homemade is better. Soup or stock from a can? Perish the thought. T.V. dinners? No, thank you. Cake or pudding from a boxed mix? I’ll gladly pass. Pizza made from bread you kneaded yourself, dressed with a sauce you cooked in your own kitchen, fresh basil, and fresh mozzarella cheese, and baked on the stone in your oven is far superior to the frozen or delivered varieties. Even perfectly acceptable staples such as prepared ketchup and good bread are delightful if made from scratch in your own kitchen. I could go on. As evidenced by the abundance of prepared foods and convenience products on the market, and some of the food choices I witness in the household of which I am a member, not everyone is so convinced. Rick Bayless has an interesting essay on his “Secrets to Good Food and Healthy Living” that is to similar effect. Mr. Bayless writes of shopping from the perimeter of the grocery store. That is where the fresh, raw ingredients are generally located, such as produce, dairy, fish, meats, and so forth.

I formerly enjoyed the Orville Redenbacher’s 94% fat free “Smart Pop” kettle corn. Popcorn is a whole grain, so it is even a nutritious snack! The non-“Smart Pop” product was heavily laden with calories from fat and sugar. I thought I could eat the “Smart Pop” product guilt free. Then I read an article that finally convinced me to stop consuming artificial sweeteners such as sucralose and aspartame. This article likened them to putting DDT in your tea. According to the article, “sucralose is a chlorocarbon—a chlorinated synthetic sugar molecule. Chlorocarbons are highly toxic to many species.” The only purpose chlorine serves is to kill things. The 94% fat free “Smart Pop” kettle corn contains sucralose.

I began making my own kettle corn, using popping corn, a generous spoonful of sugar, a pinch of salt, and enough oil to cover the bottom of a large saucepan, and cooking it on the stovetop. It is not too much trouble. It requires more effort, but does not take much longer than microwaving Orville’s stuff. It tastes good, also, and it has less chlorine than Orville’s “Smart Pop” kettle corn.

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