>> Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Have we learned, yet, that when a company advertises something as good for your health, such as cereal that improves one's immunity, it's probably actually the opposite? Sadly, this same rule holds true in this case, too.
Since their shop was now open, they were offering samples of one their smoothies to get people interested, so we tried some. The sample was a "blueberry muffin smoothie" which actually did taste very, very much like a blueberry muffin. That should really tell you something right there - if it tastes too good to be true, it probably is. Having tried their samples, my friends and I kept walking and I made it a goal to check out their products online.
If I may step aside and be a nerd for a moment, their website disables right-clicking and their PDF downloads are "secured" so you can't copy text out of them. This is an ignorant and annoying practice; anyone who intends to actually copy text or images from them can figure out how - it's not hard - so it only bothers the people who, for example, actually which to right-click and save their PDFs. However that's not the health-related issue I intend to write about. I'm just jumping into the ingredient list (of their protein powder which goes into their drinks) here:
Isolated soy protein, fructose, corn bran fiber, powdered cellulose, artificial French vanilla flavor, guar gum, potassium chloride, calcim caseinate, casein, dicalcium phosphate, rice fiber, soy lecithin, canola oil, carrageenan, medium chain triglycerides, dl-methionine, fructooligosaccharides***, magnesium oxide, silicon dioxide, licorice extract, natural vanilla flavor, bacterially-derived patented proteases (from Aminogen (R)T), citrus pectin, psyllium husk, honey powder, ginger root, ascorbic acid, vitamin E acetate, licorice root, hawthorne berry, gotu kola, dandelion root, biotin, parsely, papaya, ferrous fumarate, niacinamide, zinc oxide, sodium selenite, copper gluconate, vitamin A palmitate, calcium pantothenate, papain, bromelain, pyridoxine hydrochloride, riboflavin, thiamin mononitrate, cholecalciferol (vitamin D), cyanocobalamin, folic acid, chromium amino acid chelate, chromium aspartate, sodium molybdate, and chromium nicotinate.
T: Aminogen(R) contains protein enzymes to improve the assimilation of dietary proteins
Aminogen(R) is a registered trademark of Triarco Industries, Inc.
*** Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) are known as prebiotics and help the growth of positive flora.
After all that, if you want the short version of my analysis, I can say I will never buy anything from City Blendz and do not recommend it to anyone else.
What's wrong with it?
- First of all, the main ingredient is soy. While soy is often touted and believed to be a health food, and although it does have a small pro-heart-health aspect to it, soy is overwhelmingly unhealthy for your body. No one should be eating it unless in moderate amounts of fermented versions. Please see the Whole Soy Story by Kaayla Daniel or check out the wide variety of books about it on Amazon.
- The second ingredient is sugar, which incidentally occurs several times in the list (honey powder and fructooligosaccharides (an artificial sugar) for example), and this is an ANTI-HEALTH ingredient, as anyone should know.
- It contains artificial flavor; everything artificial should be on everyone's "foods-to-avoid" list. Artificial ingredients are proven allergens (which mean your body rejects them). For more information please read The Unhealthy Truth by Robyn O'Brien.
- It has canola oil - this oil is unhealthy despite what its proponents want you to believe. For example, by the time it is finished processing, it is already rancid and has been bleached and deodorized so you won't be able to tell. The Weston A Price foundation has more to say about canola oil.
- There are all sorts of synthetic vitamins added to this list; ascorbic acid as fake vitamin C, cyanocobalamin (a bad form of vitamin B; it does not appear in nature but is a form of B12 that is created in the presence of a reagent containing cyanide.), etc.
- It contains chromium asparate, which is a cheap delivery vehicle for chromium; it "conveniently" contains aspartic acid which is an excitotoxin (it kills your cells and thus tricks you into thinking it tastes better than it really does). Think MSG.
The girl who offered us the samples seemed to honestly believe that what she was giving out was good for one's health and in fact mentioned that there is in fact no added sugar in the smoothies. This just goes to show that people working for restaurants typically know nothing about what they're actually distributing; they don't consider that the ingredients that they use have ingredients themselves.
So, in short, whether by design or by accident, we have yet another very typical fast food restaurant we get to walk by in downtown Minneapolis. Yet another example that people in general do not actually know what they're eating OR serving to others. Just one more thing to avoid on my list.