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Home Town: Hamilton, Kansas, USA
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Here is another observation related to the site... so if you're weary of those? An observation about AR's Healthy Recipes Collection and why I don't use it altho I'm always on the lookout for [my definition] of healthy!

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Last updated: May 23, 2013 3:54 pm
Posted: May 22, 2013 7:31 am
Answered by: Thisni Caza
May 22, 2013 7:42 am
Disclaimer: I'm sure there are tons of healthy recipes there but I don't feel the collection is reliable; easier for me to pick from others I see to find what suits our needs. And besides, here is what I was going to say but now realize that this recipe has a mistake: calls for W-A-Y too much turkey for 5-6 servings. (I think the recipe intended the 1-2 pound turkey tenderloins but it says turkey breast.) From the home page, click on Healthy in the Popular Collections section. After that displays, click on Healthy Dinner Recipes. The Daily Recipe is Turkey and Stuffing Casserole: calories 807 (40%); cholesterol 239 (80%); sodium 2523 (101%); fat 20; protein 86 (173%). This only bothers me because I think some less experience cooks may just select the recipes and not read the details; I think AR should have general guidelines for the biggies like calories, calories from fat, saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. Okay, now I'm done, but I've got to run out for a bit; be back.
Baking Nana
May 22, 2013 7:49 am
Everyone's idea of 'healthy' varies, doesn't it? The MyPlate collection does have to meet certain guidelines. If you type in MyPlate (no space) into the search bar you will see those recipes.
May 22, 2013 7:57 am
I rarely recommend a recipe when someone asks for "healthy" because like B'nana said, everyone's idea varies. I ran across the "healthier guacamole" recipe a few weeks ago and scratched my head. Again, we all have our own beliefs, but for me.... I would not replace an avocado with gmo tofu and also not even reduce the salt. 1/4 tsp salt per serving seems outrageous to me. I'd rather eat a smaller serving of guac than any more soy. The changes to the nutritional label are also not what I would consider too beneficial depending on your specific dietary requirements. To each his own, but I do believe that inaccurate labels are worse than no labels.
May 22, 2013 8:31 am
I agree that healthy for one person is not the same idea of healthy eating for another. That said, I think many recipes have way too much salt and/or sugar in them! We have been trained to think we need those two items, but really we could adjust our minds to other diets which would be better for our bodies rather than our taste buds!
May 22, 2013 8:36 am
I should also comment on how big corporations are farming with chemicals that have not been fully tested for the amounts of poison we now put into our bodies under the guise of healthy food. Nor do people understand that microwave cooking is dangerous to human bodies!
May 22, 2013 12:01 pm
News to me that microwave cooking is bad for have any reputable links that support that????
Thisni Caza
May 22, 2013 1:28 pm
Thanks everyone for your feedback. I think sharing points of view in an open way is a good thing! And, Goodfood, I don't know anything about this but I did have a staff person who asked to move to another cubible because he was next to the 'break' cube which had a microwave. I often feel that I'm not successful in expressing myself... I'm not trying to be the food police but just trying to make the point that a collection labeled healthy, on a food and cooking site, should meet at minimum the high-level generally accepted definition (for lack of a better word) of healthy. Which has been, for many years, probably clinically-proven many times over but I don't have a source at hand, per cent calories from fat, and amounts of saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium. Fiber is important too but I don't really see a way to set that on a recipe-by-recipe basis. To me those are the minimums. I personally add more! Like avoiding MSG and anything that says 'partially hydrogenated'. Any any so-called yogurt that has a long string of ingredients like gelatin and such. Same for sour cream. And the list goes on....
Thisni Caza
May 22, 2013 1:30 pm
And did you ever wonder why food with fewer ingredients and fewer processes is more expensive? Like we have to pay them to not include the artificial stuff!
Answered by: Elizabeth
May 22, 2013 10:09 am
This is awesome feedback (sorry to jump in on your thread. I'm going to share this with the team :) Happy Wednesday!
Thisni Caza
May 22, 2013 1:22 pm
Thank you, Elizabeth.
May 22, 2013 2:42 pm
"Healthy" is a vague terms that means different things to different people. Someone with a sensitivity to MSG would probably look to avoid that ingredient. However, to others, it doesn't matter. Somelike like food marked 'organic' which are always more expensive but has no official definition. My favorite is 'free range chicken' which if you look up the official FDA definition says that chicken are given the 'opportunity' to go outside.....doesn't mean they actually do.....LOL.
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