Is It Food?
Thanks to Marion Nestle here on Food Politics.Darya Pino (of Summer Tomato)
why I gave up supermarkets
This below is why you want sesame seeds with their hulls intact, NOT unhulled. Demand Whole sesame seeds from your co-op not processed seeds. Hulled means unhulled - unhulled means unhulled --you have to ask the long way --ss with the hulls intact. This is why tuna does not have the omega oils so touted by the health experts That oil is extrated and sold at the health food stores. They replace the good oil with crap oil.
January 7, 2011 at 6:43 pm
It’s worth noting that processing food isn’t just about the chemicals that are added. It’s important to understand how different processes affect the molecular structure of your food and how your body then reacts to that. Two examples:
Extraction is a process used to get oil out of seeds, fruits and nuts. Traditionally this was achieved by cold pressing them but these days they are heated, squeezed at high pressure and treated with a solvent which is then boiled off. So now you have a product likely to create free radicals, has destroyed antioxidants and will contain traces of chemicals…
Consider hydrogenation which is the process used to create margarine… made from cheap oils already rancid from extraction, the product is then mixed with tiny metal particles and put through a high pressure and temperature reactor. It is then mixed with emulsifiers and starch for consistency, bleached to remove the grey colour, dyed and strong flavours added to resemble butter. The molecular restructure makes it a trans fat.