Have You Stopped Eating a Food for Health or Other Reasons?

| 10/22/2009 3:49:45 PM

Italian pastriesWe asked you recently what kind of food you think it's most important to limit your intake of. From the poll options, an overwhelming number of you chose Processed Foods as the food to eat less of, with Sugar coming in a distant second. Here are the complete results:

Of the following, which food do you think it's most important to limit your intake of? 

Total Votes: 813 

There are many other foods and ingredients that people choose not to consume that weren't in the poll, from caffeine and artificial sweeteners to gluten or any kind of meat. The reasons why we choose to limit some foods are just as varied: flavor, health reasons, weight loss, personal ethics, political statements. For some, it's not a choice but a neccessity, either for financial reasons or as the result of a food intolerance or severe allergy.

Knowing that MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers are often health-consious and choose to grow their own food, we're curious: Have you cut back or eliminated certain ingredients or foods from your diet? If so, why, and what effects have you noticed as a result?

7/17/2011 6:48:57 AM

I follow what I call the Common Sense Diet. I try to keep it as natural as possible. The only thing I strictly avoid is highly processed foods, meats form factory farms and carbonated soft drinks.

Jennie Bee
4/28/2010 3:17:41 PM

Definitely have cut out high fructose syrups, etc. Have cut back on salt, sugar and white flour. Cooking with whole foods and eliminated processed food products from our family diet. Have increased the amounts of vegetables and fruits and are gardening more or visiting the farmers markets for fresh produce. Trying especially to buy more foods from producers in our state and the supermarkets are starting to lable and feature Michigan grown products.

dianne swanson_2
4/27/2010 7:28:19 PM

My family has cut out processed foods for the most part. We limit sugar and sodium. We limit meat to a few times a week and eat mostly fruits and vegetables (organic) as well as whole grains. We also consume only non fat organic dairy products.

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