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Posted Jan 07 2009 5:39pm
My mother-in-law swears by Schwan's home delivery service. No doubt about it: their food is delicious, and depending on what you get and in what quantity, it can be cheaper than the grocery store.

As I am constantly on the lookout for ways to A. save money, B. eat healthier, and C. not have to leave the house, I decided to do some research on Schwan's. So I asked them:

Q. I cannot find anything organic on your site. Do you carry organic foods/do you plan to in the future?

A. At this time, none of our products are organic. We have forwarded a copy of your comments to our Marketing and Quality Assurance Teams for their consideration in any future product revisions.

Not the answer I was hoping for. Especially after I asked the same question of my mother-in-law and her response was, "All of their stuff is organic, isn't it?" So lucky for Schwan's, they have some people fooled.

Schwan's has a new product line called "LiveSmart," which features food items with low fat, low sugar, etc. These labels are often misleading. Look, for example, at the nutrition facts for the highly popular Chocolate Frozen Yogurt. You are not "living smart" if you are eating frozen yogurt that contains 2 grams of saturated fat, 10 grams of cholesterol, no fiber, no vitamins, and has corn syrup listed as the third ingredient.

A fantastic alternative would be WholeSoy & Co.'s Mocha Fudge Soy Frozen Yogurt. As you can see below, it has no saturated fat, no cholesterol, some fiber, and some vitamins, as well as having the advantage of being made of organic ingredients - none of which are corn syrup or anything refined. Now THAT is living smart! (And don't even get me started on the whole dairy thing.)

Do not be fooled by health claims. READ BETWEEN THE LINES. Look for truly healthy alternatives.

This post is the kick off of a month-long series of food related news and info. Check back often for updates!





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