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Foods You Thought Were Healthy

 

Foods You Thought Were Healthy

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We are always on the lookout for delicious and nutritious meal/snack ideas and products. While we find so many winners–– foods that nourish our bodies as well as our taste buds–– we also find some duds. Many of those foods you thought were healthy simply use “dieting” as their claim to health, which can be deceiving.

Don’t be fooled! We’re here to tell you that the full fat, real deal version of many of the foods you love are actually the healthier option.

Here are some foods that many people think are the healthier choice, but are not.

Reduced Fat Peanut Butter: Peanuts are naturally full of healthful fat, protein, and a mixture of vitamins and minerals. What happens when companies remove the fat to create reduced fat peanut butter? They usually replace it with sugar. We say, leave the fat in and skip the added sugar.

Fat Free Salad Dressings: Your body needs fat in order to absorb the fat soluble nutrients (vitamins A, D, E, and K). Using fat free salad dressing means missing out on full absorption of these nutrients (unless you’re including nuts, seeds, avocado, etc. on your salad, too.) Plus, fat also helps you feel more satisfied with a meal and less likely to be hungry sooner. Many fat free salad dressings also replace the fat with sugar and thickeners.

Pre-Made Yogurt Parfaits: Yogurt parfaits can be an energy boosting mixture of high fiber fruit and granola and protein rich yogurt. But, many of the pre-made parfaits we see use sweetened yogurt, sweetened granola, and add honey to boot. That’s a lot more sugar than you’d add yourself if you were topping plain yogurt with fruit and granola and adding just enough honey to create a flavor you love. Opt for homemade parfaits when possible.

Veggie Chips: Once a vegetable is turned into powder that is then used to make a chip, you’ve lost a lot of the nutritional integrity of that vegetable. And most of the veggie chips don’t actually contain that much vegetables anyway. If you’re craving chips, then have a portion of what you’re craving, whether it’s a veggie chip or other chip, and move on. If you need more servings of vegetables, don’t look to veggie chips to provide them.

 Low-Fat Bran Muffins and granola: You may have noticed a theme here, but typically when fat is removed from a product, it’s replaced with sugar. The low-fat bran muffins and granola you often see are no exception. Your best bet is to opt for the type of muffin or granola that you find most satisfying and pair it with something with protein (a latte, some Greek yogurt, etc.) to create a balanced, satisfying meal.


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The coronavirus has changed life, as we knew it, forever. Most people will be touched in some way by the pandemic either physically, emotionally or financially. We’ve all heard heart-breaking stories from around the world about lives that have been lost and severe financial hardships caused by the sudden shutdown of so many businesses.

On behalf of all our team members around the globe, we extend our deepest sympathies to all that are struggling through personal challenges, whatever they may be, and we offer our sincerest gratitude to all the heroes who are helping those in need.

We’d also like to add how important it is for everyone to continue to do their part to slow the spread. Physical distancing is critical, and we must all take this seriously. We use the word “physical” because staying away from people in a physical way does not mean we should be neglecting the importance of social interactions, compassion and patience.

We are one of the largest providers of shelf-stable seafood and it is our honor and our responsibility to do our part, in every way we can, to help to keep people fed with affordable, nutritious protein. To that end, we’re continuing to run our factories in the US and Canada while our partners around the world continue to provide supply.

We take great pride in being a “people-first” company, so our decision to continue operations is done with utmost concern for the people making it possible. We’ve enhanced our safety measures to meet or exceed CDC guidelines and we have increased wages in our factories to assist employees dealing with the incremental costs of working and new, unexpected demands on their households.

We also take great pride in producing healthy, nutritious and safe products for our customers. Please know the manufacturing practices we follow year-round protect our both employees and the products they produce. Our facilities have very few people-to-product interactions, all products are sterilized in a high temperature oven and then packaged in highly automated production lines.

Beyond Bumble Bee, we’re continually looking for ways to extend our “people first” approach to make a meaningful impact. With so many people in need, we know this effort is more important than ever. We’re starting by donating more than $1 million in product to food banks in both the US and in Canada. And we will be looking for more opportunities to make a positive difference in the days to come.

Finally, I want to thank you, our loyal and new customers, for your support. We hope you find the recipes on our website helpful and easy to prepare. I also want to send a sincere thank you to our Bumble Bee Team and our valued supply partners around the world for their tireless efforts, particularly those working in sales, manufacturing, distribution and all our support roles, ensuring we can keep store and pantry shelves stocked.

Please continue to do your part to keep yourselves and your families safe during this truly unprecedented time.

With Gratitude,
Jan
CEO, Bumble Bee Seafoods