Thursday, March 18, 2010

Let Us Eat Cake! (Instead of Chicken With Antibiotics)

Quick, which is a “healthier” choice: a piece of homemade chocolate cake or a chicken breast sandwich?

The answer depends on the origins of each item’s ingredients.

My barometer of whether food is good for you is if it doesn’t contain hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, artificial colorants and other synthetic additives. Unless otherwise labeled, chicken bought from a supermarket or sandwich shop comes from an animal administered antibiotics and fed a diet laced with genetically modified and pesticide-laden grains.

On the other hand, the chocolate cake my wife recently baked from scratch didn’t contain anything from the above list. (It also was absolutely delicious.) As I’ve mentioned before, foods such as butter and eggs—if using the proper kind—are great sources for a wide array of nutrients.

The cake’s ingredients:

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