Real foods…

I swear, today I will be less hypocritical! Yesterday I was reading the NY Times Well Blog article on probiotics.  Got me thinking about what I’m eating and what the manufacturer says about my food.  In Defense of Food talks about not trusting foods that make health claims.  According to the article, probiotics are not all made equal, and as a result of a lawsuit, Danon will now list the exact probiotic strain so that consumers will be able to research what they are eating.
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Gosh this sounds complicated.  I tried some probiotic yogurt awhile ago and wasn’t all that impressed.  I decided to just up my fiber through chia seeds and flax seed and get my yogurt fix with greek yogurt.  The probiotic yogurt was not very big, or fantastic tasting.
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It’s not that I don’t admire companies trying to give us healthy food choices.  It’s that all this frankenfood-ing is making eating more complicated than it needs to be.  Do we * need * probiotics in our diet?  Do we need the extra push from them?  We do use prescription drugs to regulate parts of our bodies that need the help, should we use food to do the same?  I use drugs and I think they are very helpful to fix what doesn’t work.
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However, we’ve learned that high fructose corn syrup and trans-fats (both man made) may not be good for our bodies, so what about the other “healthier” additives? 
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I am not a scientist, so I don’t have answers.  But, I’d love to know what you all think about these foods.  Do you use them?  If so, have you felt any results from them?  If not, why not?

(today’s pictures are from our trip to Kitty Hawk earlier this month)