What We Eat Wednesdays: Processed foods – A lot to process

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Last week I was invited to a luncheon sponsored by Stonyfield Farms. We were fortunate enough to hear Robyn O’Brien, author of The Unhealthy Truth, speak about her amazing experience with food.

A former food analyst, Robyn was never a foodie. A Texas native raised “on Twinkies and PoBoys,” she never wanted to be told what she and her family should or shouldn’t eat. That all changed one morning when her youngest daughter experienced a severe reaction to a previously unknown food allergy.

That gave Robyn a mission – to research just what was causing the rapid increase in food allergies in the United States. What she came up with astounded her — as it did me.

So what did she find? Well, the food we eat today is not the same food we grew up with. In an effort to enhance profitability, the food industry has introduced novel proteins, allergens and toxins in our food supply. No human trials were ever conducted to assess the safety of these chemicals on children, according to O’Brien’s website, AllergyKids.

One thing I was disturbed to hear is that the same brands we know and love are making a different version of our favorite foods for other developed countries. Why is that? These countries simply don’t allow the genetically-modified ingredients in their foods, because they haven’t yet been proven safe for consumption.

Called “food’s Erin Brockovich” by The New York Times, she really *has* become a woman on a mission to share the research and facts behind how our food has changed in just the last 15 years. I love that she provides the actual data and studies behind what she finds. And better yet, that she’s not at all judgmental about where anyone is on their own path to healthy eating.

Interested in hearing more? Check out Robyn’s presentation online:

There’s certainly a lot to process about the idea of processed foods. I hope you don’t mind me sharing my thoughts as I start our family’s journey to a healthier life. We’re starting small — we already have a picky preschooler, so we’ll be taking baby steps. I’d love it if you joined in with your thoughts and experiences as well.

Disclosure: The luncheon I attended was sponsored by Stonyfield Farms. I received a copy of Robyn’s book and a bag of goodies from Stonyfield Farms, including free yogurt coupons (yay!). All opinions are 100% mine.


  1. Stacy says

    i have her book now to read(borrowed from a friend!). it really is amazing how we’ve let food get to where it is! (or should i say, our govts past and present.)

    • Alissa says

      Yes, it was disturbing to learn how little I knew about what we’re eating every day. I can’t wait to dive into the book!


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