Nut Butter Recall: Do Your Own Investigation


We were watching the news two days ago when they reported that certain nut butters were being recalled because of a salmonella risk. One of the stores mentioned was Trader Joe’s. We love that store, and we buy the majority of nut butters there for our son. Once we found out that many of the nut butters sold in grocery stores contain hydrogenated oils (soybean, vegetable), we looked into buying only organic or all-natural nut butters. Read my older post entitled ” Ever Wonder Why Peanut Butter Hardens at Room Temperature”at

I was really surprised to hear this about Trader Joe’s. They are very reputable, and everyone is always so helpful when I shop there. I went to the news website to get more information. They (the media) reported that instead of returning the product, you could call a number and get a refund. When I didn’t find any additional information on the website, I called Trader Joe’s. The employee that I spoke with told me that it was only the raw almond butters that were affected. He also directed me to their website. I made a comment about the media not always having their facts straight.  I was informed that a local radio station was giving them a bad name;  they announced that it was also the peanut butters that were contaminated.  We had purchased peanut butter a few days earlier. 

I was happy and relieved that I had conducted my own investigation into the matter. Sometimes, I don’t watch the news because it’s so depressing. Also, they repeat the same news reports every hour. I mainly watch it to get the weather and traffic reports. In my opinion, some of those reporters act so robotic and programmed. They don’t show any emotion whatsoever. I like the ones that aren’t afraid to talk to us on the air.

So, I encourage you to do your homework when you hear reports such as this. We now live in a time that you can’t always believe everything that you hear on television or the radio. Check the facts! Continue reading “Nut Butter Recall: Do Your Own Investigation”

Got Milk?

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As a kid, I drank whole milk. I didn’t like skim milk because I thought that it tasted like water. I could taste the difference between whole milk and low fat milk as well. As a got older, I really couldn’t tell the difference between the two. Some say that they can’t test the difference between whole milk and skim milk. One day, I decided that I really didn’t like drinking milk as much as a used to, so I started drinking orange juice with calcium and eating more yogurt to get my calcium. Then, my aunt told me about Silk soy milk. I had read that it can lower your cholesterol, which is always helpful. It is also a good source of calcium and vitamin D.  Once I tried soy milk, I never went back to cow’s milk.


Now, you may be wondering why I gave you that background, right?  I have talked to others that have said the same thing.  Also, I started shopping at Trader Joe’s last year.  I know that they carry foods that are all-natural and organic.  The label on their milk says that the cows were not treated with rBST.  Recombinant bovine somatotropin is a protein hormone that allows dairy cattle to produce milk. A dairy cow’s peak production for milk is 60 days after she gives birth to her calf.  A cow supplemented with rBST can provide even more milk.  (According to Global Dairy Innovation, one dairy cow produces enough milk in one day to provide milk for 125 school children’s lunch).   The goal is always to produce more to make more money.  I’ll give you a minute to think about that.

My son drinks Trader Joe’s whole milk.  He has a speech delay, and he was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder last year.  Doctors don’t know where he falls on the spectrum.  Also, my son is very sociable.  Autistic kids typically are afraid of social interaction.  Whether or not he proves to have autism down the road, he still needs to eat healthy.  He’s tried soy milk, but doesn’t like it as much as regular milk.  In fact, I’m the only one in my household that drinks soy milk. Regardless, we know that the milk he drinks he good for him.  By the way, it does taste better than milk that I used to buy from the supermarket. Continue reading “Got Milk?”