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1/27/19 1:07 A

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Hi Renahf -

Interesting point... and it made me wonder: What about the Israeli foods that are imported and available in American grocery stores? I live in USA and do occasionally buy the so-called "Jewish" or "Kosher" foods in some of our grocery stores (most are not broad minded enough to keep such imports in hand, but the ones that are closer to our Jewish neighborhoods do carry foods. When I buy them, I scan the UPC and there's an option to add the nutritional information, if they don't already have it in their data base. I'm sure there are a lot of Israeli brands that I never see here, but I am familiar with a few like Joyvi (sp?) - I've gotten their halva (yep, waaay too sweet!!) and tahini. I'll have to look in my cupboard to find, but it's past bedtime now.

And my primary doctor is an ND here too!!

Welcome aboard!

Julia


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SPINDEXR's Photo SPINDEXR Posts: 797
1/25/19 8:32 A

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Just realised I could have clicked on your profile and then I would have seen what "ND" means. :-) I have been with SparkPeople a long time but haven't used the site much lately. Yes, if you're an ND, I'm sure your diet is a lot better than mine!

I sent you a spark friend request so we can talk via private message if you prefer.

Totally agree with your observation on American brands. I was blown away by the fat and sodium content of a lot of foods on the list. If you really want a hair-raising experience, look at the nutritional values for deep dish pizza or fast food! (I'm not sure I've even seen a deep dish pizza since I came to Israel....)

Good shabbos to you, too!

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1/25/19 6:47 A

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Hi Spindexr,

Thanks for your reply! So nice to know that someone lives relatively close to me.

An ND is a Naturopathic physician. My diet doesn't really have a lot of processed foods at this point so I'm good there. I eat mostly vegetables and protein and some carbs, but even things like techina golmi (which I consider minimally processed) doesn't have an equivalent in the DB. Same with Israeli cheeses, meats here go by number and not by "cut" so have to figure out what is equivalent.

I also do what you did many times, just find something relatively equivalent in a list of American foods, but I was hoping that maybe someone knew of a list that I didn't see :-). Also, I've noticed that a lot of American brands have a lot more calories and sugar and fat than their Israeli counterparts (though you could find really sweet, fat food here too...)

Good Shabbos!

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1/25/19 1:37 A

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Welcome! What's an "ND"?

I live in Maale Adumim with my husband (son is grown up and married) and work in high tech for a company in Raanana. Fortunately, I work from home most of the time and only go to the office a couple times a month, with a coworker who is also a neighbour.

Yes, there aren't many Israeli brands in the DB. It's mainly a issue of numbers. SparkPeople is predominantly American, so a focus on American brands is not surprising. I'll bet UK and Australians are also wondering why they have to keep adding their own foods! :-)

I admit that I don't do much food-tracking these days, but when I was doing it, I would occasionally take shortcuts. For example, I would choose an American cheese brand that was reasonably close to our yellow cheese. It doesn't really matter if the numbers are off slightly as long as they're in the right ballpark. Nutrition labels also have to be taken with a grain of salt!

Another thing is, as you move to a healthier diet, you'll probably eat fewer processed foods, which means that the ingredient list is less critical. Once you've added the basic Israeli foods that you tend to eat, which aren't on the list (say, white cheese, labanah), you can probably find close list substitutes for the rest (hummus isn't enormously different). Good luck!

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1/24/19 2:01 P

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Hi, all

I am new to this forum and wanted to introduce myself. I live in Yerushalayim with my husband and my youngest daughter. I am an ND and I also work for a charitable organization.

My question is why don't we see more Israeli brands and foods in the food tracker list? Israeli brands have a different calorie count, different ingredients, and we have so many foods that you just can't find in the States. I am finding myself having to just add in so many things.

I look forward to hearing from other Israelis

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