Thursday, October 15, 2009

Buyer Beware

I was grocery shopping... does this sound like other posts I've started?

I was grocery shopping. I was looking for canned tomatoes, and I noticed that the large cans of a brand name of "diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano" were on closeout special. They were cheap!

I picked them up thinking - "How perfect!"

But, almost as an afterthought, I checked the label just in case there was MSG. I was surprised to find High Fructose Corn Syrup instead. In tomatoes!!! Since when do we need to sweeten our tomatoes?

I wouldn't have thought of HFCS in tomatoes, but this is just another case in point -- we've got to be in the label reading habit!

For more information on High Fructose Corn Syrup, check out this informative site. It is a well written response to the current ad campaign in support of HFCS. Of course I want you to read the whole article so that you know why you need to avoid the stuff. But for your convenience, I'll summarize. It states in brief:

The Bottom Line on Research….
You should avoid consuming high fructose corn syrup because of the following:
1. High-fructose corn syrup has been linked directly to obesity, diabetes and metabolic dysfunction.
2. High-fructose corn syrup elevates triglycerides levels, which can lead to heart disease.
3. High-fructose corn syrup is simply empty calories with no nutritional
value whatsoever.

Really, you could skim the whole article in 3-5 minutes... and meanwhile, I'm off to get a very late start on what I hoped would be a full afternoon of baking and food prep for our coming Fall Break.


alexis said...

I have noticed this too! I am going to be more diligent next summer about canning some of my own tomatoes. That HFCS pops up in places you would never expect it!

Martha said...

Very informative!

Psst, I gave out a basic recipe today with shifty eyes because you're the health expert :o) hope it passes your test LOL

Kathryn said...

I use canned tomatoes, sometimes, too, but i try to make it infrequent. The reason? Even when i buy organic, the cans are often lined with the BPA plastic.

The only brand that i've found that consistently does not line their cans is Eden, & they mostly do beans.

HFCS is in practically everything. Label reading is invaluable.