It seems a lot of people refuse to read the labeling on food they purchase. With all the crap included in food nowadays it would behoove them to do so.
My father falls into this category. If it is on sale, he buys it. No questions asked. It doesn't matter how many chemicals, dyes or additives may be in the food. It's on sale!
I have not been much of a nazi about it, but as more and more companies offer additive-free alternatives, it makes it both easier and harder to make the choice. Easier because it is there, harder because it is often so much more expensive.
I recently grabbed a can of Hershey's chocolate syrup to make sundaes and was impressed by the label: Original Since 1928. I turned the can to read the label: high fructose corn syrup. Right at the top. Lying bastards! They did not use HFCS in 1928!
It infuriates my father that I care about something as stupid as HFCS. What's wrong with a little bit in the kids' food?
I gave him my PBJ example. The kids love them. If I didn't watch the labels, the bread? Has high fructose corn syrup. The peanut butter? High fructose corn syrup. The jelly? Can you guess?
I told my dad that if it were just one item, I could live with it. Just not in every ingredient. Why the hell does applesauce need high fructose corn syrup? How about apples and water, people. For fucks sake.
This morning, I cleaned out the refrigerator from the weekend my father was here. He'd bought a loaf of bread from the bakery of our local supermarket. The ingredients?
high fructose corn syrup
pasteurized dried whole eggs
vital wheat gluten
egg color (FD&C Red 40 Yellow 5)
It may be crazy of me to think this way, but I don't want my family to eat that stuff. My solution? The kids and I put on our shoes, went into the backyard and strategically left the slices of bread for the birds and squirrels to find.