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As American as Corn Syrup

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I should have known not to pat myself on the back too quickly even though I’m cooking more for the family at home.  I tried a shortcut by bringing home a fun summer food from the grocery store, and I thought it was okay because I’d read the label.

I didn’t buy just any hotdogs.  I paid extra for uncured turkey franks with “no nitrates or nitrites, no artificial flavors, colors or by-products.”  Aren’t I a conscientious mother?  I was already heating up a hotdog for my toddler at lunchtime when I read the fine print.  Ingredients in the hotdogs include “cultured corn sugar” and “corn syrup solids.”  It felt like another marketing “gotcha!”

The more I hear what the experts are saying about healthy food choices, the more I want to make everything at home from scratch.  Trouble is, that’s not reality for many busy families.  So, I am reminded again to read the labels, every little thing, not just the catchy feel-good phrases on the front of the packaging.

Lunch turned out a little better when we added a fresh spinach salad that we’d just harvested from our organic garden.  Now that’s real food.


One Response to As American as Corn Syrup

  1. Kristin April 27, 2011 at 7:19 pm #

    I hate that too. It’s one thing when you just grab something off the shelf and it’s junk, but when you purposely try to go out of your way to choose something more health-ful and it’s not, it is very irritating.

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