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Saturday, January 31, 2009


yikes, this is scary stuff, especially when you start to look at ingredients and realize how almost everything you buy in US grocery stores has HFCS in it.

Yeah, it's posed a real financial dilemma for us, too. I mean, you have to shop at places like farmer's markets, Whole Foods and Trader Joe's to avoid HFCS products. But those products by default are more expensive.

With the economy in bad shape, I expect to see more HFCS showing up in products. It's one way manufacturers cut food costs.

(I have to say, this was one depressing post to write.)

I'm in the middle of reading The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan.

Trying to avoid Corn Syrup and other "chemicals" processed out of corn is quite a challenge. Yes, it costs more, but then again, at the same time, I'm trying to eat less, so I can maintain about the same food budget.

Anyway, I love all sorts of unprocessed foods and enjoy cooking. In some ways, I've found that more expensive products that omit the crap that you find cheaper products are actually far better in flavor, texture, etc.

But ultimately, so few people actually care enough to make any kind of difference in the food industry. HFCS is here to stay...

I think your last line nails it: so few people care. When I hear someone tell me that attitudes are changing, it's because those people hang out with people who get it. But so many simply do not get it.

it just get's better and better. Oh, I mean worse. it's laughable how unbelievable the whole food safety/health debacle is in this country. And culturally, I agree that it seems like only a small segment is moving away from processed foods. Meanwhile, kids eat get served crap at school and at home.

We're lucky. Seth's school serves slightly better food than most. No junk is sold, either.

But the more I read about America's food, the more upsetting it becomes.

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