Thankful Thursday - Labels

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

No High Fructose Corn Syrup

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Malta Goya

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Mari and I went to get a few groceries this week end. She moved here from NYC last year and I lived in NY for 16 years before returning home to Michigan. One of the things I miss about NY is the many food choices. I absolutely loved potato knishes and although Michigan is beginning to offer more variety, unusual food choices are generally only in the larger stores. 

So when she and I went in a smaller store she was pleased to find some of the things she is more familiar with as the items were stocked to cover many ethnic choices. (We like a wide variety of choices!) She picked up a couple bottles of Malta. She loves to mix it with canned milk and make a cooler. I used to love to make a tamarind cooler, but haven't seen tamarind since leaving there so I will keep looking. :-)

Curious, I turned over the bottle on the Malta Goya to find out exactly what we were drinking:
  • water
  • pale malt
  • caramel
  • malt
  • high fructose corn syrup
  • corn syrup
  • caramel color
  • phosphoric acid
  • salt 
  • hops

    I don't remember my mother or grandmother reading labels, recipes on the package, but not the ingredients on the label. What is happening to us? What are they selling us? I remember parents giving babies corn syrup and now we hear that it is detrimental! When my first children were born, baby food contained salt, sugar and starch to make it tasty; tasty to who - adults? I made my infants their baby food and did not add seasoning and sugar. These are tastes we acquire. 

    We may have advanced some, but we still have a long way to go before we will be conscious of our food choices in America. Obviously we are not as aware as we should be because the majority of food on the shelves is unhealthy. We must be buying it!!
    1. Do you read labels? 
    2. What do you try to avoid?

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Self Sagacity June 28, 2012 at 11:16 AM  

You're right! I read lables all the time, especially when I am at the shelves in the grocery stores. I used to never cared about margerine or butter, until I have to bake shortbread called for butter...unsalted. yes, can you believe I thought all butter was salted...or just came one way...what? there's unsalted? ok-- now which of these 15 brands should I use? OMG! I think colette talked about this before, but I spent nearly 10 minutes just going through all the titles and names of the butter, not to mention the ingredients.

Jim June 28, 2012 at 8:23 PM  

Hi Judy ~~ I too love the NYC street vendors' knishes, hot dogs, and sausage rolls.

The NYC pizza is great to a large extent, but not all of it. I never buy slice pizza from the street vendor, I like to sit and soak up the atmosphere of the pizza parlor.

Yes, I read the labels. Mostly I look for fat calorie content and percent of calories. Same goes for chloresteral. I look for the sodium content for Mrs. Jim's sake. I generally run a low value on blood sodium so that doesn't bother me. I look at the ingredients for chemicals that I may or may not understand.

I try to avoid high fat content but often times the low fat just add water content so best watch the ingredients for that too.

Judy SheldonWalker June 28, 2012 at 10:14 PM  

I use only sea salt as it is healthier but we must watch sodium, especially with hypertension. It is amazing what we might find in things considered safe for consumption, and Jim, funny you mentioned the pizza. My youngest daughter has been craving NY pizza. She was 9 when we left there and is now in her 30s. :-)

Icy BC June 29, 2012 at 6:51 AM  

I read the label only in the new product that I'm buying. Other than that, I stick with my old ones since I already read and exam what were in them before.

I try to avoid fat!

⊱↫PreciousKD↬⊰ June 29, 2012 at 9:53 AM  

Yes, I have to read the labels on things that I buy as my son has allergic reaction to some. I made all my baby foods.

I have to watch my diabetes and cholesterol..

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