High Fructose Corn Syrup & Partially Hydrogenated Oils

Do you get as frustrated as I do with food manufacturers pumping everything they make full of hydrogenated oils and corn syrup?

I was debating whether I wanted to write about how aggravated I was at the supermarket the other day. Then I decided that it’s my blog and I’ll rant if I want to!

It just drives me crazy that practically everything in the grocery store, no matter what the brand, has partially hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup. I’ve written in the past about high fructose corn syrup in yogurt. At least I was able to find some yogurt brands that don’t include corn syrup.

There are a few items such as commercial egg nog products like egg nog shakes from McDonald’s or Hood flavored egg nog that are going to have high fructose corn syrup and you either take them or leave them. I can live with that. However, this stuff is in almost everything.

Since it is close to Thanksgiving, I was looking for packaged stuffing. I couldn’t find a single kind, either store brand or national name brand that didn’t include both of those undesirable additives.

Later, in the frozen food aisle, I noticed that the store brand of onion rings I had been buying had partially hydrogenated soybean oil. I read labels are fully, but somehow I had missed that one. Perhaps it’s because I think onion rings should consist of onions, bread crumbs, flour, and egg whites, just like you would make them at home. I understand the necessity of preservatives in our food supply, but maybe onion rings aren’t meant to last forever.

When I am grocery shopping and reading labels, I always ask myself if I would use the same ingredients that the manufacturers are using if I was making the item myself from scratch. I have never reached for an overflowing cup of high fructose corn syrup. Have you? Similarly, I never dump partially hydrogenated soybean oil or partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil into my bowl of cookie dough. (By the way, what the hell is partially hydrogenated palm kernel oil? Yes, I know I could go look it up, but that’s kind of the point of asking the question – we shouldn’t have to look up the definition of an ingredient in our food!)

End of rant. I hope you have better luck trying to avoid items with high fructose corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils in your grocery items.

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