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    Health food ingredients

    I was looking at the ingredients list of a health food product and it said 'organic evaporated cane syrup.' That stopped me for a second, then I thought 'why don't you just say sugar?'

    It's a chuckle. The health food people put a slightly deceptive spin on their stuff too. So much for the big corporations being totally evil, and the health food stores being the force that will save the planet.
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    Oh, I love organic evaporated cane juice.
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    It's about knowing the source of the sugar...Evaporated cane syrup is not HFCS.
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    "Health Food" is the biggest semantic piece of cr@p the FDA has ever concocted. Well, really to let their big-business cronies line their pockets with the latest fad. Healthy foods actually are indicated by what they don't list in the ingredients. Take a look at the stuff that's in a Costco tin of soy-milk versus the stuff you can find in a real Asian market.

    I feed my cats cans of stuff from NV (Thailand). The ingredients are "red tuna meat, white tuna meat" and that's it! Compare it to any of the crap you find in the markets or specialty "pet stores" and they'll contain all sorts of fillers like corn, wheat, meat by-products, water (up to 80%!!!). I've never seen a cat eat corn-on-the-cob in the wild or harvest wheat to make bread...

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    Processed "health food" is still processed food. Its BIG business and the big producers have always claimed that their food was healthy. This is why consumers in the know have moved on to local food and slow food.

    Mind you regarding the specific claim what they are saying is that its non heat treated cane sugar rather than HFCS. Still.

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    Quote Originally Posted by <3 2 Ride View Post
    It's about knowing the source of the sugar...Evaporated cane syrup is not HFCS.
    Or it's about putting different kinds of sugar into the product so the the first (highest percentage) ingredient listed isn't sugar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fordmanvt View Post
    Or it's about putting different kinds of sugar into the product so the the first (highest percentage) ingredient listed isn't sugar.
    Rather than just listing ingredients in order of dominance, I'd like to see the ingredients broken down by percentage of total mass. Just because sugar may be listed 2nd in order, doesn't mean that there isn't a tonne of it. Listed 2nd could be 10% or 49% of the total, big difference there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fordmanvt View Post
    Or it's about putting different kinds of sugar into the product so the the first (highest percentage) ingredient listed isn't sugar.
    That one gets to me too. Fortunately health foods don't seem to do this as much as mainstream commercial products.

    I saw one not long ago where the second, third and fourth ingredients were all different kinds of sugars. I did see one product in a lunchroom around xmas that had sugar listed as the first ingredient. At least they were honest.

    Here is a link to the ingredients for cornflakes from berkely.edu. http://services.housing.berkeley.edu...dPort=032003*1

    To save the time for anyone who doesn't need to verify that, here are the ingredients

    INGREDIENTS: Corn Flakes (Milled Corn, Sugar, Malt Flavoring, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Salt, Iron, Niacinamide, Sodium Ascorbate And Ascorbic Acid, (Vitamin C), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Thiamin Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Vitamin A Palmitate, Folic Acid, Vitamin B12, And Vitamin D. To Maintain Quality, BHT Has Been Added To The Packaging.)
    Kelloggs seems to be sensitive to the hfcs publicity lately and they have updated their ingredients to drop it. I had checked them just about a month ago for the popcorn is healthy page, and they did have it then. At the very least, popcorn is much healthier than corn flakes if you make it yourself and add healthy flavorings.

    But the second ingredient is a sugar, the fourth one is the sweetest, cheapest and nastiest type of sugar, and the third one is basically a sugar. I think it was probably stopped short on it's way to being malt sugar, so maybe not technically a sugar. It was difficult to get info on that one.

    But the sugars probably did outweigh the corn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnthonyG View Post
    Processed "health food" is still processed food. Its BIG business and the big producers have always claimed that their food was healthy. This is why consumers in the know have moved on to local food and slow food.

    Mind you regarding the specific claim what they are saying is that its non heat treated cane sugar rather than HFCS. Still.

    Anthony
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    I buy most of my produce from a local organic Farmer's Market where most of the vendors are local residents that pride themselves in growing pesticide-free produce, and I get my meat from a quality butcher that specializes in locally raised hormone-free and antibiotic-free grass-fed beef, grass/grain-fed pork, and free-range poultry. I get locally grown greens including swiss chard and kale, and collard, turnip, and mustard greens, several cabbages, green beans, beets, and many varieties of squash, potatoes, peppers, and various herbs, and also melons, peaches, blueberries, and raspberries, and the list just goes on and on. We also have at least one local "truely World Class butcher shop/deli/wine shop" that sells some of the most amazing cheeses, meats, and condiments, many of which are make in-house, as well as an amazing variety of fine wines. The only thing that I have difficulty getting fresh here in Indy is seafood, but I have found a couple asian markets who are able to provide quality fresh product most of the time.

    Why in the world would anyone buy any processed "health food" from any kind of market. I consider most "health food stores" to be as trustworthy as a used car salesman or an investment banker.
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