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Friday, October 16, 2009

Mystery Food Revealed

Thank you everyone for participating in this month's Mystery Food guessing game. Most of the responses were on facebook, so I will list them here. Here are the guesses:

  • canned buttercream frosting

  • ice cream

  • pudding

  • sweetened condensed milk

  • Miracle Whip

  • caramel ice cream topping


Caramel ice cream topping was SO close! Good job! This happens to be Marzetti's Light Caramel Apple Dip.



Let's review these ingredients again:
HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, CORN SYRUP, NON FAT MILK, POLYDEXTROSE, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, BUTTER (MILK, CREAM, SALT), SUGAR, LESS THAN 2% OF: DISODIUM PHOSPHATE, SALT, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, POTASSIUM SORBATE (PRESERVATIVE), MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES.



Is nothing made from good old-fashioned sugar anymore? Everything is high fructose corn syrup based. Notice it's the first ingredient, meaning, of all the ingredients, this one is the highest quantity.  Then corn syrup. Sugar is the 7th ingredient listed. And then...aaaah!--partially hydrogenated soybean oil--this is the trans fat we talked about, just the other day. Mono and diglycerides are also trans fat.



But you may be thinking, it's a treat, all treats are bad for us.  We can have a little, right?



There are levels of bad. If you were to make your own caramel dip (not that hard) at home, you would use sugar, butter, cream, salt, vanilla, and maybe a little corn syrup (I use Griffin's since it lists corn syrup and sugar syrup on the label, not high fructose corn syrup). These ingredients are much better for you. (Note, I did not say "healthy", but better. For more information, check out my Ladder of Healthy Eating.)



This is an October treat for us, we don't eat it all the time. I used to buy the Marzetti dip. No more, we are taking our steps up the ladder. Checkout any good cookbook for a recipe for real caramel. Make some at home. I especially like Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything and The Joy of Cooking. Real food--this is what grandma lived to 90 on!

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