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Feb 7, 2005 07:55 PM

Check out the label on that sour cream container!!

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The other day I bought a container of the store-brand regular sour cream of a major supermarket retailer in the west. When I got it home it looked awfully "soupy". That led me to read the label, I was shocked to see this list of ingredients:

cultured cream, grade A whey, modified food starch, sodium phosphate, sodium citrate, guar gum, carageenan, calcium sulface, potassium sorbate (preservative) and locust bean gum.

WHAT IS UP WITH THIS??? I went back to the supermarket and checkec out the labels of several competing brands, (all of them major brands for this area of the country) and every one, except one, listed these ingredients. Only one brand listed one ingredient, "cultured cream" or something like that.

Can anyone provide any addl info about this? Is this happening all over the country? I'm shocked and dismayed to find this going on. For me, the bottom line is, I'm going to be reading the labels much more carefully on ALL the products I buy--and maybe consider making my own dairy products.

I'm really disgusted at this.

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  1. Here in Chicago, "Dean's" sour cream has the following ingredients: Cultured skim milk, cream, nonfat milk, codium citrate, rennet.

    IMHO Dean's makes the best dairy products in the Chicago area( I really like their cottage cheese and the sour cream)...and possibly "Oberweis" would be up there too. I find some sour cream to be rather gelatinous...disgusting.

    1. All those "stabilizers" are garbage. What a shame!

      I just checked my Axelrod Sour Cream, which is my favorite "mainstream" sour cream (in Manhattan), and the ingredients are: cultured pasteurized milk, cream and nonfat milk, and enzyme.

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      1. re: Tom Steele

        I don't think I like anything but Break stones. I know I don't like Friendly sour cream I tried one other brand here in NY and its nice and thick. I only eat full fat. Very few things are tastier that are lower in fat. Example Philadelphia 1/3 less fat I like even better than regular Cream cheese but the fat free is disgusting. Greek total I like the 2 percent. Other than those few examples, I prefer full fat.

      2. The next time you are at the market check out the label on heavy cream. It is very difficult to find A natural product without additives like seaweed or other stabilizers.

        1. That is more likely with reduced fat sour cream, or reduced fat anything, btw.

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          1. re: Karl S.

            This is precisely the reason why I forego lo-fat or non fat products...all that junk in it!!


            1. re: hbgrrl

              Have you ever looked at the label on low fat mayo? At the store the other day I put the Hellman's next to the Hellman's Light. The list of ingredients on the Light stuff was ridiculous! I may want to cut calories, but not like that.

          2. On the west coast, Knudsen and Daisy brands don't contain additives. Daisy's ingredient is: Grade A cultured cream. Knudsen's contains: cultured pasteurized grade a cream, enzymes. The other brands contain things like guar gum and gelatin.

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            1. re: Nancy Berry

              Just discovered Daisy, purchased at Nob Hill in Salinas today. Beef stroganoff tonight's menu for my parents and I was kicking myself for not buying some smetana from one of SF's Russian delis. Ran to the nearest grocery store and was delighted to find something with no additives. Very clean and unadulterated taste. Apparently it's been in national distribution since spring of last year. I'm trying the "lite" next based on this rec.


              1. re: Melanie Wong

                If you think Daisy brand is additive free you are smoking something....and I will not say what....Most brands of sour cream on the market in the US contain fillers and modifiers and other thickeners...many products act as an "outlet" to sell milk/whey proteins....the nature of the game is not to provide "wholesome" and "natural" product to the know what walks....
                On top of all this is the issue of some ingredients that do not have to be declared on the label because they are considered to be "production aids"....something you have to be thankfull for to your law makers....and lobby groups....

                1. re: Pollo

                  Daisy's labelling for the "regular' sour cream says "Ingredients: Grade A Cultured Cream. Contains Milk. Grade A. No Additives".

                  It does not list "grade A whey, modified food starch, sodium phosphate, sodium citrate, guar gum, carageenan, calcium sulface, potassium sorbate (preservative) and locust bean gum", noted by the original poster for the sour cream he purchased and indeed common in most brands.

                  What additives or "production aids" do you know to be in Daisy regular sour cream?