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the tediousness of label reading

ElsieB Oct 5, 2013 05:11 AM

Shopping takes me longer having to read all the tiny tiny print (sometimes obscured by price labels or wrinkled packaging) and the worst ingredient for me is the ubiquitous canola oil. I really hate canola oil and get so annoyed when it accidentally comes home with me because I was lax in reading every single tiny word. I recently picked up a couple of jams in a country store (their own product) and when I got home I saw the jams had
HFCS as an ingredient. Why would you need to put that in jam!
And then there are the listed ingredients that are so alien they must be looked up online, some are ok and others are nasty.

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    Ttrockwood Oct 5, 2013 11:56 PM

    I long time ago i adopted the five ingredients or less rule for the vast majority of food.
    The more ingredients the more processed and further away from "food" the end result is. (So called diet foods are some of the worst offenders)

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      foodieX2 Oct 5, 2013 12:14 PM

      As Hotoy noted the simple answer is to not buy packed/processed foods. If you make the problematic foods yourself you'll get exactly what you want.

      1. mrbigshotno.1 Oct 5, 2013 07:11 AM

        Read all you want, just don't block the aisle and shelves while you are doing it, ya know!

        1. ttoommyy Oct 5, 2013 05:34 AM

          A small amount of corn syrup in sugar based jams, candies, caramels, etc. can help to prevent crystalization. It's usualy only a couple of tablespoons in a recipe in addition to the sugar. Was it the only sweetener listed in the jam you bought?

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          1. re: ttoommyy
            hotoynoodle Oct 5, 2013 11:12 AM

            old school corn syrup isn't the same as hfcs.

            the op's issue is solved by not buying processed foods. how do you accidentally buy canola oil?

            1. re: hotoynoodle
              foodieX2 Oct 5, 2013 12:11 PM

              Since the OP said he didn't read every tiny word I assumed the canola oil was an ingredient in some kind of packaged food

              1. re: hotoynoodle
                eclecticsynergy Oct 5, 2013 01:48 PM

                "old school corn syrup isn't the same as hfcs."

                It sure isn't. Pretty unlikely a country store would be using the stuff in a made-in-house product. If it really is HFCS in there the store may be marketing factory made jams under their own label.

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