Skip to comments.As food labels get closer look, ingredients vanish
Posted on 12/18/2013 12:11:21 AM PST by Olog-hai
Take another look at that food label. An ingredient or two may have vanished.
As Americans pay closer attention to what they eat, food and beverage companies are learning that unfamiliar ingredients can invite criticism from online petitions and bloggers. The risk of damaging publicity has proven serious enough that some manufacturers have reformulated top-selling products to remove mysterious, unpronounceable components that could draw suspicion.
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Because that formula changing business has always worked so well for Coca-cola.
Starbucks used crushed bugs for coloring? What kind of mind thinks of this stuff. One more reason why I was right never to buy their overpriced yuppie coffee.
Merry Christmas! Yes, it is the Lord’s birthday we celebrate.
It would be useful to see a cost comparison between the old and new ingredients to see just what the impact of these substitutions are on the product unit cost.
Subsidies distort everything.
I have never been inside a Starbucks. The price is one reason. Another is the sort of people who were enthusiastic about Starbucks before we got one here. I prefer not to be in the same building with them.
How about that mega expensive coffee bean that has to be picked up of the poop of some monkey. What idiot thought of doing that?
The next time you purchase groceries, look at the “where produced” part of the label. You may be surprised to find a significant amount of various brands come from foreign countries like China. In particular, you may want to avoid canned mushrooms. The restrictions put on U.S. growers is FAR GREATER than those required of foreign growers. You many save a few cents per item but in the long run, our whole nation will be the loser.
Correction....”You may save a few cents....” (It’s early)
Those kind of people were the ones that lined up against Starbucks in my town. Can’t be drinking corporate coffee you know.
I could have gone my whole life without knowing that. Oh, well
Last month, I did a $30/week food challenge for one week. It wasn't all that difficult and I learned a lot of ways to cut my regular food expenses.
After doing that, I'm was no longer as fond of Lattes that cost over $4. It no longer seems right to spend as much money on a latte as a lot of people spend on food.
My asbestos and mercury chocolate drops now list only fiber and minerals as the main ingredients.
Original Chex Mix really does need to be reformulated. They found an incredibly delicious combination of salts that put together are a recipe for high blood pressure.
Sodium Chloride (table salt), Sodium Bicarbonate (baking soda), Trisodium Phosphate, Disodium Guanylate and Disodium Inosinate.
A 1/2 cup serving has 210mg of sodium.
Crushed bugs as coloring is in a lot more than just Starbucks.
Coffee addition is a terrible thing.
Did they reformulate, or simply reprint?
Trust, but verify.
There are worse things out there, but that is pretty vile. 1/2 cup is three handfuls perhaps? Many canned soups have an entire days sodium in one can.
Yes, my doctor has me on restricted sodium. Toughest diet I've ever tried to follow. I eat what naturally occurs in food of course, but if food has undergone any processing, it will have anywhere from a little to "OMG" amount of sodium added. Eating out is practically a thing of the past for me as well...
That's correct. If you see carmine or carminic acid listed on the ingredient label, it's the "natural food color" made from crushed bugs.
Not to mention the fact that those drinks contain almost as many calories and carbohydrates as a slice of cake.
They got clean away with removing the sugar and replacing it with corn syrup.
If you have a Mexican market in your neck of the woods, they have the Coke made with sugar.
Yes, they do, and they usually advertise “Mexican Coke” prominently.
It’s funny how people think natural means good. The fruits and veggies in the grocery store are not natural. Natural foods are typically tiny, bug eaten, and not sweet. Most natural food is not something Americans would ever eat.
LOL! Yes I knew they were flavor enhancers. I have a very serious and scary reaction to those 2 things. What are they made from, do you know?
They are usually used as flavor enhancers (for the savory, or “umami” flavor) with MSG Monosodium Glutamate. But because MSG gives an unpleasant reaction to some people, it is used much less today.
“If disodium inosinate is present in a list of ingredients, but MSG does not appear to be, it is possible that glutamic acid is provided as part of another ingredient or is naturally occurring in another ingredient like tomatoes, Parmesan cheese or yeast extract.”
I have a bad reaction to MSG but I have an even worse and different reaction to disodium gunaylate and disodium insionate. After several reactions, each one getting worse than the last one, I ultimately went to 4 different doctors and not one of them had any idea what had happened to me.
Thanks for the link you provided, I didn’t see it at first.
You’ve never eaten food from my garden. My natural bell peppers were larger than the biggest ones in the store and nearly as sweet as candy, having ripened on the plant.
And not bug eaten either.
Disodium guanylate is produced from dried fish or dried seaweed.
Disodium inosinate is generally produced from meat or fish, but it may also be produced from tapioca starch.
That’s true. They also tend to believe they can take “natural” supplements with abandon, never worrying about how they will interact with their system or with medicines (I have a friend like this). They don’t stop to think that many prescription medicines originate from plants.
Glutamates are important neurotransmitters in the human brain, playing a key element in learning and memory. Here is a page with a list of potential side effects of MSG.
The specific chemicals that have caused you trouble are likely locked up in the whole food items you’re eating. It takes the processing to isolate them and ruin your day (week). There is something in cured ham that makes me vomit blood for days.
Dannon yogurt uses crushed bugs to provide a reddish color.
I think the unforseen PR problem of referring to it by it's chemical name rather than as "Umami" (original Japanese term) or something like "Alternative Sea Salt" makes people think it's something cooked up in a lab and foisted upon the public by an evil-eyed SPECTRE mastermind.
dihydrogen monoxide = water
xanthine alkaloid = caffeine
cholecalciferol and ergocalciferol = vitamins d2 and d3
epicatechin = a possibly heart-benefiting compound found in chocolate
If you didn't know what those items were and found them listed in ingredients on food products, would you
(a) Run away screaming;
(b) Call for a government investigation or
(c) outright ban or
(d) arrest and executions of the evil scientists who are trying to kill us with these chemicals;
(e) avoid them personally and silently (IMO the ignorant but conservative/libertarian response); or
(f) assume since people consume them all the time, they're probably OK and eat what you like? (That's me.)
I wouldn’t dream of banning them, because personally I enjoy MSG in non-sweet cooking. But that being said, though MSG poisoning is uncommon, there is a huge number of examples of people who get a strong reaction to it. But it’s a puzzler.
It is not an allergen. So a different mechanism is involved.
Glutamates are amino acids and neurotransmitters.
Reaction time can be immediate, or as long as 48 hours later. Now *that’s* a puzzler. Reaction for many is dose dependent, as well as time dependent, based on metabolic rate.
All told, my assumption would be a possibly genetic, neurological reaction. There are plenty of these for other things, even some vegetables.
Below is a picture of a natural American bird pepper. My point is large sweet bell peppers are a human created cultivation and do not occur anywhere in nature.
Selecting the best and most desirable traits, by hand, has been done for millenia.
All the ancestors of my peppers were peppers. Their descendants will be peppers as well.
Natural means unaltered by civilized man. The modern bell pepper is not the product of natural selection but human selection for hundreds of years. Any reasonable claim to naturally occurring status was lost long ago. Most natural produce is not so great, which is why humans extensively alter them creating new categories of produce that have never been eaten before.
I read years ago that the FDA allows a certain amount of bug parts in our broccoli. Now I am afraid to eat anything, but I could handle some Senate steak or maybe some Rep. stew, maybe. Merry Christmas!