[After my previous post on sugar and high fructose corn syrup being everywhere, I found this page. “Intellectually dishonest” is the mildest qualifier which comes to mind for that page. Anyway, I decided to produce my own home-grown tripe. Read on…]
Yes, I’ve heard before about how food manufacturers put sugar in everything but it is only last weekend that the issue became real for me. (Call me “slow” if you will… or call me “Susan” if it rocks your boat.) Debbie wanted to buy canned soup. (Useful to have in a pinch.) She started looking at this and that can saying “can’t have this, can’t have that.” I asked why and she told me the carbs were too high. (Not due to a fad diet, if you are wondering.) So I started looking too. I was flipping cans left and right like a real grocery store ninja but none of the soups had an adequate level of carbs. I noticed that a soup which had pasta in it had as much carbs as a vegetable soup without pasta. This was counterintuitive so I looked closely at both lists of ingredients and quickly found the problem: the vegetable soup, the one without pasta, had high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) listed as the second ingredient. I checked a few other soups which did not advertise any high-carb ingredient in their name or in the picture on the front of the can but they also had HFCS or sugar listed early in the ingredient list.
We’ll have to start looking at alternatives because this is ridiculous.