So since my search the other day for corn derived food in the cupboard failed to shock and appall me, I decided it was time to try my luck with the fridge. Crossing my fingers for some appalling discoveries I opened the door up. Immediately I felt guilty as this task would require me to keep the fridge door open for an unusually long time, thus wasting energy. But I figured mother earth would forgive me, as my cause was noble, and I proceeded.
I should tell you first of all, that there is not much in my fridge. A couple of years ago you would have seen it jam packed with condiments and convenience foods, but now it is relatively empty. It is mostly ‘ingredients’: fruits and veggies, milk, cream for my coffee, eggs, cheese, bread and the condiment basics. At first glance it wasn’t looking good for the corn. As I was really hoping to be appalled, I expanded my search to include ingredients that good ol’ granny wouldn’t recognize.
The jar of hot banana peppers started us off right with: Polysorbate 80, Sodium benzoate and calcium chloride. Okay, lets be honest, Granny would recognize calcium chloride if she was good at chemistry; it is table salt. Not such a bad thing in a jar of peppers. Sodium benzoate is a different type of salt. Polysorbate is an emulsifier and can be contaminated with corn according to our website referenced in the last post. I have no idea what it is made from and a quick Google search did not yield an answer that I could understand.
Here are some of my other discoveries:
Yogurt: caramel colour; Mayo- calcium disodium edta; Pita- calcium propionate, veggie dip (un-opened… why did I buy that again?)- dextrose, chocolate sauce- corn syrup. Mostly preservatives and sugars. Okay, I can handle that. I don’t see why my Pita needs a preservative when I buy it fresh every week, but it is on the ‘want to make myself’ list so it will be gone soon anyway. The preservative in my mayo- ick… but can’t give up my mayo.
Then I hit the jackpot: cream cheese. It has: Tocopherols, ascorbyl palminate, propylene glycol, lactic acid. Why does my cream cheese have propylene glycol (by produce of the petroleum industry) in it? Okay, that is off the grocery list. I am successfully appalled.
That being said, I still feel a bit anti-climatic with this search. With hopes high I decide to take a peek in the freezer.
Booo, almost nothing. Mostly just frozen fruits and veggies. There is bunch of frozen chicken and pork, a ‘natural’ store line which claims to ‘grain feed,’ which probably means corn. Oh how I wish we could regularly afford the much better tasting organic meat from Sunworks farms (www.sunworksfarm.com) or Hoven farms (www.hovenfarms.com.) But the store brand promises me no antibiotics, no hormones and free range. I look at my ‘cheat meal’ frozen chicken meatballs expecting to be appalled. Nope, just a bit of dextrose in the seasoning. The worst was actually my package of sweet potato fries. They are from the ‘natural’ frozen section so I guess I assumed they were good. Not bad, but still a bunch of corn starch, dextrin and dextrose.
Well, I am done. And I feel good in some ways. Unlike Pollan suggests, our family doesn’t eat mostly corn. We could eat a few less preservatives and a bit less corn-derived sugar. But for the most part we eat pretty clean. Stay tuned for my next post where I delve into how we have been able to avoid most of the ‘fake’ food….