What’s in it For YOU??
I was talking with a friend and mentioned that I frequently read the labels before I buy food at the grocery store. He is more of an “I see it, it looks good, so I buy it” type of guy so he couldn’t understand why anyone would take the time to do such a thing.
Now that I’m in the food product business, I was curious about the popular “butter spread” type products and looked at the labels of 2 of the top brands which are marketed as heart healthy choices.
Here you go:
INGREDIENTS: WATER, VEGETABLE OIL BLEND (CANOLA OIL, PALM OIL, PALM KERNEL OIL, SOYBEAN OIL), WHEY (MILK), MODIFIED CORN STARCH, SALT, MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, SOY LECITHIN, (POTASSIUM SORBATE, SODIUM BENZOATE, CALCIUM DISODIUM EDTA) USED TO PROTECT QUALITY, LACTIC ACID, VITAMIN A PALMITATE, BETA CARATENE
INGREDIENTS: Vegetable Oil Blend (Liquid Soybean Oil, Liquid Canola Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil), Water, Sweet Cream Buttermilk (Adds a Dietarily Insignificant amount of cholesterol), Salt, Soy Lecithin, Vegetable Mono and Diglycerides, Potassium Sorbate (Used to Protect Quality), Citric Acid, Artificial Flavor, Vitamin A Palmitate, Beta Carotene (for Color).
It’s like a foreign language! Mono and Diglycerides? Dr. Mercola’s website (mercola.com) says: Mono- and di-glycerides: These contain trans fats that manufacturers do not have to list on the label. They are used in high amounts in so-called “low-trans” spreads.
EDTA? It’s the abbreviation for Ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid. I decided if it has more than 20 letters, I’m putting it back on the shelf.
Why not just eat butter or better yet, ghee? Here is the Simply Ghee ingredient list:
INGREDIENTS: 100% organic, unsalted sweet cream butter from grass fed cows
How simple is that?