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Hidden bad ingredients

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created June 05, 2010 at 8:20 PM

I discovered, to my dismay, that there are scary neolithic ingredients in all SORTS of products. For my case, it was some Dove moisturizer that turned out to be basically soybean oil and detergents (seriously!). My face became leathery and red after 2 days of use, at which point I finally read the ingredients (my bad on not reading earlier). I'd never used the stuff before, and just grabbed it to be a convenient travel-sized moisturizer while traveling (I'm prone to dry skin when exposed to sun/wind).

I was hoping to use this question to ask about other products/food you've found that people should know about and avoid, with hidden bad ingredients, etc. being the primary focus.

So, what "landmines" have you found out there that you'd like to warn folks about?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10480)

on October 05, 2012
at 02:59 PM

I agree with your cause, but don't troll. Also, "real action" doesn't consist of online petitions.

6473dcb4b0e9b839615d650c168d2747

(638)

on October 05, 2012
at 10:29 AM

Actually, most Lush products have a ton of chemicals in them :(

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78417)

on July 24, 2011
at 05:45 PM

So just use sour cream instead.

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(65)

on July 11, 2011
at 09:51 PM

If you're looking for cosmetics that doesn't contain ridiculous amounts of really nasty stuff; take a look at Lush Cosmetics! :)

1ac8e976f84cb2566ecfbbcce1817351

(211)

on July 10, 2011
at 05:43 PM

even artisan cheeses have food coloring (anatto), a lot of the times.

1ac8e976f84cb2566ecfbbcce1817351

(211)

on July 10, 2011
at 05:42 PM

ha! I've also seen straight up gluten in a bag!

B14dc4aa1ddefbec3bc09550428ee493

(3904)

on July 10, 2011
at 03:26 AM

I thought soy oil was only a problem when eaten in great quantities because it has lots of omega-6 fatty acids and throws that balance off. What's the danger applied to the skin? This is new to me.

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

(5914)

on July 08, 2011
at 10:35 PM

Do you have a link?

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

(5914)

on July 08, 2011
at 10:31 PM

WTF?!?! indeed. What was that in?

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

(5914)

on July 08, 2011
at 10:25 PM

Yeah soy gets me. It is in everything, soy lecithin is in my bloody mustard! And i love mustard :(

6235e0b7e3c4c4b9df3d926829bc32f6

(333)

on July 06, 2011
at 06:16 PM

I was once in an asian food store and saw straight-up MSG sold in a bag. I was amazed.

6235e0b7e3c4c4b9df3d926829bc32f6

(333)

on July 06, 2011
at 06:15 PM

ugh...I swear, sometimes I wish plastic wasn't invented.

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on July 06, 2011
at 05:24 PM

I give my dogs yogurt and can hardly ever find full fat! All low-fat!

9759643ce5d97ab8fa649ae954656c4c

(3325)

on July 06, 2011
at 03:22 AM

How's the WiFi in your cave?

1d952d225819b0229e93160a90bf9bf8

(1600)

on January 08, 2011
at 07:45 PM

Herdez salsa has no sugar,it's cheap and it's pretty good.Works when I get the nacho urge that won't quit( I use plantain chips instead of corn chips..little starchy,but good as a treat). Non organic chicken in my house is going to go bye bye for me ,now that I discovered lamb again.It just doesn't taste the same anymore.Too bland.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on December 16, 2010
at 07:56 PM

I know, I was asking for trouble with this one, sorry, I posted it very late at night. But I read around about dextrose and it turns out that after the process is done it is chemically identical to what is in your body; there can be no trace of any phytic acid, or in the case of dextrose made from wheat, no trace of any gluten. I guess my point is if the only thing in there is carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, arranged the same way they are as what's in my body, then I'd be much more worried about the soy oil in tuna. It's good to have a sense of a continuum of badness for food ingredients.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8868)

on December 16, 2010
at 07:46 PM

Sherpamelissa--cutting dairy to eliminate congestion; I think the Horizon brand is ok (even with the carrageenan). Also, the kind they have at Trader Joe's. Eva--you'll find this on the cheapest of the chicken brands (e.g., Perdue, Tyson).

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20817)

on December 16, 2010
at 06:07 PM

Ew, they are injecting soy into our chicken? I never thought to look for ingredient listings on raw chicken! http://www.cspinet.org/nah/vlog/poultry.html

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 16, 2010
at 05:56 PM

Because you are cutting dairy completely? Or another reason? I just use a teeny container for about a month (the size of a school carton of milk). I really just like a touch of it in my coffee, but I'd love to find a more pure version.

9722850c9a1c47b79edf7c4233040248

(1276)

on December 16, 2010
at 05:15 PM

I find it slightly easier to find nasties-free staples at whole foods. Just be sure to go when you're in the mood to do some major label-reading.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8868)

on December 16, 2010
at 04:25 PM

I'm thinking of cutting heavy cream. I was buying the Horizon brand (in the big half gallon containers from Costco).

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 16, 2010
at 04:21 PM

I just buy fresh "pico de gallo" from the deli or produce section instead of salsa now. It works great as a salad dressing too! You've really done some in depth research. Nice! I have to go home and look at my heavy whipping cream. Where do you get the good stuff?

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on December 16, 2010
at 04:19 PM

Cheers on the Salsa!, I have just recently found one at the local farmer's market that contains no type of oil, or sugar. Sadly, it is 4 dollars for a small bowl. Gotta start making my own :)

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on December 16, 2010
at 03:07 PM

Not naturally occurring glucose. I'd be wary of the creation process, chemical damage done to convert the cornstarch to corn glucose. I'll let my body convert vitamin/mineral dense tubers instead!

22212e9ba2a041e6da6c963d4d41615a

(5773)

on December 16, 2010
at 11:39 AM

Dextrose is sugar derived from corn, so I would be careful with that one.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on December 16, 2010
at 08:40 AM

That is pretty amazing about the orange juice. If you look at the label it really is deceptive. There is one ingredient: "100% pure and natural orange juice." http://www.tropicana.com/#/trop_products/productsLanding.swf?TropicanaPurePremium I mean, how could that be understood otherwise? So disheartening.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on December 16, 2010
at 08:16 AM

It took me a while to find this past question, but I knew it was there: http://paleohacks.com/questions/5696/hidden-bad-ingredients

5841391284e7af8c495c54bd90d3a795

(2764)

on December 16, 2010
at 08:07 AM

That is nasty!!!

04293f705870e1837b8670d3c1cd5f67

(2261)

on December 05, 2010
at 04:44 PM

Ultrapasturized

Df11e66ec4dd4f749eca409633b6a3fb

(595)

on November 10, 2010
at 02:02 PM

Seriously! Earthfare is the only place I can find tomatoes in glass containers.

F82f7d4dafb6d0ffc4c2ee2a85420786

(484)

on October 11, 2010
at 04:20 AM

I was amazed to find out there are two types of coconut milk and cream on the supermarket shelves: 'pure', which is just what it sounds like, and separates in the tin, then everything else which has unnamed thickener and gums in it to bulk it out or emulsify it. Once again, pays to read labels.

9bc6f3df8db981f67ea1465411958c8d

(3690)

on October 08, 2010
at 05:45 PM

Carrageenan also in heavy cream.

08f65e31fe63fa8c91edcdf8ece35607

(220)

on June 10, 2010
at 04:04 AM

Utz is also just pork skins and salt

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on June 09, 2010
at 07:01 AM

Example, the best oranges are not dark orange, the muted colored thinner skinned Florida oranges have richer taste than the thick skinned California oranges

70d9359a2086e890a4c3bccb2ba8a8cb

(2254)

on June 08, 2010
at 06:20 PM

Yep, and also sulphur dioxide in coconut products (and other random stuff like frozen shrimp...).

8063ffc4fa6b60a1275171659f8a14f0

(155)

on June 08, 2010
at 04:48 PM

alcohol guns..great now i'm thirsty!

D738a5b2a67f3c36518a2ac9f32d27af

(821)

on June 08, 2010
at 02:04 AM

Hmm. If I want to do that, I'll eat this: http://www.thinkgeek.com/stuff/41/unicorn-meat.shtml

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on June 07, 2010
at 05:31 PM

If you can find Fage TOTAL yogurt, it is full fat. I have to go to the health food store because the groceries only carry non-fat and 2%.

Df11e66ec4dd4f749eca409633b6a3fb

(595)

on June 07, 2010
at 01:49 PM

I've had good luck in the Hispanic section of the grocery store. Goya, especially, had a 2-ingredient list: pork skin and salt

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on June 07, 2010
at 03:42 AM

Evaporated cane juice is powdered magic to consumers, if it has it it makes you #%€£ rainbows! Who doesn't want that? /sarcasm

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on June 07, 2010
at 03:41 AM

Soy too! There was even soy in the bread!

C53665c3f012fa1ede91033b08a8a6e7

(2269)

on June 06, 2010
at 04:27 PM

Olympus-brand yogurt (imported from Greece, even!) is only milk, cream, and culture starter. I wonder if Greek dairy cows are grass-fed... the local Whole Foods had it on sale $10 for 10 6-oz cups, 10% fat. I don't think the common Fage brand is that high in fat.

70d9359a2086e890a4c3bccb2ba8a8cb

(2254)

on June 06, 2010
at 07:24 AM

Yes, dried milk powder... why does it have to be in virtually all yoghurts??! I even have trouble finding greek yoghurt that doesn't have "dried skim milk powder" added. Why, oh why? Is it because it's a cheapo way of making it thicker or creamier?

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on June 06, 2010
at 01:14 AM

*gums* sorry don't know how to edit comments from iPhone

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on June 06, 2010
at 01:13 AM

Watch out for the sugar alcohol guns too, maltitol has a delayed reaction insulin spike!

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on June 06, 2010
at 12:00 AM

@LiveForIt -- your comment is spot-on -- especially the gas station bit.

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5
9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on June 08, 2010
at 04:55 PM

Carrageenan in coconut products :(

70d9359a2086e890a4c3bccb2ba8a8cb

(2254)

on June 08, 2010
at 06:20 PM

Yep, and also sulphur dioxide in coconut products (and other random stuff like frozen shrimp...).

9bc6f3df8db981f67ea1465411958c8d

(3690)

on October 08, 2010
at 05:45 PM

Carrageenan also in heavy cream.

F82f7d4dafb6d0ffc4c2ee2a85420786

(484)

on October 11, 2010
at 04:20 AM

I was amazed to find out there are two types of coconut milk and cream on the supermarket shelves: 'pure', which is just what it sounds like, and separates in the tin, then everything else which has unnamed thickener and gums in it to bulk it out or emulsify it. Once again, pays to read labels.

4
C53665c3f012fa1ede91033b08a8a6e7

(2269)

on June 06, 2010
at 01:56 AM

Soy oil in fish oil caps. Dried milk powder in silly-expensive yogurt from grass-fed cows. Otherwise-great olives soaked in sunflower oil.

Just because it's expensive and at Whole Foods doesn't mean it's good for you.

C53665c3f012fa1ede91033b08a8a6e7

(2269)

on June 06, 2010
at 04:27 PM

Olympus-brand yogurt (imported from Greece, even!) is only milk, cream, and culture starter. I wonder if Greek dairy cows are grass-fed... the local Whole Foods had it on sale $10 for 10 6-oz cups, 10% fat. I don't think the common Fage brand is that high in fat.

E7a462d6e99fec7e8f0ddda11b34a770

(1638)

on June 07, 2010
at 05:31 PM

If you can find Fage TOTAL yogurt, it is full fat. I have to go to the health food store because the groceries only carry non-fat and 2%.

70d9359a2086e890a4c3bccb2ba8a8cb

(2254)

on June 06, 2010
at 07:24 AM

Yes, dried milk powder... why does it have to be in virtually all yoghurts??! I even have trouble finding greek yoghurt that doesn't have "dried skim milk powder" added. Why, oh why? Is it because it's a cheapo way of making it thicker or creamier?

3
531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

on December 16, 2010
at 03:28 PM

Fun question.

Let's look at four of my (least) favorites: soy, wheat, starch, and sugar. All of these show up in supplements. I've seen wheat and soy in vitamin B, especially time-release/B-complex vitamins. Try to find a multivitamin without soy and wheat in your supermarket or drugstore. Good luck! (For the record, the brands you want are Country Life and Freeda for "safe" multivitamins. The "Vitamin Code" products are safe but their multi costs $40 for a month's supply! I say this as someone who is not just a "paleo purist" but has soy and wheat allergies--there are not many safe options). Likewise, vitamin E often has soybean oil as filler. Blech! Poison! Supplements are also full of starch and sugar. Vitamin D is a bad offender because the amount of matter needed to go into the supplement is very small; therefore, to make the pills big enough to handle they add starch, sugar, and even vegetable oils (check out the Carlson's brand...not soybean oil, but something like safflower or sunflower).

Another problem is salsa--one of my pre-paleo favorites. So, you buy the expensive "organic" stuff at your favorite hippie-dippy co-op store or "expensive food" supermarket and don't read the ingredients because it says "gluten-free" all over it and it has a really cool-looking label. And it costs $5 so it has to be great, right? The ingredients contain corn starch and "evaporated cane juice." (That's sugar.) Now I use Tabasco. Or fresh or canned chiles. Simple, clean.

Coconut milk--not sure if guar gum is toxic poison or not. Don't care. I no longer buy the brands in my regular grocery stores. I go to the Asian market and buy it by the case. For some reason, the brands at the Asian markets (they all carry the same two or three) contain NOTHING but coconut and water. That's the stuff I want. And it's WAY CHEAPER.

Shredded cheese. Why would I want potato starch in my cheese? I've cut way down on cheese anyway but stuff like cellulose powder and potato starch pushed me away from you, cheese. Now, when I eat the stuff, it's all about the Parmesan Reggiano (made from raw milk, and too expensive to eat every day, though I try).

One reason not to eat regular grocery store chicken--it's injected with chicken broth of unknown etiology (read--it's sure to have soy and wheat in it...bet your life) which brings us to...vegetable bouillon or broth (don't even think about buying the cubes). There are some nice brands out there that tell you "no wheat" "no soy"--but why buy this stuff? Throw your leftover vegetables in a pot with some wine and make your own. Or better, just eat a big piece of meat.

One more--Heavy whipping cream. Unreal what you find in this simple product. Some of it is probably innocuous (again, guar gum. Also carrageenan) but other stuff is inexplicable. Skim milk in my cream? Why?

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8868)

on December 16, 2010
at 07:46 PM

Sherpamelissa--cutting dairy to eliminate congestion; I think the Horizon brand is ok (even with the carrageenan). Also, the kind they have at Trader Joe's. Eva--you'll find this on the cheapest of the chicken brands (e.g., Perdue, Tyson).

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8868)

on December 16, 2010
at 04:25 PM

I'm thinking of cutting heavy cream. I was buying the Horizon brand (in the big half gallon containers from Costco).

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 16, 2010
at 05:56 PM

Because you are cutting dairy completely? Or another reason? I just use a teeny container for about a month (the size of a school carton of milk). I really just like a touch of it in my coffee, but I'd love to find a more pure version.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on December 16, 2010
at 04:21 PM

I just buy fresh "pico de gallo" from the deli or produce section instead of salsa now. It works great as a salad dressing too! You've really done some in depth research. Nice! I have to go home and look at my heavy whipping cream. Where do you get the good stuff?

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

(5838)

on December 16, 2010
at 04:19 PM

Cheers on the Salsa!, I have just recently found one at the local farmer's market that contains no type of oil, or sugar. Sadly, it is 4 dollars for a small bowl. Gotta start making my own :)

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20817)

on December 16, 2010
at 06:07 PM

Ew, they are injecting soy into our chicken? I never thought to look for ingredient listings on raw chicken! http://www.cspinet.org/nah/vlog/poultry.html

1d952d225819b0229e93160a90bf9bf8

(1600)

on January 08, 2011
at 07:45 PM

Herdez salsa has no sugar,it's cheap and it's pretty good.Works when I get the nacho urge that won't quit( I use plantain chips instead of corn chips..little starchy,but good as a treat). Non organic chicken in my house is going to go bye bye for me ,now that I discovered lamb again.It just doesn't taste the same anymore.Too bland.

3
6188c402b800087ffda0d69f5147285e

on June 06, 2010
at 10:30 PM

The bane of all my trips to the grocery store is still gluten, its slogan should be "they put that @#$& in everything".

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on June 07, 2010
at 03:41 AM

Soy too! There was even soy in the bread!

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

(5914)

on July 08, 2011
at 10:25 PM

Yeah soy gets me. It is in everything, soy lecithin is in my bloody mustard! And i love mustard :(

3
4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on June 06, 2010
at 03:02 PM

BPA plastic lining in most cans of canned goods

Df11e66ec4dd4f749eca409633b6a3fb

(595)

on November 10, 2010
at 02:02 PM

Seriously! Earthfare is the only place I can find tomatoes in glass containers.

6235e0b7e3c4c4b9df3d926829bc32f6

(333)

on July 06, 2011
at 06:15 PM

ugh...I swear, sometimes I wish plastic wasn't invented.

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1340fe0b7e7b01683ea33042092e05d6

on June 05, 2010
at 09:51 PM

  • "Sugar Free" Energy Drinks
  • Virtually all pre-made protein drinks
  • Nearly all of the "organic" salad dressings are chalked full of canola, safflower, soybean oil
  • Certain Toothpaste brands have extremely high content of Pumice, REAL bad deal
  • Any and all drinks from the gas station that aren't water.

93f44e8673d3ea2294cce085ebc96e13

(10502)

on June 06, 2010
at 12:00 AM

@LiveForIt -- your comment is spot-on -- especially the gas station bit.

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9e2180e7bfd688eb52d4f0c536172024

(2004)

on June 05, 2010
at 09:40 PM

  • Nuts roasted in industrial oils
  • Sugar in spice mixes
  • Aspartame in nearly every chewing gum (a few cinnamon varieties are without)
  • Corn syrup and/or soybean oil in everything else

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on June 06, 2010
at 01:14 AM

*gums* sorry don't know how to edit comments from iPhone

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on June 06, 2010
at 01:13 AM

Watch out for the sugar alcohol guns too, maltitol has a delayed reaction insulin spike!

8063ffc4fa6b60a1275171659f8a14f0

(155)

on June 08, 2010
at 04:48 PM

alcohol guns..great now i'm thirsty!

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47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on December 16, 2010
at 08:21 AM

I'll be difficult and answer this question backwards. I was avoiding a certain brand of chicken stock/beef stock because it had dextrose in it. Dextrose: sounds disgusting, right? Turns out this is just another name for naturally occurring glucose: my favorite simple sugar!

22212e9ba2a041e6da6c963d4d41615a

(5773)

on December 16, 2010
at 11:39 AM

Dextrose is sugar derived from corn, so I would be careful with that one.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on December 16, 2010
at 03:07 PM

Not naturally occurring glucose. I'd be wary of the creation process, chemical damage done to convert the cornstarch to corn glucose. I'll let my body convert vitamin/mineral dense tubers instead!

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on December 16, 2010
at 07:56 PM

I know, I was asking for trouble with this one, sorry, I posted it very late at night. But I read around about dextrose and it turns out that after the process is done it is chemically identical to what is in your body; there can be no trace of any phytic acid, or in the case of dextrose made from wheat, no trace of any gluten. I guess my point is if the only thing in there is carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen, arranged the same way they are as what's in my body, then I'd be much more worried about the soy oil in tuna. It's good to have a sense of a continuum of badness for food ingredients.

2
04293f705870e1837b8670d3c1cd5f67

on October 08, 2010
at 09:49 PM

Non-fat Half & half

04293f705870e1837b8670d3c1cd5f67

(2261)

on December 05, 2010
at 04:44 PM

Ultrapasturized

F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on July 06, 2011
at 05:24 PM

I give my dogs yogurt and can hardly ever find full fat! All low-fat!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78417)

on July 24, 2011
at 05:45 PM

So just use sour cream instead.

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7bea72ef073e8f76b5828727f1460900

(2718)

on June 09, 2010
at 05:30 AM

Hydrogenated lard. I mean, WTF?

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

(5914)

on July 08, 2011
at 10:31 PM

WTF?!?! indeed. What was that in?

2
D738a5b2a67f3c36518a2ac9f32d27af

on June 07, 2010
at 03:38 AM

Sugar and vegetable oil in dried fruit, soy in canned tunafish, and evaporated cane juice in things that have no business being sweet.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22923)

on June 07, 2010
at 03:42 AM

Evaporated cane juice is powdered magic to consumers, if it has it it makes you #%€£ rainbows! Who doesn't want that? /sarcasm

D738a5b2a67f3c36518a2ac9f32d27af

(821)

on June 08, 2010
at 02:04 AM

Hmm. If I want to do that, I'll eat this: http://www.thinkgeek.com/stuff/41/unicorn-meat.shtml

2
86a7abe4a54c4dc15ea44bacef00c5a8

on June 06, 2010
at 05:32 PM

My pet peeve ingredient is MSG. I wish someone could explain to me why store-bought pork rinds need added MSG. Fried pork skin/fat tastes good on its own. Tom's is the only brand I have found locally that doesn't contain this dreaded neurotoxin.

Df11e66ec4dd4f749eca409633b6a3fb

(595)

on June 07, 2010
at 01:49 PM

I've had good luck in the Hispanic section of the grocery store. Goya, especially, had a 2-ingredient list: pork skin and salt

08f65e31fe63fa8c91edcdf8ece35607

(220)

on June 10, 2010
at 04:04 AM

Utz is also just pork skins and salt

6235e0b7e3c4c4b9df3d926829bc32f6

(333)

on July 06, 2011
at 06:16 PM

I was once in an asian food store and saw straight-up MSG sold in a bag. I was amazed.

1ac8e976f84cb2566ecfbbcce1817351

(211)

on July 10, 2011
at 05:42 PM

ha! I've also seen straight up gluten in a bag!

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F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

(4090)

on July 06, 2011
at 05:37 PM

Sunblock-I spent so much time looking for a mineral based sunblock containing zinc, that was cheaper than my favorite badger stuff, that I missed soybean oil as a main ingredient! (Everything else was amazing). What a pain!

Deli Meat -I miss it! But even the organic brands have carrageenan or lactic acid stuff.

Chocolate -soy in most of the brands. Don't get me wrong, I found a few without, but never when I am out and about and need a quick fix.

Coconut milk -I agree with everyones posts, but want to add..why can't this stuff come in glass jars? (Will it go bad faster? Tomatoes don't). Why always really ghetto looking bpa metal cans?

Jerky -I know there are some great places online, but I don't have that kind of money. Everything else is full of soy!! Even the stuff at the farmers market.

Organic Food restaurants -yes they exist in Utah. They are all dripping in soy. They are like mini-estrogen factories pumping out thin emo boys. Menus printed in soy ink even at one place. (I will admit that one soy laden place makes homemade almond milk, but with their kitchen covered in soy products, that worries me).

Bacon- even the organic stuff is hard to find without unpronounceable extras.

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on December 16, 2010
at 04:18 PM

I'm going to revisit this answer after a field trip to Whole Foods. I cannot remember all the things I have identified as "staples" that, after reading the label, I will not buy anymore. I have literally had to make the act of searching for good, clean foods without tons of crud in it, a hobby. It's a lot of work!

I've been duped so many times by not reading the label completely. Expensive lessons, they are.. (in my best Yoda voice)

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on December 16, 2010
at 05:15 PM

I find it slightly easier to find nasties-free staples at whole foods. Just be sure to go when you're in the mood to do some major label-reading.

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on June 08, 2010
at 04:23 PM

Dyes that are added just for branding, so that the processed food will be a certain shade and color every time really disturbs me.

Natural variation in food is NATURAL.-

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on June 09, 2010
at 07:01 AM

Example, the best oranges are not dark orange, the muted colored thinner skinned Florida oranges have richer taste than the thick skinned California oranges

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on July 10, 2011
at 05:43 PM

even artisan cheeses have food coloring (anatto), a lot of the times.

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on June 06, 2010
at 02:19 PM

New research has shown that anything bottled in plastic (BPA, BPA-free, or otherwise) contains estrogen. This also goes for foods wrapped in plastic. Very disturbing.

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on July 08, 2011
at 10:35 PM

Do you have a link?

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on October 05, 2012
at 02:40 PM

I don't go as far as hunting and gathering myself, but my solution is to not buy very many products. We buy raw ingredients and make our own as much as possible: make our own ferments (pickles, sauerkraut, beet kvass, kefir and yogurt), salad dressings, mayo, salsa (DH makes a great salsa verde and we love pico de gallo when tomatoes are good), dehydrated foods, etc.

some things have to be bought, of course. We aren't making our own coconut products and olive oil, for example. But I spend an hour or so in the kitchen every night with my "projects" so that I know what we are eating from our own hands. It's satisfying and saves money, too.

I'm even making some of our cleaning products now because I tend to be allergic to the fragrances and chemicals in many commercial cleaning products.

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on October 05, 2012
at 06:05 AM

Don't forget you're wearing neolithic clothes and typing on a neolithic machine. Gasp! ;)

In all seriousness though, I've experienced an improvement in my skin when switching to a homemade face wash (honey+espresso+lavender+tea tree oil), homemade deodorant (coconut oil+baking soda+arrowroot), and a "better" makeup (Bare Minerals), but in general, not overdoing it with any of these things probably has an equal effect. So... I totally get ya on the creepy ingredients.

I don't know what's in Tide that causes this, but I break out in hives when my clothes are washed in the stuff. Haven't had the same problem with anything else.

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on July 11, 2011
at 09:15 PM

check Rudi's brand of gluten-free bread - no wood pulp (unlike Udi's)

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on July 09, 2011
at 09:14 PM

"Microcrystalline cellulose" in "gluten-free" breads. I don't touch any bread with a ten-foot pole, but I was curious and looked at the ingredients.

What is microcrystalline cellulose? Refined wood pulp. WOOD. In bread. And it's being totted as "healthy". Boggles the mind.

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on July 06, 2011
at 03:06 AM

Go out, hunt & forage for yourselves. This will solve many of the problems y'all are talking about. Stop relying on industries & supermarkets to supply your sustenance. Food doesn't come from the supermarket. It comes from the Earth. Take back your lives. Set factory-farmed animals free. Set "free-range" (cough, cough) animals free. Live in harmony with your bodies & with the planet, simultaneously! Don't be a slave to civilization.

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on July 06, 2011
at 03:22 AM

How's the WiFi in your cave?

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on October 08, 2010
at 04:12 PM

here i have a brand of eggs in a milk-carton-like carton. These are good because this brand still retains high o-3 oils and it's from free-range chickens. but...

"Just egg whites" - ingredients: egg whites

"whole eggs" - ingredients: egg whites, + 20 other ingredients that are not in regular eggs!

i bought those whole egg ones once, now i stick with the just egg whites in a carton, since i know it's pure. plus they taste better :)

Also: i found out today that Vitamin water Zero XXX is good, is sweetened with a small bit of stevia, but also crystallized fructose, and has 10g carbohydrates per bottle. (because it has 2.5 servings per bottle, but who seriously drinks like 1/3 of the bottle?).

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on June 06, 2010
at 06:22 PM

"Natural Flavoring" in V8

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on October 05, 2012
at 04:10 AM

Guys, I'm so upset reading everyone's complains about how most of the foods sold are adulterated, that is fake, made of non-human-food ingredients.

But how it helps in our health complaining here or at other alike sites and forums?

Do you believe that the manufactures, huge multi-billion large food corporations that manufacture these bogus foods they dare to label as healthy will be willing all of a sudden to lose their profits by putting in their processed products normal human-body-friendly ingredients that people were using for food 200 yrs ago, 1,000 yrs ago, 10,000 yrs ago?

They WON'T.

They laugh reading your (and mine) complains about artificial, toxic, life threatening ingredients in a large number of our processed (and non-processed) foods. They said they can't afford to lose a penny out from their profits - this is what a guy from Monsanto said. Do you know that entities like Monsanto, FDA, and our government are actually one big very much loving and supporting each other comrades that care l-e-s-s about what you get as your food.

Instead of having an intelligent chitchat now, please, my dear friends, take real action. Read the following information and act if you want you and your kids to grow normal, fertile, with no ADD, cancers, and other diseases exponentially growing in the last 2 decades right when the GMO ingredients (like canola oil, soy products, soy lecithin, corn products, corn oil, HFCS (corn syrup in every single food), rGBH beef, milk and cheeses, and many others.

"President Obama has appointed former Monsanto VP and lobbyist Michael Taylor to become senior advisor to the FDA's commissioner. This unthinkable linkage between food safety and corporate interests that have little regard for the public health must be stopped. This example of a "fox watching the henhouse" is inexcusable. President Obama must reverse this unimaginably dangerous policy and isolate the FDA from corporate influence. That's why I signed a petition to President Barack Obama. Will you sign this petition? Click here: http://signon.org/sign/tell-obama-to-cease-fda?source=s.em.cp&r_by=1519552

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on October 05, 2012
at 02:59 PM

I agree with your cause, but don't troll. Also, "real action" doesn't consist of online petitions.

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