Surprising HFCS food of the week

>> Thursday, November 6, 2008

Planters has a new nut line out called NUTrician. We've really enjoyed the Heart Healthy Mix, which is a lower sodium (than regular nut mixes) mix with almonds, pistachios, pecans, hazelnuts and walnuts. Very tasty.

So, we didn't even think twice about picking up the Digestive Health Mix. It wasn't until we had eaten half the canister that we realized that the NUTrician Digestive Health Mix has HFCS in it. Curses! The Digestive Health Mix has almonds, dried cranberries and cherries, and granola. I would guess that the HFCS is hiding in the granola as granola is often a tricky thing to buy when you're HFCS free.
The rest of the Planters NUTrician products are free of HFCS for now.

If you're trying to live HFCS-free, remember that even products aimed toward healthy living can have it in them. We got a little complacent, and you got a post out of it!


Super Healthy Kids November 6, 2008 at 5:18 AM  

Darn, cause it looks delicious! Haven't tried it yet.

mark November 6, 2008 at 6:54 AM  

Thanks for the update!

Lori November 6, 2008 at 7:01 AM  

Surprises around every corner! Thanks for sharing, such a bummer. I haven't tried the products, but it really looks and sounds good.

laura November 6, 2008 at 7:15 AM  

Maybe a bright spot for you--I have been looking at dried cranberries lately (great hobby, huh?...just kidding) and many seem to be just sugar and cranberries, no HFCS.

Real Tech Mom November 6, 2008 at 11:14 AM  

ok, maybe i need to scroll around your blog a little more, I'm HFCS ignorant... please help! (By the way, I love your comment about genetics being cruel, night owls and children.. priceless)

POD November 6, 2008 at 12:27 PM  

We probably wouldn't need to eat Digestive Health Mixes if we didn't eat digestive health mixes.

It's funny that these manufacturers keep making more crap under the guise of food to try to make us healthy from the crappy food we eat that's manufactured by them in the first place.

Christine November 6, 2008 at 1:24 PM  

Darn, they are delicious! They make a great snack. I guess I will have to stop being lazy and make my own mix. Thanks for the heads up. You're right, I didn't even check!

fatfighter November 6, 2008 at 9:49 PM  

That's nuts - ha ha! :) But seriously, that's about as strange as the HFCS in sushi you told us about.

cathy November 7, 2008 at 7:37 AM  

Laura - That is good to know! But be careful with dried fruit. I've found some that DO have HFCS as an ingredient! (Though it's usually pineapple or mango or that kind of big, juicy, "dried" fruit.)

cathy November 7, 2008 at 7:38 AM  

Real Tech Mom - read my past posts! I talked the nuts and bolts of why we're giving up HFCS a few times during those first couple of months.

cathy November 7, 2008 at 7:39 AM  

POD - Haha! So very true!

Jenna November 8, 2008 at 7:16 PM  

the cranberries are surely sweetened, maybe with HFCS or with sugar but either way, they have a lot of added sugar per ounce, so if you splurge on dried cranberries you're taking in a lot of added sugar. better off with cranberry juice (100% juice) or raisins. You can find apple juice sweetened cranberries at a health food store.
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