>> Thursday, January 15, 2009
I found today's HFCS food of the week both surprising and pleasing. What is it? Baked beans (in a can, of course)! I am not fond of beans. For whatever reason, the flavor of beans doesn't appeal to me. But I do like baked beans. There's something about those creamy little white beans swimming in a sweet bar-b-quey sauce- yum!
We have been using Van Camps brand beans for a while. Once upon a time, we were on a fairly strict elimination diet around here because of our kids' food intolerances (outgrown, thankfully!), and Van Camps didn't have any of the offensive dairy or wheat that other brands had. It's a brand that we grew to love. I was disappointed to find HFCS as an ingredient in most of the Van Camps beans - Van Camps Beanee Weenees and Van Camps Pork and Beans both have HFCS in them.
So what is the pleasing part? The thing that pleases me is that while looking at baked beans on a recent grocery store trip, Van Camps brand was the only brand that had HFCS in it! I was actually quite surprised by that. All of the Bush's brand baked beans that I looked at were HFCS free! And the generic store brand was also HFCS free. Even Van Camps has a HFCS-free option - Van Camps Baked Beans.
Happily, there are a lot of good HFCS-free baked bean options out there, but be sure to read those labels - formulations can be very different even within a brand. Of course, you can also make your own, but sometimes it really is nice to have a can of beans handy!