>> Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I should probably title this series "Surprising HFCS of every couple of every month or so" now, but I'm sticking with the "of the week" moniker. I'm rarely surprised by foods that contain HFCS now. I can usually see them coming. But, every now and then, a food catches me by surprise. That happened just this week...
The food that caught me off guard? Stewed tomatoes! So obvious, right? Of course there's HFCS in stewed tomatoes. (Sarcasm, in case you didn't pick that up.) I needed a can of stewed tomatoes with Mexican seasoning for a recipe that I made yesterday. I flipped the can over to scan the ingredients, and there it was - my old nemesis high fructose corn syrup. The can that got flipped was S&W Stewed Tomatoes - Mexican Recipe. They weren't the only offender. Del Monte Mexican Stewed Tomatoes also contain HFCS.
I surprised to find sugar as an ingredient at all in stewed tomatoes, but it was in all of them in some form - regardless of the brand. And where sugar is a common ingredient, you can be sure to find HFCS in one brand or another. There were several brands of stewed tomatoes that did not use HFCS - including the generic store brand and Hunts.
Speaking of unusual places for sugar to hang out, I found sugar in the ingredient list for most canned beans. I understand the purpose of the sugar - to sweeten up the beans and make the easier on the tongue - but when I'm buying a plain jane can of beans, I kind of expect to get just that. It took quite a bit of searching to find a can of beans that did not have sugar in it. (Private Selection Red Kidney Beans, Kroger's organic store brand, was added sugar free.)
Just another friendly reminder to read those ingredients! Sometimes you'll be surprised what is in seemingly straight-forward products!