>> Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I have gotten pretty darn good at spotting foods that contain HFCS and those that don't. But...sometimes even I am fooled. A couple of weekends ago my family and I were dining at a favorite restaurant of ours. My husband bought a root beer.
|Henry Weinhard's Root Beer - Gourmet Soda, Draught-Style Head|
We could have a whole separate discussion about the negatives of sodas in general. But, I'll be the first to admit that I like a good soda. Once upon a time I loved Coke. Not so much anymore. Cokes taste too sickly sweet to me now, and I almost always regret it when I order one. But, there are cane sugar based specialty sodas out there that do float my boat (Virgil's Real Cola, for example). I rarely buy sodas, but I do occasionally like to indulge in a soda as a special treat.
But I digress. My husband bought a root beer. It was a nice looking root beer with a fancy label. A label that screamed cane sugar and not HFCS to me. I liked it so much (a rarity with root beer) that I traded my iced tea for his soda. As always, I flipped the bottle to look at the ingredients. I can't help it. It's what I do. You can guess what's next, right? Take a look at the ingredients:
In case you can't quite read that, the second ingredient is high fructose corn syrup. Curses!
So, lesson learned. Don't be fooled by pretty labels. Looks can be very deceiving!