Monday, January 11, 2010

Product Wishlist: Hold the HFCS please!

There are some very common grocery items that almost always have HFCS in them.  You can go to a range of stores and pick up every brand and variety and there's always HFCS in the list of ingredients.  Some stores won't even have ONE variety available that doesn't have HFCS in it.  And some of these items are not necessarily available in stores like Whole Foods and Trader Joes!  So even if a consumer is willing to buy a more expensive brand or go to a special stores, there's no HFCS-free option.

What products are in this unfortunate category? Here are some examples:
  • Graham Crackers
  • Vanilla Wafers
  • Cool Whip/Whipped topping
  • Bread Crumbs
  • English Muffins

If you want HFCS-Free Graham Crackers, Whole Foods is your best bet.  In my view the best HFCS-free Vanilla Wafers are at Trader Joes.  For Cool Whip/Whipped Topping (note, Redi-whip and canned varieties are often HFCS free but some recipes call for Cool Whip-like stuff) there's a decent tasting organic version at Giant.  Bread Crumbs?  Well, the best i found was at Trader Joes.  English Muffins: there is a wide range that is HFCS-free but please note that most restaurants use English Muffins with HFCS.  So, if you avoid HFCS: NO Eggs Benedict for you!  Of course, the same goes for the ketchup, prepared salad dressings, syrups, sauces, and condiments served at most restaurants (unless they make their own.)

I am sure I left some products off this list.  Please feel free to post a comment if there are some things that you have trouble finding in a HFCS-free variety.

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