Scooped And Duped

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The other evening I created a very tasty dessert (Dan and I don’t usually have dessert). I wanted it to be a treat but still reasonably healthy. Here’s what I put together:

•Pistachio Gelato
•Vanilla Frozen Yogurt
•Raspberries
•Blueberries
•Honey
•Sliced Almonds
•Sprig of Mint

It was delicious.

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Dan had seconds.

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Imagine my disappointment when, after eating, I read the list of ingredients in the Häagen-Dazs “All Natural” Low Fat Frozen Yogurt…

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listed second, after skim milk, is corn syrup.

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How does corn syrup qualify for inclusion in an “All Natural” product? My understanding is that corn syrup is a processed sweetener derived from corn. A natural ingredient, in my mind, is something that is used in it’s natural form, i.e. not processed.

Honey, unprocessed = natural
Corn syrup, processed = not natural

I felt duped, but maybe my interpretation is wrong. I turned to the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) website for clarification. This is what I found:

“What is the meaning of ‘natural’ on the label of food?
From a food science perspective, it is difficult to define a food product that is ‘natural’ because the food has probably been processed and is no longer the product of the earth. That said, FDA has not developed a definition for use of the term natural or its derivatives. However, the agency has not objected to the use of the term if the food does not contain added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances.”
Source:http://www.fda.gov/AboutFDA/Transparency/Basics/ucm214868.htm

I don’t consider it acceptable that foods described as natural contain corn syrup. For me, this discovery is an example of how companies deliberately mislead consumers in order to capitalize on the increasing desire for natural foods. Growing up, I was often told “don’t believe everything you read.” Clearly, we always need to check the list of ingredients.

I would be interested to hear if you too are surprised that products such as “All natural” frozen yogurt may contain corn syrup. Please leave comments below.

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