Industrial “Food”

When Chocolate was Chocolate and Peanut Butter was Peanuts

Ahhh the good ol’ days when chocolate was chocolate and peanut butter was peanuts. Ever read the label on a Reese’s peanut butter cup recently? There are 13 Ingredients in Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, the number was my first clue something spooky was up. Lucky number 7, PGPR was exempted from any premarket trials because it falls in the category of ‘GRAS’, Generally Recognized As Safe. My stomach was turning but I forged on, then I got to number 12. The fright, TBHQ is OIL! I’m not talking Butter, Canola or Olive oil!

This Halloween,the ‘candy’ is the scariest thing out there. THBQ is an antioxidant derived from petroleum and related to Butane. It’s used in various industries but the food industry, uses it because it stabilizes vegetable oils so that they don’t turn rancid (oxidation). It’s bad enough that we are being fed this non-food but in reading various studies I see that this product is just the last in a long line of insults from archaic industrialization practices. Yet again I find myself violated on a molecular level and deeply disturbed by the current practices of food production and manufacturing.

The fact is, the human food chain and thus web of life is contaminated with petroleum. From pesticides and fertilizer through processing , manufacturing and packaging. Luckily most TBHQ is excreted in urine, most. Petroleum is not a food, it does not support life. I’m sure Health Canada would be all over this if it was really bad right, wouldn’t they? Something supposedly benign, a ‘treat’ is a sugar coated delivery system for a bitter pill.

Maybe do something different this year instead of loading up on grab bags of imitation-chocolate last-forever bars bake cookies you can decorate and go to a party. Trick or Treating seems to be going out of style anyway. Happy & Safe Halloween.

 

“PURE” Milk Chocolate???

Ingredients:

Milk Chocolate (is made up of #1-7, without cocoa butter, FDA rules will not allow the product to be called milk chocolate.

  1. Sugar (white, refined)
  2. Cocoa Butter (from Malaysia)
  3. Milk Ingredients; any of the following in liquid, concentrated, dry, frozen or reconstituted form, namely, butter, buttermilk, butter oil, milk fat, cream, milk, partly skimmed milk, skim milk and any other component of milk the chemical composition of which has not been altered and that exists in the food in the same chemical state in which it is found in milk. Most likely originating in China or India.
  4. Unsweetened Chocolate
  5. Lactose; An enzyme is a substance that catalyses the speed of a chemical reaction.
  6. Soy Lecithin; Soy lecithin is an emulsifying agent used to help chocolate flow during the manufacturing process. …the identity of the supplier remains hidden. There are 246 suppliers located in China alone.
  7. PGPR Polyglycerol Polyricinoleate is to be used by the food industry as an emulsifier in vegetable fat.

Under the GRAS Notification Program, Palsgaard A/S hereby claims that it is Generally Recognized as Safe (“GRAS) for use as an emulsifier for vegetable fat coatings as defined in CFR 21 / 163. Therefore the emulsifier is exempted from the statutory premarket approval requirements of the Federal Food Drug and Cosmetic Act. JECFA has for Polyglycerol Polyricinoleate established an accepted daily intake (AD1 value) to 0- 7.5mg per kg body weight per day.

8) Peanuts (grown in soil that has high concentrations of pesticides, usually after a crop of cotton)

9) Sugar

10) Dextrose

11) Salt

12) TBHQ Tertiary Butyl Hydroquinone; from India

(TBHQ)is the synthetic food grade antioxidant, which was developed to be used in stabilizing various vegetable oils, fats and food against oxidative deterioration, thus retarding development of rancidity in these products and extending their storage life.

 

 13) Citric Acid; from China

(Monohydrate / Anhydrate) is available in colorless or white crystalline form.
…commonly used as a preservative, acidulous, flavoring in foods and beverages… also used as an antioxidant, plasticizer, detergent and builder.

 

References 

World Health Organization http://www.inchem.org/documents/jecfa/jecmono/v08je11.htm

TBHQ Manufacturer,

http://www.tbhq.org/

Mac Chem Corporation

http://www.macchemcorp.com/food-ingredients.html

Soy Lecithin (most likely GMO)

http://www.alibaba.com/showroom/soy-lecithin.html

http://www.ambujagroup.com/soya%20lecithin.asp

I found one source of GMO free soy lecithin originating in India.

Ingredients Network

http://www.ingredientsnetwork.com/enzymes-ingredients-list

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