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Franken Foods-Franken Ingredients

This is my absolute favorite Frankenfood.  This is a test.  Before you look, see if you can figure out what this food product is and I’d bet you have eaten one.

  • Would you know what the &%$# this product is?  The answer is at the bottom.
  • HINT:  This product has a shelf life of 420 days.
  • HINT: This product has been in the food recall news lately.
  • Features & Benefits:  A fully enrobed product that allows eating on the go with no mess!
  • Instruction:  For food safety and quality, read and follow these COOKING INSTRUCTIONS:

1.  Remove wrapper.
2.  Cook according to instructions below.*
3.  Remove product and let sit for 2 minutes. CAUTION: PRODUCT WILL BE HOT!
MICROWAVE OVEN 1100 WATT: Cook FROZEN product 1 minute 45 seconds*/REFRIGERATED product 1 minute*.
MICROWAVE OVEN 700 WATT: Cook FROZEN product 2 minutes*.
CONVENTIONAL OVEN 350°F: Place FROZEN product on foil or baking sheet. Bake in oven for 24 minutes*.
*Since ovens vary, cooking times may require adjusting. If thawing, thaw product under refrigeration (< 41°F) for a maximum of 12 days.

Suggestions:  Great for a quick lunch on-the-go!

Product Ingredients:

WATER, UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR [NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID]), FULLY COOKED HAM AND WATER PRODUCT, 25% OF WEIGHT IS ADDED INGREDIENTS, GROUND AND FORMED (CURED WITH WATER, SUGAR, SALT, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, DEHYDRATED PORK BROTH, CARRAGEENAN, NATURAL SMOKE FLAVOR, SODIUM ERYTHORBATE, SODIUM NITRITE), UNBLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, MALTED BARLEY FLOUR, NIACIN, IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), IMITATION CHEDDAR CHEESE (WATER, MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, CASEIN, SOYBEAN OIL, WHEY, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF SALT, SODIUM ALUMINUM PHOSPHATE, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, LACTIC ACID, SODIUM CITRATE, NATURAL FLAVOR, SORBIC ACID [PRESERVATIVE], ARTIFICIAL COLOR), PART SKIM MOZZARELLA CHEESE WITH MODIFIED FOOD STARCH (PART SKIM MOZZARELLA CHEESE [PASTEURIZED MILK, CULTURES, SALT, ENZYMES], MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, FLAVORS, ANNATTO), SEASONING (WHEY, CHEDDAR CHEESE [MILK, CHEESE CULTURE, SALT, ENZYMES], BUTTERMILK, ENZYME MODIFIED CHEDDAR CHEESE [MILK, SODIUM CITRATE, CHEESE CULTURES, SALT, ENZYMES, POTASSIUM SORBATE], SALT, REDUCED LACTOSE WHEY, COCONUT OIL, CORN MALTODEXTRIN, DISODIUM PHOSPHATE, BLUE CHEESE [MILK, CHEESE CULTURE, SALT, ENZYMES], CITRIC ACID, LACTIC ACID, EXTRACTIVES OF ANNATTO AND TURMERIC), 2% OR LESS OF PALM OIL (WITH SOY LECITHIN, ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, BETA-CAROTENE [COLOR], CITRIC ACID [PRESERVATIVE]), MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, SEASONING (TOASTED BREAD CRUMBS [WHEAT FLOUR, SUGAR, YEAST, SOYBEAN OIL, SALT], CHEDDAR CHEESE [MILK, CHEESE CULTURES, SALT, ENZYMES], SALT, WHEY, DEXTROSE, DEHYDRATED ONION, NATURAL FLAVOR, SOYBEAN OIL, GARLIC POWDER, REDUCED LACTOSE WHEY, DISODIUM PHOSPHATE, CITRIC ACID, LACTIC ACID, DISODIUM INOSINATE & GUANYLATE, SPICE, BLUE CHEESE [MILK, CHEESE CULTURES, SALT, ENZYMES], EXTRACTIVES OF PAPRIKA & ANNATTO), SUGAR, SEASONING (WHEY, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED SOYBEAN OIL, MALTODEXTRIN, CHEDDAR/BLUE CHEESE [PASTEURIZED MILK, CHEESE CULTURES, SALT, ENZYMES], SALT, NONFAT MILK, SODIUM CASEINATE, (MSG) SODIUM CITRATE, NATURAL FLAVORS, CITRIC ACID, EXTRACTIVES OF ANNATTO, PAPRIKA AND TURMERIC [COLOR]), PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED PALM KERNEL OIL (WITH SOY LECITHIN), SALT, YEAST, DOUGH CONDITIONER (CALCIUM SULFATE, SALT, L-CYSTEINE HYDROCHLORIDE, GARLIC POWDER, TRICALCIUM PHOSPHATE, ENZYMES), DOUGH CONDITIONER (DISTILLED MONOGLYCERIDES WITH ASCORBIC ACID AND CITRIC ACID [ANTIOXIDANTS]), EGG YOLKS, LACTIC ACID, WHEY, SOY FLOUR, EGG WHITES, SOYBEAN OIL. CONTAINS:  MILK, EGG, SOY, WHEAT INGREDIENTS

WOW and SERIOUSLY, about the only things this product doesn’t contain are nuts & fish.

Hot PocketsAnswer:  HOT POCKETS

 

Nutrisystem Diet Food For Weight Loss-Double Chocolate Muffin

Their Description:  “If you can’t get enough chocolate or just love the idea of sweets in the morning, this may be the perfect breakfast for you! This rich muffin is filled with real chocolate chips, for bursts of intense, chocolatey flavor. Great right out of the package, this makes a perfect breakfast on-the-go”.Double Chocolate Muffin

Ingredients List:

WATER, SUGAR, CHOCOLATE CHIPS (SUGAR, CHOCOLATE LIQUOR, COCOA BUTTER, SOY LECITHIN, VANILLA EXTRACT), WHEAT PROTEIN ISOLATE (WHEAT GLUTEN, PHOSPHATE, LACTIC ACID, SULFITE), (CHICORY) INULIN, EGG, GLYCEROL, WHITE WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, ENRICHED BLEACHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, IRON, NIACIN, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), SOYBEAN OIL, COCOA PROCESSED WITH ALKALI, MALTITOL, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: NONFAT DRY MILK, LEAVENING (SODIUM ACID PYROPHOSPHATE, SODIUM BICARBONATE, CORN STARCH, MONOCALCIUM PHOSPHATE), CORN FIBER, SUNFLOWER LECITHIN, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, SODIUM CARBOXYMETHYLCELLULOSE GUM, PROPYLENE GLYCOL MONO AND DIESTERS OF FATS AND FATTY ACIDS, MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, SOY LECITHIN WITH BHT AND CITRIC ACID TO HELP PROTECT FLAVOR, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, VANILLA EXTRACT ( WATER, ALCOHOL, SUGAR, VANILLA BEANS), NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL CHOCOLATE EXTRACT (ALCOHOL, WATER, COCOA BEAN EXTRACTIVES, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, RED #40, YELLOW #6 AND BLUE #1), NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL BUTTER FLAVOR (NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, WATER, XANTHAN GUM, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, SODIUM BENZOATE, ALCOHOL, TUMERIC, BETA CAROTENE, NATURAL MIXED TOCOPHEROLS), SUCRALOSE, SALT, POTASSIUM SORBATE (PRESERVATIVE). CONTAINS MILK, EGG, WHEAT AND SOY.

CARBOXYMETHYLCELLULOSE GUM and this is only one ingredient from the list above.

CMC is used in food science as a viscosity modifier or thickener, and to stabilize emulsions in various products including ice cream. As a food additive, it has E number E466. It is also a constituent of many non-food products, such as personal lubricants, toothpaste, laxatives, diet pills, water-based paints, detergents, textile sizing, and various paper products. It is used primarily because it has high viscosity, is nontoxic, and is hypoallergenic (except for those suffering an intolerance to wheat). In laundry detergents, it is used as a soil suspension polymer designed to deposit onto cotton and other cellulosic fabrics, creating a negatively charged barrier to soils in the wash solution. CMC is used as a lubricant in nonvolatile eye drops (artificial tears). Sometimes, methyl cellulose (MC) is used, but its nonpolar methyl groups (-CH3) do not add any solubility or chemical reactivity to the base cellulose.

Nutrisystem Diet Food For Weight Loss-Salisbury Steak With Mac & Cheese

Their Description:  “Hearty, fork-tender Salisbury steak is topped with perfectly seasoned mushroom gravy and served alongside creamy, cheesy homestyle mac & cheese. This is comfort food at its best; a simple, delicious, all-American fare”.Salisbury Steak With Macaroni & Cheese

Ingredients List:

WATER, COOKED SALISBURY STEAK (BEEF, WATER, BREAD CRUMBS [WHEAT FLOUR, SUGAR, YEAST, SALT], ONIONS, ISOLATED SOY PROTEIN, LESS THAN 2% OF EGG WHITES, TOMATOES, NONFAT MILK SOLIDS, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, CARAMEL COLOR, SPICE), COOKED ENRICHED PASTA (WATER, ENRICHED SEMOLINA [SEMOLINA, FERROUS SULFATE, NIACIN, THIAMINE MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID], INULIN (VEGETABLE FIBER), WHEAT GLUTEN, XANTHAN GUM, PECTIN, POTASSIUM CHLORIDE), MUSHROOMS, LESS THAN 2% OF MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, PASTEURIZED PROCESS CHEESE SPREAD (AMERICAN CHEESE [PASTEURIZED MILK, CHEESE CULTURE, SALT, ENZYMES], WATER, WHEY, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, CONTAINS LESS THAN 2% OF MILKFAT, SALT, SODIUM-ALGINATE, LACTIC ACID, APOCAROTENAL (COLOR)), NONFAT DRY MILK, CHEDDAR CLUB CHEESE (CHEDDAR CHEESE [PASTEURIZED MILK, CHEESE CULTURE, SALT, ENZYMES], WATER, SALT, ANNATTO (COLOR)), CANOLA OIL, TOMATO PASTE, BEEF-TYPE FLAVOR (WATER, NATURAL FLAVOR, BEEF STOCK, SALT, AUTOLYZED YEAST EXTRACT, CORN STARCH), POT ROAST-TYPE FLAVOR (WATER, NATURAL FLAVOR, SALT, BEEF STOCK, BEEF FAT, AUTOLYZED YEAST EXTRACT, CORN STARCH, XANTHAN GUM), SALT, YEAST EXTRACT, CHEESE FLAVOR (CHEDDAR CHEESE [PASTEURIZED MILK, CULTURES, SALT, ENZYMES], WATER, YEAST EXTRACT, NATURAL FLAVORS, DISODIUM PHOSPHATE, XANTHAN GUM), MILK-TYPE FLAVOR (EVAPORATED CANE JUICE, GUM ARABIC, NATURAL FLAVOR), FERMENTED SOY SAUCE POWDER (SOY SAUCE [FERMENTED SOYBEANS, WHEAT, SALT], MALTODEXTRIN), PARMESAN CHEESE FLAVOR (PARMESAN CHEESE [MILK, STARTER CULTURE, SALT, ENZYMES], WATER, SKIM MILK POWDER, SALT), BEEF-TYPE FLAVOR (WATER, YEAST EXTRACT, NATURAL FLAVOR, SALT), XANTHAN GUM, GRANULATED GARLIC, GRANULATED ONIONS, CARAMEL COLOR, METHYLCELLULOSE, BLUE CHEESE POWDER (BLUE CHEESE [PASTEURIZED MILK, SALT, CHEESE CULTURE, ENZYMES]), DISODIUM PHOSPHATE, NATURAL FLAVOR (POTASSIUM CHLORIDE, MALTODEXTRIN, DISODIUM INOSINATE AND DISODIUM GUANYLATE, MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, NATURAL FLAVOR), ANNATTO (COLOR), MUSTARD FLOUR, SPICES, CARAMELIZED ONION FLAVOR (SUNFLOWER OIL, NATURAL FLAVOR).

Dehydrated WaterHow is it possible to have this many ingredients in any one food product?  It kind of surprises me there is no dehydrated water.

What is CARAMELIZED ONION FLAVOR?  They have in parenthesis (sunflower oil and natural flavor) but the last I knew it was slowly cooked onions in a little fat until golden brown and delicious.

Do you know what Blueberry Bits are?  They’re made entirely of sugar, corn cereal, modified food starch, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, artificial flavor, cellulose gum, salt and artificial colors like Blue #2, Red #40, Green #3 and Blue #1 and are in products ranging from cereals, bagels, breads and muffins.  The Fiber One Premium Muffin Mix below?  Click on the thumbnail and take a good look at the front of the box in the upper right corner.  There are no blueberries what-so-ever in the mix and they are calling this premium…wonder what the medium and low level mixes look like. Seriously folks, is this what Americans are eating?

You may rest assured you are eating Cargill ingredients when you are eating these these and many other diet-weight loss products.

Rx CornFiber One Blueberry BitsFun FrankenfoodsGMO DinosaurChoose My PlateEnjoy ObesityMcDonaldsMonsanto CornScience CafePepsico

Ronald Reagan famously said, “Trust but Verify”.  At the signing of the INF Treaty, his counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev responded:  “you repeat that at every meeting,” to which Reagan answered:  “I like it”…I like it too.

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Cargill

Cargilll Logo

Did you know that we diabetics and low carbers have a nickname dubbed by Cargill?  Well, we do, we are called the Savvy “Natural Splendid” Consumers.  Cargill says “While convenience and taste are important to all consumers, Naturally Splendids are more likely to prioritize health benefits over taste and convenience”.   Beware, we are a 39% target (by far the largest of the four groups) in the sights of Cargill, and probably other companies as well.

This explains the four “target groups” (see Consumer Attitudes) regarding sugar preferences and again, not long but quite insightful.

https://web.archive.org/web/20130814195505/http://www.nutraceuticalmag.com/the-battle-against-obesity/  Cargill actually has the audacity to talk about “Ethical Ingredients” Are you kidding me? Cargill and ethical anything seems to me as oxymoronic as it gets.  Get real!

Alas, we are “targeted” yet again…but…I kind of like the name “Natural Splendid” and what it stands for.  I just don’t like the targeting aspect of it.

And here is Cargill targeting children http://web.archive.org/web/20130707001433/http://childhood-nutrition.com/

Chances are if you eat anything other than a few raw ingredients you buy at the grocery store or you local farmers markets you are eating something containing a product produced by Cargill and really you aren’t even assured of that.  Products like beef, turkey, pork, salt, oils or sweeteners are just a few.  Their ingredients are in your pharmaceuticals, your personal care products and they even feed the whole of the livestock industry.  This is the stuff listed under Chemical Industry and it is all foodstuffs we eat.  http://web.archive.org/web/20130828211455/http://www.cargill.com/products/industrial/chemical/index.jsp 

If you (and I) think we are not eating this crap we are wrong.  Whole Foods Market?…full, full, full of it.  The only way I can think that anyone can escape this stuff is living in a commune and growing everything yourself which is a pretty impossible task.

Cargill is not listed on the Fortune 500 because…it is privately held and if it were listed it would rank about 17th or 18thCargill is by far the largest privately held company in the USSo who does own Cargill? The Cargill family, of course. The understandably secretive Cargills own 90% of the conglomerate, and no, they haven’t disclosed plans to sell anytime soon.

Turning Wheat into BreadBread & Wheat

While the title of America’s largest public company has changed over the last couple of decades, from GeneralMotors to Microsoft to ExxonMobil, the most valuable private American company has enjoyed its status largely unchallenged. Cargill is a $27 billion company that you perhaps may have only scant familiarity with, yet have almost certainly patronized. The Minnesota multi-national is responsible for a staggering one-quarter of all the grain exports from the United States.

I am of the belief that the closer you live to, and buy your food from, the better for you your food will be.

I’m thinking this stuff is not meant for the average guys eyes and this is probably only the tip of Cargill’s iceberg.  Holy Cow Batman!

Below is only one state and Cargill is all over this exhibition map.

The Big Boys In Iowa

Cargill By The Numbers

Ronald Reagan famously said, “Trust but Verify”.  At the signing of the INF Treaty, his counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev responded:  “you repeat that at every meeting,” to which Reagan answered:  “I like it”…I like it too.

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What The Hell Are We Eating Anyway?

PepsicoNo matter what, unless you are a commercial bakery or food manufacturer you cannot buy the ingredients that go into most low carb breads, bagels, and a thousand other products. For what it’s worth I pretty much consider these ingredients FrankenFoods.  They have been, and are being, developed by companies like Cargill, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and the infamous Monsanto.  The names are innocuous enough but the idea of eating them turns my stomach.  These products list like a who’s who from some horror novel:  soy fiber, pea fiber, cellulose fiber, rice fiber, corn fiber, stabilized bran, and multifiber.  What is multifiber?  Some combination?  Think aboutMonsanto Products this:  These products are not just in breads and bakery items; they are in hundreds and hundreds of processed packaged and fast food products and include beverages, candy, cereals yogurt, and ice cream.  Ice cream?  Last I knew ice cream had four basic ingredients:  Eggs, cream, sugar, and vanilla.  And then…there are all the modified starches in foods.  To name just a few:  Instant puddings and desserts, canned soups, gravies, low fat foods, salad dressings, jellied candies, baby foods, infant formulas, and liquid cheese.  Yeah, lets get them babies started off right early in life with some of them modifies starches…and what is liquid cheese?

Tostitos Smooth & CheesyCellulose Fiber From Wood:  Manufacturers use cellulose wood fiber in foods as an extender, providing structure and reducing breakage in a variety of processed foods and meats meant for human and pet consumption, as well as for plastics, cleaning detergents, welding electrodes, pet litter, automotive brake pads, glue and reinforcing compounds, construction materials, roof coating, asphalt, and even emulsion paints, among many other products.

Manufacturers are able to remove as much as 50% of the fat from some cookies, biscuits, cakes and brownies by replacing it with powdered cellulose but still end up with a very similar product in terms of taste and appearance.  Some of the largest offenders are:  PepsiCo, Kellogg, Weight Watchers, General Mills, McDonalds, Sara Lee, Yum Brands, Jack in the Box, Kraft Foods, Pizza Hut, Wendy’s, Arby’s, Sonic, Dole, KFC, Nestle, and get this-Atkins.  These are just the biggies and each of the above individual companies produce multiple products with wood cellulose.

Most consumers might be horrified to find these types of filler products are used as substitutes for items that they believe to be good for them.   Shouldn’t we perhaps expect increased disclosure to follow increased use of cellulose and other filler products as these practices increases?

Money WorldWhy are these fillers used?  Simple-MONEY, MONEY, and more MONEY.  You know the old saying:  Money makes the world go round.  They are far less expensive that real food and if people will eat it, bring it on.

Why the hell are we all eating this crap?  All it takes is to stop!  Companies are complacent because people keep buying their products.  You can bet that these same companies would perk right up if people, en masse, stopped purchasing all of this Frankenfood MythFrankenFood.  It is my best guess when you are told you need more fiber they are not talking about these wood fibers and fillers.  I don’t know about you but I’m not to keen about eating something that also goes in roof coating, asphalt and glue.  Am I missing something here?

Ronald Reagan famously said, “Trust but Verify”.  At the signing of the INF Treaty, his counterpart Mikhail Gorbachev responded:  “you repeat that at every meeting,” to which Reagan answered:  “I like it”…I like it too.

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