Swung by the grocery store tonight on the way home to pick up a few things and I left with everything I needed and this blog post.
I used up the last of my peanut butter this afternoon, so in addition to some milk, bananas, and some frozen fruit, I grabbed a jar of peanut butter. Then I put it back down on the shelf where I got it from.
It was a jar of Peter Pan. I grabbed it just because I didn’t think we’d bought any Peter Pan for a while so why not try some? Then I saw the big yellow star on the label that said “No High Fructose Corn Syrup.” I thought to myself, “That’s odd. I don’t need any extra sugar, and I wouldn’t expect to find it here.” Especially because I use the peanut butter in the Shakeology shakes I’ve been having for lunch lately. They’re pretty good by the way.
Now we’re back to where I put the jar down. I then proceeded to pick up one jar of every other brand of peanut butter in the store to check the ingredients. Guess what? No HFCS in any of them. So why would ConAgra seemingly go out of their way to tell consumers their product doesn’t contain an ingredient that none of its competitors lists as an ingredient in their products? I’ve got no big thing against ConAgra. They employ a lot of people in my state. I think it’s just a bit curious and somewhat misleading with all the fear mongering about HFCS in the media these days. High fructose corn syrup (the high part being a misnomer if you ask certain people) is sugar. Cane and beet sugar is sugar. If you eat too much sugar you gain weight. Don’t eat too much sugar. That’s all you need to know.
So I ended up coming home with a jar of Jif that has the same list of ingredients as Peter Pan just out of spite for that yellow star. I actually thought for a minute they might as well label it free of glass and rocks, but then I realized it’s probably somewhat more likely that you’d find some trace of glass and rocks if you tested all the jars of peanut butter produced in a year than finding some HFCS. Or Corn Sugar. Or whatever. Just don’t eat too much. Actually eat whatever you like because it’s none of my business!
And this is what I told my wife about that label when we got home:
“Labeling that jar No High Fructose Corn Syrup is like labeling the bananas I bought Now Boneless!”
UPDATE: This little post spawned a bit of a movement in the “agvocate” crowd. On Wednesday December 7th twitter is going to be populated with the hashtag #BSLabels. We’re hoping to make this a trending topic on twitter. Several of us bloggers are going to be on the lookout for labels that are misleading or totally unnecessary and will be posting pictures of them on our sites. So stay tuned to see what we come up with!