Friday, January 22, 2010

Pepsi Throwback - A Step in the Right Direction

As someone who occasionally enjoys a soda, yet at the same time avoids high fructose corn syrup, I'm glad to see that Pepsi has a 'throwback' product out now that uses SUGAR instead of high fructose corn syrup. I saw a case of it last night at the store and debated trying it out, but the fact is, I'd rather start with a single serving, instead of investing in a big box of soda.

The negative, though, is that the soda still has caffeine added to it, and I could do without that. The natural sodas I drink the Hansens generally don't use that stuff, and it would be nice if Pepsi would offer a decaf throwback (I didn't see anything on their site, but maybe it's out there.) Caffeine-free Mountain Dew with sugar might be interesting to try as well.

I know that soda isn't good for you, and I rarely drink it, but when I have a hankering for soda, I'd prefer it be a soda with without high fructose corn syrup.


Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Broths Contain Mysterious Ingredients

I thought that this article was timely, considering I just wrote a review of Campbells' soup ingredients in an earlier post. I too have wondered about some of those mystery ingedients in soup as well...

Broths Contain Mysterious Ingredients


Monday, January 11, 2010

Post-Vasectomy Pain Syndrome

I've recently been reading the content at dont fix it!, a site that addresses the issues of post-vasectomy disorders and related diseases, and I've been fascinated by the level of information presented here. This site is a wealth of information (that you cannot find at fringy and worthless sites like wikipedia and webmd.)

I'll admit that this procedure is something I've been tentatively considering as an option, but not anymore. I've only heard a few things in the past about chronic pain and potential dementia from the surgery, and this site offers a TON more information that's worth checking out and bookmarking. Considering how relatively new the surgery is (much like lasik), and even though a certain group of medical scientists and the quacks at the FDA give this their approval, this is one I opt to choose.


Friday, January 8, 2010

The Campbell's soup challenge

I used to eat tons of Campbells soup growing up, and now I don't touch the stuff. Why? Because, I've learned, I can't pick up a can of Campbell's soup without finding some sort of junk in it. Every single one of their soups has AT LEAST one of the following elements that I routinely AVOID when buying food:

  • Hydrogenated oil
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Monosodium Glutamate

Even with some of their "natural" brand, they are still sneaky enough to add MSG in the form of either autolyzed protein or yeast extract, both being things I avoid.

So my challenge is, does there exist ANY Campbells soup product that doesn't contain one of those three things? Honestly, I don't think so. I've read through all of the labels and each soup has at least one of those.

Even the HEB brand of cream of mushroom soup, that I used to buy, now has an MSG-derrivative in it (for a brief window of time, the soup didn't have it.) which is really too bad.

So, much like my burrito wrap dilemma of a previous post, I'm actually resorting to making my own soup/soup stock for recipes. For dishes that call for cream of mushroom/cream of celery, I use the following:
  • 1/2 cup or so of whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • quarter stick of butter
  • Some diced onion/garlic (whatever your own preference is)
  • Some salt/pepper/assundry spices
It's strange, but using that as a base, then combining with chicken/veggies/whatever, I can actually make a half-decent soup component to a meal/casserole.

Anyhow, Campbells people: I'll keep reading the labels, and maybe someday you'll surprise me with a REAL natural soup, and not just a pretend natural soup like you carry now.


Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Mission burrito wraps and the quest for non-hydrogenated wraps

It can be a frustrating endeavor to find taco/burrito wraps that don't have hydrogenated oil or lard. Mission brand is one that I see the most of, and every single variety that I check at the store has the word "hydrogenated" in it. The word hydrogenated, be it partially, fully, or just plain, is an instant indicator for me to put said product back on the shelf again.

What I've found is that H.E.B. (a big Texas grocery chain) has a bakery that makes wraps without hydrogenated oils, and this is impressive, considering that its out of the same bakery that sells hydrogenated pastries galore. But what's odd is that, only ONE of the local H.E.B's actually carries these, and the other two ones near me do NOT! I can't figure that one out.

So the wrap quest continues. Of course, I could just make my own, and it's tempting to just do this from now on and just skip the headache. The mini recipe is along the lines of:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • an egg
This makes a very runny batter, that you basically cook in a preheated iron skillet like a crepe. Considering how hard it is to find wraps without junk in them, I'm considering just using this method from now on.