Wednesday, September 21, 2005

What's Missing from this picture?

In knitting news, the FBS is moving right along. I now have 300+ stitches on the needle. I'm also thinking about dyeing it BLACK. Cotton Fine: 80% cotton and 20% wool. What do you think? Would a Rites Dye bath work?

The Accidental Hedonist recently gave the light of day to the following post:

"In this picture is a jar of Mission brand Guacamole Dip (with garden vegetables). Here is their ingredient list:

Water, Canola Oil, Modified Food Starch, Tomato Paste, Maltodextrin, Contains 2% or less of: Avocado Powder, Dehydrated Onion, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Garlic Powder, Bell Pepper, Spices, Whey Protein Concentrate, Salt, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Worchestershire Sauce Powder (Corn Syrup Solids, Salt, Caramel Color, Garlic, Sugar, Spices, Soy Sauce Solids [Naturally Fermented Wheat and Soybeans, Salt, Maltodextrin, Caramel Color], Tamarind, Natural Flavors), Citric Acid, Chili Pepper, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Lime Juice Solids, Sugar, Glucono- Delta-Lactone, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, DATEM, Lactic Acid, Monosodium Glutamate, Yellow #5 & Blue #1.

Notice anything missing? Say...avocados? Oh sure, approximately 2% of the product is Avocado powder, but avocado powder is no more an avocado than corn flour is a corn.

I will be gracious enough to say that tomato paste, bell peppers, and garlic does constitute some measure of what one could call "garden vegetables". But guacamole without avocados? This is a first. I should also note that this product cost me 3 bucks. For easily half that cost I could pick up an avocado, a tomato, and a lemon, and create a nice basic guacamole that would taste far better than this little jar of non-avocado havin' pseudo guacamole."

What a farce our food is via marketing. For our health, we now have to read our food before we eat it to make sure it is real food. Sigh. Here's the Hedonist's list to Accidental Hedonist - Foods and Products Containing High Fructose Corn Syrup (HFCS). Did you know that if HFCS was placed in a intravenous bag and dripped into your body, you know, while you're laid up sick in the hospital, instead of the regular sucrose they drip into you, that you would die? There is NO nutritional value to HFCS. It's crap and besides that, it's really bad for you. Go do your own research and you'll see. And, holy crap, it's in everything. Another farce part of our 'food' supply.

And guess what will be coming our way soon: 'Extraordinary' Indonesian bird flu outbreak widens - Yahoo! News. Better start getting ready for it now.

In really good news from the ENN: Environmental News Network -- "Young Malaysian Trash Pickers Make Turtle Nesting Beaches Pristine as Part of Global Cleanup." How cool is that?

Everyone and everything around you is your teacher.
--Ken Keyes, Jr.
'Handbook to Higher Consciousness'


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: HFCS--if you don't buy processed foods, there is nothing to worry about. Buy the raw materials and cook real food. :-)

5:06 AM  
Anonymous Kim said...


5:16 AM  
Blogger ladylinoleum said...

Scary, and yet, so prevalent.

4:05 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

I think if you dye the FBS the cotton might not absorb the dye well and it can fade over time. Maybe knit a swatch and try dyeing that?

4:06 PM  

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