I am distressed. One of my favorite brands has sold their soul to a big-name brand. To a big-name brand who uses genetically modified ingredients. A company that fills their foods with junk and preservatives and markets it in a fun package that will appear appealing to children.
I try hard to be Wonder Woman (well… I drink from a Wonder Woman mug), but I can’t do everything from scratch. At least not yet. Here I am, a homesteading stay-at-home mom and I rely on pre-made foods from the grocery store. What are working families to do?
The brand I am distressed about is Annie’s. Specifically Annie’s macaroni. They say they won’t change a thing and that it will remain organic goodness. I’m sorry, but I just don’t trust them. Annie’s is just one company that has been bought by General Mills. So many have gone before them and General Mills are not the only big-name company buying them up.
Do you know all of the brands that they currently own? It’s staggering! They try not to make a big deal about it, maybe hoping no one will notice. I think it is important to know where your food comes from and who it’s owned by. It’s important to know what changes are being made to it.
Changes to Food Over Time
A friend recently suggested I blog about original recipes. You see it on the boxes all the time 100 years of Oreos. Has the recipe been changed in those hundred years? Did they bother to tell anyone?
For the record, Oreos use to be made with pork fat, but since it wasn’t deemed kosher, they took the fat out and replaced it with shortening. They use to add natural dyes to give the chocolate that rich brown color. Now they use brown paste food coloring. Between the powdered and granulated sugar they’ve added over the years, the modern Oreo has almost twice as much sugar as the original. Did it say anything about that on the package?
Now don’t get me wrong, I still eat Oreos. I may still continue to buy Annie’s. What bothers me is that no one seems to care. They are playing around with our food (rarely for the better) and selling it in the same package so we are none the wiser. Even worse, they come up with healthy sounding foods, put it in boxes that look like recycled cardboard and market it to people who want to make healthy choices.
Did you know that seaweed pasta sold at most chain grocery stores actually has almost twice as much sodium as plain old bleached white pasta and considerably more calories? They lead you to believe you are making a good decision and you’re not.
It angers me. Truly it does. Please, I implore you to read labels. I beg you to know what all those foreign ingredients mean. Know who you are buying your food from and know what type of business they work in. You deserve to know where your food comes from and what has been put in it.