Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Sugar in your Chili?

A few months ago I stumbled onto a can of DelMonte canned tomatoes "zesty chili style". You just add meat of your choice (turkey for me) and some beans and a few seasonings.
My husband requested I make it again so I went to the store to pick up the ingredients. As I strive to "Eat Clean" I routinely check labels. You can only imagine my SHOCK when I noticed these canned tomatoes had High Fructose Corn Syrup in them!!! Tomatoes? Really? WTH?!?!

So of course I checked what else was in there...chili powder, garlic, onion - no problem I can add that stuff myself. I grabbed 2 larger cans of diced petite tomatoes instead (checking the label - no sugar added!) and headed down the isle towards the beans.

I have been using kidney beans in the recipe, so I grabbed a can of those and just for good measure checked their label - WTH?!?! High Fructose Corn Syrup...in BEANS? What is going on here? Why would anyone want (or need) sugar in these beans! Needless to say - I put those babies back on the shelf, made a beeline for the dry beans section and got a nice, healthy bag of kidney beans (for 1/2 the price I might add) and just did a little extra cooking to have my bean sugar free!
Today's Workout:
5am - restarted my "Couch to 5K" podcast program - ran 2 miles - FELT GREAT!


  1. Eye-opening, isn't it? We try to grow and can as much as we can, but of course, you can't grow (at least we can't) everything, and some people don't have the time or space to grow anything. It sure is better for you though.

  2. That's a great example of finding sugar (high fructose corn syrup) where you least expect it. I knew about the tomatoes but I didn't know about the beans. Thanks for making me more wary.

  3. I think it's a plot to fatten up America. Honestly I can't think of a single reason to put high fructose corn syrup in either one of those. It drives me crazy when I read labels.


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