Enjoying our factory foods

“A hot trend in food labeling these days is labels that boast ‘blueberries’ and feature images of the antioxidant-rich superfruit, but in fact contain no blueberries–and sometimes no fruit at all!

“…The ingredients in blueberry bagels sold at Target include ‘blueberry bits,’ which aren’t bits of blueberry but rather blobs of sugar, partially hydrogenated oil, and blue food dye. Natural and artificial blueberry flavoring show up later in the ingredients list; real blueberries, even later.

“And what about Betty Crocker’s Blueberry Muffin Mix? Hard-to-read print says: ‘Imitation blueberries, artificially flavored…’

“The trend even extends to other popular fruits. A reader in Cummaquid, Mass., who was ‘really hungry and in a hurry’ bought packs of Quaker Multigrain Fiber Crisps Blackberry Pomegranate, showing a cut-open pomegranate bursting with seeds next to two blackberries. Only later did he notice the tiny type stating, ‘Does not contain fruit.’ “

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  1. Hello Norm, thanks for the heads up on what is not in the bagels. Here's a Post from my blog on a SOURCE from Matsqui and they are refridgerated $24 for ten pounds, during summer, the Cold ones are $28 for ten pounds…. There's a bonus too, make sure, when you drive out that way that your gas tank isn't quite empty…. no Translink tax on the motor fuel!


  2. Good link. In summer, I visited one of the many Richmond blueberry farms and bought in bulk to add to the freezer. Blueberries freeze well, as they come from the farm. Then, thaw, rinse and eat. They're not only super healthy, they're delicious.

    BTW, when it comes to gas, Point Roberts is 20 cents a litre less than in Tsawwassen so an empty tank is good planning when crossing the border. I use a mail drop in that Washington State enclave for mail-order shopping south of the border. Depending on the products, one might pay 1/3 to 2/3 of the Canadian prices. It's not typical Mom & Pop retailers that are responsible for high prices in Canada; it's the distributors and big box sellers who raise prices because they can. Lack of competition encouraged by worthless federal statutes is the underlying reason.


  3. Welcome to the world of buyer beware. No matter what a product is named, one has to get in the habit of reading the ingredients to get a handle of what one is really buying when it comes to pre-packaged foods.

    I just wonder what is worse. A product that carries a name of a fruit or vegetable that contains neither, or a product that contains some of the actual fruit or vegetable without disclosing the origin. The manufacturers do not list where they obtain the ingredients but one must assume that since most corporations are now run with profits uppermost and quality saleable, one must assume that they must buy from the cheapest suppliers.

    The race to the bottom seems to have permeated pretty much every aspect of our lives.


  4. We have gone back to, a more simple life style. We eat what we grow. Same in supermarkets, you should only eat what is grown. Processed foods are, bad, bad, bad.

    Our community has an underground. No pesticides are permitted. We can buy, vegetables, fruits, that don't smell of mold. I would open strawberries, I could always smell mold. These fruits and vegetables, are not, kept in plastic bags either. You can buy chickens with no globs of, ugly yellow fat folded underneath them. Yesterday in the supermarket, one chicken was over $21.00. I pay $6.50 for mine. I buy my eggs through the underground. You can buy, beef untainted with e-coli, pork, turkeys, ducks, geese, any kind of meat you want. Some of the farmers have winter greenhouses. There is every kind of trades person. I saved $2000, on my bathroom reno. Many of us, plant our own gardens. A cold room or a root cellar will keep vegies all winter. As an old farm girl from the prairies. This was the way of life, back then. We ate what we grew. Those were also, the best years of my life. The rule for the underground is, you should be able to feed everyone, in a 100 mile radius. There are also donations of vegies and fruit to the food banks. I buy from the local store owners to support them. Coffee, tea, sugar, flour, salt and pepper. My mother even made her own laundry soap.


  5. The U.S. Blueberry Council (most food authorities agree) says:

    “After you buy fresh blueberries, place them in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Be sure to not wash the blueberries before freezing. After they are frozen, transfer to an air tight plastic bag or freezer container and store. When you are ready to use your blueberries, take them out and wash prior using.


  6. With corporate controlled governments in charge, we will still see even more lies on labelling by these same profit hounds. We are all still stuck in the days of thinking that somehow our governments care about us and look after our interests and protect us from this sort of nonsense. AT least Harper doesn't hide the face that he doesn't believe in this.


  7. Checked out “…… After you buy fresh blueberries, place them in a single layer on a cookie sheet…..” on the Internet.

    Got news for those fine folks at The U.S. Blueberry Council, up here in Canada (Alaska excluded), we don't buy our Blueberries, one pound at a time… to spread as a single layer. We buy 100 pounds, we rinse them, we spin dry them, we bag them… and FREEZE them.


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