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Getting Frankenstein Out of the Pantry

July 24, 2011

The dreaded pantry received another clean out yesterday. This time of all “additives” – you know, the chemicals that are so prevalent in our foodstuffs now that twenty years ago the average shopper had never heard of. So hubby went through each and every ingredient list and was delighted to throw out half a shelf full of “frankenmonster” ingredients. All of the food colourings went.  Especially the ‘yellow’ food colouring (160b), that sucker is nastier than three day old grease at the bottom of a pan. Its effects on kids brain chemistry is horrendous and it’s not coming into our house again.

We found that most of the sauces had some trace of wheat or additives that we hadn’t checked for. Soy sauce is full of gluten. Who knew? It’s supposed to be soy. Nope, not here in Oz. Wheat is one of the main ingredients of Soy Sauce. Darn! Hubby’s a bit upset after finding that out. We’re going to have to look for alternatives to cook with I guess.

Once he was done the cupboard was bare. I think we could fill maybe one and a half shelves with what we had left. So he lovingly turns to me and says “right, let’s go shopping”… An hour later and much debating in the shops meant we had a full pantry again. It’s amazing what is and isn’t in foods these days. Even your old staples of canned corn or tomatoes have ‘frankenmonster’ additives. Hubby was constantly accessing the web while we shopped. Additive Alert seems to be the best one we’ve found so far with information on what’s good, what’s not, and what these things do. There are so many additives banned in other countries that are allowed to be added to our food willynilly. If four other countries have banned a product because it’s been linked to health problems, and in some cases shown to be a major causation of those things, wouldn’t you think you’d ban it as well?

We found that we were shopping on the outside of the complex and vary rarely went into the aisles. Starting to become fringe dwellers! All hail the foragers on the edge of the shops.

The lady at the checkout looked at us weirdly, we weren’t her usual customers laden up with sugar soaked, additive enriched cardboard. Instead we had a beautifully coloured, wonderfully stacked trolley full of goodness. I explained what we’d done to our family and what our results were. It’s a good feeling. No more Frankenmonster foods!


4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 24, 2011 8:05 am

    Try an Asian food store for soy sauce without gluten. I have a sis-in-law with celiacs, and we found that’s the best place to find soy sauce she can have.

  2. Natalie Hatch permalink*
    July 24, 2011 10:09 am

    Thanks Amy, I’ll head there this week and take a look.

  3. July 25, 2011 2:23 pm

    What a great link Nat! As always I’m one step behind you but incredibly inspired! You’re superwoman!

    • Natalie Hatch permalink*
      July 25, 2011 3:52 pm

      Thanks Jess, I wish I had superwoman’s xray vision to see through walls and check on the kids etc. Taking one day at a time and trying hard to get the family healthy.

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