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So when I went grocery shopping over the weekend I was happy to see that my grocery store had expanded it's dried-fruit shelves. There were more brands and more variety than they had previously had. I got a dried berry/cherry blend that looked so yummy - it has dried blueberries, cherries, strawberries and cranberries. I just opened the bag to sample and WOW are they good - but *SO* sweet. So I look at the ingredients (stupid me for not checking in the store) but they have HIGH FREAKIN' FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP in them. Why the @#($& would anyone put HFCS in dried fruit? I don't allow food with that in the house, and am usually a rabid label-reader. But who would think I would have had to read the label on a bag of DRIED FREAKIN' FRUIT?<br><br>
The brand was <a href="http://www.mariani.com/prod_berry_cherry.html" target="_blank">Mariani</a> btw, just so you can watch out.
 

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I feel your pain. We usually shop at the health food store(well, before I got pg anyway), but if we go to the regular grocery store we just automatically assume that we will be buying crap. It seems like EVERYTHING has either HFCS, trans fat, or MSG.
 

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Food haven’t been sacred in the mainstream food industry for about 100 years or so. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
I feel your pain. I only shop at health food stores and farmers markets and always, always, always read labels. I don’t care if it says. "Super Duper Organic, Crunchy, Hippie Dippie Food with a natural colored recycled paper label. I read it anyway. If anything a lot of "health food" has too much sugar (not as bad as HFCS but I avoid it anyway).
 

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That stuff is evil. Try buying a jar of pickles at an average grocery store without it. Hell, tonight I saw a jaw of jam labeled "All Natural!" where HCFS was the number 2 or 3 ingredient.
 

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Nope, nothing is sacred any longer. That's why I ALWAYS read labels, I couldn't help it if I tried at this point. Nothing with HFCS, MSG(or it's other names, hydrolyzed, etc), or partially or fully hydrogenated anything gets into out house.
 

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I read the labels on everything. I hate being surprised after I get it home.
 

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High Fructose Corn Syrup is always listed as such on labels. Corn syrup is almost, but not quiet as bad as the high fructose kind.<br><br>
It's just appalling to me the number of foods with HFCS these days (and yes, trans fats and MSG - although to me MSG is the least of the 3 evils, but then I'm not allergic). Even SALTINES have it. It's ridiculous! When I started reading labels a few years ago I had a huge rude awakening that all the "healthy" food I was feeding my family was really just a load of crap dressed up in pretty labels!
 

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I almost bought the dried blueberries made by the same company last week when I was at the store. Then I read the label and saw that it had HFCS in it. I was really surprised. I couldn't figure out why they would ruin perfectly good blueberries with that junk.
 

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I don't think it can hide. As far as I know, it must be listed as high-fructose corn syrup.
 

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I saw a package of GRAPE FLAVORED APPLES...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: Yes, these apples were IDK injected w/ HFCS and grape flavoring...
 

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OK, I know HFCS is evil and all, but <i>why</i> is it evil?<br><br>
(just give me a link and tell me to go do my own homework <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">: )
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I saw a package of GRAPE FLAVORED APPLES...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: Yes, these apples were IDK injected w/ HFCS and grape flavoring...</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I 'had' to google this; here's the proof:<br><br><a href="http://www.grapplefruits.com/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.grapplefruits.com/index.html</a><br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/fever.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Fever">:
 

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It is simply crazy-I am an avid label reader as I have to avoid HFCS. Makes my grocery shopping easier, as I can ignore about 90% of the store. (Wild Oats is safer, just too far away to do weekly shopping.)
 

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This Patent Pending process is complex and the ingredient mix primarily includes concentrated grape flavor and pure water. All ingredients are USDA and FDA approved and the process has been licensed by the Washington State Department of Agriculture.<br>
There is <i><b>nothing but flavor</b></i> being infused into the Fuji apple. The apple takes on no additional sugars or calories. They are not genetically altered in any way.<br>
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I personally have no problem with this.....far more healthy and less processed then the other crap my kids and I love <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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We accidentally bought a big bag of those HFCS blueberries one time and they were *painfully* sweet. I soaked them (changing the water several times) to flush some of the sugar out and put them in some bran muffins. Maybe you could do the same with your fruit?<br><br>
peace, Beth
 

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It's depressing how many things that didn't used to even have sweeteners have HFCS in them.<br><br>
At Trader Joe's, most things don't have HFCS. CS, yes, and some few things do have the HFCS (notably non-TJ made sodas). I still have to read all the labels!
 

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Drives me nuts too. Raisins and dried apricots usually do not have added sugar or hfcs. And Trader Joes has some awesome bing cherries with no extra sweetners.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">OK, I know HFCS is evil and all, but <i>why</i> is it evil?<br><br>
(just give me a link and tell me to go do my own homework <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/innocent.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shy">: )</div>
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If you Google "Dangers of High Fructose Corn Syrup" you will come up with a wealth of information.<br>
Here is a <a href="http://www.thenutritionreporter.com/fructose_dangers.html" target="_blank">pretty good article</a> on the subject.
 
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