Hello Everyone, I have taken a much need break from blogging but today I am re-emerging as a recent incident reignited my passion. last week my husband was batch cooking to help me out and I forgot to mention to him to make cornbread from scratch. ( I am still working on him being aware of ingredients) Since I live by the 80/20 rule meaning 20 % of the time there are things I will buy that have ingredients that are not "clean".
I looked at what my hubby bought - Jiffy corn bread mix. I am sure most of us grew up on this, however this is the most horrible thing I think I have EVER read for ingredients. See below what is in this stuff -
As you can see there is animal hydrogenated oil, which is a Trans fat.
Sodium Acid is next, and is a man-made compound used as a leavening agent. At first you might think Sodium Acid is okay, but look at other uses for it.
In leather treatment, it can be used to remove iron stains on hides during processing. It can stabilize hydrogen peroxide solutions against reduction. It can be used with sulfamic acid in some dairy applications for cleaning, especially to remove soapstone. When added to scalding water, it facilitates removal of hair and scurf in hog slaughter and feathers and scurf in poultry slaughter. In petroleum production, it can be used as a dispersant in oil well drilling muds.
Next you can see there are different types of Phosphates. Unnatural phosphates can lead to heart disease, kidney disease and high blood pressure. Lastly the ingredients to follow is what shocked me the most. The Chelsey Milling Company who makes Jiffy products don't even try to hide the 7 different types of preservatives, five of the seven actually state "preservative".
We all know that we should stay away from foods with preservatives, so how in good conscience can we eat this stuff - let alone give it to our children.
I hear the argument all the time that "clean-eating" cost more money. This may be true but in this case you wouldn't even notice, as all the ingredients for homemade cornbread you probably already have. See quick recipe below.
Jiffy costs $1 and you use it once. Real corn meal costs around $3 and you can get two batches of corn bread so really is the extra 50cents worth your life, health and well being?
Food for Thought, Cheers!