I don’t receive the Planet Green TV channel with my Comcast bundle but I am a Facebook fan. As I browsed the fan page, I saw this:
cream is my favorite dessert. I am in fact eating it while I type this post, which is why I took pause to read the Wall Street Journal article. Haagen-Dazs (Carmel Cone flavor is what I’m eating) does not contain cellulose, more commonly known as wood pulp or other plant fibers.
As the prices of oil and other ingredients used to thicken and create a creamy texture in foods from cheese to ice cream increased, the industry turned to wood pulp and other plant fibers as a cheap alternative. Although I was alarmed at first reading of this fact, I am no longer surprised or bothered. If you consider all the unintentional ingredients that happenstance into our food from a chef’s sweat to air particles, how can wood pulp surprise me?
Everyone is trying to stretch their pennies. An industry is no different buy phentermine paypal from a person. In this economy and market, it is logical to find cheaper ingredients that can mitigate the lower profit margins. Companies have been filling corn (most notably high fructose corn syrup) and corn products in a variety of products for no reason. Farmers feed their cows corn instead of their natural dietary grass. Why? Corn is too difficult for cows to digest and will rot their intestines, creating holes in their stomach. So why? Corn is cheap. They can mass feed their cows corn in sterile facilities instead of on the slopping hills of The Sound of Music. The farmers walk away with a bigger profit and the cows are slaughtered for steak before the holes in their intestines send them to the Vet.
In the big scheme of things, how surprised can I be to find out that my ice cream has wood pulp disguised by its scientific name – cellulose?