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Maple Syrup (r)Evolution

Back in the days of coupons, I got gobs of Log Cabin syrup for FREE. It took a few years before I scanned the ingredient list. What’s in that sticky stuff, anyway?

Ingredients: high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, water, salt, cellulose gum, molasses, natural flavors, artificial flavor, lactic acid, sodium hexametaphosphate, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, caramel color, and citric acid.

Let’s break it down.

high fructose corn syrup ~ made from genetically modified corn

corn syrup ~ just in case you wanted some more genetically modified corn

celllulose gum ~ extracted from (wait for it) . . . wood pulp; I know you have a jar of cellulose gum in your cupboard.

artificial flavor ~ at least they admit it’s artificial

natural flavor ~ whenever you see “natural flavor” be wary; it’s usually just a nice way of saying “we put more junk in your food”

sodium hexametaphosphate ~ um, have you had your hexametaphosphate today?

potassium sorbate ~ I don’t know what it is, but I read that it irritates skin, eyes, and your respiratory system.

sodium benzoate ~ a preservative (that should not be ingested with Vitamin C)

caramel color ~ don’t do it

This (r)Evolution was really simple for us. We ditched Hungry Jack and went straight for pure maple syrup. The real deal from a real tree.

However, it’s not cheap. Real maple syrup is crazy expensive. If you can’t buy real maple, then there is an alternative. You can do what my mom did — make your own fake syrup.

I’m not going to tell you this is health food, but it’s got to be better than eating hexametaphosphate. Just sayin’.

Here are some recipes to try:

Brown-Sugar Cinnamon Syrup

Vanilla Pancake Syrup

Strawberry Syrup

This will be a sweet week with one more post about sweeteners!