Classic Treats with Not-So-Classic Ingredients

One of my clients brought in a package of Moon Pies the other day.


The package says “Since 1917.” I found this interesting and when I looked at the ingredients the first five things on the label are as follows: enriched wheat flour, corn syrup, high fructose corn syrup, sugar, and partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (trans fat).

When I did a little research, I found out that enriched flour was first produced in 1941 and that high fructose corn syrup was created in 1957, but was not produced on an industrial scale until the mid-1970s.

So, this product that has been around “Since 1917” and contains mostly these five ingredients (remember—ingredients are listed from greatest to least), three of which have not even been produced until 1941. So, what were the darn things made of before that?!

What is happening to our food supply in this country is pretty scary. Everything is being produced to be faster, fatter, bigger, and cheaper.

To quote Joel Salatin, owner/farmer of Polyface Farms in Virginia who feeds his livestock grass (the way nature intended), “No one is thinking about the ecological health of the whole system. If we put glass walls on all the mega processing facilities we would have a different food system in this country.” Check out some of his videos on YouTube.

Try to start seeking out the best food possible. Yes, it might be a little more expensive, but your health is worth it.