Fancy a coffee mate?

Posted on 30 Mar 2011 in Avoid Processed | 0 comments

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We’d run out of milk the other morning, so as I was heading off early to the hairdressers I was particularly looking forward to the coffee that I knew would be offered to me as soon as I walked through the door.

As expected, Sarah took my coat, asked my preferences over milk and sugar, and quickly brought back a steaming mug of coffee that smelled fab.

As soon as I took a sip I knew something was up, but what was it? It was fresh, good quality coffee, it even tasted excellent – but something wasn’t right.

As I drank more I noticed a sort of greasiness in my mouth, I thought maybe it had been made with full fat milk or cream, so asked Sarah. “No, we use that Coffee Mate stuff” she replied.

Aha, the penny dropped, I’d read this article by the Organic Authority a few days before, and realised the greasiness was something that manufacturers of non-dairy creamers call “mouthfeel”. Mouthfeel involves replicating the smoothness of the fats in milk, by using….vegetable oil.

Yep, there was vegetable oil in my coffee. She cared enough to ask me if I wanted sugar in my drink but unwittingly topped that great coffee up with a big dollop of oil, and one loaded with trans fats too – yum.

This is just one example of how the word “foodstuffs” has been messed with. It used to mean something you make real food out of, like flour or eggs or whatever.

Now somehow it’s starting to mean nasty products that have nothing to with the real meaning of the word “food”  (to nourish our bodies, and make us grow big and strong), they’re just processed junk passed off as something it’s not.

Have you got an example of these kinds of “foodstuffs”? And how can we avoid buying them?

Checking the labels is a good place to start of course – if the ingredients look more like a chemistry lesson than a recipe then it’s probably not a great example of “food”.

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