Now You See It, Now You Don't

“So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and did just as the Lord commanded. Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake. Pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptian magicians also did the same things by their secret arts: Each one threw down his staff and it became a snake. But Aaron’s staff swallowed up their staffs”. Exodus 7:10-12

Inulin Quietly Disappears

Many ingredients used by the food processing industry, organic, included – do NOT have to be listed on the ingredient label courtesy of our very broken FDA.

Stonyfield Farm added Inulin, a thickening agent, to its yogurts, giving them a thick, rich appearance and texture, hoping to imitate a natural process. I don’t think the gel-like texture fools too many, though.

Stonyfield Farms isn’t the only corporate food-processor trying to pull the wool over consumer eyes. Land O’Lakes and other dairies are quite fond of carrageenan, a vegetarian thickening compound extracted from seaweed. Everybody wants home-made taste and farm-fresh quality without the inconveniences of having to do it themselves.

When nutritional watchdogs got the word out to organic and consumer-protection groups that Stonyfield was adding a non-organic thickening agent, Stonyfield – marketing masters that they are – turned what could have been a debacle into a make-believe nutritional campaign:

“We Add Inulin – A High-Fiber Calcium-Booster To Aid Digestion!!”

Inulin belongs to a classification of fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) which aren’t absorbed by the gut, and therefore, the FDA allows it to be classified as a fiber. Inulin, in its lab-created hydrolyzed form is also known by the names Neosugar, Alant Starch, Atlanta Starch, Alantin, Dahlin, Helenin, and Diabetic Sugar.

Newstarget has a good article debating whether or not factory-hydrolyzed Inulin is truly a “superfood/super calcium” that Stonyfield claimed it to be. There is no research validating any digestive benefit from eating any Inulin-laced Stonyfield Farm product.

That’s past-tense, by the way, because Inulin has quietly disappeared from Stonyfield’s marketing campaigns. An educated guess is that Stonyfield knew its Inulin health claims would NOT stand up the test of a lawsuit, something which Dannon Co, makers of Dannon’s Activia line, will soon be facing due to a class-action suit filed on January 23, 2008, because “Dannon’s own studies failed to support its advertised claims that its Activia, Activia Lite and DanActive were “clinically” and “scientifically” “proven” to have health benefits that other yogurts did not.

I visited Stonyfield’s website, inserting “inulin” in the search field. Up popped the Stonyfield Farm Wellness: Bone up on calcium with Stonyfield Farm Yogurt page but mysteriously, all former Inulin references no longer appear.

Inulin was once gloriously praised on that page, but evidently only the search engine and I have memory of it!

Solutions

Boycott: Stop eating processed yogurt and drinking grain-fed pasteurized factory-farmed dairy products. including milk, cream, butter, sour cream and buttermilk.

*Eat only unpasteurized, grass-fed dairy products: Not only is it better for your health, but it’s also better for the environment and the Lord’s creatures as well as His precious future generations.

Find a farmer who fits the “righteous man” description of Proverbs 12:10 “…a man who truly cares for his beast in what he feeds it, how it lives, and how it dies: If you can’t locate a farmer through networking with friends, neighbors or asking for names at your local feed and seed supply store, take a Sunday drive and look for happy cows eating grass in fields and knock on a few doors.

Grass-fed milk search engines are another option for locating real food products like grass-fed milk: Real Milk, Local Harvest and Eat Wild.

Learn to make your own kefir: But only once you have a good supply of real milk! Kefir is a super power soured milk drink that far surpasses any health benefits of yogurt. Dom, known as the “King of Kefir” is THE SOURCE of “How To” information found at http://users.sa.chariot.net.au/~dna/kefirpage.html.

My issue isn’t with capitalism, but corporate campaigns with a walk that does not match the talk – where ethics are compromised for money. I’m using Stonyfield as an example because I’ve followed more of their dealings than I have others. I am convinced that Stonyfield is no worse than most. Some days, that’s grieving to consider.

Jeremiah’s cry to “Repent!” is as appropriate for us, and our modern world of “conveniences”, as it was for generations past.

Sources and references:

CUESA, Pasture-Based Cattle, http://www.cuesa.org/sustainable_ag/issues/cattle.php

Organic Consumer, Closer Look at the 38 New Non-Organic Ingredients Proposed for Organic Processed Foods

Reuters: Dannon Sued Over Probiotic Health Claims

EatWild.com: Superhealthy Milk by Jo Robinson, http://eatwild.com/articles/superhealthy.html”:http://eatwild.com/articles/superhealthy.html

Kefir: King of Kefir, http://users.sa.chariot.net.au/~dna/kefirpage.html#kefir-microbes

Indulgences: Fascinating article, http://www.wsu.edu/~dee/GLOSSARY/INDULGE.HTM


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