It's official, today is the start of October #Unprocessed and I'll be doing my best to keep unprocessed food off my plate for the entire month. To kick off the challenge I went through every item in my pantry and made a list of foods that didn't pass the kitchen test (if you're unfamiliar with the kitchen test you can read all about it in my previous post.) Some of my findings were pretty surprising, it turns out many of my favorite pantry staples are processed foods. This means I'll need to either stop eating them, find alternate brands, or learn to make them myself. Below I've listed 6 of these items and highlighted their reasons for failing the kitchen test.
1. Pet Evaporated Milk
Ingredients: Milk, Contains 0.5% or Less of: Dipotassium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Vitamin D3.
2. Red Gold Tomatoes
Ingredients: Tomatoes, Tomato Juice, Salt, Citric Acid, Calcium Chloride
3. S & W Beans
Ingredients: Prepared Navy Beans, Water, Salt, Sugar, Dehydrated Onion, Calcium Chloride, Calcium Disodium Edta.
4. San Marcos Chilies in Adobo
Ingredients: Chilpotle Peppers, Tomato Puree, Onions, Vinegar, Canola Oil, Sugar, Salt, Paprika and Garlic.
5. Shurfine Cultured Sour Cream
Ingredients: Grade A Milk, Cream, Less than 2% : Nonfat Milk, Food Starch Modified, Guar Gum, Sodium Phosphate, Locust Bean Gum, Sodium Citrate, Carrageenan, Dextrose, Cultures, Enzymes, Potassium Sorbate.
6. Snow's Chopped Clams
Ingredients: Clams in their Natural Juices, Water, Salt, Sugar, Sodium Tripolyphosphate (to Retain Natural Juices), Calcium Disodium EDTA (to Protect Color)
Most shocking discovery on my list
I decided to read about the ingredients I was unfamiliar with (mostly food preservatives) and discovered that Calcium Chloride (CaCl2) is used to remove ice from the roads and Dipotassium Phosphate (K2HPO4) can be found in antifreeze. These aren't the types of ingredients I want to be consuming, even if the FDA classifies them as generally recognized as safe (GRAS). One of my new goals for the month is to become more familiar with the types of preservatives I've been consuming and how they affect my health.
How to take part in October #Unprocessed
If you're interested in joining me in October #Unprocessed head over to Eating Rules and take the pledge. As a bonus for signing up you'll be sent an assortment of printable coupons from Bob's Red Mill to help you stock your pantry with unprocessed foods.