I used to think I could waltz down the aisles of Trader Joe's, tossing items into my cart without reading the labels because a couple years ago, I was told by a Trader Joe’s employee that none of the items in their stores contain hydrogenated oils and chemical preservatives. Not only is that not the case, they looooove putting modified food starch in their products :-(
You can read more about what I've learned about modified food starch here. Anyone allergic to propylene glycol should avoid it.
Trader Joe's DOES make a big step toward food safety by doing things like marking items "gluten-free" and adhering to these guidelines:
- No artificial flavors, colors or preservatives
- No added Trans Fats
- No MSG
- No genetically modified ingredients
But, modified food starch makes me nauseous and I'm cutting it out of my diet completely. It's in a LOT of packaged foods, such as these from Trader Joe's:
You can check out the ingredients here in this slide show:
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I used to drive out of the way to Trader Joe's because I thought their products were more pure than they actually are. They still have some great stuff and I'm sure I'll go there on occasion. It's just easier for me to go to the nearby grocery store for most of my stuff and Whole Foods for anything I can't find there. Whole Foods has a lot of great stuff.
Trader Joe's, I'll miss what I thought we had! *tear