Top 5 Foods and Ingredients People Don’t Want to See in 2013

Ingredients of Oreos

We ran a very informal survey on the Fooducate Facebook Page yesterday asking the community

What food product or ingredient(s) would you like to see gone for good in 2013?

After reading through several hundred responses here are the top 5:

  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • GMOs
  • Aspartame and other artificial sweeteners
  • Artificial Dyes
  • Trans fats from partially hydrogenated oils

And here is some choice feedback a few of you gave us on what you want to see gone in 2013:

Theresa: DECEITFUL Labeling…. Some people are fooled by the front of the pkg and don’t think to actually read the ingredients list!!!!!

Claire:  Anything a non-scientist can’t easily pronounce. As an educated adult I shouldn’t have to sound out words!

Susan: I’d like a return to the old US labeling regs, under which (for example) mayonnaise was BY DEFINITION made from egg, oil, and lemon juice; a white condiment made from water, vinegar, high-fructose corn syrup, and chemical stabilizers was, and by law had to be labeled as, IMITATION mayonnaise. Similarly, sour cream was made FROM CREAM, and the stuff that today can be labeled “fat-free sour cream” (while containing no cream) had to be called what it is: sour cream SUBSTITUTE.

Lori: Congress.

Now tell us, what is one food or ingredient you’d like to see a lot more of in 2013?

  • kevin

    i now look for unrefined sea salt instead of sodium chloride salt (NaCl) as well as staying away from the top 5 you listed. Thanks for sharing this very important information!

  • Andrea T

    Fake/processed cheese (the nacho stuff, not the vegan stuff – though that too), but don’t tell my boyfriend. It’s his weakness.
    Also, unhealthy meat analogues that vegans eat thinking that they’re being healthy. Processed food is processed food and chemicals are not real food.
    Let 2013 be the year that we all eat more REAL FOOD.

  • Cammy

    At least many of the other ingredients are labeled, unlike GMOS. So consumers at least know to avoid them. If you want to avoid GMOs you basically have to stay away from all processed foods, especially with corn and soy, and if you have to buy cold cereal, candy or processed foods make sure it’s organic/non GE/GMO

  • GlutenFreeRecipeBox

    I’d like to see more naturally sweetened ingredients in 2013: molasses, organic honey, fruit juices, stevia, etc.

  • Sandra Montgomery

    I’d also like to see NO MSG!!!! That stuff makes me so sick.

    • James Cooper

      There is no evidence that MSG is in any way harmful, nor that anyone has any allergies from it. It occurs in many common foods. Your allergies must have another cause.

      • Michelle

        Incorrect. MSG intolerance has been medically and scientifically proven to exist as a food additive allergen disorder. Please, do not give other people advice unless you can actually support your claims with proven fact and data.

      • Wendy

        Here is a link with some of my reasons my family avoids MSG.

  • James Cooper

    Since HFCS is completely harmless, as are GMOs and aspartame, you need to take some responsibility for promulgating this misinformation.

    • Michelle

      Again, incorrect. GMO’s have been linked to a number of health issues, including obesity, high blood sugar, and a variety of other disorders. High Fructose Corn Syrup and Aspartame have also been shown time and time again to be linked to many of the same or similar health issues as GMO’s. It is you who needs to take responsibility for promoting misinformation, James, not Fooducate.

    • Michelle Schulp

      HFCS is no more harmful than other forms of Fructose… which is the most stressing/harmful sugar to your body (compared to things like glucose). While aspartame is not definitively proven to cause cancer or anything, it certainly does affect the digestive system in negative ways when it is a regular part of your diet. All foods affect you, you know. That’s kind of how chemical reactions work.

    • Stacey

      Hi Everyone! James must work for the government. Nothing but lies…

    • Cactus_Wren

      Who do you work for, “James”? Cargill? ADM?

  • Sam

    It makes you wonder were the food comes from when it only says that it is packaged in Canada or the USA

  • Sofia

    I would love love LOVE. some more none GM gummy candy (or at least surf sweets) sold in more big name stores such as Safeway and Nob hill.

  • RomeoJett

    I want to see those dreadful Vienna sausages gone. Ingredients include tripe and partially defated pork fatty tissue? So what are doing taking a pound of fat and cutting some off and calling it partially defated?

    • Cactus_Wren

      “Partially defatted pork fatty tissue” is to pork as pink slime is to chicken (but without the ammonia bath). They take the fatty tissue, warm it enough to melt out some of the actual fat, and grind it.

  • GiGi Eats Celebrities

    I would love it if they would do away with grain-fed red meats… That sure as heck won’t happen but a girl can dream… Right?

  • Brittany

    I work in a Walmart deli and was curious about some of the ingredients in our corn and mashed potatoes. I printed an ingredient list and was astonished that it wasn’t just corn and butter or potatoes. There was chicken byproduct and hundred other things I can’t spell or pronounce. It would be nice if our corn was just corn! Vegans and vegetarians buy it thinking it fits their diet.

  • Mike

    Get rid of BVO!!