Monday, October 18, 2010

Why I Shop Where I Shop; Why I Buy What I Buy

So the blogosphere was all abuzz recently about HFCS (high fructose corn syrup, for those not "in the know") and how horribleawfulterriblybad it is for anyone and everyone.

I'm not saying I disagree. 


I disagree with the notion that HFCS *makes* you, me or our children fat.

It's called MODERATION.

And I don't think there should be shame in me admitting that yes, my children eat products with HFCS.  Products that I, in fact, buy.

Convenience foods.

If you look in my pantry, you will find Cocoa Puffs cereal.  Or Frosted Flakes.  Maybe a box of Pop-Tarts.  Probably some chocolate chip granola bars.  Perhaps a package or two of Kraft mac and cheese.  Definitely cans of Chef Boyardee spaghettios. 

I am a full-time working mother. 

I don't have the time or the energy to drive to Trader Joe's or Whole Foods to buy my groceries.

Most importantly, I don't have the desire or the money.

And say what you will--organic, free-range food IS more expensive.  It just is.

So I will continue to shop at Super Wal-Mart, or Shaws, or Hannaford, or Shop and Shop, buying food for my family that is not necessarily organic, but within my budget.

This doesn't mean I love my children any less.

Or that I should feel guilty.

Because I don't.

And I have a feeling I'm not alone.


HaB said...


Beside, when I was growing up, the chicken was not free range, the veggies & fruit were not organic & Sunday mornings meant those cinnamon rolls out of a tube! I buy what I can afford - and it most certainly is NOT organic.

Painless Mama said...

I'd love to make everything from scratch, but I'm not that kind of mom!

Michele R said...

(raising my mouse to give you a high five). Although I do spend a lot of time cooking whole foods (that are not bought at Whole Foods!!!) I also buy foods that don’t always have 100% natural ingredients. I’m thinking that actually having a family dinner time is a huge benefit…..
Plus, have you noticed that some moms who are on an “anti-HFCS-and I’m so organic-campaign” don’t think twice about injecting their face with Botulinum Type A Toxin?

Mrs. Fabulous said...

You are are NOT alone! :)

I don't shop at Whole Foods because...(drum roll)... I can't afford to!!!

So, I try the best I can to fix healthy food for my family and everything else is in moderation!

Great post! :)

Emily Y said...

I am in agreement with you! My problem is with the way companies seem to "hide" HFCS in foods that aren't even sweet, like sandwich bread or pasta sauce. So I read labels to avoid that kind of thing. You can still avoid HFCS without spending too much or going organic!

Hillary (Mrs. Einstein) said...


DIAPERS in the DESERT said...

THANK YOU!!! I think that it is a parents responsibility to teach their children moderation and how to live an active lifestyle - that keeps children healthy!! Even if I did have the time and energy to go ALL organic non HFCS- I just don't wanna. It is my choice and I hate it when people try to make you feel like a bad mother for not agreeing with them. SO again THANK YOU!!!!!

Carrie said...

I 100% agree with you and I am not an "organic" momma but like a previous post it is in alot of foods you wouldn't think because it is also a preservative. It's like a game of "Hide and Seek" the HFCS or sugar.

Suburb Sierra said...

Heck, I give my kids a spoonful of sugar to help them kick off the day.

Ok, that's me and it's a Diet Coke...but I believe obesity can be blamed on much more than corn syrup, like perhaps losing recess time at school, inability to run free through your neighborhood and fried, fast food...I'll stop there.

Draft Queen said...

Darn right you aren't alone. This house may have 3 adults to 2 children ratio, but when you add in 3 full time jobs and 3 classes per adult, there is a stash of convenience foods for dinner because HOLY CRAP we are pressed for time.

Manic Mommy said...

Exactly! And it goes without saying that any cageless, hormone free, organic, all natural *anything* that I may make goes completely uneaten.

Cassie said...

Oh you're definitely not alone! I will splurge for a few of the items that are on the list of "must eat organic" but I just can't afford to do it very often.

Peggy Sue Brister said...

My hick phucking town doesn't even have a Whole Foods or Trader Joe's. We have a Walmart and a Kroger and if you can buy it there, then that's what we eat. I am a vegetarian so I eat alot of produce and cheese but my kids eat regular convenience foods most of the time. We limit our fast food to once a week or once every two weeks, but I don't check packages for HFCS content. Same way I don't check to see how many grams of sugar are in something. If I want it, I buy it. If HFCS makes you fat, then none of us must be eating too much of it. Nobody here has a weight problem. FAT makes you FAT. This ANTI-HFCS kick is a fad for some ppl who feel the need to jump on bandwagons. I don't boycott Nestle and I don't ban HFCS in my house.

Jenny said...


Maureen said...

The previous Botox comment was so flippin funny.

Whirlwind said...

No - you are not alone!

When Einey was born, we didn't take her to McDonald's or anything (we do on occasion now because it's so easy after those lat soccer practices). But one of the well known local pediatrician's wife took their kids every Friday after story hour. At that point, I figured it wasn't so bad.

I have kids who eat the exact same things but their body chemistry's are totally different. I have a barely 60 pound almost 9 year old who should STILL be in a booster seat and a almost 80 pound 7 year old (who is finally taller then her older sister) . It kills me that I can't do anything about it and I'd hate for her to get picked on - but it is how her body is. She was 5 pounds 11 ounces at 1 week old. 3 weeks later - at 1 months - she was 9 and a half pounds. ANd our pediatrician is constantly reassuring us that they are all perfectly healthy. That he knows we don't starve one kid and overfeed the other one. WHat matters (right now) is that all three of the girls are very very active.

Sarah said...

We can each do our best - and that's a relative term. I'm not going to fix one week's menu of 'good' meals for my family, only to starve them the next week because we've blown the budget, just to prove that I'm as good as the next momma. Besides, before words like 'organic, free-range, grain-fed, HFCS, artificial colouring' became buzz-words, what did people eat? My rule of thumb is simple. Eat it as close to the way God made it as is affordable. This means financially AND time-wise. I love my family - but the best thing I can do is to teach them moderation, and not to fear food.


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