Food for Thought: Not all blueberries are blueberries

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Here’s some food for thought about what’s in your pantry. And that’s blueberries.

Or “little blue dynamos”, as the folks at the US Highbush Blueberry Council like to call them.

Not only are they blue, but they are good for you, too. Good for your heart, good for your brain, good for your liver, and may reduce your risk for cancer.

But that only works if they are the real deal, and you probably will not find them in that blueberry muffin mix on your pantry shelf.

The Food Identify Theft blog claims most mixes are “just plain awful.” But that’s for you to decide.

The folks who run the site single out Betty Crocker Blueberry Muffin Mix in the pouch, and in Jiffy Blueberry Muff Mix in the mini-box.

They say that when you read the list of ingredients for either product, you will not find blueberries. Artificial blueberry bits, yes. God’s real bluberries, no.

But you will find sodium aluminum phosphate, or SAP.

The Food and Drug Administration says a little SAP will not hurt you. Trouble is, not only is SAP in muffins, it’s also in fizzy drinks and in cosmetics.

British researcher Chris Exley says the accumulation of aluminum, as in sodium aluminum phosphate, could put people at risk for Parkinson’s and Alzheimers.

And that’s the crazy thing about what’s in your pantry. Just about everything in there probably will not hurt you , by itself, if you eat it on occasion.

It’s kinda like being buried in the sand at the beach. You’re okay until the tide comes in. Just some food for thought.

 

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