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Handy Food Decoder

February 10, 2009

193450613301lzzzzzzzDisodium Insosinate.

Maltodextrin.

Glucono Delta-Lactose.

Anybody know what those things are? Are they safe to eat? Are they diseases? Are they extinct forms of arthropods? For the most part, impossible chemical language has yielded vast parts of ingredient labels nearly indecipherable, leading the health-conscious consumer with few other options beyond syllable-counting. (hint – pretty much everything is corn).

Well, the good people at Kashi, the natural foods company that makes cereal, snack bars and frozen food, have provided a dictionary of anything that you might find on the back of your ho-hos. (link after the jump) Every ingredient gets either a black thumbs up or a red thumbs down based on whether or not Kashi would use it in their products. It’s just their opinion, of course, but they do a pretty good job of telling between good and bad. This kind of guide shouldn’t be thought of as a replacement for eating real, unprocessed food, but rather as a tool for navigating the tricky world of bars and snacks when it becomes necessary.

Kashi’s Food Decoder

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  1. Relish permalink
    February 10, 2009 5:03 am

    Oh you mean Kellogg?

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