Quick Links: Packaged Food Dilemmas

The NYTimes recently pointed out that “food” manufacturers have been surreptitiously reducing their packaging size so they can sell less product for the same amount of money, all the while hoping consumers won’t notice.

How did I ever think this stuff was edible?

As if we needed more reason to feel vindicated in our food choices. So here’s an industry that thinks they can sell us these edible food-like substances full of questionable ingredients, tell us it’s good for us, follow the economy up, down, and all around with their packaging, and not bother to inform us that we’re getting less value? And then to suggest that smaller packaging is better for us because it’s a reduction in calories?! Wow.

Sure is hard to fool Paleo/Primal consumers when we get to pick which apples and steaks we want. Which isn’t to say we won’t be affected by rising food prices—we will (see my previous food prices piece here). But at least it’s all upfront.

The San Francisco Chronicle details the dangers of BPA and food packaging. After only three days off packaged foods, study subjects’ BPA urine levels dropped by 60%. Mostly good news for those of us who rarely touch the stuff, but check out the graph at the top of the page. Coconut milk is a major offender and canned fish (i.e. tuna, salmon, sardines) doesn’t fare so well either. Yikes.

Anyone know a coconut milk brand that has BPA-free cans?

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One Response to “Quick Links: Packaged Food Dilemmas”

  1. Dear blog author. I often read your blog on an iPad, and I personally don’t like that experience since WordPress has introduced the iPad theme (see http://thorfalk.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/wordpress-bloggers-please-disable-ipad-theme/ for details). Unfortunately I can not opt-out to see your blog in its full splendor. Could I kindly ask you to consider whether you really like the way it looks on the iPad, and maybe turn off the iPad theme? This would certainly make my browsing experience much more pleasurable. Thanks a lot!

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