Simple, Spiritual, Outdated Living in a Vintage New England Home on the Southern Coast of Maine

Saturday, April 24, 2010

"Could you please pass the maltodextrin?"


Up until today, I had always loved Polaner All Fruit. It was truly just fruit with fruit juices. I like their ad campaign from the 80's when the awkward Southerner asks for the "jelly" and shock and horror ensue at the prim and proper dinner table.

I am disappointed to report that Polaner All Fruit now contains maltodextrin.  I've learned to check labels each and every time I buy a product since ingredients are always changing. Today I noticed new packaging with the added words: "With fiber." I noticed "maltodextrin"  in the list of ingredients followed by, in parenthesis, an explanation that it adds fiber. What? How?

According to the FDA:

"Maltodextrin ((C6H10O5)n, CAS Reg. No. 9050-36-6) is a nonsweet nutritive saccharide polymer that consists of D-glucose units linked primarily by [alpha]-1-4 bonds and that has a dextrose equivalent (D.E.) of less than 20. It is prepared as a white powder or concentrated solution by partial hydrolysis of corn starch, potato starch, or rice starch with safe and suitable acids and enzymes."

Of course, making your own jelly would be ideal! But if you're like me, you don't have the time! In case you want to buy jelly that is simply fruit and fruit juices, I've rediscovered Sorrell Ridge which is sold at my local health food store but you can also buy it online.