Entry: Someone call the HazMat team! Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Yes, I am, shockingly enough, still alive. Frankly, I have had very little motivation or inspiration lately. But I'll get over it.  

So, I'm looking for a bit of inspiration -- mostly of the food persuasion. I've been eating way too many Amy's frozen meals lately, and far too little homemade food. Not that Amy's food is unhealthy -- as far as processed foods go, it's pretty impressive. But I still worry about the lack of whole foods in my diet, all the waste I'm generating, and how much money I spend on the aforementioned frozen meals (not necessarily in that order).

(I also eat A LOT of fruit, if that's of any concession to you.)

I recently found a food blog that I am really enjoying. The author doesn't say as much, but seems to be vegetarian, and is very health-conscious. Now, please keep in mind that I've only been reading this blog for a few days. As far as I can tell, she's a big fan of Flatout Flatbreads. I've also seen them mentioned on various and assorted other blogs I frequent. They sound interesting. So I just did a little Googling to see if my place of employment carries these breads. No such luck. They seem to be available at places like BJ's Wholesale Club and Wal-Mart Supercenters. Red flag! Red Flag! I decided to check the ingredients and nutritional info:

(from flatoutbread.com) "Flatout Healthy Grain Multi-Grain Ingredients: Water, Vital Wheat Gluten, Whole Wheat Flour, Oat Fiber, Flax Flour, Soybean Oil, Liquid Brown Sugar, Contains Less Than 2 % Of Each Of The Following: Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Wheat Bran, Maltitol, Yeast, Yellow Corn Meal, Baking Soda, Bulgar Wheat, Wheat Protein Isolate, Oat Flakes, Barley Flakes, Rye Chops, Wheat Flakes, Potassium Sorbate & Sodium Propionate (Preservatives), Fumaric Acid, Calcium Peroxide, Cellulose Gum, Guar Gum, Calcium Sulfate, Xanthan Gum, Annatto Color, Salt, Enzymes, L-Cysteine, Niacin, Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin."

Oh my.

There is more potassium sorbate (a preservative with questionable potential for toxicity) than vitamin B2. Calcium peroxide? I just Googled it and found many matches for its Material Safety Data Sheet. For those of you who did not work in a hardware store for nine years, an MSDS is some sort of official document that documents the hazards of common and not-so-common chemicals used for things like bleaching wood, removing rust from one's deck furniture, and (apparently) baking flatbread. Oh, and, calcium sulfate? Also known as Plaster of Paris. Mmm.. 3rd grade art class sculpture in my tummy...

So now I know why my place of employment does not stock Flatout Flatbreads. I'll stick to the store-brand whole wheat tortillas for all my wrapping needs: organic whole Wheat Flour, water, organic expeller pressed soybean oil, salt, baking powder. All of which I have in my pantry, therefore eliminating the need for an MSDS before I can eat.


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