I was duped, and I’m not proud since it’s my own fault.

This just proves how important it is to read the ingredients EVERY time you purchase an item no matter how many times you bought it in the past.

When peaches are not in season, I’ll buy pre-packaged peach cups. I always buy the no sugar, all natural variety because I try very hard to stay away from processed chemical-laced foods (which, sadly, is becoming increasingly more difficult to do).

In any case, I picked up the usual brand of no sugar added peaches and went ahead and finished my shopping; I never read the ingredients; I know this brand; I know these peaches; I know what I’m eating.

When You’re Wrong, You’re Wrong

Fast forward to this morning. I wanted cereal with peaches. So, I opened my ‘fridge and grabbed my peaches. Carefully, I pulled back the plastic top to reveal my prize. Oh, how I love peaches in my cereal.

With the excitement of a kid in a candy store, I emptied the contents of my fruit cup into my perfectly made bowl of cereal.

Then, I took my first bite…

“Uh, what the Hell?”

I took another bite thinking maybe I was just imagining things. I could swear there was an artificial sweetener mixed in with my “no sugar added” peaches. That’s impossible, I thought.

I returned to the refrigerator and fumbled for the packaging to read the ingredients.

OK. On the front of the package it claims there are no artificial sweeteners added, so what’s the deal?

I flip it over and read the ingredients (something I should have done at the store). Sure enough, I see the evidence that I’ve been duped:

“Sweetened with Monk Fruit Concentrate”.

In case you didn’t know, Monk Fruit Concentrate is 15-20 times sweeter than sugar. I have no idea why they would put this in with our no sugar added foods.

They claim there are no artificial chemicals in Monk Fruit Concentrate. I claim they are full of shit. I can taste it. Yes, I know that familiar, bitter-sweet, chemical sting.

I have a long, scary history with Artificial Sweeteners. On more than one occasion I landed in the ER thanks to serious complications related to artificial sweeteners. In short, they made me very ill, and for a long time, no one knew what was going on with me.

Think what you want about how “safe” these alternatives are; however, thanks to my own personal experience, I’ll pass.

A Story With A Point

Oh, and back to the moral of the story: know what you’re putting into your body; read the ingredients each and every time — not just the first time, which was my usual process until now.

P.S. I think I’ll investigate canning options and start to make my own! If you’re already doing this, please send me an email and let me know how it’s working out for you. Thanks.