|Emaline snacking on a clementine.|
It has become very common for companies to add synthetic abscorbic acid (vitamin c) to their products to increase shelf life. Emaline, like many babies, does not respond well to this fake additive.
From the first time she had baby food with added vitamin c (abscorbic acid), red blotches appeared all over her face. The more she consumed, the worse the blotches got. After a few tries, the culprit became obvious.
She does not have a problem eating anything with naturally
occurring vitamin c, it is only when it is an added ingredient. Which also
makes me question how our bodies process this additive, as it is clearly not the
same as the natural vitamin.
|Abscorbic acid reaction. Red blotches, swollen eye, sad baby.|
Earlier this week, I went grocery shopping at Target and only found milk with added vitamin c (both Hood and Market Pantry). So I stopped at Rite Aid on the way home and found they only carried Hood. My third attempt was Market Basket with a crying baby in arms. I finally found milk that did not have any bonus ingredients, it was just milk. I came home, put Emaline down for a nap, and composed an email to Hood. I calmly and politely shared my concerns and asked for some assistance.
The response came back in about a day:
Thank you for writing. We appreciate your feedback and your suggestion will be shared with our Quality Department.
Not satisfied with this template response, I wrote:
Thank you. Should I expect to hear something else as this is passed along? I would hope that if my concerns are truly heard there will be more than a generic email.
Thank you again.
Again the response came quickly and was not generic:
Kerin, below is our response after sharing your concern with the appropriate department.
Vitamin C is an important nutrient that boosts the immune system and naturally occurs in low levels in milk (4 percent). Hood has added to the vitamin C that naturally occurs in milk. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that many adult Americans do not get enough vitamin C and that it should be consumed daily because we are unable to store it in our bodies.
We do not have plans to remove this essential nutrient and thank you for your feedback.
|Abscorbic acid reaction. Red blotches. Swollen eye caused the tear.|
So I guess that’s it. I appreciate that I did get a response but I will no longer purchase Hood products. I cannot believe that the additive is there for the betterment of our health. Abscorbic acid lengthens shelf life and therefore saves the company money.
At Target the other day, I was picking out veggie pouches for Emaline. Target’s brand Up and Up offered pouches for .89 and for 1.39. They were the same flavors. The only difference is that the less expensive option contained added abscorbic acid and the more expensive offering contained only vegetables and water. I stocked up. I am happy to pay a little more when the product offers healthy food and piece of mind.
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