I admit - I gave in to a moment of weakness.
Yesterday I was cruising through my local multi-offering box store picking up a few things for Thanksgiving. I came upon a display of brown 'n serve dinner rolls that were priced at just a mere $1.00. I hesitated and before I knew it they were in my cart. All I was thinking was it's just a dollar and it will save me time on Thanksgiving. I reasoned with myself that it was okay since everything else on our table was going to be homemade. Can you relate?
It wasn't until I got them home and turned the package over that I noticed that there was a warning label on them. A WARNING label - y'all - on my dinner rolls! Yep - there it was - "Consuming this product can expose you to chemicals including acrylamide, which are known to the state of California to cause cancer ….." Ughhh!
I starting doing a little digging on acrylamide. Turns out that we have likely been consuming this all along without realizing it. According to the FDA website (fda.gov), acrylamide forms from sugars and an amino acid during certain types of high-temperature cooking, such as frying, roasting, and baking. The sugars and amino acid are naturally present in food - such as potato products (think French fries), grain products, or coffee. It goes on to say that since it is formed through cooking, it doesn't matter if the food is organic or not.
So what's a gal to do. Well, the dinner rolls won't be making an appearance on the dinner table. Not necessarily because of the warning label, but because of the three inch list of ingredients next to it with a whole bunch of words that I can't pronounce. And for the future, just like you, I'll continue to do the best that I can. It may not be perfect but each good decision is one less bad one.
My wish for you this Thanksgiving is that you are surrounded by good food, good thoughts, and good people. Happy Thanksgiving!