Et tu, Peanuts?

Cherie bought a jar of dry roasted peanuts for us to have as snack food.  “Simply Nature’s Best” the label says.

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So what would you expect the ingredients to be?  I’d guess “peanuts, salt, cooking oil.” What the heck else should be in “Dry Roasted Peanuts”?

How about sugar, cornstarch, maltodextrin, flavor enhancers (monosodium glutamate, autolyzed yeast extract), corn syrup solids, xanthan gum, paprika and other spices, natural flavors, garlic and onion powder?  Simply Nature’s Best?

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Why on earth put sugar on peanuts?  And why sugar AND corn syrup?  And why corn syrup?  Can’t we even eat peanuts without being fed industrial GMO corn byproducts?  And why both corn syrup and cornstarch?  And MSG?  Really?  I’m allergic to MSG.  I wouldn’t have guessed it might be in a jar of dry roasted peanuts.  “Natural Flavors” is probably the weirdest of all the ingredients.  There’s no telling what the devil that might be.

This is the kind of nonsense we have to put up with in the world of industrial food.  Someone in a laboratory somewhere has determined that mixing up a cocktail like this will cause people to eat more of these than, say, plain salted peanuts.

Caveat Emptor.