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  • #16
    I have TJ's, Fresh Market, and Publix. TJ's is the only one that carries grass fed beef steaks. I think Publix has bison. I think all the bacon I saw at TJ's was cured with sugar.

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    • #17
      I get so frustrated about sugar in everything too. I got a jar of roasted red peppers from Trader Joe's only to find it had sugar as an ingredient. I did find dried blueberries at my local health food store with no added sugar, but they are expensive. I usually do the primal energy bars with fruit juice-sweetened cranberries. Cheaper than blueberries, and easier to find.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by solstice View Post
        I am not impressed at all with Trader Joe's ... am I the only one? I hadnt been to one in probably a decade but went to a new one today. They are great with their prepackaged snacky foods...and those seem to take center stage...even the GF selections were sorely lacking.
        All we go for is deals on wine.

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        • #19
          My biggest bzitch with TJ's was that too often, I'd find something that was a good deal and healthy, only to have it discontinued. I think the straw for me was when they discontinued frozen squid rings (just frozen squid cut into rings), but still had the packaged breaded ones. Bleh.

          I agree that it's a good place for wine.

          Yes, sugar is in everyfreakinthing. Sugar + fat + salt = supertasting addictive food-type product.
          "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

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          • #20
            Originally posted by pguidry View Post
            I've been eating some smoked salmon (wild) and checked the Nova salmon... sugar
            Yes. You have to put sugar when curing. In order to cure things properly, you need a salt/sugar balance. It is absolutely integral unless you want to get sick from improperly cured fish.

            How do salt and sugar prevent microbial spoilage?: Scientific American

            Besides, the amount of sugar is so low, it's completely inconsequential.

            Originally posted by pguidry View Post
            Then I looked at 3 different brands of dried blueberries to make the Primal Energy Bars - all had sugar or sucrose added.
            Purchase a small food dehydrator. They're pretty cheap.

            Ultimately, you're complaining about the use of small amounts of sugar in processed foods. Trader Joe's isn't out to make paleo/primal food. They are a grocery alternative for the average consumer that still wants premade food but with better ingredients. They don't use HFCS, they are non-GMO and don't have any added colors or chemicals in any of their foods. It is in their business model to supply processed food, but at least it is all recognizable. Use Trader Joe's for where it shines - their astounding and reasonably priced nut aisle, their dirt cheap Kerrygold butter, their very inexpensive bagged greens, their reasonably priced oraganic fruits, their inexpensive wild caught frozen fish and their dirt cheap and phenomenal cheese selection. I also love their heavy cream because, damn it, it's pure heavy cream with no additives and is pasteurized, not ultra-pasteurized so you can churn your own butter - for $2.49!
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            • #21
              We buy blueberries at Costco (Item #461566). They are certified Organic, and although the label says "Ingredients: Organic Blueberries." the nutrition facts say 13g sugars per 140g serving of blueberries.

              Does that mean the sugar is in there naturally?
              Began Primal Living: 25 Sep 2012
              Starting Weight: 82kg (180 lbs) - Lost 30 lbs since going Primal!

              "I do not eat enough carbs to justify eating low-fat."
              "Have some bread with your bread, pasta, bread, and HFCS." - Unicorn
              "I also walk my dog twice a day now instead of paying someone else to do it." - IronGirl
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              • #22
                Originally posted by PBNewby View Post
                We buy blueberries at Costco (Item #461566). They are certified Organic, and although the label says "Ingredients: Organic Blueberries." the nutrition facts say 13g sugars per 140g serving of blueberries.

                Does that mean the sugar is in there naturally?
                It's the natural fructose in the fruit, yes. But dried fruit is loaded with more ugar than the whole fruit because it is dehydrated and the sugar is concentrated in a higher quantity in less mass.

                100 grams of plump, ripe, blueberries is less caloric dense than 100 grams of dried blueberries because it takes more dried blueberries than regular ones to make up 100 grams of space.
                "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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                • #23
                  Ok. And the sugar being talked about by others in this thread, that's added sugar they are talking about. Is that right?
                  Began Primal Living: 25 Sep 2012
                  Starting Weight: 82kg (180 lbs) - Lost 30 lbs since going Primal!

                  "I do not eat enough carbs to justify eating low-fat."
                  "Have some bread with your bread, pasta, bread, and HFCS." - Unicorn
                  "I also walk my dog twice a day now instead of paying someone else to do it." - IronGirl
                  "Tell me you're not weak minded enough to be outsmarted by a donut?" - not on the rug


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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by PBNewby View Post
                    Ok. And the sugar being talked about by others in this thread, that's added sugar they are talking about. Is that right?
                    Right. It's about sugar in the list of ingredients of the processed food. Fresh from the garden or the animal seems to be the only thng safe from having sugar added to it.
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                    • #25
                      We were out of sea salt so I dug out this box of Iodized conventional Table Salt sitting in the back of our cupboard (been there unused for a year). It actually had six different ingredients, the 2nd one being sugar. The others were strange chemicals.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
                        Check your spices too. I found sugar lurking in my garlic salt.
                        I almost bought "Pure Ground Pepper" that wasn't pepper at all. Sugar was on the ingredient list before pepper.

                        Originally posted by solstice View Post
                        I am not impressed at all with Trader Joe's ... am I the only one?
                        No, you're not the only one. I get their canned and frozen salmon, canned chicken, fresh lamb, 2-buck Chuck, raw almonds and almond butter. Nothing else.

                        My boyfriend loves Trader Joe's. We were camping this weekend and he dug out a pack of Wild Salmon Jerky. It didn't taste like salmon at all. It tasted like maple syrup. Four of the ingredients were sugar or maple syrup. I understand a little sugar is used for curing, but this was ridiculous. You can make jerky with no sugar whatsoever or with much less and come out with something that tastes much better. I hate the way Americans need their food to taste like candy baby food.
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                        • #27
                          Even many packet versions of stevia have "dextrose" or "maltodextrin" as bulking agents because stevia needs it to "dissolve well" in liquids.

                          Stick to packet versions bulked with inulin fiber or go for the extract.
                          Last edited by Drumroll; 02-04-2013, 05:07 PM.
                          "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by pguidry View Post
                            Last night I went by Fresh Market and Trader Joe's looking for ingredients for this weekend.

                            I've been eating some smoked salmon (wild) and checked the Nova salmon... sugar

                            Then I looked at 3 different brands of dried blueberries to make the Primal Energy Bars - all had sugar or sucrose added.

                            While at Trader's, they had buffalo chicken meatball samples... sugar in that too. OK, not so surprised about that one but the dried blueberries??? Give me a break. It probably won't kill me but I've only been at it ~3 weeks and don't want to cut corners yet. I really want to make those bars!

                            Adding another to my list: Chipolte Tabasco - this is what i like to make Guacamole Devils. At least I can use a hot sauce w/ no sugar and add chipolte chili powder.

                            Just a quick tip: I have purchased the dried blueberries that are coated in extra sugar - I rinse them off really well in a colander under running water. Just dry them off on a towel and because they are fairly hard to begin with they can tolerate a good rinse.
                            Female, age 51, 5' 9"
                            SW - 183 (Jan 22, 2012), CW - 159, GW - healthy.

                            Met my 2012 goals by losing 24 pounds.
                            2013 goals are to get fit and strong!

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