Who doesn’t love mashed potatoes? The smooth and creamy texture of hot potatoes mixed with salt and some butter. Unfortunately, this sidedish requires some preparation, and many people have resorted to industrial solutions.
Here is an example of a relatively new product from Betty Crocker, “Loaded Mashed” promising:
100% mashed potatoes. Seasoned with naturally flavored bacon, cheese, chives and sour cream.
Sounds nice, until we took a look at the ingredient list;
What you need to know:
Here is the list of “Loaded Mashed”’s 55(!)ingredients:
Potatoes (Dried), Salt, Maltodextrin, Imitation Bacon Bit (Vital Wheat Gluten, Salt Maltodextrin, Rendered Bacon Fat Colored with Caramel Color and Red 40 Lake, Monosodium Glutamate, Sugar, Cooked Bacon [Cured with Water, Salt Sodium Erythorbate, Sodium Nitrite, May Contain Smoke Flavors, Sugar, Dextrose, Brown Sugar, Sodium Phosphate, Potassium Chloride, Flavoring], Natural Flavor, Citric Acid, Sulfiting Agents), Sugar, Onion (Dried), Mono and Diglycerides, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Whey, Natural Flavor, Buttermilk, Cheddar Cheese (Dried) (Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt Enzymes), Enzyme Modified Milk, Chives (Dried), Parmesan Cheese (Dried) (Milk Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Sour Cream (Dried) (Cream, Skim Milk, Cultures), Modified Corn Starch, Silicon Dioxide (Anticaking Agent), Rendered Bacon Fat, Bacon (Cured with Water, Salt Sugar, Sodium Nitrite, Sodium Erythorbate, Sodium Phosphate, Natural Smoke Flavor), Ricotta Cheese (Dried) (Whey, Milkfat, Lactic Acid, Salt), Lactic Acid.
So we’ve got a heavily processed product here, with some ingredients that we’ve highlighted:
Red 40 – a controversial artificial color that requires a warning label in the UK. It can cause hyperactivity in kids. MSG, Sodium Nitrite, and last but not least, trans-fat in the partially hydrogenated oils.
Why would anybody want to do this to themselves and their family?
Bottom line – “real” mashed potatoes are made from potatoes at home. They don’t come in a box.
What to do at the supermarket:
Why not make the real thing? Buy potatoes, sour cream, butter, milk, bacon, and chives. Or buy potatoes, olive oil, yogurt, and chives. Look up an online recipe, and get in the kitchen. A little effort will take your meal to a whole other level.