HOW WE GRADE FOOD INGREDIENTS

Our rule of thumb is: if it’s in a regular cookbook, it’s a real ingredient.

There are exceptions, of course.

Crisco is an ingredient found in many cookbooks, that we don’t consider to be “real”. There are many other exceptions, but generally speaking, that’s how we think of it. Foods with natural/artificial flavors will never get a grade from us, nor will foods with food dyes, high fructose corn syrup, or man-made food preservatives or stabilizers.

CHEMICAL COMPONENTS

Crisco is an ingredient in many cookbooks, that we don’t consider to be “real”. There are many other exceptions, but generally speaking, that’s how we think of it. Foods with natural/artificial flavors will never get a grade from us, nor will foods with food dyes, high fructose corn syrup, or man-made food preservatives or stabilizers.

NATURAL CHEMICALS

Fruit naturally contains fructose and sucrose. Tomatoes and cheeses contain MSG. Do the presence of these chemicals make the food not real? Of course not! Our main philosophy at REALGREDIENTS is that the contatiners that mother nature wrapped the chemicals in, are the best way to eat those chemicals. The distillation, refining, manufacuturing, and adding of chemicals to otherwise healthy food is what makes our food not real.

MOTHER NATURE

In a nutshell, we believe mother nature got it right. The fiber in fruit helps to regulate the sugar it contains, for instance. A glass of fruit juice is basically just naturally occuring sugar water, and even without the fiber, freshly squeezed juice is 100% natural and real. We use common sense and logic to differentiate the two.

FOOD MAKE-UP

A food product with ingredients of dextrose, sucrose, water, natural/artifical flavorings can APPROXIMATE any kind of juice. And although a chemical analysis of mother nature’s juice may be almost identical, it’s not the same thing. A food product with those ingredients won’t get a grade, but an all natural, 100% fruit juice will. Even though chemically, it may be the same.

Sugar is a sweetener. You can learn more about how we categorize sugar and other products, by clicking the relevant category below.