Friday, September 28, 2012

Misleading hard cider labels

Wanted to quick post a note about the cider company Angry Orchard.  I recently found the angry orchard hard cider brand at my local grocery store and decided to give it a try.  A quick look at the ingredients reveals that all the ingredients should be SCD legal except for the "natural flavors".  I drank a few with no negative effects but still wanted to check with the company about its ingredients. 

After many failed attempts to have a response email about their products ingredients I finally heard back from them a few days ago.  It turns out that they sweeten all of their ciders with HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP!  This is crazy because it is not listed anywhere on the ingredients label.  Not to well versed on the labeling laws here in the states but I would imagine that the "natural flavors" are natural flavors of high fructose corn syrup!  Anyhow, watch out for this and let your scd friends know.  It is really scary that we do not have the right to know what is in our food and drinks...

The other cider companies I listed on this blog have confirmed that they do not add sugar to their cider and if a variety does contain a sweetener, it will be listed on the ingredients.  Some of these include:  Fox, JK Scrumpy, and Blue Mountain.

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  1. I wonder if this is in UK ciders too and my favourite drink Crabbies Ginger Beer?

  2. Hi, I was wondering what else you found out about the 'natural flavors' in their cider.
    Though I've been fine with 'traditional' and 'ginger,' it turns out I'm rather allergic to 'dry.' Which is very interesting since the ingredients listed are *exactly the same*. I presume it's something in their 'natural flavors.'

  3. Thanks for this post, I will no longer buy this cider or any other cider with corn syrup. I was just trying to buy some last night and all of the american cider brands had syrup added. such a waste, all about profits, not quality.

  4. As a confirming note, I was told the same thing at Whole Foods, as to why they do not carry Angry Orchard.

  5. I'm SO glad yup published this. I was wondering what "natural flavors" meant. There needs to be a new law preventing comanies from doing mess, especially when people like me have allergies to things like corn fructose. And don't we have enough sugar in our diets already?

  6. Dang!!! :-P I just bought a box of the different flavors (sampler) last night. I need to take them back now. :-(
    Thank you so much for the info!!!