Tuesday, February 24, 2009

I'm as Mad as Hell...

and I'm not going to take it anymore. OK, so I'm a bit of a drama queen, but I am pretty pissed right now. Mad at myself and mad at the Athenos company.

I never really cared much for hummus but it's a nutritious and convenient snack to have with baby carrots, so I decided to revisit it. I purchased a tub of Athenos cucumber and dill hummus last week and for whatever reason, I neglected to read the label. I guess I took for granted that hummus is supposed to be nutritious. I got the tub out with some baby carrots to have with my lunch and decided to check out the label. Well, I got the red-ass well and truly when I found that the stuff contains high fructose corn syrup. I'm completely gobsmacked as to why such a food as hummus would need to contain such garbage. All the other ingredients were so simple: chick peas, olive oil, cucumber, dill, salt. I just don't understand.

I'm not about to rally against all companies that use HFCS but for a company such as Athenos, who basically makes cheese, hummus and pita chips, I will make an exception. I wrote them an e-mail with my concerns and I'm not going to buy anything with their name on the label. I ask you to do the same, if possible.

I'm going to have to be more careful with labels from now on and hope that my mistake will be a reminder to you as well. HFCS has no place in a healthy lifestyle. If you need additional information about the dangers of HFCS, check out this article.


  1. WTF? I know I shouldn't be surprised, since HFCS is in pretty much everything, but that's pretty crazy. Have you tried the Mediterranean hummus from TJ's? It comes in a HUGE thing, but it's pretty yummy. More on the runny side of hummus types, but very good, even though it's a bit heavy on the garlic for me.

  2. Which flavor did you have? I just looked at the tub I have in the fridge (Greek Style w/ lemon and oregano) and it has no HFCS.

    My favorite hummus in the world is Pyloon's, but I haven't seen it since I left Boston in 2000. I could eat vats of that stuff a week. It was the only hummus I've found with a perfect creamy texture and enough tahini.

  3. Kaki~
    I had the cucumber dill flavor. Last week I had the black olive flavor, both from Athenos. I don't know if the black olive contained it for sure, because I was a fool and didn't check. Though I did feel sluggish last week and didn't sleep well. I wonder if the HFCS was the cause because it was the only new thing that I had added that week.