WTF, HFCS?

12 08 2008

We had a poop today, huzzah, huzzah!  So, that always makes me feel better.  Because I can visualize the (actually nonexistent) logjam building up in Masher’s behind whenever it’s been more than 4-5 days.  Its consistency was somewhere between honey and toothpaste, that is to say not very hard, and nonetheless he cried.  So, I called the doctor.  The triage nurse made me feel like an idiot.  “So, this problem has been going on for some time?” she asked, and I imagined her other hand already dialing child services on this negligent mother.  Well, yes, he cries when he poops since I started solids, but I’ve already talked to another triage nurse once and to the doctor herself when we dutifully attended his six-month appointment two weeks ago.  And he only poops like once a week, so it’s not as though he’s in a constant state of distress, woman, give me a break here!  The doctor calls back a few minutes later and says it sounds normal.  I’ll keep doing what I’ve been doing, fruit, water, no cereal, and make an appointment for further investigation (you don’t want to know) if it happens again.  

On another note, Masher was introduced accidently to the world of high-fructose corn syrup by his well-meaning grandmother this weekend.  Turns out Nabisco’s National Arrowroot Biscuits ain’t what they used to be, despite the box’s claim that its contents are the same first cookie that children have been eating for the last 100 years.  Check out the ingredient list:  enriched flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate {vitamin B1}, riboflavin {vitamin B2}, folic acid), sugar (beet or cane), palm oil, arrowroot starch, high fructose corn syrup, salt, cornstarch, leavening (baking soda, ammonium phosphate), glycerin, soy lecithin (emulsifier), sodium metabisulfite, natural flavor.  Thanks, I’ll stick to real food.

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