Bread: check. Spread: check. Now for the meat.
On my way to the lunch meats department I kept getting distracted. First, by a childhood classic: Spam.
I could not for the life of me find the ingredients list on this package. I must have suffered temporary blindness, because there it is on the side (I’ve circled in red). I went to the website to get the list, which is simple and corn-free: Pork with Ham, Salt, Water, Modified Potato Starch, Sugar, Sodium Nitrite.
Next distraction: peanut butter and jelly. Can’t omit those from a discussion of sandwich guts.
I fully expected to find the peanut butter full of corn syrup, and was pleasantly surprised to learn that it isn’t.
Not bad. I like the ingredients list on this one even better.
It’s the jelly that’s the problem here. Almost all of them contain HFCS (something I was sad to learn last holiday season when I wanted red currant jelly to make plum pudding).
Double-shot: corn syrup AND HFCS!
Gah! Same here!
New “natural” product:
I finally made it to the sandwich meats and started reading labels. (I don’t eat red meat, so most of this stuff I haven’t looked at in decades.) Here’s classic bologna:
Hmm. Well, maybe the beef version is better:
Nope. Let’s look at some other meats.
What it boils down to is that highly-processed lunch meats are likely to contain corn syrup. I meant to check hot dogs and forgot. I’ll bet a nickel that the standard ones contain corn syrup.
Where you get away from syrup is the sliced roasted meats. I was suspicious of this one, because “honey” has been deceptive in the past:
But it’s OK. Lot of sodium, but no corn.
This turkey has no corn syrup, but does contain corn starch. Boo.
Same with this one.
So, all right. You get the idea. Read the labels. If you want to be positive your sandwich meats contain nothing weird, cook them yourself. I prefer home-roasted turkey anyway. Or you might have better luck at the health-food store.
Before we leave the sandwich subject, a note to those of you who are building burgers. I was astounded to find HFCS in these hamburger dill chips.
That’s right, in DILL pickles! Sheesh!
Here’s a brand that’s safe:
Congratulations. You now know everything you need to know to build a corn-free sandwich, and it only took three weeks.