WHAT’S IN COUNTRY CROCK LIGHT SPREAD?
Upfield’s Country Crock was the #1 branded margarine/spread brand in the U.S. in 2017. (Source: Statista 2018)
PURIFIED WATER IS THE #1 INGREDIENT IN COUNTRY CROCK LIGHT. Ingredients are always listed in descending order of amount >> there is the most amount of the ingredient listed first and the least amount of the ingredient listed last, so purified water is the main ingredient in Country Crock Light. (Source for ingredients: Country Crock Web site 1/10/19)
THE #2 INGREDIENT IN UPFIELD’S COUNTRY CROCK LIGHT IS SOYBEAN OIL. According to the FDA, 94% of all soybeans in the U.S. are genetically modified. (Source: FDA 2019)
According to the Country Crock Web site, Country Crock Light is 28% Vegetable Oil.
Q: If Country Crock Light is only 28% Vegetable Oil, what else is in it?
A: The other 72% is the water, salt + additives.
Upfield’s Country Crock Light contains three oils: Soybean Oil, Palm Kernel Oil and Palm Oil >> these are not vegetable oils.
Q: How can Upfield say this product is 28% Vegetable Oil when it does not contain any vegetable oils?
Q: Are soybeans and the fruits of palm trees vegetables?
A: No. Soybeans are legumes. Palm Kernel Oil and Palm Oil are from (fruits of) Palm trees.
So, if this Country Crock Light contains no vegetable oils, how is this called a “vegetable oil spread”?
THERE IS CONFLICTING INFORMATION ON UPFIELD’S COUNTRY CROCK WEB SITE. The Country Crock Web site states that the brand does not use “artificial additives (such as EDTA or Potassium Sorbate) in the making of our delicious Country Crock Original, Light or Churn Style Spreads”, yet the Country Crock Web site shows that numerous Country Crock offerings (including an Original offering) contain chemical Artificial Preservatives including EDTA and Potassium Sorbate. (Source: Country Crock Web site 1/10/19)
Numerous offerings from Upfield’s Country Crock brand contain the noted chemical Artificial Preservatives >> Calcium Disodium Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid and Potassium Sorbate, both of which are banned by Whole Foods Market who cites them as “unacceptable in food.” (Source: Whole Foods Web site 1/19)
There is an exclusive Country Crock Cinnamon product at Walmart which contains multiple ingredients which are banned at Whole Foods Market like the ubiquitous + cheapest sweetener High Fructose Corn Syrup, Artificial Flavor and, again, the noted chemical Artificial Preservatives. (Sources: Whole Foods Web site 1/19, Walmart Web site 1/15/19)
HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP: According to the FDA, 94% of all corn in the U.S. is genetically modified. (Source: FDA 2019) Significant increases in U.S. consumption of corn syrup has been linked to multiple diseases including childhood diabetes and childhood fatty liver. (Source: Dr. Mark Hyman)
CLOSEST TO HOMEMADE™ >> By definition, there are no margarines or oil spreads which are Closest To Homemade™ as they are all a product of high food tech and all contain numerous ingredients Not In Kitchen™.
BUTTER IS BEST: Butters which are Closest To Homemade™ are from cows which eat grass and not man-made feed. These are referred to as Grass-Fed or Pasture-Raised Cows which yield The Best butter ever. Yum! The next best option is organic butter which guarantees non-GMO feed is used, as in the Sonoma Organic butter shown below.
The Closest To Homemade™ butter brands include Kerrygold grass-fed butter, Organic Valley pasture-raised organic butter, Clover Sonoma Organic unsalted butter and Vital Farms pasture-raised butter, unsalted or sea salted.