#atozchallenge: Ingredient

Back in the days before smartphones and tablets, I would take a magazine or book into the bathroom when I was going to be sitting in there for a while. Occasionally my business was urgent and I didn’t have time to grab some reading material before going in there. So, how would I entertain myself?

I’d read the back panel of one of the various cans, bottles, or boxes that we’d keep in there. Whatever I could get my hands on, I’d grab it and read the back label. Say I grabbed a can of Suave Fresh Aerosol Antiperspirant and Deodorant

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Of course, I’d have to get closer to read it..

So, we find out that the active ingredient in this is aluminum chlorhydrate, which makes up 8.8% of the total, and that the inactive ingredients are butane, hydrofluorocarbon 152a, cyclopentasiloxane, isopropyl palmitate, talc, disteardimonium hectorite, propylene carbonate, and fragrance. What is all that stuff? Hell if I know, but I read it off the back of the can. If I really wanted to know, I could look them up online. I’ll save that for when I get out of the bathroom, which will be really soon because by this time I was finished…

We’d do the same with cereal boxes, try to read the ingredients there. It would tell us that the contents of that box of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies were

  • Rice
  • sugar

contains 2% or less of:

  • salt
  • malt flavor

Vitamins and Minerals:

  • Iron (ferric phosphate)
  • niacinamide (vitamin B3)
  • vitamin B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride)
  • vitamin B2 (riboflavin)
  • vitamin B1 (thiamin hydrochloride)
  • folic acid
  • vitamin D3
  • vitamin B12

And having learned all of that, we’d grab our books and go to school.

Did you do this (read the ingredient lists of products)? Do you still do it?

28 thoughts on “#atozchallenge: Ingredient

  1. I frequently read packaging for details about the product. I also like to know where the product was made or what company distributed it or anything related to that.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


  2. Yes, I do this to this day and wonder what some of that crap is:) I have to buy things that have no sugar….everything has sugar!I found out even table salt has sugar!


  3. Have to admit there is always reading material in the bathrooom… often all those sale magazines end up there. As to reading cereal boxes, I never remember eating cereal as a child, but hubby often talks about how he always read the cereal boxes at breakfast.

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  4. So right! I usually had a book hidden in the bathroom. As a bookworm, my cousins would sometimes bully me and I would hide there and read unmolested… until my uncles needed to use it. But yes, when there was no book available, shampoo labels were our best friends.
    You know, before I didn´t care about ingredients, until I got fibro, also my German friends taught us how normal it was for them to read everything on the label while shopping, and we learned to do it, too. Once I took half an hour checking the ingredients of the “natural yogurt” brands, when I finally picked one, the guy from the yogurt samples asked me which one was the winner and why, so I didn’t go as unnoticed as I thought. 😀

    G is for Gargoyle

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  5. I like to read the ingredients of medicines – especially the ones that have real, say herbal ingredients as opposed to a bunch of chemicals…

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  6. I used to always do this! Especially with the backs of cereal boxes as a kid. We didn’t each have a smartphone so I would eat my cereal and read the box for the 20th time. Those were the days!

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  7. I remember when I learned the ingredients were listed in order of highest percentage of the total. Sugar or corn syrup was always way up near the top!

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    1. Sometimes sugar or corn syrup is the first ingredient, in fact. Salt is usually pretty well up there, too. Pop is like that, too: carbonated water, high-fructose corn syrup, caramel color… the actual flavor is toward the bottom.

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  8. i used to read them more often, but now my eyes are too bad and I would need to get my glasses. Thank you for the kind words you left on my blog for the loss of Sammy. XO

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  9. I do read lots of labels, and they are pretty interesting. Mostly I read food ones. Because of diabetes I check for the sugar content, the proteins, and carbs. 🙂

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  10. The print is usually too small so I look it up using my laptop. Some of the ingredients are concerning so it’s a good idea to know what you are eating.

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  11. I always do this too! It’s funny to see the subtle differences between shampoo and liquid soap and bath gel… Though they’re all mostly water and sodium lauryl (or laureth) sulfate!

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