Why do companies do this???
I've been a long time huge fan of Friendship Cottage Cheese (especially the 2%, Large Curd variety) because it seemed to be the one brand on the market that didn't add vegetable gums and starches putting the curds into a gloppy mess like most other brands...it was just pure, plain, real cottage cheese.
I recently purchased some of my favorite and something definitely wasn't right...the texture was all wrong. A look at the ingredient list revealed a major and shocking change, and now included added vegetable gum.
Now, I know of course that these gums are made from natural sources and don't mind or even notice them in some other products (please don't throw things, but I am in the minority of Chowhounds that thinks that guar gum actually improves some ice creams) so this is emphatically not about any chemical or health issues, or the sort of thing that the ridiculously inept and scaremongering FoodBabe likes to call out.
It's just that this formerly great, simple product just tastes all wrong now.
I called the 1-800 number on the container (Saputo Foods answered) and they confirmed to me that the 'formula' has indeed changed. When I inquired as to _why_ they did such a thing, the very polite lady told me that their R&D department added these ingredients to "improve the taste and texture".
Of course, they really did the opposite (perhaps in an effort to reduce production costs?)
Another good, favorite product bites the dust. :-(
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