A Day on the Standard American Diet

Dust off your chemistry notes and dig out a glossary, this is the ‘ingredient’ list for a day’s Standard American Diet menu…

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“From scratch” are the most beautiful words that shouldn’t be needed.

If you are eating the SAD, this, or something like it, this your menu unveiled.

Breakfast:

Mcdonald’s Mocha Frappe Coffee drink, Dannon Light and Fit Blueberry yogurt, Private Selection honey wheat toast

Translation:

Coffee drink: Cream, Nonfat Milk, Corn Syrup, Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, or Less: Mono-And Diglycerides, Carrageenan, Polysorbate 80, Beta Carotene (Color), Natural and Artificial Flavor, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E) to Protect Flavor. Whipping Propellant (Nitrous Oxide).   Corn Syrup, Dextrose, Water, Sugar, Glycerin, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Modified Food Starch, Nonfat Milk, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Salt, Gellan Gum, Disodium Phosphate, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Soy Lecithin, Artificial Flavor (Vanillin).Ingredients: Water, Cream, Sugar, Milk, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Coffee Extract, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Mono and Diglycerides, Guar Gum, Potassium Citrate, Disodium Phosphate, Carrageenan, Carob Bean Gum, Red 40, Yellow…

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5 thoughts on “A Day on the Standard American Diet

  1. Friday… went out to lunch… decided to be more “animal friendly” and ordered a “veggie” burger… thought it would be healthier as well… (especially after seeing some of your veggie burger recipes…)… I was shocked to see them cook it in the deep frier… and not only was in in the basket with french fries… they were deep frying chicken right next to it…

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    1. Oh Adam, isn’t that enough to put you off trying to be healthier and ‘animal friendly?’ I hope it doesn’t, but you do have to be aware. I read a similar account from someone who used to work in a chain of restaurants here that so-called vegetarian food was cooked alongside meat and in the same fat! These people don’t understand vegatarianism/healy eating and are just offering a token alternative on their menu. In my opinion it’s best to go to a restaurant/café that specialises in vegetarian/vegan or just wholefood meals. I hope you give it another go.

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    1. I doubt anyone reading it would rely on those sorts of foods for their main nutrition, that’s the problem, these insights are so often preaching to the already converted. It’s in the schools and parenting classes and maybe tv where this message needs to be disseminated.

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