Monday, September 25, 2006

Inconvenient truth (?)

(Painfully reproduced) below are the ingredients of a pack of Lay's potato chips that I have been munching on this evening:

Dehydrated potatoes, corn oil, food starch (unmodified and preglatinized), sugar, dextrose, salt, maltodextrin, mono- and diglycerides, partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oil, monosodium glutamate, corn syrup solids, onion powder, tomato powder, modified food starch, hydrolyzed corn protein, soy lecithin, sodium caseinate, artificial color (Yellow 6 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake, Blue 2 Lake, Yellow 6, Red 40, Blue 1),spice, malic acid, sodium diacetate, natural flavor, citric acid, sodium citrate, disodium inosinate, and disodium guanylate.

I wonder, how little it takes to make normal, rational human beings believe that stuff like monosodium glutamate or Yellow 5 Lake or sodium diacetate is good for them. Well, maybe it is. Excuse m..(crunch).

Update: Read this news item about xylitol, a sugar-substitute used in chewing gums, candies and toothpaste, causing dog deaths. It is supposed to be harmless to humans, but I find it hard to believe.

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