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You Are What You Eat

The always wonderful GOOD magazine has just put out this photo-essay compiling the the innards of fridges, allowing the audience to draw their own conclusions on the correlation between the content of the individual’s fridge and the content of their character. I base my judgements on the quality of the individual’s beer (just the same as real life).

Study Confirms My Own Opinions on the Unsavory Nature of Pate

Basically, that is tastes like dog food (though, to be fair, it’s Newman’s Own dog food, which is almost certainly a step above normal dog food). From the LA Times:

“Researchers provided 18 volunteers five food samples to try in a blind taste test. Only three were able to identify the canine fodder.

“We have this idea in our head that dog food won’t taste good and that we would be able to identify it, but it turns out that is not the case,” said Robin Goldstein, a co-author of the study that is expected to be published online today.

Goldstein said the tasting demonstrated that “context plays a huge role in taste and value judgment,” even though researchers warned the participants that one of the five foods they were going to taste was dog food.

The five samples came from a wide price range and were processed to have a similar consistency. The foods were duck liver mousse, pork liver pâté, two imitation pâtés — pureed liverwurst and Spam — and Newman’s Own dog food.

Eight participants believed the liverwurst was the dog food, and four thought the Spam was the culprit.”

Ingredients of a Hostess Fruit Pie

Enriched Wheat Flour (Flour, Ferrous Sulfate (Iron), B Vitamins (Niacin, Thiamine Mononitrate (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Folic Acid)], Diced Apple (Sulfite Treated), Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable and/or Animal Shortening (Contains One or More of: Soybean, Cottonseed or Canola Oil), Beef Fat), High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup, Sugar, Water, Brown Sugar, Modified Corn Starch, Contains 2% or Less of: Soy Flour, Salt, Sweet Dairy Whey, Soy Protein Isolate, Calcium and Sodium Caseinate, Calcium Carbonate, Calcium Sulfate, Agar, Locust Bean Gum, Dextrose, Sodium Phosphate, Corn Flour, Corn Dextrin, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Citric Acid, Cornstarch, Lemon Juice Solids, Lemon Oil, Potassium Citrate, Sorbitol, Tricalcium Phosphate, Artificial Flavor, Sodium Propionate and Sorbic Acid (to Retain Freshness), FD&C Yellow 5, Red 40.

Ingredients of a Chicken McNugget

Chicken McNuggets®:
White boneless chicken, water, food starch-modified, salt, chicken flavor (autolyzed yeast extract, salt, wheat starch, natural flavoring (botanical source), safflower oil, dextrose, citric acid, rosemary), sodium phosphates, seasoning (canola oil, mono- and diglycerides, extractives of rosemary). Battered and breaded with: water, enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), yellow corn flour, food starch-modified, salt, leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, calcium lactate), spices, wheat starch, whey, corn starch. Prepared in vegetable oil ((may contain one of the following: Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness), dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent).