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Food on Steroids

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Every Tuesday, I have lunch with my Department Chair at our local and we share an oatmeal raising cookie.

He is going to teach in New Zealand for the summer term (winter term there), so I spent some time going around time checking out possible cookie sources. I can't keep them in the house because I am an addict – one is too many and a thousand aren't enough.

So, I eat my sweets in public, where the portions are controlled and I'd be too embarrassed to ask for me.

I tried every bakery and shop that sells sweets looking for a reasonably sized cookie and had no luck.

Every place I looked, the sweets were on mega-doses of steroids. Literally. One place has, as their normal size, a cookie that has an 8-inch diameter.


Can you imagine the sugar, fats, and starch in something that size? There goes my calories for the day.

What to do?

I stopped by the local and spoke to the owner (one of the neat things about living in a small town). We've agreed that he'll give me half the cookie when I come in and freeze the other half until the following week.

Not an ideal situation, but I really don't want to get too accustomed to eating the entire cookie.

My question is this: If we know this type of food is bad for us, who's buying it? When did it become okay to serve people their daily ration of calories as an after-meal treat?
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    Food is so cheap in this society (especially sugar and starch) that we might as well throw away the half we don't eat.
    2547 days ago
    It's HORRIBLE!!! I have wondered the same thing myself - but about all foods and not just bakery! Why is it acceptable to serve 2X a normal portion, or MORE?? I know of a local restaurant that used to serve HUGE portions, and downsized their plates (but were STILL serving portions that were too big....just a little less than before) and people were COMPLAINING! What??? It's crazy. That's why we make our food - then we have control over what goes in it, and how much of it we eat at one time! *sigh*
    2551 days ago
    Yep...amazing stuff...cookies are radioactive for me too...MAJOR trigger food!

    My mind boggles and jaw figuratively drops over all the liquid calories going down everywhere we look as well! I just keep re-filling my reverse osmosis water jugs @ 39 cents a gallon that isn't shipped from who-knows-where.

    : mega-bazillion-bucks keep insuring a good return on their customers (food company's) dollar! It must work because look at how embedded, entwined all this stuff has gotten within our society! And businesses wouldn't spend the kind of money they spend on advertising if it DIDN'T work!

    2554 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/21/2011 10:22:42 AM
    That is so clever, to have them freeze your cookie. LOL.
    2554 days ago
    I think it's been a slow progression over the last 30 years in America that the portions at restaurants and bakeries and most any "professional food" that isn't "haute cuisine", as it were, are mad out of control.
    2554 days ago
  • FIREWIFE9900
    I know!!! I have to bake muffins at work and they are at least 4 times the size of a real serving!!! Now adays I tend to get grossed out at those supersized things. If I absolutly "need" mcdonalds or something fastfood, and they don't have a healthier option that I am wanting, I go with the kids meal! Thats at least closer to an actual serving size!
    2555 days ago
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