Before moving to America, my wife told me how many chemicals and additives there were in American food. It seems the USA doesn’t have the strict regulations that Europe has regarding the shit that companies can inject into what we eat and drink.
I had no idea to what extent she was not kidding!
I first noticed how much sugar there is in stuff over here. It’s in everything, but to the Nth degree! Bread has been the biggest surprise; if you open a bag of bread and smell the loaf [insert toilet gag1 here], it smells like cake. And cakes here are so sweet they’ve surpassed the maximum sweetness possible by the laws of nature and have shifted into another dimension entirely.
But it doesn’t stop with sugar (ever!). The adverts (commercials) here use the addition of unnecessary chemicals and additives to promote and sell their foods.
Ice-cream is advertised with “No Growth Hormones!“, burgers promoted as having “No hormones, antibiotics or steroids!” and even dairy products brag about their milk having “50% less sugar“, or cheese being “100% cheese, not 51%“.
51%? Bit random.
Now, I know this is a scare tactic to make you question their competitors’ products, but was I delusional to assume these products wouldn’t contain this shit as standard?
“Hey! Try our new coffee, made with 100% coffee and absolutely no wood screws or powdered glass!”.
It’s on a level my wife could never have prepared me for. Even salt here is packed full of additional ingredients and chemicals, the names of which baffle and terrify me in equal measures. I mean, it’s salt! Surely the ingredient of salt should be salt? I understand the need for an anti-caking agent, but outside that….it should be just salt, right? Or am I overthinking this?
This unnecessary use of additional ingredients reminded me of something my wife showed me back in England; it was the list of ingredients for McDonald’s french fries in the UK and the USA. Check this out…
Potatoes, oil and salt. What more do you need?
And it doesn’t stop there. Check out this seasonal favourite!
Nothing in red can be good!
So let’s take a moment to digest (or not) that the US version of this beverage has ‘Caramel Color’ in it…twice. This is an ingredient that has been considered carcinogenic by the Agency for Research on Cancer!
Now, I’m aware these images have been pulled from the internet and could be utter bullshit….but they’re not.
Or are they? 2
So here are a couple of photos I took of products I’ve seen at work that defy the laws of sense and responsibility.
Recognise these, America?
I drink a lot of coffee….and it says ‘mate’…what’s not to love?
They’re sat next to the coffee machine looking sweet and innocent (and boy are they sweet!).
They look like cream and they taste a bit like cream….but they’re NOT cream. They are so far from cream, they might as well be a car.
The fact they’re not stored in the fridge should have alarm bells ringing in your head. In fact, the word ‘cream’ doesn’t appear in the terrifying list of ingredients at all!
Do you notice the first (and therefore largest) ingredient is sugar? It appears BEFORE water!
This shit doesn’t even have milk in it, although there is a milk derivative.
A derivative? What’s a derivative?
Well, Google defines it as:
Adjective – (typically of an artist or work of art) imitative of the work of another person, and usually disapproved of for that reason.
Noun – something that is based on another source.
So yeah, it means ‘something that resembles milk, but isn’t‘. I suppose that’s why it ends with ‘Not a source of lactose‘. That’s great for those who are lactose intolerant I suppose. But in all honesty, lactose is probably less harmful to those people than the cocktail of sugar, water and oils in this easy-pump jizz.
Yes, it looks like jizz. You’ve all thought it.
And it doesn’t stop there. I saw these packets on a shelf yesterday!
Wait…Corn Syrup, Fructose and High Fructose Corn Syrup? What the actual fuck?
It seems Popeye’s took honey and added crap to make it sweeter (what??) and more ‘honey-coloured’! I can’t get over the lunacy here! Why not just leave it as honey? After all, isn’t honey sweet enough? I didn’t taste it because I didn’t want to be sucked into another dimension.
Also, did you notice the appearance of ‘Caramel Color’ again? Those aren’t pictures of hexagonal honeycomb cells on the packet; they’re human cells dripping with cancer.
1 Pun/Play on words intended
2 They’re not