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6 Foods Mother Nature Could Never Have Dreamed Up

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5. Soda

Soda and carbonated soft drinks (containing water, some type of sweetener, some type of flavoring, some kind of acid, among other things) might as well be water for many people who reach for a bottle of the fizzy stuff to quench their thirst. Aware of the connections of soda to obesity, diabetes and other ailments, Americans are now drinking more bottled water. While average soda consumption peaked in 1998 when Americans drank 54 gallons a year, they now “only” consume 44 gallons.

6. Spam

Some would call this the original made-in-the-lab meat. Like surimi, Spam is made from chopped up meat (pork, in this case) to which are added water, modified potato starch and sodium nitrite. It is packed with fat and sodium (a single slice can give you more than 57 percent of your recommended daily intake). It’s an example of a highly processed food that U.S. food manufacturers have exported around the globe: residents of Hawai’i consume the most Spam per capita in the U.S. and it is widely eaten in Asia.

That’s enough made-in-the-factory food for me. Anyone else ready for a dish made from raw foods or some of summer’s fresh vegetables?

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7:39PM PDT on May 21, 2014

No wonder we're all getting fat....

2:59PM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

All really gross as well as unhealthy.

10:14AM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

antibiotics and fetal bovine serum are added to muscle cells from a living cow

in what way is this not meat? please pass the greek salad

12:38AM PDT on Aug 14, 2013

Thanks very much for this.

5:08PM PDT on Aug 13, 2013

All these odd- processed- fake -food- mush make veggies even more appealing.

4:47PM PDT on Aug 13, 2013

Thanks.

3:17PM PDT on Aug 13, 2013

Beware of vegan margarines- they usually contain palm oil, which is killing orangutans via the destruction of rain forests for oil palm plantations!

10:45AM PDT on Aug 13, 2013

I kept waiting to read the word Turducken but these were just as gross

10:37AM PDT on Aug 13, 2013

What a waste of money,time & effort.Looks yuk, sure it tastes bad. Not practical so why the hype.Crazy.

9:28AM PDT on Aug 13, 2013

What a mess we have made of some food stuff!

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