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.
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.
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