Archive for the ‘Really?!?’ Category

Check out who’s posting his own “Really?!?” today: Mark Bittman at the NY Times. Love it! But seriously- do we REALLY need this many chemicals in a SANDWICH?!



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I love Amy Poehler. I think she’s got to be one of the funniest women in comedy right now. While this may seem like an incredibly random thought, hang with me- I promise there’s light at the end of the tunnel. One of my favorite SNL appearances was her stint on Weekend Update with Seth Meyers. Besides her doing the Sarah Palin rap 9 months pregnant (I mean, seriously!), I am particulary fond of their banter during “Really?!? With Seth and Amy.” In case you haven’t had the pleasure of experiencing one of these segments, here’s a clip of them making fun of Illinois’ own, Rod Blagojevich.

Point is… I am starting my own “Really?!? with Rachel” section of my blog… dedicated to those “healthy” aisle-dwelling chemically-made Frankenfoods that our country loves to eat. Or shoutouts to ridiculous marketing efforts glorifying these “foods”. Or simply, foods I just can’t believe are in existence. Basically, anything that prompts a, “really?!?” response.

My first episode comes to you from our good faithful, Target. These little gems are called Quaker School Days! Amazing Apple Chewy granola bars. Their marketing spin is “designed with school snack policies in mind!”. Take a look at the ingredients.

chemistry lab tested, mother approved.

Really?!? What school snack policy insists children get adequate tocopherols and sodium benzoate? Really?!? “Aw, Mom, chicken and an apple for lunch? I was really hoping for some tocopherols today!” And let’s look at how many different types of SUGAR are in one of these bars. 10. There are 10 different types of sugar. (brown sugar, inulin, honey, corn syrup, dextrose, sugar, glycerin, more sugar, more brown sugar, sorbitol, more inulin, pectin, apple juice concentrate.) Really?!? I want my kid to study, not develop ADHD and diabetes! Really?!? And what is BHT anyway? Quaker: you tell us to “Read the label every time”… now I understand why they call these “school days!” chewy granola bars- because you have to have a PhD in order to READ THE LABEL! And what ever happened to school lunches that contained hard to pronounce ingredients like MEAT and FRUIT and VEGETABLES? Really?!? Really?!?

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On a side note, I really didn’t know what BHT was. Take a look: Butylated Hydroxytoluene, or BHT, is an antioxidant that reacts with oxygen free radicals to slow down the autoxidation rate of ingredients in a product that can cause changes in the taste or color. (in other words, makes it shelf stable longer)

Turns out this additive has a scary MSDS (Material Safety Data Sheet) that says the following:

  • Do NOT let this chemical enter the environment.
  • Combustible.
  • Ingestion causes Abdominal pain. Confusion. Dizziness. Nausea. Vomiting.
  • The substance may have effects on the liver.
  • The substance is harmful to aquatic organisms.

Mmmmmm, tasty.


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