Monthly Archives: October 2014

Pollen 5

-wet mills opposite of tortilla chips made from
corn makes our processed food
-yellow skin of kernel = healthiest part of corn
glucose and fructose, xanthan gum, MSG
-wet millers decline to watch them separate corn down
-corn broken down by pressure, acids, and enzymes
-cornstarch and corn syrup
-chew cracker until it tasted sweet
-invention of breaking things down to eat and produce because real nature has abundance and scarcity (uncertainty)
-corn freed food industry from natural limits
-the longer the food label, the more ingredients you’ll find of corn n soybeans
-pill in the meal n meal in a pill
-organic food with lots of corn derivatives

I still find it interesting how corn is used so much. How is it that corn is used that much and yet a majority of our food is still very unhealthy and harmful? Wouldn’t it make more sense if natural food was grown, prepared, and sold rather than stuff being created, separated, and dissected? It seems like it takes more work to make some type of synthetic things to eat rather than grow natural items. Natural items are called natural for a reason.

I also found it interesting about the parts of a corn kernel. The part on the inside is the actual part that they use to develop into something and the yellow part actually holds the vitamins. All the different ingredients that they label on different foods now I’ve heard of before. Xanthan gum, MSG, etc. MSG is something that I’ve always been told to avoid because of the harmful effects on your body like clogged arteries, and bad headaches, etc.

It struck me funny how the guy said he overheard General Mills coming up with an organic frozen dinner meal, yet it had all the small fractions of the chemical compounds of corn like all the other non organic products. That shows that you can’t trust much of anything these days. You need to read labels of almost everything you buy especially if you’re about to switch to the vegetarian or vegan lifestyle.

“Lunchtime Is All Yours” – Michael Moss

In Michael Moss’s Salt, Sugar, Fat he goes in depth about the creation of the infamous Lunchables which our nation has grown to know and love. I can remember being a kid and loving lunchables. I think it started when I saw kids at school who had them, and then of course I was pleading my mom to buy me and my brother some to take for lunch. They are the perfect packed lunch. A colorful box with crackers and cheese, nachos with cheese and salsa, or my personal favorite the make-your-own pizza. A kid’s dream lunch topped off with a capri-sun and m&ms for dessert. Easy enough for a parent to pick up from the store and easy enough to stop kids’ crying that they don’t want another PB&J for lunch! What is disguised as the next best thing, is probably the worst thing you could be feeding your growing children. Lunchables is nothing but high in salt, sugar, and fat, and according to Moss tricking people into consuming the hell out of them is just what the Oscar Meyer product line did.

I think what is most disgusting about Lunchables, is not the plastic cheese that is sold in every box, but the fact that its target consumer is children. Oscar Meyer’s marketing team were really scraping at the bottom of the barrel if they had to pick at the weak. A kid has a one-track mind, and that’s having the coolest thing at the moment. Oscar Meyer saw an opportunity and took it without thinking of the consequences. After the launch of Lunchables, the young generation’s health took a turn for the worst. Obesity was at an all time high. Not that you can put total blame on the Lunchable brand, but its the idea of food it’s representing.

Preparation for Make 1

Looking through images of food art, my favorites were the ones that created actual pictures & images with the food. I ad the impression that most food art would be abstract and just arranged in an aesthetically pleasing way.


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