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Old 01-29-2005, 11:57 PM   #1
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Most overused food item

What item do you think is used too much in commercial food products???

As much as I like Ranch dressing...I think it's being used a little too much.

What do you think???

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Old 01-29-2005, 11:58 PM   #2
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Water?

For a while Chipotle was a big fad and never done right, it always meant "spicy ketchup" in comercial products.
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Old 01-30-2005, 12:05 AM   #3
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sugar or sweeteners. Until you have to watch your sugar intake, you won't believe the amount of sugar that is in our foods.
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deff sugar and salt
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Old 01-30-2005, 12:29 AM   #5
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sodium content is ridiculous. canned food, like canned soup, beans, canned meats and chili and veggies... pretty much the vast majority of canned stuff... it's all pretty much sodium-laden. chips, pretzels, frozen foods, especially frozen meals, even cereals. just all kinds of stuff. i don't really eat this stuff cause i don't want to get puffy from retaining water but i do sometimes have like 3 oz. of canned soup or a few oz. of canned beans. and i AM a beef jerky junkie, but i always drink bunches of fluids after i have some of that. i came up with a recipe that pretty much eliminates the soy sauce and uses worcestershire instead but i usually buy it.
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Old 01-30-2005, 11:35 AM   #6
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Salt but I love it.
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Old 01-30-2005, 12:37 PM   #7
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The item that seems to be in everything is aspartame. I can't ingest it, so I look on labels & it's everywhere! You guys have it right with the salt issue too - my gosh - I know it's a preservative, but....must we have oodles of it?
As for foods that americans overuse:
I totally agree w/Ranch dressing
and would like to also include ketchup!
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Old 01-30-2005, 01:23 PM   #8
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How about "low carb" labels. I have two identical bottles of Kraft Italian Dressing, one pre- "low carb" and one with a "low carb" label. Zero difference in ingredients. :roll:
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Old 01-30-2005, 01:29 PM   #9
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I'd have to say salt and sugar. Ever get fries from McDonalds that were covered in salt? bleck! I scrape it off.

Dampcharcoal mentioned about low carb labels and I have to agree. Today I was going to buy a low carb box of gummy fruits for my daughter. It had 24 carbs per package in the low carb brand, and the regular brand had 21 carbs. Ever notice the low carb things are more expensive?
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Old 01-30-2005, 01:37 PM   #10
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LOL!!! I still think this whole low-carb thing is a big scam.
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i will also go with the salt
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Old 01-30-2005, 05:24 PM   #12
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The item that seems to be in everything is aspartame. I can't ingest it, so I look on labels & it's everywhere! You guys have it right with the salt issue too - my gosh - I know it's a preservative, but....must we have oodles of it?
As for foods that americans overuse:
I totally agree w/Ranch dressing
and would like to also include ketchup!
jkath, my daughter had a couple of classes in chemistry at university, aspartame turns to formaldahide when heated to over 80%. It is in most of the fake sugars, I know for certain in the pink and blue, do not know of the yellow one (spenda). I do not use any of them, but my best friend does in her coffee, but not any more.
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How about "low carb" labels. I have two identical bottles of Kraft Italian Dressing, one pre- "low carb" and one with a "low carb" label. Zero difference in ingredients. :roll:
DC that is just the same as 7up putting caffine free on its label. What ever the fad is, everyone has to get on the bandwagon. Some things are naturally carb low.
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Old 01-30-2005, 05:28 PM   #14
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I do not buy those pre-made products too much chemicals, sodium, trans fatty acids, and other stuff I have no clue it origin or purpose in the food chain. I make a ranch dressing (it is posted in dressings) I got from Sara Moultons cook book. It tastes the same, but is not as thick, no gel stuff.
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Old 01-30-2005, 06:26 PM   #16
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Soy sauce for Japanese food.
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Old 01-31-2005, 05:33 AM   #17
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Weight Watchers brand items.

Weight Watchers Chocolate Cake. I mean seriously, you have to be kidding yourself. If you were really serious about losing weight the words 'cake' should not even enter your head.
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Old 01-31-2005, 06:38 AM   #18
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I agree with all of the above.
As for the price of low carb labeled food, have any of you priced the bread? I've seen it at around $3.00 a loaf or more. Rididulous. Just don't eat so much of the regular stuff and you'll take a few pounds off.
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Old 01-31-2005, 11:31 AM   #19
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Beaulana, I couldn't agree with you more on the mushroom soup issue!
I can't stand it, and it really is Everywhere! Good one!


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Weight Watchers brand items.

Weight Watchers Chocolate Cake. I mean seriously, you have to be kidding yourself. If you were really serious about losing weight the words 'cake' should not even enter your head.
I almost spit out my coffee from laughing at this
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Originally Posted by jkath
The item that seems to be in everything is aspartame. I can't ingest it, so I look on labels & it's everywhere! You guys have it right with the salt issue too - my gosh - I know it's a preservative, but....must we have oodles of it?
As for foods that americans overuse:
I totally agree w/Ranch dressing
and would like to also include ketchup!
jkath, my daughter had a couple of classes in chemistry at university, aspartame turns to formaldahide when heated to over 80%. It is in most of the fake sugars, I know for certain in the pink and blue, do not know of the yellow one (spenda). I do not use any of them, but my best friend does in her coffee, but not any more.
i became skeptical of these products a while ago and i'm glad i did. i used to eat any yogurt that looked good, even if it contained artifical sweetners, and i chewed sugarless gum. now it's strictly Dannon regular yogurt (it has a much better texture) and chew Bubblicious. i cut way down on chewing gum for the sake of keeping the cavities away, but i'm glad i did.
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