Ninja Camp Day 4: Foraging part 2

February 19th, 2009  |  Published in Stumpblog  |  8 Comments

Pursuant to my earlier post about the problems of food in the US, I came across this horrific little gem. The best thing about it was that it was advertised on the package (in two places on a small label) as a “healthy snack” with “wholesome ingredients”.

m-and-m-yogurt-wtfIt’s a container of yogurt with M&Ms on the top, which you can then stir into the yogurt. Yes, apparently 27 toppings for ice cream sundaes is not enough — we must now have candy sprinkles on yogurt. Can sprinkles on burgers be far behind? Sprinkles on vegetables? I thought chocolate on spinach was the kind of joke food that Oscar the Grouch would have been into eating, but now, I suspect we’re about 5 years away from it. On the plus side, maybe they can slather the spinach with chemicals to combat the E.coli from unsupervised agri-conglomerate practices.

By the way, you can also get caramel Crunch and Oreo flavours. I chose the M&M version to document because I enjoyed the ingredient list that included ten distinct artificial colours.

The regulatory and institutional state of health and wellbeing in this country is kind of like that movie Speed, where the bus starts careening out of control at 90mph, except Sandra Bullock isn’t at the wheel, it’s actually a deranged rabid baboon on meth.

To cheer you up, here is a photo of me with Big John McCarthy, shot in the octagon at BJMUTA. I’m standing on my toes a bit, and he’s bending over a bit. I could barely get my arm all the way around his waist. He is, indeed, a large man.

Let’s get it onnnnnn!

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Responses

  1. Sarah says:

    February 19th, 2009at 12:05 pm(#)

    lol..a healthy snack? No way. The yogurt itself probably has more sugar than the cady does. I’ve seen those. I believe they also come with Oreo cookie toppings and something else…maybe peanut butter pieces. None-the-less an insult to yogurt and a lie about a healthy snack.

  2. lolfemme says:

    February 19th, 2009at 10:32 pm(#)

    As a US resident, I see these candy yogurt things all the time and consciously don’t eat them, yet it never occurred to me how truly bizarre they are until you mentioned it.

  3. Cori says:

    February 20th, 2009at 2:43 am(#)

    I too am greatly troubled by the junk in the grocery store. With this sorts of items on the shelves, no wonder other countries ridicule us. No wonder why obesity is such a problem. It reminds me of the Simpsons scene where Marge has been dragged to a candy convention. She tries to eat a celery stick when a security guard informs her, “Ma’am, you’re going to have to put some sugar on that or take it outside.”

  4. beforewisdom says:

    February 20th, 2009at 9:36 am(#)

    Great site revamp Krista!

  5. Jutta says:

    February 21st, 2009at 10:52 pm(#)

    LOL! Reminds me of the Evolution of the Granola Bar.

    First plain, then with carob chips. Then chocolate chips. Oh what the hell, let’s smother it with chocolate. But it’s still a “healthy” granola bar!

  6. Cath the Canberra Cook says:

    February 22nd, 2009at 8:24 pm(#)

    Holy crap!! This reminds me of my first US culture shock in the supermarket: trying to find plain unflavoured porridge oats (oatmeal) in among the aisle of sugary cereals. The Barbie cereal with pink marshmallow high heel shoe shapes was my personal “No, this cannot be real!” moment.

  7. jane says:

    February 23rd, 2009at 2:09 pm(#)

    Yup! I am truly embarrassed at the state of our food industry and so very fearful for our kids who are bombarded with this crap. And, not just them, many adults are unaware of the crap in our foods, as well! SCARY!

  8. Jenni from Brisbane Australia says:

    February 27th, 2009at 6:00 am(#)

    And what about some others like “Vitamin” water – the sugar is high and the vitamins low.

    Solution – make your own yogurt (it is really easy) and drink water.


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