Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Single "Food Product" That Encapsulates the Entirety of the Problem.

"Fast Franks".


Because cooking a hot dog and putting it in a bun is "slow"?

But this Frankenfood speaks volumes.

As a society we value convenience and speed over nearly everything else. Consequently there's a demand for products like "Fast Franks", or more commonly for health washed products that people feel give them the same benefits as from scratch but quickly and conveniently.

Is there anything in life that's valuable that requires little or no effort?

Cooking, and perhaps slightly more specifically, prioritizing and finding the time to cook healthful meals - at this point, there's no way around it.

[Hat tip to Twitter's @teacherace for sending me the photo]

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  1. Wow. I thought we'd jumped the shark on this front with frozen PB&J sandwiches.

  2. I thought the same thing about Jane's Chicken "Flat Jacks" (breaded chicken patties you cook in a toaster).

  3. Anonymous10:45 am

    Holy Smokes, just when you thought Franken food couldn't get any worse!

    Yoni - I'm getting depressed. Have any positive food/nutrition news to brighten up your readers?

    1. I wish I did!

      Every once and a while I do a positive week. Will see if I can scrounge up 4 positive stories.

    2. Theresa6:47 pm

      Then we'd better stay away from the topic of extreme couponing! Ever seen a coupon for apples, cabbage or anything else with one ingredient ?

    3. But you CAN buy individually frozen Talapia and salmon steaks, fresh green beans or Broccoli that are ready to steam. The fish cooks up fast in a pan the veggies steam in the microwave and slice some tomatoes and VOILA! Now that's GOOD FAST FOOD.

  4. I don't even want to know what those taste like. Probably like those disgusting Pogo things, only without the batter.

  5. Theresa2:57 pm

    US trade show was sampling "easy to disintegrate in your mouth" hamburgers for drivers who can't take the time to eat........oh, and according to TOPS magazine the average time it takes a person to eat a burger and fries is four and a half minutes! WOW!

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  7. I live in the UK right now, and you wouldn't believe the number of disgusting looking canned meat products. You can buy a can or jar of hot dogs. You can buy a meat pie in a can. You can even buy a full breakfast "fry up" (a meal so greasy and heavy that I can't even eat it fresh - and I'm not exactly a health nut right now) in a can.

    But you know who buys that stuff? Old men whose wives have died. Canned meat products became ubiquitous during and after WWII, and that's the generation that went through decades of rationing. They think it's fine, they're on fixed incomes, and I don't think their number one priority is to live as long as possible.

    As with all appallingly unhealthy food products, I'm guessing that teenaged and university aged people - especially guys - are eating it too. And most of them are thin. I'm pretty sure that men under the age of 25 and over the age of seventy eat 75% of the junk food that's manufactured.

    I'm not convinced that fat people are a major market for this stuff. Take a look at who actually has in in their shopping cart. Just sayin'.