Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner David Kessler was talking today about his book and America's problems with over-eating.
He calls much of what we eat "adult baby food." It's laced with sugars, fat, salt and other chemicals to make it extremely palatable, but there's no mom on the other end of the spoon deciding when we've had enough. So we happily keep noshing on this highly processed pleasure food.
Pick an appetizer. What's in Buffalo wings? You start with the fatty part of the chicken. Many times it's fried in the manufacturing plant first. It's fried again in the restaurant. That red sauce? Sugar and fat. That creamy sauce? Fat and salt.
So what are we eating? Fat on fat on fat on sugar on fat and salt.
Tonight it was spaghetti with sauce made from scratch — tomatoes on onions on garlic on olives, so some salt did creep in there.