I happened to be strolling through my favorite local upscale supermarket not long ago, and came upon a sign that said "Sale Low Carb Milk". Intrigued by the lengths to which Atkins-ism strives to eliminate demon carbohydrates from everything (including bread), I decided to investigate. What I found was a product similar to the one shown above.
What is in "low carb dairy beverage" I hear you cry? I don't remember the exact list of ingredients, but, it did contain soy protien, processed dairy solids, and various nutritional supplements. Thinking back, it was basically soy milk on steriods with some real dairy solids included for that creamy "milk-like" flavor.
Does anyone else find that this is just "wrong" on some basic level?
We silly Americans are so lost where our diet is concerned. We've deluded ourselves into thinking that we can have what we want when we want and suffer zero consequences. We want fried food. We want sugary food. We want rich, fatty food. We want it all everyday, while we sit in our corporate cubicles all day instead of staring at the back end of a mule as we plow the back forty, chopping wood, or doing laundry with a wash board and wooden tub as our peasant ancestors did. We've done what I think others might have deemed impossible -- we've created a culture where it's harder to be thin than be fat.
Consequently, rather than having milk or ice cream once a week instead of twice a day, we invent the crap that is "low carb milk", "near beer", and "McLean sandwich". We ingest fat substitute potato chips that have warnings like "may cause anal leakage". We spend billions looking for sugar substitutes that cause cancer in rats.
Me, I prefer a different approach. I like real foods in moderation. If there is one thing that dieting has taught me, it is that rich food is better savored in its quality than its quantity. Two chips are better than a whole bag. Homemade pple pie and ice cream is better a few times a year than all the time... at least when you're not a 16 year old boy. No, when it comes to diet, I prefer to sin authentically but sparingly.
on 2004-05-18 at 2:25 p.m.
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