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Sunday, July 10, 2011


If there is anything that stands as a poster child for Michael Pollan's "edible food-like substances", it's the synthetic stuff people quaff for "athletic" purposes. This "Muscle Milk" stuff claims to contain no milk (but has a primary ingredient of sodium caseinate - the predominant milk protein isolated), and is chock-full of derivatized oils, emulsifiers, artificial sweeteners, and preservatives. I've sampled the stuff - to my palate, it is atrocious.

This picture was taken in, of all places, a prominent hospital cafeteria in Houston. After celebrated efforts to ban sugary flavored milk from school cafeterias, our own institutions to health actually stock this stuff.

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