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Tue Jul 16, 2013, 02:09 PM

Did pastries and fast foods use to taste better? [View all]

I loved the donuts we got at the local donut shop. Whenever I get a donut now, it's a disappointment.

I suspect the reason is here:

Donut: Enriched Unbleached Wheat Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Iron as Ferrous Sulfate, Thiamin Mononitrate, Enzyme, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Palm Oil, Water, Soybean Oil, Cocoa processed with alkali, Dextrose, Yeast, Contains less than 2% of the following: Natural and Artificial Flavor, Sugar, Leavening (Baking Soda, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate), Salt, Defatted Soy Flour, Gelatinized Wheat Starch, Mono and Diglycerides, Maltodextrin, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Cellulose Gum, Soy Lecithin, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Enzyme, Sucralose, Eggs, Milk; Chocolate Buttercreme Filling: Sugar, Vegetable Shortening (Palm Oil, Canola Oil, Mono and Diglycerides), Corn Syrup, Water, Cocoa processed with alkali, Corn Starch, Salt, Vegetable Shortening (Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and Cottonseed Oils), Artificial Flavor, Chocolate Liquor, Citric Acid, Guar Gum, Potassium Sorbate (Preservative), Mono and Diglycerides, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Polysorbate 60; Powdered Sugar: Dextrose, Corn Starch, Vegetable Oil (Soybean and/or Cottonseed), Palm Oil, Titanium Dioxide (Color), Artificial Flavor.

I doubt McDonald's started out making hamburgers out of anything but the same ground beef the supermarket sells. Fifty years of food science may have increased profits, but it hasn't done anything for taste or quality!

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