The Caretaker's Concern 11/10/08
Lake Temp. 50 F.
Ghetto temp. 43.5 F.
Island tmp. 38 F. Yesterday's L/H: 46/60 F. (Yesterday's temps. are suspect.)
Current conditions: South wind, 5 to 8 mph, winds aloft from West to East, mix of moon and clouds, clouds numerous but not dense, passing before the moon rapidly. Day started cloud covered then became progressively sunny, wind from the West shore, a bit blustery.
The Caretaker was in town for the latter half of the day, being a little pressed for time he grabbed some lunch from the market, and since he was thirsty he purchased a "soft drink". While in the middle of his lunch he decided to read the label of contents on the bottle, it was as follows:
Treated water, High fructose corn syrup, Pear juice concentrate, Citric acid, Phosphoric acid, Potassium citrate, Sodium Hexametaphosphate (to protect flavor), Natural flavor, Potassium Benzoate (preserves freshness), Gum arabic, Potassium sorbate, (preserves freshness), Xantham gum, Glycerol ester of wood rosin, Calcium disodium edta (to protect flavor) Red 40, Blue 1.
After reading this the Caretaker almost threw-up. There seems to be an awful lot of substances in this beverage to preserve freshness and protect flavor, the Caretaker is wondering if there is anything in this drink to protect humans? This chemical cocktail is labeled as a "Juice Drink" and is sold by a rather well known orange juice company. The flavor of this "juice drink"? Strawberry Melon. Wait, there's no mention of strawberry or melon in the above ingredients, the only juice is pear and it's from concentrate.
So, on average, it seems, that in the United States one's choice of drink is either something containing alcohol, or something containing more synthetic chemicals than a Dupont factory. The Caretaker's estimation is that more often than not one has a better shot at getting a "health" drink from a bar than anywhere else "soft drinks" are sold. Back when there was such a thing as a soda jerk, soft drinks were indeed "soft", but now a days, they seem to all be rather hard with chemicals, at least certainly those produced by the mainstream industrial food complex.
Adolescents with diabetes, cholesterol problems, circulatory disease, etc., etc. Gee, is it any wonder?
The industrial food complex is poisoning us--the FDA knows, and doesn't care.
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