Children's books show all kinds of things, from the everyday to the fantastical. Food definitely makes an appearance, so researchers counted up what kinds of food are portrayed and what messages books send about them. Junk food, it turns out, got very positive portrayals.
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In many parts of the world, it's not uncommon to eat other bits of an animal, such as ears, stomach, feet, liver, tail, or intestines. Of course, it helps that they're cheaper and easier to get in other countries, but if you're willing to try something new, don't miss out on these delicious, varied sources of vitamins and protein.
American cheese has a bad reputation, especially among foodies and health-conscious folks. (Think the bright yellow stuff at McDonald's.) You might hear claims that it's made of "plastic" or "chemicals," but it turns out the truth is nothing scary. American-style cheese is just cheese mixed with melting salts and ordinary ingredients like milk.
Artificial sweeteners have become popular for people who want to reduce their sugar intake for health or weight reasons. You probably recognise some of them by their brand name: Sucralose (Splenda), saccharin (Sweet and Low), aspartame (Equal) and stevia (used by a number of brands). Each has varying levels of sweetness and uses.
When you're trying to lose weight, you've probably thought "I've been good this week, so I deserve this triple chocolate peanut butter brownie." Instead of indulging, consider these "buffer foods" that feel like treats to quiet your inner saboteur.