Guess the Food: Double Digits!
I’ve been having horrible luck stumping you guys on Guess the Foods recently.
I think that’s about to change because this one is pretty hard.
There are tons of clues though and if you’ve ever had the pleasure of eating this “food”, then you might just be able to get it.
We have some strange nutritional facts and ingredients to cover so let’s dive right in!
Cooks In Bag!
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m probably a bit disconnected from the average American food purchaser. I know this is true because I go to the grocery store almost every day and I see what other people buy.
A lot of it is frozen or in boxes. A lot of it is brown. Many of the items are microwaveable.
That said, I was still blown away that this product was actually marketing it as a benefit that you cook the thing in the bag.
What could possibly be good about cooking your dinner in a plastic bag?
How could that be “Just right!”?
Of course, it must sell or they wouldn’t have it on the bag and it wouldn’t be in the stores.
Anyway, so if you’re playing along at home and trying to guess the “food”, you can cross off the list any foods that you cannot cook in the bag they come in – as weird as that might sound.
These nutritional facts kind of blew me away.
For starters, notice the serving size: 1 bag. This is still beyond weird to me. This company really loves measuring, cooking, and delivering their “food” in bags.
I actually thought that this would have way more calories in it. After all, it’s a whole bag of food! It costs almost $4 for this single bag so it’s not even cheap!
It’s supposed to be a dinner (I think) so I was shocked that it only delivers under 20% of your daily calorie needs.
More shocking to me though was the other nutritional info. Every single category is in the double digits when it comes to percentage of recommended daily value.
I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen that before on a nutritional panel.
Generally, I look for double digits as a warning sign, but this food has them in every single category!
The sodium and saturated fat are very high levels.
I’m not really sure if this will help you or not, but I think I can safely go on record as not recommending that you eat this for every meal – if at all.
This company did some amazing work with the packaging for this product. They start by giving you the “ingredients” right on the front of the package. This is what a consumer might believe they are eating:
Looks pretty good! I would eat that on occasion.
Of course, if you actually dig down and find the ingredients, you’ll find a different list:
So this list is large, but if you can break down all the parenthetical lists and sublists then these are the basic ingredients used: Cheese sauce, Potatoes, Cooked White Meat Chicken, Broccoli, Red Bell Peppers.
That actually looks pretty similar to what is above!
What’s shocking is the order of those ingredients. The FDA requires food manufacturers to list ingredients “in descending order by predominance of weight”. In other words, the ingredients that weigh the most are listed first.
So this food, by weight, is mostly cheese sauce.
Here’s a few other tidbits about the ingredient list:
1) The Cheese Sauce that comprises most of this bagged food has a whopping 27 ingredients in it including alcohol. I have no idea why you would need alcohol for a cheese sauce.
2) The chicken that is used has all kinds of added protein and food starch (rice) to it to bulk it up. You can bet that there’s very little actual chicken in this bag. The protein that you see on the nutritional facts panel is probably mostly from added soy protein.
3) The best things for you in this bag of food (broccoli and peppers) are dead last in the ingredients list. By weight, these aren’t really a major player in this food.
Guess The Food
I’m not sure if anyone will get this one. It’s pretty tough, but you guys have surprised me before.
So, do you know what this bagged delicacy is?
Can you guess the “Food”?