Anatomy of Cheesy Junk Food


It takes more than 18 ingredients to make a cheese ring, but you’d probably use only a few of them in your own meals. The undesirable ingredients in Cheetos include partially hydrogenated soybean oil (the label can claim “0 grams of trans fat” because levels are low enough) and mono­sodium glutamate, which in some people may trigger adverse reactions, including headache, nausea, and numbness. Your rule: The fewer ingredients found in any packaged food, the better it is for you. Crave something crunchy? Eat popcorn—it could help you drop some kilos.



Photography by Davies and Starr


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