I figure at some point most everyone thinks it would be neat to somehow get in the Guinness Book of World Records. Today I had a random thought along those lines, but not for that purpose. I recently had a birthday (which was cancelled, BTW, for everyone who keeps bringing it up), and I was craving Cheetos. (We have some baked Cheetos here, which are good, though not quite the same… more like cheese popcorn than Cheetos. But I digress…) Anyway, if only I had a bag of Cheetos for every time someone said I was getting old… 🙂
Then I wondered what the world record would be for the most bags of Cheetos received as birthday gifts. That would be a fun record to break. 🙂 The concept could also be applied to Oreos…
I searched for a picture to go with this post and found this one. Supposedly the guy in the picture bought these industrial-sized bags of Cheetos direct from the factory for $65 per bag and bought 28 bags. I’m not sure I have sufficient space to store that many Cheetos in my house, and I’m most certain that the WAF (Wife Approval Factor) of that would be near 0. So maybe I won’t be chasing this world record after all… (though I still must admit it would be fun to try).
This week the Oreo cookie turned 100 years old. What a great invention it was! Can you imagine how the inventor felt when he first created it? And when he first dipped it in milk?
Here’s a “fact” about Oreos you may not know. There are 3 rows of Oreos per package because there are actually just 3 servings per package. That makes it easy to limit yourself to one serving per serving. 🙂
That may not pass intellectual muster, but here’s a true fact. Sales of Oreos in 2011 were over $2 billion. That’s a LOT of cookies! On a semi-related note, Kraft Foods, who owns the Oreo brand, also sells Kraft Macaroni & Cheese, which is turning 75 this year.
I wonder what the next great food-related invention will be… We tend to take great food for granted, but there are times in history when there was no such thing as chocolate-chip cookies, or Oreos, or Cheetos, or cheese dip. (I can’t imagine life without cheese dip!) There has to be some next great food out there just waiting to be discovered.
Have you heard of the Twinkie diet? It’s also known as a convenience store diet. A professor of human nutrition decided to prove that the main cause of weight loss was counting calories, not the nutritional value of the food. So for two months, he ate a small meal of junk food every three hours. His meals consisted of Twinkies, Hostess and Little Debbie snacks, Doritos, sugary cereals, and Oreos. That was two-thirds of his diet — the rest included a daily protein shake, some vegetables, and a multivitamin pill. His project was a success, in that he lost 27 pounds in two months.
Sounds great, right? When I heard this, I was thinking, “Where do you sign up for this kind of research?!?” What made his “diet” effective was that he limited himself to less than 1,800 calories a day. A man of his size would normally consume 2,600 calories per day. The key to his “diet” (and any diet) was to consume fewer calories than he burned. It makes sense. (That’s my approach, although it looks like I haven’t been eating enough junk food!)
You might assume this his junk food diet would make his health worse, but it actually didn’t. His “bad” cholesterol (LDL) dropped 20 percent and his “good” cholesterol (HDL) increased by 20 percent. His level of triglycerides (a measure of body fat) went down by 39 percent. That’s inconceivable.
So according to his research experiment and the documented results, you can eat Twinkies and Oreos and Doritos every day and become healthier! The numbers don’t lie.
I almost hesitate to admit this next part because it might mean that the self-proclaimed “Important Doctor” might actually know something about nutrition and be right, but perhaps there is some validity to the bacon and cheese diet, if used in moderation. I decided to put that in here because it sounds like some research is in order… 🙂 We also need to add Cheetos and Oreos and ice cream to it. Then include copious amounts of Southern-style sweet tea, and it would be the most awesome diet ever.
I was perusing the Internet the other day, and I found a blog about food. I like blogs, and I like food, so it just about has to be good, right? Well, it was a good time. But I found something that I had never heard of, and it’s gross, yet it’s intriguing, yet it’s gross… Okay, if you keep reading, you have been forewarned. Now onto the unusual comment…
Did you know that if you eat a whole bag of Oreos in one day your poo will be jet black? Well if you didn’t, you do now.
I’ve eaten a lot of Oreos, but I don’t know if I’ve ever eaten a whole package at one time. And turds are somewhat brown and blackish most times anyway, so it might be easy to overlook that phenomenon. But this reminded me of a true story about a former roommate — he went to Cracker Barrel, got the 6 vegetables plate, chose all colla’ greens, and it turned his poop green. He was excited about this, too…