Fresh Frozen French Fries
Last night I went to Outback Steakhouse and had a big plate of greasy cheese fries. At the time I didn't realize that I was actually feasting on a plate of fresh vegetables, but apparently I was because the USDA has succumbed to lobbying from the food industry and decided to reclassify frozen french fries as fresh vegetables
. This seems up there with the EU's decision to reclassify carrots as a kind of fruit (yeah, I know, there was some twisted logic to the EU's decision because the Portuguese use carrots to make jam and anything you make jam out of must be a fruit... or something like that). According to the USDA's 'batter-coating rule', "rolling potato slices in a starch coating, frying them and freezing them is the equivalent of waxing a cucumber or sweetening a strawberry"
(as the Sun-Sentinel puts it). I think this is a case of politics and big business coming together to fashion their own bizarre, alternative reality.
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We portuguese are very inventive and we are everywhere making damages, now you there, because of us, have a new fruit!!!!
Everything is getting crazier all the time!
Recent studies have shown that vegetable frozen soon after being picked are healthier and better for you than canned or even "fresh" vegetables from your grocer.
The time it takes to transport vegetables and methods of storing them in a non-frozen state rob them of their nutritional value.
Source- Uncle John's Absolutely Absorbent Bathroom Reader