Sunday, October 30, 2011

The Opposite of Paleo (In a Can)

On a shopping trip to 99 Ranch this morning, M and I stumbled upon the most stunningly anti-Paleo canned food product we've ever seen: FRIED GLUTEN WITH PEANUTS.

The ingredients of this Taiwanese delicacy? "Wheat gluten, peanuts, water, soy sauce (soybean, wheat, salt), sugar, salt, soybean oil, monosodium glutamate, spices."

Gluten? Check. Legumes? Check. Sugar? Check. Soy? Check. Omega-6-packed oil? Check.

It's like someone decided to pick everything that Paleo eaters avoid and then mash 'em all into a little can.

Seriously: Can you think of another product on a supermarket shelf that's more off-the-charts anti-Paleo? I can't.

There's not a single ingredient in the can (except water, salt, and maybe "spices") that isn't anathema to folks who eat Paleo.

On the plus side, it's vegetarian-friendly, and the can makes a nice paperweight.