The toppings contain sodium benzoate.

You know that something is seriously bad for you in a list of ingredients when the manufacturers have decided that they need to include an excuse for adding it on the packaging, i.e. “sodium benzoate (to preserve freshness)”. This is an even better rule of thumb than “if you can’t pronounce it, don’t eat it.” Especially since I’m not an idiot, and know how to read quite well, thank you very much. Besides… check out Wikipedia’s list of vitamins. How many of those do you think the average moron can pronounce? There would be a lot of people walking around with scurvy, rickets, night-blindness, anemia, dropsy, the grip, scrofula, the vapors, jungle rot, dandy fever, poor man’s gout, housemaid’s knee, climactic boo bow, the staggers, and dum dum fever if everybody took that shit seriously. And I suppose that the illiterate aren’t allowed to eat at all? Is this why all of those Africans are starving?

90 thoughts on “The toppings contain sodium benzoate.

  1. I can see the point you are trying to invoke with this post. My rule of thumb is, if it tastes good eat it and forget about the ingredients.

    scrofula – A form of tuberculosis affecting the lymph nodes, especially of the neck, that is most common in children and is usually spread by unpasteurized milk from infected cows. Also called struma.

    dropsy – an infectious disease of fishes, characterized by a swollen, spongelike body and protruding scales, caused by a variety of the bacterium Pseudomonas punctata.

    My personal favorite: Psychosomatic –
    1) Of or relating to a disorder having physical symptoms but originating from mental or emotional causes.
    2) Relating to or concerned with the influence of the mind on the body, and the body on the mind.

  2. I can see the point you are trying to invoke with this post. My rule of thumb is, if it tastes good eat it and forget about the ingredients.

    scrofula – A form of tuberculosis affecting the lymph nodes, especially of the neck, that is most common in children and is usually spread by unpasteurized milk from infected cows. Also called struma.

    dropsy – an infectious disease of fishes, characterized by a swollen, spongelike body and protruding scales, caused by a variety of the bacterium Pseudomonas punctata.

    My personal favorite: Psychosomatic –
    1) Of or relating to a disorder having physical symptoms but originating from mental or emotional causes.
    2) Relating to or concerned with the influence of the mind on the body, and the body on the mind.

  3. At 22:15 on 09 June 2007, I posted a comment and it didn’t show up. I am not pleased. I really don’t have the time to come back to check to see if my post is here. Check your “Track this conversation” thing and you will see that I did indeed post the comment.

  4. At 22:15 on 09 June 2007, I posted a comment and it didn’t show up. I am not pleased. I really don’t have the time to come back to check to see if my post is here. Check your “Track this conversation” thing and you will see that I did indeed post the comment.

  5. Let’s see if this works

    I can see the point you are trying to invoke with this post. My rule of thumb is, if it tastes good eat it and forget about the ingredients.

    scrofula – A form of tuberculosis affecting the lymph nodes, especially of the neck, that is most common in children and is usually spread by unpasteurized milk from infected cows. Also called struma.

    dropsy – an infectious disease of fishes, characterized by a swollen, spongelike body and protruding scales, caused by a variety of the bacterium Pseudomonas punctata.

    My personal favorite: Psychosomatic –
    1) Of or relating to a disorder having physical symptoms but originating from mental or emotional causes.
    2) Relating to or concerned with the influence of the mind on the body, and the body on the mind.

  6. Let’s see if this works

    I can see the point you are trying to invoke with this post. My rule of thumb is, if it tastes good eat it and forget about the ingredients.

    scrofula – A form of tuberculosis affecting the lymph nodes, especially of the neck, that is most common in children and is usually spread by unpasteurized milk from infected cows. Also called struma.

    dropsy – an infectious disease of fishes, characterized by a swollen, spongelike body and protruding scales, caused by a variety of the bacterium Pseudomonas punctata.

    My personal favorite: Psychosomatic –
    1) Of or relating to a disorder having physical symptoms but originating from mental or emotional causes.
    2) Relating to or concerned with the influence of the mind on the body, and the body on the mind.

  7. I just tried post my comment again and it still didn’t work. Let me try it without the HTML stuff on it and see if that works… Although the comment won’t have the same “punch” as it would it it had the HTML.

  8. I just tried post my comment again and it still didn’t work. Let me try it without the HTML stuff on it and see if that works… Although the comment won’t have the same “punch” as it would it it had the HTML.

  9. This is going to be the last time I try this post.

    I can see the point you are trying to invoke with this post. My rule of thumb is, if it tastes good eat it and forget about the ingredients.

    scrofula – A form of tuberculosis affecting the lymph nodes, especially of the neck, that is most common in children and is usually spread by unpasteurized milk from infected cows. Also called struma.

    dropsy – an infectious disease of fishes, characterized by a swollen, spongelike body and protruding scales, caused by a variety of the bacterium Pseudomonas punctata.

    My personal favorite: Psychosomatic –
    1) Of or relating to a disorder having physical symptoms but originating from mental or emotional causes.
    2) Relating to or concerned with the influence of the mind on the body, and the body on the mind.

  10. This is going to be the last time I try this post.

    I can see the point you are trying to invoke with this post. My rule of thumb is, if it tastes good eat it and forget about the ingredients.

    scrofula – A form of tuberculosis affecting the lymph nodes, especially of the neck, that is most common in children and is usually spread by unpasteurized milk from infected cows. Also called struma.

    dropsy – an infectious disease of fishes, characterized by a swollen, spongelike body and protruding scales, caused by a variety of the bacterium Pseudomonas punctata.

    My personal favorite: Psychosomatic –
    1) Of or relating to a disorder having physical symptoms but originating from mental or emotional causes.
    2) Relating to or concerned with the influence of the mind on the body, and the body on the mind.

  11. Well that was a good 15+ minutes I could have done something a little more constructive with and I’ll never get those precious minutes back.

  12. Well that was a good 15+ minutes I could have done something a little more constructive with and I’ll never get those precious minutes back.

  13. Akismet doesn’t like him at all, for some reason. Whateverthehell. Anyone trying to do anything constructive with their time ought not to be spending it around these parts, anyway.

    I FOUNDED YOUR COMMENTS, K? <3

    If it tastes good, eat it — good advice. If I didn’t somehow maintain my weight at 12 pounds while still eating and drinking everything within sight, I might reconsider the wisdom behind it. But until my metabolism kicks in, or I have 17 children, chomp chomp chomp.

    Can the word psychosomatic refer to improvements in physical health as well as “symptoms”? As in… “Sean is a hypochondriac — he’s felt sick ever since they installed the new power lines, but his symptoms are entirely psychosomatic” vs. “Jill is a hippy — she feels happier and more energetic since she has started taking homeopathic supplements, but her improvements are entirely psychosomatic.” I’m not quite sure from the mediocre definition I found just now. A quick look at Google didn’t make it entirely clear to me. But a search for “psychosomatic healing” made it pretty durn clear that new-age types are retarded (not that I wasn’t already convinced). “Psychosomatic”, in any conceivable sense, involves believing that ones body has been harmed or helped based on purely imaginary evidence. The term does not relate in any particular way to the question of whether or not the mind is or is not able to directly affect the physical well-being of the body. For the woos to adopt the term as part of the phrase “psychosomatic healing” is basically an outright admission that their healing techniques function in exactly the same way as placebos. And they might come right out and say exactly that — however, a lot of them would go as far as to say that even something like cancer can be cured by thinking happy thoughts. And that’s certainly psychosomething.

    Purplemonkeydishwasher. Rambling again? Eh, goodnight.

  14. Akismet doesn’t like him at all, for some reason. Whateverthehell. Anyone trying to do anything constructive with their time ought not to be spending it around these parts, anyway.

    I FOUNDED YOUR COMMENTS, K? <3

    If it tastes good, eat it — good advice. If I didn’t somehow maintain my weight at 12 pounds while still eating and drinking everything within sight, I might reconsider the wisdom behind it. But until my metabolism kicks in, or I have 17 children, chomp chomp chomp.

    Can the word psychosomatic refer to improvements in physical health as well as “symptoms”? As in… “Sean is a hypochondriac — he’s felt sick ever since they installed the new power lines, but his symptoms are entirely psychosomatic” vs. “Jill is a hippy — she feels happier and more energetic since she has started taking homeopathic supplements, but her improvements are entirely psychosomatic.” I’m not quite sure from the mediocre definition I found just now. A quick look at Google didn’t make it entirely clear to me. But a search for “psychosomatic healing” made it pretty durn clear that new-age types are retarded (not that I wasn’t already convinced). “Psychosomatic”, in any conceivable sense, involves believing that ones body has been harmed or helped based on purely imaginary evidence. The term does not relate in any particular way to the question of whether or not the mind is or is not able to directly affect the physical well-being of the body. For the woos to adopt the term as part of the phrase “psychosomatic healing” is basically an outright admission that their healing techniques function in exactly the same way as placebos. And they might come right out and say exactly that — however, a lot of them would go as far as to say that even something like cancer can be cured by thinking happy thoughts. And that’s certainly psychosomething.

    Purplemonkeydishwasher. Rambling again? Eh, goodnight.

  15. Are you a doctor or do you just play one on the internet?

    So why didn’t my comment post? I would rather you have told me that than tell me not to try being constructive around these parts. For the time being, I kind of like these parts. I’ll just have to remember not to post smileys or HTML enabled comments on this antiquated spam filtered site. From now on, I’m going to post like it’s nineteen-ninety nine.

    Have a “Penis on a Sunny Day” Sunday.

  16. Are you a doctor or do you just play one on the internet?

    So why didn’t my comment post? I would rather you have told me that than tell me not to try being constructive around these parts. For the time being, I kind of like these parts. I’ll just have to remember not to post smileys or HTML enabled comments on this antiquated spam filtered site. From now on, I’m going to post like it’s nineteen-ninety nine.

    Have a “Penis on a Sunny Day” Sunday.

  17. Akismet ate your comments, because it thought they looked like spam. False positives are supposed to be rare with Akismet, so who knows what the hell it was thinking. Have people been marking your comments as spam on other sites?

    I got rid of the coComment thing, because it can’t be helping. Besides, I have all of those options anyway, since I’ve got the Firefox plugin installed.

    No smilies or much HTML is on purpose. I’ve been meaning (for at least a year, so no one should expect anything) to explain all that somewhere below the “Leave a Reply” heading. But meh!

  18. Akismet ate your comments, because it thought they looked like spam. False positives are supposed to be rare with Akismet, so who knows what the hell it was thinking. Have people been marking your comments as spam on other sites?

    I got rid of the coComment thing, because it can’t be helping. Besides, I have all of those options anyway, since I’ve got the Firefox plugin installed.

    No smilies or much HTML is on purpose. I’ve been meaning (for at least a year, so no one should expect anything) to explain all that somewhere below the “Leave a Reply” heading. But meh!

  19. Okay, first off, what is Akismet? At first I thought it was the Canadian/Chicago way of spelling kismet. Now I’m beginning to think it is a program you have running on your site.
    Truthfully, that coComment thing saved me a lot of time by not having me retype some of my lost posts. I used it to copy and paste my “lost” comments. I will just copy and paste my comment(s) to Wordpad or something before I hit the “Submit Comment” button.
    I thought I’ve used HTML on your site before? Maybe I was wrong? One other site I used to visit marked my comments as spam, but only when I posted a link.

  20. Okay, first off, what is Akismet? At first I thought it was the Canadian/Chicago way of spelling kismet. Now I’m beginning to think it is a program you have running on your site.
    Truthfully, that coComment thing saved me a lot of time by not having me retype some of my lost posts. I used it to copy and paste my “lost” comments. I will just copy and paste my comment(s) to Wordpad or something before I hit the “Submit Comment” button.
    I thought I’ve used HTML on your site before? Maybe I was wrong? One other site I used to visit marked my comments as spam, but only when I posted a link.

  21. Akismet is a comment spam plugin for WordPress that collects spam data from all the sites that use it, and uses the resulting database to make its filtering generally less shitty than WordPress on its own. It’s never caught anything by mistake on my site except for YOUR comments.

    Simple HTML should work. Images and links, maybe not. URLs should be formatted automagically. I dunno. If there are actual settings for this stuff, I haven’t touched them in ages.

    I did just upgrade WordPress five minutes ago, though.

  22. Akismet is a comment spam plugin for WordPress that collects spam data from all the sites that use it, and uses the resulting database to make its filtering generally less shitty than WordPress on its own. It’s never caught anything by mistake on my site except for YOUR comments.

    Simple HTML should work. Images and links, maybe not. URLs should be formatted automagically. I dunno. If there are actual settings for this stuff, I haven’t touched them in ages.

    I did just upgrade WordPress five minutes ago, though.

  23. P.S. the coComment Firefox plugin is one hell of a lot better than the WordPress plugin I had running on here, plus it captures your comments from EVERYWHERE and doesn’t directly bugger up my site.

  24. P.S. the coComment Firefox plugin is one hell of a lot better than the WordPress plugin I had running on here, plus it captures your comments from EVERYWHERE and doesn’t directly bugger up my site.

  25. If you want to put that coComment thing back on, be my guest. Like I said, it saved me from retyping a couple of my comments.

    As far as images and links and what not, if I get the hankerin’ to post one… I won’t. I don’t want the hassle of having to wonder if my comment will be posted or not.

    I think we have run this into the ground. It may be time for you to post a new thread.

  26. If you want to put that coComment thing back on, be my guest. Like I said, it saved me from retyping a couple of my comments.

    As far as images and links and what not, if I get the hankerin’ to post one… I won’t. I don’t want the hassle of having to wonder if my comment will be posted or not.

    I think we have run this into the ground. It may be time for you to post a new thread.

  27. I don’t need to put coComment back. I have it installed in Firefox. It lives on my status bar. It annoyed more people than found it useful, anyway.

    Blee! http://www.cocomment.com/tools

    My website does not have threads, because I’m old school, and I think it sounds ridiculous, because if I was into that kind of thing, I’d install a message board. But I will add a new post… eventually. Once I find something new to complain about.

    I don’t remember what Negativesmart means. Nothing brainy.

  28. I don’t need to put coComment back. I have it installed in Firefox. It lives on my status bar. It annoyed more people than found it useful, anyway.

    Blee! http://www.cocomment.com/tools

    My website does not have threads, because I’m old school, and I think it sounds ridiculous, because if I was into that kind of thing, I’d install a message board. But I will add a new post… eventually. Once I find something new to complain about.

    I don’t remember what Negativesmart means. Nothing brainy.

  29. That all sounds really swell.

    If you don’t post threads, what do you post?

    Negativesmart sounds like it means smart, but not that smart.

  30. That all sounds really swell.

    If you don’t post threads, what do you post?

    Negativesmart sounds like it means smart, but not that smart.

  31. I just post… posts.

    Smartness is a continuum.

    -S < S < +S < ++S (double plus smart)

    Or something.

  32. I just post… posts.

    Smartness is a continuum.

    -S < S < +S < ++S (double plus smart) Or something.

  33. I thought they mostly posted the explanation for sodium benzoate in the process of trying to provide a mostly natural ingredient list. That’s what I recall seeing more of label wise. Dunno :-

  34. I thought they mostly posted the explanation for sodium benzoate in the process of trying to provide a mostly natural ingredient list. That’s what I recall seeing more of label wise. Dunno :-\

  35. I see you’ve changed the look of Negativesmart. It looks PDN (pretty damn nice.) Can we post links and such now and not have to wait for the spam moderator to check if it’s legitimate?

    What is a thread then. I was under the impression that a thread was what you (the blog owner) writes and a post was the comment that we (the blog reader) writes. Maybe I was mislead.

  36. I see you’ve changed the look of Negativesmart. It looks PDN (pretty damn nice.) Can we post links and such now and not have to wait for the spam moderator to check if it’s legitimate?

    What is a thread then. I was under the impression that a thread was what you (the blog owner) writes and a post was the comment that we (the blog reader) writes. Maybe I was mislead.

  37. One thing I noticed that’s different about the new layout is, if you skip a space to start a new paragraph it automatically closes the gap. I personally don’t like that part of blog when it does that. I’ll have to take the good with the bad I guess.

  38. One thing I noticed that’s different about the new layout is, if you skip a space to start a new paragraph it automatically closes the gap. I personally don’t like that part of blog when it does that. I’ll have to take the good with the bad I guess.

  39. Oh, ignore the site design right now.

    I’m flipping through templates, trying to find one that I don’t hate, and doesn’t screw things up.

    Making my own would probably be easier. Bah.

  40. Oh, ignore the site design right now.

    I’m flipping through templates, trying to find one that I don’t hate, and doesn’t screw things up.

    Making my own would probably be easier. Bah.

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