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Junk food facts that may make you cringe

by Otis Day

I read this great list at buzzfeed.com

1. Food companies know how our brains work in a grocery store, and they pay big money for good placement.

2. Frito-Lay, for example, has a research team of nearly 500 scientists dedicated to fine-tuning their snacks for maximum deliciousness (and addictive power).

3. They even used a $40,000 chewing-simulation device to achieve the ideal crunch level for their chips.

4. And they know that the louder chips crunch, the better they taste.

5. Coca-Cola's scientists carefully calibrate Coke's flavor to be distinctive yet "forgettable" because our tongues get tired of stronger, more recognizable tastes.

6. Cadbury's scientists tested 61 different formulas to come up with the perfectly addictive Cherry Vanilla Dr Pepper.

7. A Hungry Man roast turkey dinner lists salt nine separate times in its ingredients.

8. Some Doritos have more than three times as much sodium as potato chips.

9. Three slices of Oscar Meyer ham can contain more than half a day's recommended sodium intake.

10. Even V8 juice has 420mg of sodium per cup, or 20% of your daily recommended intake.

11. Commercially produced bread is heavy on salt because it keeps the machines from getting gummed up.

12. There's as much sugar in half a cup of Prego tomato sauce as there is in three Oreos.

13. "Fruit" drinks are some of the worst for you. Cherry Capri Sun has 28% more sugar per ounce than Coca-Cola does.

14. Pancakes "breakfast" Lunchables had 76 grams of sugar (three times the AHA's daily intake recommendation).

15. The top ingredient in Apple Jacks is sugar (43%).

16. The American Heart Association's recommendation for women's sugar intake is just five teaspoons a day. That's half a can of Coke or one and a half Fig Newtons.

7. Which is part of the reason that a large (10-oz.) bag of Lay's packs one and a half days' worth of fat (about 100g).

18. One DiGiorno Cheese Stuffed Crust Supreme Pizza has more than two days' worth of saturated fat (42 grams).

19. Two spoonfuls of Philadelphia's Indulgence chocolate cream cheese has a quarter of the daily maximum for saturated fat.

20. Cheez Whiz does not list cheese as an ingredient.

21. Packaged food executives don't actually eat the products their companies make.

22. Coca-Cola executives refer to consumers who drink more than two or three cans a day as "heavy users."

23. The biggest food company in the country, Kraft, was controlled by the biggest tobacco company, Altria (formerly Philip Morris) until 2007.