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Originally published June 24 2011

California fair vendor tests limits of Americans' junk food threshold by serving deep-fried Kool-Aid

by Ethan A. Huff, staff writer

(NaturalNews) There appears to be no limit to what some Americans are willing to put in their bodies, even in the so-called health mecca of California. According to a recent FOX News report, a vendor at the San Diego County Fair this year is selling battered, deep-fried Kool-Aid -- yes, Kool-Aid powder wrapped in refined batter and submerged in boiling oil -- to fairgoers with a penchant for fake food.

Even at the lofty price of $5.95 a pop, hungry patrons are reportedly lining up in droves to try the new crispy, grease-drenched blob of artificial flavors and colors. The same vendor also sells deep-fried Klondike bars, Girl Scout cookies, avocados, and even a chicken sandwich made with Krispy Kreme doughnuts as the bread, all of which are fair favorites.

Sadly, deep-fried "novelty" items like these, as well as the now-infamous deep-fried Twinkies and Oreo cookies, have become staples at most American state and county fairs. This is ironic since most fairs were originally designed to feature new agricultural practices and fresh farm fare. Today, these fairs appear to be devolving into little more than an excuse to eat some of the worst garbage on the planet.

In case you are unaware, Kool-Aid drink mixes are literally nothing more than refined sugar, artificial flavors, and synthetic, petroleum-based colors. And the sugar-free varieties, of course, contain the deadly aspartame sweetener, as well as acesulfame potassium, which is linked to respiratory illness and cancer (

Likewise, the batter used to deep-fry the Kool-Aid concoction is hardly any better, as it is composed of refined flours that have likely been treated with potassium bromate, a chemical linked to thyroid disorders and cancer ( And to top it all off, the oils used to fry the end product are more than likely made of soy or canola, the vast majority of which is of genetically-modified (GM) origin if produced in the US.

With all this in mind, maybe the deep-fried Kool-Aid blob truly does belong at state and county fairs after all. Its ingredients really are a testament to mainstream agricultural practices in the US, and in a way are a sampling of the "farm fare" grown on millions of US acres every year.

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