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Originally published November 4 2014

Irish taste-testers reel at utter grossness of American snack food

by Jonathan Benson, staff writer

(NaturalNews) A group of Irish people was recently asked by the YouTube channel Facts to try a variety of American snack foods for the first time. The individual reactions speak for themselves as these young folks express repulsion at the hydrogenated oils in Twinkies, the food coloring in Kool-Aid and the whatever-it-is that makes up Tootsie Rolls.

So much different from the native snack foods of Ireland, which are obviously a whole lot less fake, the American snack foods are clearly inedible to those with taste buds accustomed to real food. One of the first pairs shown on screen reacts to the smell of a Twinkie, for instance, by likening it to moldy bread. Another person is shown feeling the Twinkie, saying it doesn't seem real.

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"It smells like gone-off cake," says one young man, with a scowl on his face.

"Ooooh," says another young man, as his friend asks him if it feels real. "No," he says, to which his friend responds, "of course not."

These are honest opinions expressed by people who have no concept of what "Froot Loops" are, since they don't actually contain any fruit. You see, in other areas of the world, it is considered false advertising to suggest that something contains "fruit" by giving it a deceptive-sounding name. Such products are a normal part of today's American culture, but they aren't elsewhere.

"It's cream-y, not cream filling," states a young woman in response to reading the Twinkies box. "I think they were clever enough because that's not cream."

"I don't think anything that blue could be nutritious," adds another young man about a blue-colored Froot Loop, laughing at its ridiculousness.

Processed sugar and the downfall of American health

One common thread among all the snack foods shown is that most of them share one common ingredient: sugar. Though some are branded as candy and others as breakfast cereal, every single item in the lineup is essentially the same heaping pile of sugar in various forms.

"Sugar, corn starch -- those are all the same things that are in the Froot Loops," states one of the young men as he reads the ingredients list on a pack of Twizzlers.

So while snack foods are sold in all sorts of unique forms and textures, they are essentially all the same combination of things: sugar, starch, chemical colorings and preservatives. None of these things is a real food item, of course, but millions of Americans think of them as nothing special, guzzling down sugary soda beverages and snacking on fake cakes loaded with them.

Though disgusting, American snack food items are addictive

Then there's the addiction factor, a common characteristic of American snack products. Most of them are outright disgusting, and the rest of the world knows it, but these synthetic food products contain carefully crafted blends of addictive ingredients that keep people coming back for more, whether they like it or not.

"It's weird because you do want more," states one young woman just moments after taking a bite of a Twizzler and declaring it to be "gross."

So, somehow, the processed food industry is able to make the most disgusting flavors and textures be desirable, leaving consumers pressing for more. Though none of the aforementioned snack foods resembles anything real or food-like, each one has a loyal following in the U.S., and is even gaining followers in other countries due to its sheer addictiveness.

"I couldn't tell you what that is," concludes one young man about Tootsie Rolls.

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