August 8, 2007
Iowa votes for unhealthy food
When you head to the Iowa State Fair, you've better bring your walking shoes, light comfortable clothes, but leave your healthy salad and water at home. Because the Iowa State Fair doesn't want any stinky, East Coast liberals with their tofu and sprout sandwiches. In fact, the DesMoinesRegister.com reports no beverages, food or coolers may be brought into the fair. The exception is baby food. OK, your baby can eat healthy, lady. You can't.
The Iowa State University Cooperative Extension has estimated the calories of fair favorites.
- Cotton candy: 100 calories.
- Caramel apple: 200 calories.
- Chocolate-covered cheesecake on a stick: 300 calories.
- Plain hamburger: 450 calories.
- Fried candy bar on a stick: 550 calories.
- 64-ounce soda: 800 calories.
- Fried turkey leg: 1,100 calories.
There are more than 220 foodstands at the fair with dozens of items. What healthy foods does the website suggest?
- Baked potato (278 calories with nothing on it)
- Corn on the cob (155 calories with butter)
- Salads (watch out for the dressings at sometimes 500 calories)
- Mixed fruit cups
- Shish kebabs (who knows what's in those)
- Veggie corn dog (Cotton candy might have less calories and taste better)
- Turkey tenderloins
- Pork chop on a stick (154 calories for 3 oz.)
That's it. A thousand food items in the breadbasket of the nation, at the show place for agriculture and food in America, and the website can find less than 10 healthy food items.
I'd suggest you'd bring your own food and water to the fair. But that's illegal in Iowa.