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Day 226. Food. Or is it?

In March 2013 on March 26, 2013 at 1:33 pm

cheezels

Is food about nutrition? Or is it about taste?

Most of us know that when we have a little Cheezel binge, we’re not likely to be taking in any vital nutrients.

But did you ever stop and think about how Cheezels and other so-called ‘extruded’ snacks are made?

Essentially it’s as simple as 1, 2, 3 :

  1. A machine combines basic starchy ingredients;
  2. The required shapes are extruded – or pushed out – using a template system; and
  3. The shapes are dried – in this form they are completely tasteless and bland.

Obviously this is not the end of the line – how does that Cheezle flavour we all know and love come about?

Basically it boils down to covering the tasteless shapes in a layer of powdered palatants – otherwise known as stuff which tastes good.

That’s what that yellow/orange coating is. Stuff which tastes good.

This is also the method used to make most dried dog and cat food.

Fortunately, most cats and dogs don’t dig the full-on flavours that humans like. Otherwise, we could just bring out the schmackos with the beer and footy.

[image thanks to littleredd on flickr]

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