"Beauty confronts us with the requirement that we place ourselves among...the redeemers, the leaders in the protection of life. Once you have seen the bush on fire, you are not going to get out of the assignment unless you close your eyes to the beauty.... [You] either have to close your eyes or go back to Egypt and set the people free." - Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker, "Rising to the Challenge of Our Times"

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Use only as directed

Kids, stay away from yogurt covered pretzels. Just don't even start. It's too late for me; I bought a bag yesterday at the co-op kidding myself that I would be able to eat a couple here and there as a treat; they are made from unbleached enriched flour and evaporated cane juice so they practically radiate healthiness (the picture of a quaint farmhouse on the package helps too). After munching the first one, though, I realized they might as well have been dipped in heroin. Something about the sweet outside and salty inside. They are evil; stay away. One 8 oz bag contains 1140 calories; 42 grams of saturated fat, 162 grams of carbs (108 grams of sugar), and 18 grams of protein. 24 hours later I'm only halfway through the bag though; maybe there is some hope.

On the other hand, the Greek word for "remedy" and "poison" is the same: pharmakon. It is all a question of dosage. These yogurt covered pretzels may be a fine remedy for something; I'll just have to experiment with the right dosage.

They are made by Woodstock Farms and retail for between $4 - $5 a bag, just so you know what you're being warned from.


wordsfromhome said...

Did you count the number of pretzels in a one ounce serving? It mattereth not the organic or minimally processed source of the fat and carbohydrate. the truth is that these yummies are laden with saturated, artery clogging, fat and simple sugars that provide a huge calorie load for a minimal amount of nutrition.
But then, when I eat a vanilla wafer or an Andes mint, I only look at the contents of that one bite and trick myself into thinking it is of little consequence....again, and again, and again....

Emily said...

I suppose that yogurt pretzels would be a pretty good high-octane fuel for biking across Nevada or running through the Sierras, but probably not indicated for sitting in my office typing at the computer.

C. Carico said...

E kept the existance of the bag quiet until last night when we were both desperate for a snack. I got about five or six. What a raw deal.