100-Calorie Snacks Are The Downfall Of American Civilization

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100-calorie snacks are, among many other things, the reason I despise the word "innovation" when used in the context of the defense of market capitalism. Inventing the Dorito: that is "innovation." Crushing nine Doritos into small pieces and selling them in miniature bags because our landfills aren't being occupied fast enough is just...at best, it is baby food. A hundred calories is a retarded unit of food to try to consume. People in GULAGS didn't dole out food in 100-calorie increments. And the type of food that comes in 100-calorie packs is precisely that sinister brand of carbs that were invented with the sole purpose of making you want MORE.


And, of course, if you spend the 256% unit price markup for the luxury of buying your food in 100-calorie portions, that's the nice thing: you're allowed to have more than one. Encouraged, even! That's the innovation. Of course, the 100-calorie snack packs prey on our perceptions that we have no self-control.

But consider this: of all the reasons psychologists have been pointed to for conspiring to make us binge on massive quantities of food, that's number one — the sense you've lost control. (Well, that and pot.) (Also, I'm sort of making that up, but it's true.)

So why buy into that evil notion? Why not just, say, eat when you're hungry? Skip dinner if you go overboard? Go take a walk, change into sweatpants, whatevs? Because it wouldn't feed the CYCLE. The cycle tempting, daring, BEGGING us all to buy something, ANYTHING, to help us cope with the fact that we hate ourselves. It started with King Size snickers bars and Super Size meals and double quarter-pounders and ended with Alli and Anna Nicole Smith's tragic, tragic death.

It's a cycle I see before me every time I find myself confronted with a drugstore rack of 100-calorie snack packs.

Break the cycle.

And oh yeah, don't forget not to buy the new 100-calorie Girl Scout cookies.

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@Twilly: @TWSS: THANK YOU!!!! There are ways to control portion control without spending a TON for extra packaging and branding. (Seriously, it is genius: you can put about 600% more logos on one purchase!) Let's make something clear, I DO own some 100 calorie packs of things, but I don't a) subsist EXCLUSIVELY on them (apple or piece of fruit or carrots for an afternoon snack, and yogurt for the other

@peliroja: you don't HAVE to steer clear of Oreos and Doritos, you just can't eat them ALL the time.

The one thing I DO like about this fad is that it does force people too re-evaluate what they eat and how much. A friend of mine (model-body, btw) wanted me to help her put together a meal plan, so to speak, talk about what she should be eating (which she could have done on your own, it just takes common sense, but people like the green light from someone who "knows more than they do" pfft.) ANYWAY, we figured out that my friend was, on average, eating about 3,500-4,000 calories a day. My 250 pound power-lifting 18 y/o brother eats that!! And, truthfully, she wasn't doing anything I haven't seen other people do.