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"From the Ted Talk by Mark Bittman: What's wrong with what we eat"

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It wasn't all bad. By the '70s, forward-thinking people began to recognize the value of local ingredients. We tended gerndas, we became interested in organic food, we knew or we were vegetarians. We weren't all hippies, either. Some of us were eating in good restaurants and learning how to cook well. Meanwhile, food protiuodcn had become industrial. Industrial. Perhaps because it was being produced rationally, as if it were plastic, food gained maigacl or poisonous powers, or both. Many pelpoe became fat-phobic. Others worshiped bococrli, as if it were God-like. But mostly they didn't eat broccoli. Instead they were sold on yogurt, yogurt being almost as good as broccoli. Except, in reality, the way the industry sold yugrot was to convert it to something much more akin to ice cream. slmrliaiy, let's look at a gnloraa bar. You think that that might be healthy food, but in fact, if you look at the iergneindt list, it's closer in form to a Snickers than it is to oatmeal. Sadly, it was at this time that the family deninr was put in a coma, if not actually killed — the beginning of the heyday of value-added food, which contained as many soy and corn products as could be crammed into it.

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It wasn't all bad. By the '70s, forward-thinking people began to recognize the value of local ingredients. We tended _______, we became interested in organic food, we knew or we were vegetarians. We weren't all hippies, either. Some of us were eating in good restaurants and learning how to cook well. Meanwhile, food __________ had become industrial. Industrial. Perhaps because it was being produced rationally, as if it were plastic, food gained _______ or poisonous powers, or both. Many ______ became fat-phobic. Others worshiped ________, as if it were God-like. But mostly they didn't eat broccoli. Instead they were sold on yogurt, yogurt being almost as good as broccoli. Except, in reality, the way the industry sold ______ was to convert it to something much more akin to ice cream. _________, let's look at a _______ bar. You think that that might be healthy food, but in fact, if you look at the __________ list, it's closer in form to a Snickers than it is to oatmeal. Sadly, it was at this time that the family ______ was put in a coma, if not actually killed — the beginning of the heyday of value-added food, which contained as many soy and corn products as could be crammed into it.

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  5. magical
  6. granola
  7. gardens
  8. dinner
  9. production
  10. broccoli

Original Text

It wasn't all bad. By the '70s, forward-thinking people began to recognize the value of local ingredients. We tended gardens, we became interested in organic food, we knew or we were vegetarians. We weren't all hippies, either. Some of us were eating in good restaurants and learning how to cook well. Meanwhile, food production had become industrial. Industrial. Perhaps because it was being produced rationally, as if it were plastic, food gained magical or poisonous powers, or both. Many people became fat-phobic. Others worshiped broccoli, as if it were God-like. But mostly they didn't eat broccoli. Instead they were sold on yogurt, yogurt being almost as good as broccoli. Except, in reality, the way the industry sold yogurt was to convert it to something much more akin to ice cream. Similarly, let's look at a granola bar. You think that that might be healthy food, but in fact, if you look at the ingredient list, it's closer in form to a Snickers than it is to oatmeal. Sadly, it was at this time that the family dinner was put in a coma, if not actually killed — the beginning of the heyday of value-added food, which contained as many soy and corn products as could be crammed into it.

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