The end result is a product specifically designed to trigger our food pleasure receptors, stimulating them based on fat and sugar, or with a crunchy texture and salty taste. This edible product must meet other conditions: it must be very cheap to manufacture and almost imperishable. Such a product can make a lot of money if it sells well. And it will sell well because the promotion and advertising budgets of the food industry are huge, and its distribution systems make the product quickly available in the last store in the most remote locality.
Edible products advance slowly to occupy every last niche in food. They have already taken over the breakfast table, own much of the dinner, and are pushing hard on the midday meal. Let's see some examples. The list of canonical ingredients of bread (wheat flour, yeast and salt) is completed in the edible derivative product (sliced bread) with oil (in the best case, sunflower) and sugar. To round off, emulsifiers and preservatives.
Country pizza has a base, in addition to flour, yeast and salt, sugar, vegetable oil (*) and dextrose. In the tomato sauce coating it has more sugar and more dextrose. Dextrose is a commercial form of glucose, a sugar. The Homemade Cooked Croquettes with Serrano Ham have, in addition to what they should have, wheat starch and sugar, seasoned with sodium ascorbate, ascorbic acid, potassium nitrate and sodium nitrite.
Chicken and cheese nuggets are 31% chicken and 5% cheese. The rest is a mixture of wheat and corn flour, wheat starch, modified potato starch, soy protein, milk solids, etc., up to 64% of the product. Chicken fingers contain starch, glucose syrup, soy protein and eight additives, including stabilizers, thickeners, colorants and emulsifiers.
Edible products are cheap and tasty, the bad thing is that they all taste more or less the same, that is, to the mixture of starch, vegetable fat, salt, sugar and flavorings. On a real food base (for example, chicken meat or tuna) that does not usually exceed 40% of the content, the rest is filled with cheap industrial products such as soy protein and corn glucose syrup, and you get a product that will bring great joy to the shareholders of the large food companies.
Edible products have nothing to do with preserves. Canned foods are usually superfoods, concentrates of rich substances necessary for life (you only have to see a can of sardines in olive oil).
Edible products are not as cheap as they seem, although a kilo of frozen four-season pizza costs just over 4 euros per kilo. In reality, they are expensive, in terms of health spending, to the point that many governments, including Spain, are planning to tax edible products by imposing rates on sugar or fat content.
In addition to the health problems that these edible products cause, the problem is that they are replacing real food. It is a hare of gigantic proportions, which is destroying Mediterranean cuisine in our country and quality food in general throughout the world.
The solution is simple: cook. Here is a recipe for breaded chicken breasts that only needs four ingredients (oil, egg, chicken and flour) and dressings to taste. Ready in 15 minutes and at a good price. You save the 25 spurious ingredients in edible nuggets.
(*) Since December 2014 you can no longer say "vegetable oil" dry on the label. It must be specified if it is olive, palm, sunflower oil, etc.