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Wild salmon got its nice pink color from eating red-hued krill, but farmed salmon don't get a chance to eat that. Instead, they're fed ground up fish meal and oils that turn their flesh a dull gray color. So, to make up for that color deficiency, farmed salmon are fed pink pigments.

SalmoFan salmon colors

Salmon farmers can even choose how pink is pink enough with this nifty SalmoFan. It's just like looking at paint swatches at the hardware store!

At least there's no difference between cheap wine and expensive wine:

Psychologist Richard Wiseman of the Hertfordshire University conducted a blind test in which he asked 578 regular people to tell the difference between a variety of wine, ranging from cheap £3 wines to expensive £30 bottles:

The study found that people correctly distinguished between cheap and expensive white wines only 53% of the time, and only 47% of the time for red wines. The overall result suggests a 50:50 chance of identifying a wine as expensive or cheap based on taste alone – the same odds as flipping a coin.

So, in other words. They guessed.

Ah, but that's regular people, oenophiles said. What about experts? Well, the results aren't much better: In 2001, Frédéric Brochet at the University of Bordeaux tested 54 wine experts to rate 2 glasses of red and 2 glasses of white wine. The experts couldn't even tell that the red wine was actually the same as the white wine, but colored by red dye.

If that's not bad enough, wait till you hear what Brochet did next. He took a middling bottle of wine and served it in two different bottles. One bottle had a fancy grand cru label and the other one had an ordinary table wine label. The experts gave the same two wines opposite descriptions: they praised the "grand cru" wine and dismissed the ordinary one as less favorable.

La folie de la prétention est exposée!

Is that french for "good wine is cheap wine"?

Cue the "Nailed it!" meme ....

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Mmmm, mini apple pies sounds good right now...

It's great to know that both scientific research and the French support my choice to make all my wine purchases at Wal-Mart and Trader Joe! I feel awesome!


2 Buck Chuck or something more?

Wait, they sell wine at Walmart?!

Also, it confirms my opinion that beer, being the product of creation and creativity, is morally superior to wine, which just kind of happens. 

Winemakers seem to work awfully hard for something that just kind of happens!

By your definition of moral superority, beer is superior to children, too.  Hey, we've all thought it at one time or another.

That's hilarious...and too real.

Walmart sells Barefoot Pink Moscato. It's actually quite good. Yum yum.

When I searched the website I didn't find Barefoot but I did find Sutter Home:

And Geege, that's a good point about children.

Hm...not sure why that is. I buy the Pink Moscato at the Mountain View store. I know they have the regular Moscato online, which is also quite good.

My wife just likes the bubbly pink a little more - hints of nectarines, pomegranates and raspberries. Fine wine for under 5 bucks!

"Fine wine for under 5 bucks" is a contender for the new PandaWhale tag line.

Brilliant.  Just fn brilliant.

I think so too.

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