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(Buzzfeed)   So what exactly DO they sell at the Iowa State Fair that has nutritionists clutching their lab coats in agony? Do they have something against deep-fried cheese or the bacon-wrapped rib on a stick?   (buzzfeed.com) divider line 70
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2013-08-18 08:45:27 AM  
With pulled pork, beans, slaw, and BBQ sauce served in a waffle cone

Genius... the best thing since Pizza in a Cone.
 
2013-08-18 09:07:14 AM  
Let the Iowans have their little food orgy, people. They can go eat their corn later.
 
2013-08-18 09:12:32 AM  
i didn't know they made lab coats out of hemp
 
2013-08-18 09:14:19 AM  
That double bacon corn dog for under 500 cal. looks very tempting.   Bacon.
 
2013-08-18 09:16:30 AM  
any of these things are fine to eat occasionally. it's the people who eat this kind of shiat every day with no exercise that have problems.
 
2013-08-18 09:20:33 AM  
Don't care about the calories so much, but the salt must be ridiculous.
 
2013-08-18 09:21:08 AM  
Once a year we have the Fall Festival in this town. It's a week long carnival of meh rides and an orgy of food. The brain sandwich booth has lasted since before I was born, and I have yet to have one because the lines are too long. Since 04 or so the deep fried everything craze hit and shiat got crazy. They also have some interesting other foods. It never occurred to me that you could make sunflower bread or strawberry butter, or that they'd be so delicious together.

20 bucks, deal with traffic, once a year. I'm gonna get one of those brains, damnit.
 
2013-08-18 09:21:38 AM  
I now realize that my life will be incomplete until I've had a double bacon corn dog.

/drools
 
2013-08-18 09:21:58 AM  
I thought the question would be "what DIDN'T freak out a nutritionist at a fair"?
 
2013-08-18 09:26:44 AM  
"Beef Sundae?" No. No. Nononononono.

/and who eats an entire turkey leg?
 
2013-08-18 09:30:03 AM  
I call shenanigans on the 1100 calorie turkey leg. That would be over 20 ounces of meat and skin. I think they weighed the bone and called it fat calories.
 
pla
2013-08-18 09:30:28 AM  
The_Original_Roxtar : any of these things are fine to eat occasionally. it's the people who eat this kind of shiat every day with no exercise that have problems

Aaaaand - Done. You have won the thread, friend.

We only need a profession named "nutritionist" because most people can't figure that out. I get so sick of arguing with fatties about whether or not limiting calories and exercising more will make them lose weight. "But but but, not that simple", "I have a hormone problem", "depression is a real disease", "set points / metabolism / ketones / gluten / fad X", they all protest. Bullshiat. If you consume sufficiently few calories, you will, absolutely, without any possible alternative, lose weight. If you exercise enough to burn off more calories than you consume, you will, absolutely, without any possible alternative, lose weight. Reductio ad absurdum: If that didn't work, "starvation" wouldn't count as a cause of death.

Now, if we want to discuss what foods, entirely divorced from the concept of calories, will keep your machinery running the best - Hey, they go back and forth on a daily basis about whether coffee and beer will kill us or make us immortal.  But it doesn't take a McDonald's Scientist to tell us that too many deep fried bacon double cheesecakes don't do us much good.
 
2013-08-18 09:31:25 AM  
Most of that stuff looks pretty revolting to me. But, I used to frequent the Dunedin Brewery (Florida) and they made those fried cheese curds as an app. Absolutely scrumptious. Never quite figured out how to make them myself, but try them if you run across them.
 
2013-08-18 09:49:37 AM  

Mentalpatient87: Once a year we have the Fall Festival in this town. It's a week long carnival of meh rides and an orgy of food. The brain sandwich booth has lasted since before I was born, and I have yet to have one because the lines are too long. Since 04 or so the deep fried everything craze hit and shiat got crazy. They also have some interesting other foods. It never occurred to me that you could make sunflower bread or strawberry butter, or that they'd be so delicious together.

20 bucks, deal with traffic, once a year. I'm gonna get one of those brains, damnit.


I told you to get a brain a long time ago, moran.
 
2013-08-18 10:05:03 AM  
Moderation in everything. Including listening to fat-haters calling themselves nutritionists. My business partner is nuts about low-fat and has gained 60 lbs in the last five years.
 
2013-08-18 10:08:41 AM  

pla: The_Original_Roxtar : any of these things are fine to eat occasionally. it's the people who eat this kind of shiat every day with no exercise that have problems

Aaaaand - Done. You have won the thread, friend.

We only need a profession named "nutritionist" because most people can't figure that out. I get so sick of arguing with fatties about whether or not limiting calories and exercising more will make them lose weight. "But but but, not that simple", "I have a hormone problem", "depression is a real disease", "set points / metabolism / ketones / gluten / fad X", they all protest. Bullshiat. If you consume sufficiently few calories, you will, absolutely, without any possible alternative, lose weight. If you exercise enough to burn off more calories than you consume, you will, absolutely, without any possible alternative, lose weight. Reductio ad absurdum: If that didn't work, "starvation" wouldn't count as a cause of death.


For the record, fat people can starve to death. The conversion process of fat to energy can malfunction, in which case the fat will simply pile up.
 
2013-08-18 10:11:34 AM  
Get back to me when someone finally sells the:

Deep-fried, chocolate-covered, bacon-jerky.

or even just...

Bacon-ranch-Doritos.
 
2013-08-18 10:19:29 AM  

Fluid: .......
For the record, fat people can starve to death. The conversion process of fat to energy can malfunction, in which case the fat will simply pile up.


[citation needed]
I totally want to read a story of a morbidly obese person starving to death.
 
2013-08-18 10:19:50 AM  
Well now I know why the turkey legs are so delicious.   It's not going to stop me from eating two of them at the fair though.  Not at the same time, one when I enter one when I leave.

/plus scones
//onion burger
///I suddenly feel fat
 
2013-08-18 10:26:02 AM  
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I took my daughter and here three kids (14 and the twins are 4) to the Iowa State Fair on Friday.  6½ hours there.  We did one hell of a lot of walking but only got one corn dog each, one ice cream cone each and  tall cups of honey lemonade at the beekeepers' exhibit (upstairs from The Butter Cow).  Eldest granddaughter did get the deep fried cheese on a stick though and we all sampled it.

Normally, I get the pork chop on a stick, but it takes a while to eat it and I needed to move fast to keep up with the twins, so maybe next year.  At any rate, the pork chop on a stick is grilled and quite juicy and HUGE.  Cannot be beat.  They had deep fried prairie oysters this year.  I was going to get some, just to gross out my daughter and eldest granddaughter, but I couldn't find them.  I've had them grilled before and they are not bad.
 
2013-08-18 10:29:42 AM  
goddamn it. i've lived half my life either in or in near proximity to iowa and i have never been to the iowa state fair. one of these days, i MUST go.
 
2013-08-18 10:32:24 AM  

pla: We only need a profession named "nutritionist" because most people can't figure that out. I get so sick of arguing with fatties about whether or not limiting calories and exercising more will make them lose weight. "But but but, not that simple", "I have a hormone problem", "depression is a real disease", "set points / metabolism / ketones / gluten / fad X", they all protest. Bullshiat. If you consume sufficiently few calories, you will, absolutely, without any possible alternative, lose weight. If you exercise enough to burn off more calories than you consume, you will, absolutely, without any possible alternative, lose weight. Reductio ad absurdum: If that didn't work, "starvation" wouldn't count as a cause of death


My wife and I have tried every shiatty diet out there.  We even tried a juice fast.  I can't stand diets where I absolutely can't eat something ever; like Atkins.  I finally decided its time to be a grownup about it and I'm writing down every stupid thing I eat and recording the calories.  The only drawback is that I'm eating more processed stuff than I'd really like because those calorie counts are right there.

I'm down 7 pounds so far, and I eat what I want.  If I want chips, I have a serving instead of the whole bag.  We went to Taco Bell yesterday- I had 2 crunchy tacos fresco style for 300 kcal.  Writing it all down makes me feel like a moron but it really makes you realize how much you're taking in.  My goal is to get used to the portion sizes and transition to more home cooked foods.

Been fat my whole adult life, time for something different.
 
2013-08-18 10:33:25 AM  

NutWrench: "Beef Sundae?" No. No. Nononononono.

/and who eats an entire turkey leg?


Guys who pee standing up, for one.

If I were to invent a panty untwister, I might make billions--except that food nannies probably like that stick-up-the-backside feeling.
 
2013-08-18 10:35:03 AM  

Fluid: pla: The_Original_Roxtar : any of these things are fine to eat occasionally. it's the people who eat this kind of shiat every day with no exercise that have problems

Aaaaand - Done. You have won the thread, friend.

We only need a profession named "nutritionist" because most people can't figure that out. I get so sick of arguing with fatties about whether or not limiting calories and exercising more will make them lose weight. "But but but, not that simple", "I have a hormone problem", "depression is a real disease", "set points / metabolism / ketones / gluten / fad X", they all protest. Bullshiat. If you consume sufficiently few calories, you will, absolutely, without any possible alternative, lose weight. If you exercise enough to burn off more calories than you consume, you will, absolutely, without any possible alternative, lose weight. Reductio ad absurdum: If that didn't work, "starvation" wouldn't count as a cause of death.

For the record, fat people can starve to death. The conversion process of fat to energy can malfunction, in which case the fat will simply pile up.


And, per 1000 people, how common is this condition?
 
2013-08-18 10:39:40 AM  
Ummmm...who eats this shiat every day? It's something that people eat once a year. Go be food Nazis somewhere else.

Why do we green articles that have already appeared as those miserable 'Featured Partner' thingys?
 
2013-08-18 10:40:21 AM  
We're heading out in a couple of hours for our last day at The Iowa State Fair. This will be my second trip this year and will be my kid's 4th. We will eat whatever we happen to hanker at the time and not get too worked up about it. All this focus on the food is missing the point.

We'll walk a lot and see a lot of freaky, cool, strange, and real people. We'll see and smell a lot of livestock and remember how our food gets into the grocery stores. The kids will will beg for one more ride, one more treat, one more spin art.  It will all be good.

All of the haters and coastal dwellers who look down their noses at us hinterland folks as fat and stupid should absolutely keep feeling smug and staying the Hell away from here. I'm sure there is something cooler and hipper for you to be doing and eating. We would probably be pleasant to you if you showed up because that's how we are, but afterwards we would smirk and talk about you just a little.
 
2013-08-18 10:41:31 AM  
I was there yesterday and loved my Cheddar Corn Brat (a Brat fried in corn breading)
 
2013-08-18 10:42:26 AM  
Is there something that makes fried cheese curds different than mozzarella sticks?
 
2013-08-18 10:43:49 AM  

Silly_Sot: Fluid: pla: The_Original_Roxtar : any of these things are fine to eat occasionally. it's the people who eat this kind of shiat every day with no exercise that have problems

Aaaaand - Done. You have won the thread, friend.

We only need a profession named "nutritionist" because most people can't figure that out. I get so sick of arguing with fatties about whether or not limiting calories and exercising more will make them lose weight. "But but but, not that simple", "I have a hormone problem", "depression is a real disease", "set points / metabolism / ketones / gluten / fad X", they all protest. Bullshiat. If you consume sufficiently few calories, you will, absolutely, without any possible alternative, lose weight. If you exercise enough to burn off more calories than you consume, you will, absolutely, without any possible alternative, lose weight. Reductio ad absurdum: If that didn't work, "starvation" wouldn't count as a cause of death.

For the record, fat people can starve to death. The conversion process of fat to energy can malfunction, in which case the fat will simply pile up.

And, per 1000 people, how common is this condition?


Maybe one person in thousands. Just noting it's not entirely impossible.
 
2013-08-18 10:46:05 AM  
I'm disappointed in the lack of Michele Bachman photos in this thread.
 
2013-08-18 10:48:37 AM  

mxstone: We're heading out in a couple of hours for our last day at The Iowa State Fair. This will be my second trip this year and will be my kid's 4th. We will eat whatever we happen to hanker at the time and not get too worked up about it. All this focus on the food is missing the point.

We'll walk a lot and see a lot of freaky, cool, strange, and real people. We'll see and smell a lot of livestock and remember how our food gets into the grocery stores. The kids will will beg for one more ride, one more treat, one more spin art.  It will all be good.

All of the haters and coastal dwellers who look down their noses at us hinterland folks as fat and stupid should absolutely keep feeling smug and staying the Hell away from here. I'm sure there is something cooler and hipper for you to be doing and eating. We would probably be pleasant to you if you showed up because that's how we are, but afterwards we would smirk and talk about you just a little.


Ahhh, I live on the East Coast and we have state fairs and fried everything as well.

Your post makes you sound like an aging hipster who moved to the country to "get back" to the land.
 
2013-08-18 10:49:52 AM  

SwiftFox: Is there something that makes fried cheese curds different than mozzarella sticks?


They are fresher cheese meaning they are even more bland and tasteless.  Cheese has to age before it gets flavorful.
 
2013-08-18 10:50:42 AM  
They have cronut cheeseburgers at the Canadian National Exhibition this year.
 
2013-08-18 10:51:54 AM  

theflatline: mxstone: We're heading out in a couple of hours for our last day at The Iowa State Fair. This will be my second trip this year and will be my kid's 4th. We will eat whatever we happen to hanker at the time and not get too worked up about it. All this focus on the food is missing the point.

We'll walk a lot and see a lot of freaky, cool, strange, and real people. We'll see and smell a lot of livestock and remember how our food gets into the grocery stores. The kids will will beg for one more ride, one more treat, one more spin art.  It will all be good.

All of the haters and coastal dwellers who look down their noses at us hinterland folks as fat and stupid should absolutely keep feeling smug and staying the Hell away from here. I'm sure there is something cooler and hipper for you to be doing and eating. We would probably be pleasant to you if you showed up because that's how we are, but afterwards we would smirk and talk about you just a little.

Ahhh, I live on the East Coast and we have state fairs and fried everything as well.

Your post makes you sound like an aging hipster who moved to the country to "get back" to the land.


Green acres is the place to be
Farm livin is the life for me
Land spreadin out so far and wide
Take Manhattan just give me the county side
 
2013-08-18 10:56:38 AM  

Fluid: Silly_Sot: Fluid: pla: The_Original_Roxtar : any of these things are fine to eat occasionally. it's the people who eat this kind of shiat every day with no exercise that have problems

Aaaaand - Done. You have won the thread, friend.

We only need a profession named "nutritionist" because most people can't figure that out. I get so sick of arguing with fatties about whether or not limiting calories and exercising more will make them lose weight. "But but but, not that simple", "I have a hormone problem", "depression is a real disease", "set points / metabolism / ketones / gluten / fad X", they all protest. Bullshiat. If you consume sufficiently few calories, you will, absolutely, without any possible alternative, lose weight. If you exercise enough to burn off more calories than you consume, you will, absolutely, without any possible alternative, lose weight. Reductio ad absurdum: If that didn't work, "starvation" wouldn't count as a cause of death.

For the record, fat people can starve to death. The conversion process of fat to energy can malfunction, in which case the fat will simply pile up.

And, per 1000 people, how common is this condition?

Maybe one person in thousands. Just noting it's not entirely impossible.


Cushing's can also cause extreme weight gain at incredibly low calorie levels. Read about a woman who'd had weight loss surgery and was still gaining. Didn't believe that she wasn't eating a ton until they had her admitted to the hospital and monitored her themselves.

Are these problems rare? Yes, although thyroid problems are common and do cause significant weight loss problems with a carb-heavy diet. It does get old seeing that it's impossible for there to be exceptions.
 
2013-08-18 11:03:08 AM  
Do State Fairs even sell anything that is remotely healthy?  :-D
 
2013-08-18 11:04:10 AM  

theflatline: mxstone: We're heading out in a couple of hours for our last day at The Iowa State Fair. This will be my second trip this year and will be my kid's 4th. We will eat whatever we happen to hanker at the time and not get too worked up about it. All this focus on the food is missing the point.

We'll walk a lot and see a lot of freaky, cool, strange, and real people. We'll see and smell a lot of livestock and remember how our food gets into the grocery stores. The kids will will beg for one more ride, one more treat, one more spin art.  It will all be good.

All of the haters and coastal dwellers who look down their noses at us hinterland folks as fat and stupid should absolutely keep feeling smug and staying the Hell away from here. I'm sure there is something cooler and hipper for you to be doing and eating. We would probably be pleasant to you if you showed up because that's how we are, but afterwards we would smirk and talk about you just a little.

Ahhh, I live on the East Coast and we have state fairs and fried everything as well.

Your post makes you sound like an aging hipster who moved to the country to "get back" to the land.


Glad to hear that you have fairs to enjoy - do you support them?

BTW: regardless of my tone, I was born here and will likely die here. I have lived on the coasts and traveled quite a bit around the USA and my point was aimed more at the people who metaphorically point and laugh at us in the Midwest. If that's not you, great.
 
2013-08-18 11:06:03 AM  

pla: The_Original_Roxtar : any of these things are fine to eat occasionally. it's the people who eat this kind of shiat every day with no exercise that have problems

Aaaaand - Done. You have won the thread, friend.

We only need a profession named "nutritionist" because most people can't figure that out. I get so sick of arguing with fatties about whether or not limiting calories and exercising more will make them lose weight. "But but but, not that simple", "I have a hormone problem", "depression is a real disease", "set points / metabolism / ketones / gluten / fad X", they all protest. Bullshiat. If you consume sufficiently few calories, you will, absolutely, without any possible alternative, lose weight. If you exercise enough to burn off more calories than you consume, you will, absolutely, without any possible alternative, lose weight. Reductio ad absurdum: If that didn't work, "starvation" wouldn't count as a cause of death.

Now, if we want to discuss what foods, entirely divorced from the concept of calories, will keep your machinery running the best - Hey, they go back and forth on a daily basis about whether coffee and beer will kill us or make us immortal.  But it doesn't take a McDonald's Scientist to tell us that too many deep fried bacon double cheesecakes don't do us much good.


Well, to be fair, depression *is* a real disease, with weight gain as a symptom. One of the most effective treatments for depression? Exercise.
 
2013-08-18 11:06:10 AM  
Went to our state fair in NC a few years back and the thick stench of stale fryer oil could've staggered a bull. It all sounded so good and worth a try, but that rotten stench had my stomach doing backflips before I could order. The food was probably good, just that smell, man was it bad. On the plus side, my wife was looking at this animal and said "what are those things hanging down, is this animal ok?" Heh. They were sheep balls the size of cantaloupes.
 
2013-08-18 11:10:26 AM  
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Smart....
 
2013-08-18 11:11:15 AM  

Mentalpatient87: Once a year we have the Fall Festival in this town. It's a week long carnival of meh rides and an orgy of food. The brain sandwich booth has lasted since before I was born, and I have yet to have one because the lines are too long. Since 04 or so the deep fried everything craze hit and shiat got crazy. They also have some interesting other foods. It never occurred to me that you could make sunflower bread or strawberry butter, or that they'd be so delicious together.

20 bucks, deal with traffic, once a year. I'm gonna get one of those brains, damnit.


Holy moly. An Evansville Farker? I carry my brain to Gerst for a pint of something to enjoy with an order of kraut balls every year at the FF.
 
2013-08-18 11:15:46 AM  

Silly_Sot: NutWrench: "Beef Sundae?" No. No. Nononononono.

/and who eats an entire turkey leg?

Guys who pee standing up, for one.

If I were to invent a panty untwister, I might make billions--except that food nannies probably like that stick-up-the-backside feeling.


And 6 year old girls.  At least a friend's young daughter (I have no idea when/what age so guessing here) polished one of quite quickly.  He was proud of her.

As far as 1100 calories, that is quite easy.  1100 calories is less than 1/3 lb of fat, and fair traditions require that all fair food be deep fried (at least once.  Anything not pure sugar or fat needs to visit the fryer again and/or be covered with sugar), so I'm sure there is plenty of  fat in that turkey leg.  Will devour again.
 
2013-08-18 11:17:41 AM  
deep fried oreos are proof that not everything is better deep fried.

my family would try a bunch of those but we would share each one we did get. five of us split a funnel cake. i'd try the deep fried butter just to see what it was all about.
 
2013-08-18 11:21:11 AM  

Noah_Tall: SwiftFox: Is there something that makes fried cheese curds different than mozzarella sticks?

They are fresher cheese meaning they are even more bland and tasteless.  Cheese has to age before it gets flavorful.


Ah, so there's a better excuse for frying them.
 
2013-08-18 11:22:59 AM  
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Deep.  Fried.  Butter.
 
pla
2013-08-18 11:23:31 AM  
doloresonthedottedline : It does get old seeing that it's impossible for there to be exceptions.

I think pretty much all of us accept that exceptions do exist. Can a 3-per-million metabolic disorder cause someone obese to starve to death? Sure, I'll accept the possibility.  Such conditions do not affect thirty-farkin'-six percent of Americans, however.

Hey, we no longer need to hunt for a living, or work the fields 18 hours a day, or even do yardwork by hand for that matter.  Our biology needs fewer calories and more "fake" exercise as a result.  And make no mistake, I fully appreciate that as I get older, I find it harder and harder to keep the weight off and the muscle on.  But at the end of the day, it all comes down to choosing not to have that second helping, or skipping desert, or hitting the gym a few more times a week.

More to the point - I think we'd see a lot more sympathy for people with actual medical conditions if they didn't get "lost in the noise", fading into the background of one out of every three of us.
 
2013-08-18 11:44:23 AM  
Almost every single item they displayed has fewer items than a large flavored milkshake.

While it certainly still qualifies as junk food, I have a hard time being more horrified about this stuff than about much fast food fare.
 
2013-08-18 11:49:35 AM  
I thought deep-fried cheese would be delicious... and I couldn't have been more wrong.
 
2013-08-18 11:50:42 AM  

pla: We only need a profession named "nutritionist" because


OK, rant on:

Nutritionist is NOT a profession.  It's a word, and an overused one at that.  ANYBODY can call themselves a "Nutritionist"  A skinny soccer mom who thinks everybody should be eating gluten-free can be a nutritionist.  The profession you are looking for is "Registered Dietician"  They are professionally trained, and they are certified, and they must maintain that certification with continuous eduction.

Rant off.

/married to an RD
 
2013-08-18 12:06:03 PM  

Stupid Floppy Clownshoes: Mentalpatient87: Once a year we have the Fall Festival in this town. It's a week long carnival of meh rides and an orgy of food. The brain sandwich booth has lasted since before I was born, and I have yet to have one because the lines are too long. Since 04 or so the deep fried everything craze hit and shiat got crazy. They also have some interesting other foods. It never occurred to me that you could make sunflower bread or strawberry butter, or that they'd be so delicious together.

20 bucks, deal with traffic, once a year. I'm gonna get one of those brains, damnit.

Holy moly. An Evansville Farker? I carry my brain to Gerst for a pint of something to enjoy with an order of kraut balls every year at the FF.


Newburgh, but yeah. I was shocked to find out there's a couple of us on Fark, too. Love our new stadium in the most unreachable part of town while the north side stinks of sewage, don't you?
 
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