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America Through the Eyes of a Russian Woman Part 2

(part 1)

Another thing that many Russian and Eastern European women and men mention about the United States is how horrible is American food.

“American food is horrible,” my Russian girlfriend, who spent some time in America said to me before I came here.  “It is greasy, overly sweet, and is packed with chemicals and preservatives. Fruits and veggies taste like plastic, they last for a year in the refrigerator. Meat and chicken are boosted with steroids and hormones. Watch what you eat, or you’ll get fat in a month.”

There were many things in this country that shocked me (some in a good way, some bad). I got used to and accepted most of them, but food in America is something I still cannot understand.

When you buy bread in Russia, or Poland, or anywhere in Eastern Europe the listed ingredients are: flour, water, yeast and salt. Sometimes, there will be some spices added to it, but that’s about it.

It is a great mystery for me why to make bread in America you have to include half of the periodic table elements. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to put anything I cannot pronounce into my mouth.

The other big food related wonders for me are: milk that tastes like water; fruits that taste like plastic; fat-free stuff; high-fructose corn syrup and soybean oil in nearly every product; turkey-sized chickens and nationwide love for junk-food.

Be advised that a Russian woman will not eat junk, so please don’t take her out to Macdonald’s and don’t buy instant meals. Good news is that most the Russian women are great cooks, so you will most likely have home made meals from scratch every day. Don’t be surprised if she will make you switch to organic produce and meats. It is a good thing, so you should be happy about that. And don’t worry about the costs too much. Russian women are usually very thrifty shoppers. Just ask my husband.

(to be continued…)

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