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Re: Chili with Beans TOTM- Field review

Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 9:59 pm
by steve1989
RockyRaab wrote:That brings up a personal peeve of mine. Why in the Hellespont don't the artificial flavors cinnamon, banana, and watermelon (among others) taste ANYTHING like the real item? Who in the bleep tasted them and said, "That's ..."? Were they taste blind, deluded, or hallucinating?


I agree Rocky, most artificial flavors are bordering grotesque to me - candies and drink mixes are far overpowering and sweet. And all the food coloring too..! For instance, you've got MRE fruit punch drink mixes .. ever see how badly that stuff stains white cups? I love the French RCIRs or even UK 24hr drink mixes - no coloring like here in the US. I have this feeling the govt wants our guys to be drinking what resembles Kool Aid from their childhoods. Is it intense in coloring to mask the tinfe color of treated water? Only purpose i can muster on that.

Re: Chili with Beans TOTM- Field review

Posted: Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:43 pm
by SNiiP3R
steve1989 wrote:
RockyRaab wrote:That brings up a personal peeve of mine. Why in the Hellespont don't the artificial flavors cinnamon, banana, and watermelon (among others) taste ANYTHING like the real item? Who in the bleep tasted them and said, "That's ..."? Were they taste blind, deluded, or hallucinating?


I agree Rocky, most artificial flavors are bordering grotesque to me - candies and drink mixes are far overpowering and sweet. And all the food coloring too..! For instance, you've got MRE fruit punch drink mixes .. ever see how badly that stuff stains white cups? I love the French RCIRs or even UK 24hr drink mixes - no coloring like here in the US. I have this feeling the govt wants our guys to be drinking what resembles Kool Aid from their childhoods. Is it intense in coloring to mask the tinfe color of treated water? Only purpose i can muster on that.


Most of the food dyes that you see in US MRE's, especially in drinks, are actually banned in Europe. Those things are known to cause allergic reactions, hyperactivity and even cancer. :( That's probably why the drinks in Euro rations are not as colorful.