The E’s Have It!

I’m in the air over Europe now, zooming from VIE to AMS in an E190.

The flight attendant just brought me a Coca Cola Light, and “Delicious Treats.” On the left, in the yellow package, are Cheese Biscuits. They’re light, airy, and crispy with a pleasant cheddar flavor. The ingredients include colors E100, E160b, and E160c, flavor enhancers E621 and E630, emulsifier E471, and antioxidant E306. I don’t know what any of that stuff is.

The Dutch Cookie is in the red package. It has a nice browned sugary flavor It contains raising agents (E500-E341) as well as “flavour.” Flavour apparently doesn’t have an E code.

The Coca Cola Light contains color E150d, acidifiers E338-E330, aspartame, acesulfame-k, and “extraits végétaux.”

This reminds me of a story I heard once. Apparently in the middle ages water couldn’t be trusted to be pure so people drank beer or wine instead, as they were cleaner and less likely to make you ill. I don’t know if the story is true, but just to err on the side of caution, I’m switching back to beer and wine.

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