bet you can't stop at just one
All right, I'll admit it, I'm addicted.
Ever since I discovered that our local supermarket carried little cans of hot wasabi peas, I've become an out-of-control snacker. The market may not have fresh spinach or chocolate chips or proper brown sugar, but they have hot wasabi peas. It's a step in the right direction. But it's also my downfall. I cannot stop eating those things.
What's worse is that shortly after my discovery, Mr M found out that the wholesale market we sometimes shop at has great big cans of wasabi peas, as well as their partner in crime, those crunchy round sesame peanut crackers.
I can take or leave the sesame crackers, actually. It's those tiny peas that have really stolen my heart and my taste buds.
I'm obviously done for now and will have to start rationalizing my consumption. Hmm, let's see...green peas are vegetables, aren't they? There's got to be some nutrition in there somewhere. And if you let the delicious, spicy wasabi coating melt slowly on your tongue it'll clear that sinus infection right up. A definite health benefit, for me at least. At this time I'm still in denial about the palm oil and the FD&C Yellow #5 and Blue #1 dyes, though, and have chosen to ignore how those ingredients may be affecting my quality of life.
But I guess there are worse things to be addicted to, and it looks like many people in Germany may start thinking about kicking the habit soon. The tobacco habit, that is. Last Friday Hannover played host to the "Nichtraucher Gipfel" - a summit to discuss Germany's anti-smoking laws, or lack thereof. State health ministers finally agreed to ban smoking in public buildings including hospitals, schools, daycare centres, night clubs, pubs and restaurants, unless restaurant owners are able to provide a separate room for patrons who still wish to smoke. Smoking will also be prohibited in public transportation, something I am very happy about.
Further information here:
German States Agree On Limited Smoking Ban in Restaurants
Germany Will Ring in 2008 Smoke-Free
The Power Behind the German Smoking Ban Stalemate
Opinion: Plans For Smoking Ban Are Half-Hearted
This ban is a huge step forward in terms of protecting the health of Germany's citizens, especially children. Over 3,000 people in Germany die every year from the effects of passive smoking, whereas not one single person has expired from watching me eat hot wasabi peas.
Food for thought.