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Old 02-11-2020, 11:04 AM
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A genie with nothing better to do gives you the ability to eat one food without any negative health affects. It won't give you any good stuff it doesn't naturally have, but you can eat as much and as often as you want, and no stray calorie or trans fat will bother you. What do you pick?

I'm torn between pasta and donuts, personally. I encounter pasta on a more regular basis, but give me a box of donuts and I could scarf down the whole thing if I let myself.
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Old 02-11-2020, 11:14 AM
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Ice cream. I'm not sure if burritos or fried chicken comes in second place.
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Old 02-11-2020, 11:15 AM
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I was just thinking about this the other day, as I was scarfing down raisins in a midnight fit of loneliness and boredom. I'm diabetic, overweight and have GERD issues so there's a lot of foods I have to avoid or at least only enjoy sparingly. Raisins are one of those foods I should avoid or enjoy sparingly...and definitely not eat by the handful out of a huge tub.

So right now, it's raisins. It might also be fresh orange juice, which has the double whammy of sugar and acid.
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Old 02-11-2020, 11:33 AM
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If I chose Ice-cream I'd probably go bankrupt in short order.

Probably beef. I'm going to be eating a lot of beef anyway, even though I know it's generally bad for me, so my diet and expense doesn't change, apart from eating a bit more of the cheaper items to bring me back up to the lost energy.
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Old 02-11-2020, 11:40 AM
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Old 02-11-2020, 11:59 AM
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I can think of a few that are on the short list (pasta and burritos come to mind), but my first choice is pizza.
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Old 02-11-2020, 02:02 PM
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The first 10 items on this list are going to be various nuts, numbers 11 to 40 are going to cheeses, and then we'll get to preserved sausages. The lower reaches of the hundred are mostly curries and Mexican.

I'll go macadamia then pistachio to start.

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Potato chips, probably. They are so tasty, and so terrible in every other way.
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Old 02-11-2020, 03:38 PM
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Old 02-11-2020, 03:46 PM
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(not sure if this belongs in CS [food] or IMHO [opinion poll], mods please move it if I guessed wrong)

A genie with nothing better to do gives you the ability to eat one food without any negative health affects. It won't give you any good stuff it doesn't naturally have, but you can eat as much and as often as you want, and no stray calorie or trans fat will bother you. What do you pick?

I'm torn between pasta and donuts, personally. I encounter pasta on a more regular basis, but give me a box of donuts and I could scarf down the whole thing if I let myself.
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If I can pick a food component, I'll pick gluten...which will open up a whole lot of other foods for me.
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I already pretty much eat whatever I feel like, without worrying about the health consequences. And I'm assuming this isn't including "getting tired of it" or "being bored by blandness" as "negative consequences", so I have almost nothing...

Almost. The one exception is that I have a condition called hemochromatosis, that means that I have to keep my iron consumption low. Now, it's not all that hard to find alternatives to beef, but nonetheless I do like it, so I'd choose beef.
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I'm leaning toward pizza, but I'm not ready to give my final answer.
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This would be my pick of more general categories are allowed. If I had to choose between French fries, mashed potatoes, potato chips, etc. the choice would be more difficult.
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Old 02-11-2020, 06:27 PM
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Tomatoes.

Not because I like tomatoes, but because as it stands now I'm deathly allergic to them and I would like to change that so I don't have to be so damned paranoid about what I eat. I'd like to render tomatoes harmless to me not so that I could consume vast amounts of them but that I need no longer worry that microscopic amounts could kill me.
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I am torn between ice cream and the In-N-Out Burger Double-Double, Animal Style. I mean, I already eat both of those things more often than I should without worrying about the health consequinces as much as I should, but it would be nice to not have the health consequences.
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According to the spirit of the question? Probably some kind of pizza (I mean, pepperoni and mushrooms, obviously but the specific chain I’ll hold back from sharing, lest I be judged).

No less in keeping with the letter of the question, but probably worthy of an eye-roll? That thousand dollar steak wrapped in edible gold foil. I assume I’d still poop that gold out, right?

ETA: On third and fourth reading, I see I may have assumed facts not in evidence. I suppose I’d only want the gold-wrapped steak if the genie also had a mechanism to conjure it up on demand. Or if "cost" could be considered an adverse effect I’d be immune to.

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Old 02-11-2020, 07:38 PM
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A toss-up between pasta and beef.
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Old 02-11-2020, 08:59 PM
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A lot of good choices. But no-strings ice cream would probably bring me the most joy.
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I guess "sugar" is too general. Is "candy"? Failing that, "chocolate bars".

"without any negative health effects" includes tooth decay, right?
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Old 02-12-2020, 12:41 AM
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Old 02-12-2020, 03:01 AM
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Hm, allergy wise, I have 3 major ones that screw me- mushrooms, palm/coconut/tropical oil/fat/solids/sugar and shellfish. Mushrooms are in so much stuff as a component of 'natural flavors' or as cheap bulk vegetation or just an ingredient in general. That damned 'superfood' or cheap oil crap where palm/coconut seems to be replacing other oils/fats and just as a superfood is dumb. Oil is oil is oil, and sugar is sugar is sugar but there you go - I have to ask what is in baking mixes because palm oil is replacing the previous neutral vegetable oils - I can no longer just grab a donut or snack cake or any backed good, really. Sucks ass. And shellfish - fish sauce is an umami booster, and clam juice is frequently added to seafood anything, so I have to be careful about anything 'oriental' or pacific rim because they frequently put fish sauce or even curry paste in a lot of stuff.

Now if there is a food I love, it would be artichokes steamed and served with various stuff to dip into, drawn butter, hollandaise, even a plain vinigrette [though I did have grilled baby artichokes with garlic aioli that was amazing!] Could my food wist be artichokes with *any* dip or would I have to specify the dip?

Though lobster with drawn butter springs to mind also [though it is also amazing dipped in hollandaise though maybe that would be it - hollandaise sauce as my wist food =) ]
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Pizza. A variety of toppings would keep me from getting bored, and the salt wouldn't violate my almost-salt-free diet and damage my kidneys. And the pizza wouldn't raise my blood sugar.
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I too would pick booze.

But if the OP were to insist it be actual food and not beverage, then my choice is popcorn. Popped in coconut oil and swimming in Amish butter to the point it'd have to be eaten with a spoon.
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Can I substitute foodstuff(s) for cigarettes? I really miss smoking but it's overwhelmingly obvious those little motherfuckers want to kill me so I had to leave that dysfunctional relationship in the past. But if this amnesty can be slightly modified I would love to catch up on old times.

If that doesn't work then put me down for alcohol as well.

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If your genie can deal with food allergies, then I will take gluten. I am so craving a bagel right now it isn't even funny - or a plate of pasta.
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