Uh, thanks everyone, I feel like a s**t now.
: I actually make some of this crapola. As in, I'm a food scientist, I develop it and my company sells it. It's really interesting, none of us foodies like the colors or flavors. I have two "sets" of tastes, my own, and the work ones. At home, I eat only organic veggies, fruits and whole grains. At work, I develop juices with preservatives and artificial colors, sometimes with alcohol. I do all the work on our organic line, too, which has stregthened my committment to organic growing/organic processing.
I think the grossest food I've seen is the pink margarine. Blechk! Or the red, white, and blue corn chips. Now I like corn chips, but the last thing a chip needs is artificial color!! Arggh. On the same vein, cakes and cookies: I used to make cake for special occasions, but I can't bring myself to color the frosting anymore. I don't like the cookies that are brightly colored, either. I hate all the b-day celebrations with cake. Seeing all the frosting just kinda makes me ill, especially when I see all the kids running around with their tongues dyed from the frosting. Yucko! I'll second the opinion on lunchables. I used to think the cheese/meat ones were okay (high fat and preservatives, but an okay snack). Now I can't support any line of products that thinks cookies and frosting is a "snack" or "meal."
Also, toothpaste doesn't need sorbitol, either, but I think that's a personal pet peeve.