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Musings on Grocery Stores in Kentucky


We've been in Bowling Green Kentucky for three days now. Each morning, early, I get up and go for a walk around the neighborhood of our suite hotel. Across the street is a Kroger grocery store. A big store. The choice is amazing...much more than we would find in our Superstore back in Nova Scotia, probably about 33% greater selection of food here than there. I think big city Superstores in Canada might be comparable in selection, but that is not where I shop regularly back home.

So, I wandered for 1/2 hour, checking selection, prices, etc. Everything is about 35% cheaper in US $ than we pay back home, so prices are comparable to what we pay in Canadian $.

I finally focused on sausage meat, in 1 pound chubs. There were 13 different manufacturers, and with variations in product, like mild, medium, hot, chorizio, etc., there were 32 different choices on the shelves. This sausage meat took up about 24 feet of cooler space in the meat department.



Prices per chub ranged from $1.99 to $3.50...some on sale, most not. I also read labels for fat content, salt, etc. Each of these varieties of sausage meat contained 8 - 2 oz servings. Each 2 oz serving contains 160 calories, 32 grams of fat, and around 1400 mg of salt.

If you had 2 servings of pork sausage meat, around 4 oz total, you would get 320 calories, 64 grams of fat, and 2,800 mg of salt. This is usually consumed at breakfast, with biscuits and eggs, or gravy. Biscuits and gravy are an advertised meal on most fast food signs in the south. I can easily see where breakfast could account for 1500 calories or more.

This blog entry is just about raw sausage; there is also processed sausage, smoked sausage, bacon, pork jowls, pork rinds, etc.

I can't comment negatively on other people's diets. Up til a year ago, mine wasn't so great either and it took a great effort to eliminate most of the fat and excess salt from my diet.

Posted by Rooseboom-Scott 14:39

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