I have a long list of foods I'll never eat and a much longer list of foods I love. However, I've learned that there are foods that I'm not allowed to eat no matter what because they are completely forbidden in Missouri.
It's not new to hear of a potential carcinogen in a particular food, but this brand new list is staggering. More than 80 popular Illinois foods are said to have potential cancer-causing plastics according to a brand new report just shared in 2024.
The cynic in me is beginning to wonder if there are any foods that taste good that don't cause cancer. Studies like this are the reason. University experts have connected dozens of food that Missourians love to the big and bad "C word".
Over the weekend, I got an email note from a friend who formerly lived here in the Rockford area. In the email, he included a link to a piece about "classic" Midwestern food dishes he found on a website.
In dealing with all the things we've dealt with over the last couple of years, one thing is pretty clear--we're reaching for "comfort foods" here in Illinois and everywhere else a lot more than ever before.
In the interests of full disclosure, I'm happy to point out that I proudly worked for a grocery store (Pineway Supermarket in Oregon, Illinois) for about three years, and even with that experience, I didn't know what the number one most stolen item is.