Like many registered dietitians, I’m a little obsessed with grocery shopping. Some of my earliest memories involve wandering the aisles of our local store with my mom and sister and negotiating for which heavily advertised "kid food" I wanted to buy that week. Despite our limited budget, my mom always tried to prioritize organic produce and less-processed foods, but she still let us try the stuff we saw on TV, if only to see what the fuss was about and make up our minds for ourselves about the real deal behind the glossy messaging.
I remember once begging for some highly processed cold-cuts snack pack, and her response was something to the effect of, "Um, why? We could just make actual sandwiches that will taste better and won’t be full of crap."
She had a point. Questions like that probably had a lot to do with my eventually becoming a dietitian. Even as an unsupervised adult, I often catch myself asking "why" when considering a hyped-up product.