Oh, how Americans love to bad-mouth SPAM. Hormel's timeless "SPiced hAM" has found a place on store shelves since 1937 and now comes in "Hot and Spicy," "Hickory Smoke," "Less Sodium" and, of course, "Lite" varieties, among others. All are equally ridiculed by most people with enough money to buy more-expensive meat, many of the people who don't, and almost everyone who had to eat it as a kid.
There are, we hear, people who absolutely love the stuff but keep a low profile. Others insist it's not half bad fried.
But the majority sees it as a last, pre-starvation resort, seemingly due partly to salty taste, partly to the utterly processed texture and appearance of it, partly to the 30-percent allowance of daily saturated fat in one serving, and partly to the Monty Python SPAM sketch.
Chances are, the sketch produced some devoted SPAM lovers, as well.
Try This: If you need a cheap protein source, but can't stomach SPAM, replace it with light chunked tuna. It's almost as cheap and won't clog your arteries.
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