The Food Court

That's right, folks, we eat polymers, an awful lot of them as it turns out. These french fries are loaded with a polymer called starch, which your body digests into sugar to use as fuel.

The pepperoni and the cheese on this pizza are loaded with proteins, also essential to good health.

Fast food often comes in boxes made of polystyrene foam. The box and the food often taste the same. Napkins are made of paper, which contains a lot of a polymer called cellulose. The paper plates and cups the food comes in are also made of cellulose, of course. The cup lids are made of polystyrene. The trays are made of polyethylene. Most of the prizes in the kids' meals are made from polystyrene and polyethylene.

In the old days, before we had non-dairy frozen deserts, us old folks had to eat something called ice cream. It was gooey because of a naturally occurring polymer called xanthan gum.

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