It's a favorite pastime of Germans (and other Europeans) to comment on the fact that Americans eat crappy food - implying, of course, that they themselves are feasting on nothing but bakery bread and fresh local vegetables from the markets.
Well, they aren't.
Aldi, Lidl, Norma, Netto, and Penny apparently count for 70% of Germany's retail food market! Amazing! It takes a lot of work to weed through and find the non-crap at some of these places. It's kind of like shopping at Trader Joe's only without all the interesting/granola-y foods - tons of processed food, crappy produce, some basics are not available there, etc. Hopefully what Germans are buying there are the staples that are no different from any store - mineral water, milk, eggs, sugar, etc. But someone has to be buying all those icky cold cuts, frozen cordon bleu, horrible plastic-wrapped cakes, Crusti Croc Erdnuss flips...
Is it just me? I think they're eating a lot like Americans!