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# The consistency of ice cream is adversely affected by even

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The consistency of ice cream is adversely affected by even slight temperature changes in the freezer. To counteract his problem, manufacturers add stabilizers to ice cream. Unfortunately, stabilizers, though inexpensive, adversely affect flavor. Stabilizers are less needed if storage temperatures are very low. However, since energy costs are constantly going up, those costs constitute a strong incentive in favor of relatively high storage temperatures.

Which one of the following can be properly inferred from the passage?

(A) Even slight deviations from the proper consistency for ice cream sharply impair its flavor.

(B) Cost considerations favor sacrificing consistency over sacrificing flavor.

(C) It would not be cost effective to develop a new device to maintain the constancy of freezer temperatures.

(D) Stabilizers function well only at very low freezer temperatures.

(E) Very low, stable freezer temperatures allow for the best possible consistency and flavor of ice cream.
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07 Jul 2008, 14:47
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The consistency of ice cream is adversely affected by even slight temperature changes in the freezer. To counteract his problem, manufacturers add stabilizers to ice cream. Unfortunately, stabilizers, though inexpensive, adversely affect flavor. Stabilizers are less needed if storage temperatures are very low. However, since energy costs are constantly going up, those costs constitute a strong incentive in favor of relatively high storage temperatures.

Which one of the following can be properly inferred from the passage?

(A) Even slight deviations from the proper consistency for ice cream sharply impair its flavor.

Consistency of icecream is adversly affested by slight temperature change [True]... But the flavor will only get affected if manufacturer is adding stablizers to icecream rather than maintaining the low temperature.

(B) Cost considerations favor sacrificing consistency over sacrificing flavor.

(C) It would not be cost effective to develop a new device to maintain the constancy of freezer temperatures.

(D) Stabilizers function well only at very low freezer temperatures.

(E) Very low, stable freezer temperatures allow for the best possible consistency and flavor of ice cream.

This is the right answer as it is clearly infered from passage [ The consistency of ice cream is adversely affected by even slight temperature changes in the freezer. + Unfortunately,adversely affect flavor + Stabilizers are less needed if storage temperatures are very low.]

Couldnt decide between E and A
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07 Jul 2008, 14:56
Are you sure it's E?
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07 Jul 2008, 15:01
Ashwin_Mohan wrote:
Are you sure it's E?

Ah...guess it makes sense, when you look at the fact that 'Stabilizers are less needed if storage temperatures are very low.' which would mean that better consistencies are maintained at lower temperatures.
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07 Jul 2008, 18:02
B

Cost considerations favor sacrificing consistency over sacrificing flavor.

[cost considerations -> relatively high temperatures -> more stabilizers -> less flavor]
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07 Jul 2008, 18:14
I also think B is choice

Honestly, I dont see any relevance btw A, E and the stimulus.
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07 Jul 2008, 18:37
Sorry i am not able to correlate between sacrificing consistency with sacrificing flavor...since consistency can be maintained by adding stabilizers so actually we are not sacrificing consistency ... however i can correlate between flavour and cost...!!!

am i missing something..!!!!
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07 Jul 2008, 18:37
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I also think B is choice

Honestly, I dont see any relevance btw A, E and the stimulus.

Funny that you should mention it....my first take was B...but then i read the comments....i am still not sold on E....any bidders
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07 Jul 2008, 20:41
well the OA is E
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07 Jul 2008, 20:47
agreed on OA (E)
But kindly let me know how to explain the elimination of (B) since this also can be considered a valid inference of the argument
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07 Jul 2008, 20:50
Ashwin_Mohan wrote:
sondenso wrote:
I also think B is choice

Honestly, I dont see any relevance btw A, E and the stimulus.

Funny that you should mention it....my first take was B...but then i read the comments....i am still not sold on E....any bidders

(B) Cost considerations favor sacrificing consistency over sacrificing flavor.

I think B is giving a oposite view.

Look at the portion:
stabilizers, though inexpensive --> implies --> cost consideration favoring flavor
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since energy costs are constantly going up, those costs constitute a strong incentive in favor of relatively high storage temperatures --> implies --> Since energy cost is high it is better to have high temp (as compared to consistent + low temp) and use stablizers to maintain consitence at high temp.
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07 Jul 2008, 20:55
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sondenso wrote:
I also think B is choice

Honestly, I dont see any relevance btw A, E and the stimulus.

Funny that you should mention it....my first take was B...but then i read the comments....i am still not sold on E....any bidders

i agree with you.. E should be the answer

(B) Cost considerations favor sacrificing consistency over sacrificing flavor.

we are not sacrificing consistancy, the stablizers are taking care of consistancy problem. In fact we are sacrificing flavor... if option B was something like "Cost considerations favor sacrificing flavor" then may be yes....
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08 Jul 2008, 05:10
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Ashwin_Mohan wrote:
sondenso wrote:
I also think B is choice

Honestly, I dont see any relevance btw A, E and the stimulus.

Funny that you should mention it....my first take was B...but then i read the comments....i am still not sold on E....any bidders

i agree with you.. E should be the answer

(B) Cost considerations favor sacrificing consistency over sacrificing flavor.

we are not sacrificing consistancy, the stablizers are taking care of consistancy problem. In fact we are sacrificing flavor... if option B was something like "Cost considerations favor sacrificing flavor" then may be yes....

Look at the following

(B) Cost considerations favor sacrificing consistency over sacrificing flavor.

If we deny this, ie

Cost considerations do not favor sacrificing consistency over sacrificing flavor.

Then the need for stabilizers just goes out the window and hence the argument. It is cost that is a driving factor, and people are willing to compromise on flavor(by adding stabilizers) to ensure consistency is mantained. Which is what this statement says!!

Fight must go on...still not sold!!!
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08 Jul 2008, 06:44
Ashwin_Mohan wrote:
Look at the following

(B) Cost considerations favor sacrificing consistency over sacrificing flavor.

If we deny this, ie

Cost considerations do not favor sacrificing consistency over sacrificing flavor.

Then the need for stabilizers just goes out the window and hence the argument. It is cost that is a driving factor, and people are willing to compromise on flavor(by adding stabilizers) to ensure consistency is mantained. Which is what this statement says!!

Fight must go on...still not sold!!!

Going by your logic the option B should be
(B) Cost considerations favor ensuring consistency over sacrificing flavor.

as you said, people are willing to compromise on flavor to "ensure" consistency, not compromise on it.
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08 Jul 2008, 07:12
Ashwin_Mohan wrote:
Look at the following

(B) Cost considerations favor sacrificing consistency over sacrificing flavor.

If we deny this, ie

Cost considerations do not favor sacrificing consistency over sacrificing flavor.

Then the need for stabilizers just goes out the window and hence the argument. It is cost that is a driving factor, and people are willing to compromise on flavor(by adding stabilizers) to ensure consistency is mantained. Which is what this statement says!!

Fight must go on...still not sold!!!

Consistency:

Low Temperature = Less stabilizers needed = Better Flavor
High Temperature = more stabilizers needed = Poor Flavor

"However, since energy costs are constantly going up, those costs constitute a strong incentive in favor of relatively high storage temperatures."

We favor high storage temperatures due to cost.

Therefore we favor sacrificing flavor. Higher temperatures mean we will need more stabilizers and therefore poor flavor.

In order to sacrifice consistency at high temperatures we would have to not use stabilizers. Nothing indicates that manufactures would not use stabilizers.
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