Archive | January, 2012

Weekly Response #2

28 Jan

For the weekly blog response I read a story on the Food Safety News blog titled “USDA Revamps School Nutrition.”  For me, I always thought that a healthy diet was important for children, even more so after I became more aware of situations in my home state of Connecticut.  I know the situation could be just as bad else where.  Children eat what they like, and what they like currently is the unhealthy foods that cause them to gain weight.  Schools serve what kids want to eat, and what is cheap to buy, or at least I think a lot of them do.  However, at least in New Haven schools, there are some children that for them lunch is their last meal of the day (a fact I learned while watching the special lunch lady edition of Food Network’s Chopped) so if it’s not healthy and full of things that are bad for them, how does that help them in the least?  Well, the rules set up by the USDA seem to be able to fix it.

The new rules would require the schools to have more healthier foods, including doubling the amount of fruit and vegetables offered, more whole grains, reducing saturated and trans fats was well as sodium, offering skim or 1% milk, and portion sized based on the child’s age group.  It would provide the children with the proper nutrition at school, which, for a child who may only look forward to school lunches, it would be a life saving thing.  Another thing the blog mentions is the idea of Serve vs Offer which would allow children to pick what they want to eat out of three things, instead of being served something they might not want to.  For me, if I was told what to eat, and I didn’t like what was on my plate, I wouldn’t eat it.  Kids are picky, so by doing it this way, I agree with the blog where they say that it could get kids more involved with their diet and nutrition.  If kids get more interested in their food, more excited about it, they can start to learn good eating habits, which will help them in the long run.

I agree with this article and I am happy that the new rules are being put into effect.  It is my opinion that the rules will only help the children that live healthier lives.  It’s a step in the right direction at least.  I think it will take more work to help stop childhood obesity, but the USDA is going in the right direction.  I enjoyed reading this blog entry.

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Food Log #2

28 Jan

So let me start out this week’s weekly food log by saying that I do love animals.  I honest to god do and I always will.  However, I also love eating meat.  In class we watched various videos of animals in slaughterhouses and the down right cruel treatment they received.  While I know a bunch of other people who would have probably stopped eating meat then and there, not wanting to know that the meat they used to eat on a daily basis comes from animals that are treated so cruelly.  Did I?  No.  Today I still ate meat at lunch, and at my job (I work in the dining hall) I cooked the burgers without fuss.  The videos horrified and disgusted me, made me want to do something, but while at school, short of becoming a vegetarian, there’s nothing much I can do besides try and inform others.  Throughout the day every time I was eating or touching meat, I thought about the animals, about what they had gone through and there was one or two times I wondered why I still ate meat.

Honestly?  It is because I do love eating it.  I hate how the animals are treated.  I hate that they have to suffer needlessly just for us humans to have a full plate of food.  I want to do something about it, and I plan to suggest to my parents to not buy ham from Smithfield, and try and get more meat that has been humanly treated.  It will be hard, and they may not understand why at first, but perhaps after I talk to them, tell them what I saw in the videos, maybe they’ll understand.  I know I will be telling all my friends about it.  I will always love animals, and I’ll always eat meat, but that does not mean I approve of how the animals are treated.

Weekly Response #1

21 Jan

After reading the post on www.foodpolitics.com about Paula Deen and her diabetes, I have to say I am a tad bit shocked at the viewpoint of the article.  The article seems to have the stance of she should just not take the medication or be a spokes person for it, but should promote a healthier lifestyle with her show.  However, while I do understand why they would like her to do that, more than likely it would affect the show negatively, there is always that chance.  Why?  The show has been on for years and has always been about the same thing: Southern home style cooking.  Yes, everything is made with butter.  Yes it is not healthy for you.  And yes, she could make the recipes more healthy, but why?  Because she has type 2 diabetes?  Her show is about cooking, her style, while unhealthy, is her own style.  It is why people love her.  I’m not one to argue with the fact that perhaps she could be healthier, but it is also her choice.  Not to mention if they want a show where her recipes are healthy, they can just turn to the show that her son now has called “Not My Mama’s Meals” where he takes her recipes and makes them ‘better’ (aka healthy).

As for their reaction to the medication she is on, all I really have to say about that is all medication has restrictions and risks.  If the FDA approved it, then they do have their right to criticize it, but the fact is it was approved.  It has risks that they list, but all medications do, turn on the TV you’ll see at least one commercial about a medication and within that commercial the risks and side-effects will be listed, as it is required by the FDA.   The post from foodpolitics was interesting to read, and showed their own opinion about the subject, to which I responded with my own opinion.

Weekly Food Log #1

21 Jan

This week during class we discussed more or less where our food came from and how the industry of food affects the farmers. In the grand scheme of things, the companies screw the farmers out of their money. To make money, they need to be able to produce the food right? Well if they want to make more money they would have to become more efficient. To do so they must spend money to buy the technology to make them more efficient, but it is a continuous cycle. Because there will always be something newer and better to make farm work more efficient which would have the potential to increase the farmer’s income, but to get it they have to spend money. Makes perfect sense. And yet it’s this idea that has made me feel like I want to spend more time looking for locally grown foods than from the big market stores.
I like knowing where my food comes from; I like knowing that it is locally grown especially. After all, fresh tomatoes from your own garden taste better than the ones you could buy in the store, at least in my own opinion. Farmer’s markets are one of the ways that allows people to help out the small farmers because there, the farmers can sell their food directly to us and not be under the thumb of some company if they do not want to be. The food is fresh, which normally means it tastes better, and it is a small way that people can help farmers. I have no problem spending just a bit more money on vegetables at a farmer’s market, if it helps the people who grow food for a living, or even just to help out with their income. This week of class had made me want to become more aware of where our food is coming from, and to buy more locally grown food, than food from the big businesses.

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17 Jan

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