Category Archives: Processed Food

Reading food labels in the classroom

Just wanted to make a quick report from the front lines of Fitch Middle School, where I was blessed last week with the chance to develop my own lessons and teach a unit on nutrition.  Nutrition is part of the science curriculum, and because one of the teachers I work with knew my interest in nutrition she allowed me to take her class over for the week.  Believe me, we weren’t just learning about the food pyramid.

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Beyond the food label

In my view, to say that food labels are of limited utility would be an understatement. These labels are often directly misleading. By distracting you with a bunch of blurbs, numbers, and lists that supposedly say everything we need to know about food, we entirely miss out on a number of more important details regarding the quality of the food. Continue reading

What’s the deal with soda?

This article was originally published in The Scope of New London, CT.

I know. It seems ridiculous to waste my time and yours bashing soda. Whether we drink it or not, we all seem to know that it is terrible. But do we really understand the specifics of why America’s flagship beverage is so detrimental to our health?

Here’s a little story from one of my favorite nutrition resources, Sean Croxton, which takes place at a health fair where he was doing basic bone density tests. That day, there were a lot of construction and custodial workers from a nearby resort who came to receive various free health screenings. To quote Sean, “I have never had to tell more men that they have osteopenia or osteoporosis. It was crazy.” Continue reading

What’s the deal with Hamburger Helper?

General Mills

Source, copyright: General Mills

You’ve probably got an inclination that this article is not going to espouse the helpfulness of Hamburger Helper.  Let’s take a look at what’s gone wrong here.

Hamburger Helper is a pretty standard American food.  It’s been around for a while and millions of us have consumed it.  Just by its popularity it’s an almost innocuous member of the grocery store.  But once you learn to fear the middle aisles like I have, you stop trusting garbage like this.

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Is your dinner plotting to kill you?

This article was originally published in The Scope of New London, Connecticut.

A toxic pantry.

A toxic pantry.

Just about every packaged food you eat is terrible for your health.

In light of the fact that 90% of America’s food budget goes to processed food, I think it’s about time we initiate a conversation on what all this processed food is doing to our health and society. We all know that food is medicine, yet the overwhelming majority of our diet comes from nutrient-depleted garbage foods. We eat a diet that leads to cancer, type 2 diabetes, weight disorders, fatigue, and heart problems, all the while funding a system of food that does not work for the people.

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Lose the juice

Leading cause of obesity and diabetes.

Leading cause of obesity and diabetes.

Bad news everybody!  Juice is terrible for your health.

I’ve been meaning to get out a little piece about juice for a while now, but I never ended up finishing it.  Now I’m working on article about processed foods, such as juice, for a local magazine, and my anti-juice passion has come back to life.

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What’s the deal with salt?

Processing is evil.

Processing is evil.

Salt as you know it isn’t really salt at all

Salt gets a bad rap for its links to health problems, and it is certainly dangerous if only because of its prevalence in our diet.  As my grandfather used to say, “salt is poison!”  But I’d like to argue that it’s not salt we ought to fear; its the processingContinue reading