It’s the cash crop enslaved Africans in America were forced to pick, as close as family and probably what you’re wearing right now. Yet much like our food there’s so much most of us don’t know about the fabric of our lives. Here’s 5 things need to know about cotton. Continue reading
“Fast-food represents the complete opposite of what Bolivians consider a meal should be. To be a good meal, food has to have be prepared with love, dedication, certain hygiene standards and proper cook time.” –El Polvorin blog
After 14 years in Bolivia and many campaigns and promos to generate sales fast food juggernaut McDonalds was forced to pack up and leave the Latin American nation. They served Bolivians their last burgers Continue reading
Starting today all McDonald’s in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut will offer fruit automatically in their Happy Meals as a part of McDonald’s new “Commitments to Offer Improved Nutrition Choice”. The initiative is supposed to “help” customers make more nutrition minded choices but I’d say if you chose to go to McDonald’s the first thought on your mind wasn’t nutrition. Continue reading
When I was a kid in the 90s, Burger King had some seriously recognizable ad appeal. The BK Kid’s Club with the golden cardboard crowns and array of crazy characters was alluring to any and all 5 to 10 year olds. Fast forward to the mid 2000’s when Burger King was losing grip on the fast food market and introduced “The King”. It undoubtedly had a magnetism for teens who found the characters’ bizarre antics entertaining, but apparently, ‘The King’ just wasn’t entertaining enough. Burger King revealed the character received his pink slip and would now be replaced with a pseudo-Subway approach to advertisement; fresh ingredients. Continue reading
Fast food chain Subway is introducing calcium and vitamin D fortified bread to its national menu. Now each 6-inch bread serving in the U.S. will provide 30 percent the daily recommended value of calcium and 20 percent of the daily recommended value of vitamin D.
“Now, the calcium included in each 6-inch serving of bread has the nutritional equivalent of one glass of milk” Mark Christiano, the Subway brand’s Global Baking Specialist.
This sounds almost great as saying Subway is a healthy restaurant. Subway still sells fast food, imitation New York submarine sandwiches from way back before New York City was gentrified. These are the type of “improvements” Michael Pollan warned us about in In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. Fortified foods are a sign of a highly processed food and you should know by now those are no good for you.
And who asked for these improvements? Is there a vitamin D and calcium deficiency epidemic in the U.S.? Most get vitamin D from sun exposure which is free and you can get calcium from fruits and vegetables not just milk or dairy products or a Subway sandwich.
The next time you think of Subway as healthy food remember it’s still fast food, it’s not that fresh, it isn’t organic, it’s processed and just cause it’s “healthier” than other fast food restaurants doesn’t mean it’s actually healthy, but that pulled pork sandwich should have told you that.
McDonald’s announced they would be adding a quarter cup or half serving of apple slices to all happy meals, as well as reducing the portion of fries to 1.1 ounces in an effort to “help kids make healthier choices.” They will also be introducing fat free chocolate milk as opposed to the low fat milk they currently have. The fast food chain’s senior director of nutrition said the changes were a response to customer demand.
McDonald’s claims to “help kids make healthier choices”, but most of these changes will be “automatic”. Where’s the choice in that? Research shows most people stick with the default and the logic is supposed to be that now the default is “healthier”.
Everything else is your choice:
* Hamburger, Cheeseburger, or Chicken McNuggets.
* “Beverage, including new fat-free chocolate milk and 1% low fat white milk”
The change in the meal still leaves many feeling not so happy. For starters, smaller portions of fries and a few apple slices does not make a “healthy” meal when some, if not all, of McDonald’s food is genetically modified, factory-farmed and laced with sugar and sodium. The 1% low fat white milk is still a choice and maybe that’s just as well since anything other than of a cup of ice will be an unhealthy choice anyway as a beverage at McDonald’s…and even then you still have to be concerned about this.
Changes to the adult McDonald’s menu to sugar, sodium, and saturated fats won’t go into full effect for another five to ten years. You’ll have to make healthier choices without help from McDonald’s till then.
Here’s a behind the scenes look at Big Boi’s life as he performed during the 2011 Grammy Awards weekend; inside his studio, Stankonia, as he prepares for his latest projects; and an evening out on the town in his hometown of Atlanta with stops at his favorite spots to unwind.
In the video he also talks about trying to avoid fast food and drops a hilarious gem about where we’re headed with gas prices.
Seven questions designed to let me get all in your business while showing others people can choose and change their diets all the time. No judgments here I just want to know what’s on your plate? Continue reading