October 4, 2011

In your food: The truth is stranger than fiction

Chick-Fil-A's signature chicken sandwichImage via WikipediaWhat's in your food today? It's not even Halloween and it's pretty scary.

Let's start with duck feathers and female beetles. Why, that's in KFC chicken. Although they call it L-cysteine hydrochloride and Red 40.

When you walk into Baskin Robbins, I sure you all scream for polysorbate 80 and hydrogenated coconut oil. Well, that's in the ice cream.

And what do you like to put on your Chick-fil-A sandwich? Of course it's dimethylpolysiloxane: a silicone-based agent commonly added to shampoos and Silly Putty.

I could go on and on, but I'm making myself sick. Read all about what's in your food in Men's Health's "Eat this, not that".
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April 8, 2011

Why Junk Foods in Schools?

LA schools serve junk food and they want to keep it a secret. Why? Money, of course. Deals are made everyday in schools to keep the big-food industries rich and your kids nutritionally poor.

April 4, 2011

KFC wants Kentucky to OK food stamps for restaurant use

protestors outside a KFC restaurant in Royal O...Image via Wikipedia
How can this be a good idea?

Yum! Brands lobbies Kentucky to OK food stamps for restaurant use

Here's one of the comments from the story:

Food Stamps are intended to supply nutrition to those who can not food. Fast food, KFC included is full of fat, salt, fillers and whatever else they can lawfully use to extend meat and flavor cheap ingredients. Elderly, diabetics would be harmed directly by this food, and children harmed over the long haul. The idea is ridiculously transparent and ridiculous in general.
Of course, this does not mean our brain dead legislators won't go along with this greedy,really bad proposal.
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April 3, 2011

We must face it -- we made our children fat

It's a well documented problem, yet very little gets done about. No it's not the federal deficit, it's childhood obesity.

Was it caused by fast food? Probably. Is it because we don't have family dinners in the home anymore? Probably. Is it because of Coke and Pepsi? Probably. Does it have a hundred reasons? Yes.

Then we need a hundred solutions. But the first solution is to admit that we made our children obese!

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April 2, 2011

Horror in the movie theaters

We are all accustomed to getting scared in movie theaters. But there's one thing that's way too scary for owners...displaying the calories of those gigantic tubs of buttery popcorn and sugary drinks.

The NY Times reports after objections from theater chains -- did you expect "Love Story" -- the federal government exempted the candy, pop, ice cream, and that junk they call buttered popcorn, from calorie display rules.

Margo G. Wootan, director of nutrition policy of the Center for Science in the Public Interest, said leaving out movie theaters from the new rules was a mistake.

“It doesn’t matter whether you happen to be watching a movie while you’re eating,” Ms. Wootan said. “Those calories still count.”

The center, an advocacy group, has issued reports showing that at some theaters, a large tub of popcorn with butter topping can contain nearly 1,500 calories. A large soda can contain 500 calories. Federal dietary guidelines say that the average person needs about 2,000 calories a day.

The National Association of Theater Owners, a trade group, had called for movie theaters to be exempt from the menu labeling law. On its Web site, the group said that movies were “escapist entertainment” and that moviegoers did not go there with the intent of eating a meal. (Read more...)
All we were asking for was a display of the calories; not to stop selling junk. Obviously, information is power, and there is no one in the movie business that likes to share power. If you want to act like "Jaws" that's up to you; but theater owners don't want you to ever practice reading.

Now playing at all theaters: "I Spit On Your Grave".

March 5, 2011

Fast Food kills man

Fast food kills. I've been saying it for 4 years. I'm not asking government to shut down Heart Attack Grills across America. Just require them to warning labels on the food, like cigarettes or drugs.

This week's story from the Huffington Post:

PHOENIX — A 575-pound man who gained a measure of fame as spokesman for the Heart Attack Grill – a Phoenix-area restaurant that unabashedly touts its unhealthy, high-calorie menu – has died.

Friends of 29-year-old Blair River say he died Tuesday, possibly from contracting pneumonia after a bout with the flu.

Restaurant founder Jon Basso tells The Arizona Republic that River was more than the larger-than-life caricature he portrayed in promoting the restaurant in Chandler, which includes huge hamburgers, milkshakes and fries cooked in lard on its menu.