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Jamie's Food Revolution Season 2 ~ Battle LA

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by AragornElessar, May 28, 2011.

  1. AragornElessar

    AragornElessar Well-Known Member

    I didn't even know this was on tonight, but was going through the guide to see what was on after Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and saw it coming on Seattle ABC (Our western US networks on our dish). OMG...

    If Jamie still has hair left at the end of this go round, I'll be surprised because I'd already be pulling mine out in frustration at just a little bit of what's going on in just this first episode. Apparently they had an agreement w/the LA School Board to go in this year and then they yanked the permits from what I understand. So he went on Ryan Seacrest's radio show to get the word out to the parents about what was going on and invited them to his LA Headquarters to talk about things.

    There are actual schools out there giving their kids a cold breakfast of sugary cereal w/*chocolate* milk!?! Really!?! And then they wonder why hyperactivity is so rampant in the schools? He had the parents bring in what their kids are eating at school and it was literally looking at a pastry bakery and a really, really, really bad one at that. And that was just from Breakfast!!

    Since he couldn't get into the schools, he went to a Mom and Pop fast food resturant to try and work w/the guy to swap out a few things and just give it a try. This guy literally told Jamie to his face when they were battling over what a Milkshake is, that he would never serve what he considers a Classic American Milkshake w/the syrup and ice cream that he sells in his place to his kids. When Jamie asked him point blank why then would he serve that to his customers, he tried to give excuses, but then Jamie asked him did he care about his customers and he told him no, he didn't.

    We won't even go into what happened when Jamie tried to get this guy to realize that quality will always beat quanitity/mass produced meat when he tried to introduce Angus cattle meat that was responisbly raised. Even though the ones that tried it said it was better, no way, no how.

    Watching this tonight might not have been the best thing in the world to do, because after only one hour, I'm boiling mad at these idiots!! I mean...How many kids these days are being "diagnoised" w/ADHD when what is really going on is the overabundance of sugar in their diets due to the crap being allowed in their schools as a meal?

    I remembered we had a thread last year, so thought I'd start one for this year.
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  2. JumpinBug

    JumpinBug New Member

    I've been watching too. I always find it frustrating, working as a teacher. In our school, we have no vending machines, have a healthy snack program, and have optional hot lunches twice a week, that have to meet certain healthy standards. However, I've had a student with an ADHD label that brought frosted cheerios and pop for lunch every day. Food and nutrition, especially for kids, is a major interest area of mine. I find it mind boggling that schools are allowed to provide food that is so utterly horrific.

    I cannot see this ever going well for Jamie, how things are going now.
  3. Prancer

    Prancer Slave to none, master to all Staff Member

    None, I would think, as sugar doesn't make kids hyperactive?


    And so on and so on.
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  4. AragornElessar

    AragornElessar Well-Known Member

    You know what's *really* sad? This is the First Lady's pet project, to try and get Americans to realize just how unhealthy the diet is and even she's been getting backlash from Congress and the Senate for her plans. I mean...When Dr. Oz is saying on his show he's starting to see teenagers in his office w/heart conditions directly related to diet and the rates of Type 2 Diabetes is sky rocketing among elementary aged kids, not to mention High Schoolers, right there the Red Alert sirens should be screaming.

    I was talking about this w/a Family Friend the other day and Mom looked at me and says, "Well, you had McDonalds when you were a kid." I shot back w/,"True, but it was a once in a blue moon special treat. Not an every day every week thing like most kids experience today."

    This is such a multi pronged hydra that I honestly don't know where the solution is. :(
  5. triple_toe

    triple_toe Well-Known Member

    I really think that the major problem is that fresh, organic food is often significantly more expensive than processed, preservative-filled crap. We always had good, healthy food in my school cafeteria, but it was a private school so they could afford it. I don't really think people who buy cheezwiz and twinkies buy it for the health benefits. More like they can't afford to go to Whole Foods where they charge you $2 for an organic pesticide-free chocolate strawberry. I''m very, very lucky that my parents were able to buy only the best quality food for our family, but I know that's hardly always the case.
  6. KatieC

    KatieC So peaceful

    I can see two sides here. I came home for lunch every day through grade school, and had a healthy meal provided by my mum. In high school I carried a lunch pretty much every day that consisted of a sandwich, celery and carrots, a fruit and two cookies. When I bought my lunch, it was probably french fries. I do remember chocolate milk was available, but I never had any patience for long line ups and wouldn't waste my time in them, so I never bought milk at school. We didn't have vending machines either. On the other hand, when someone tries to make me change the way I've done something for years, I've been known to dig in my heels and not budge an inch. Has Jamie Oliver ever gone to the PTA to get acceptance there before tackling the school board?
  7. Lurking Skater

    Lurking Skater Ms Lurker if you're nasty

    I think money and time are both factors. The schools have a small budget to get a decent healthy lunch out of. That was a constant theme last season even after Jamie got the kids and staff on board. At home, you have to have the parents willing and able to cook foods that aren't ready-made and prepackaged. My mom always cooked for us, so we didn't eat junky stuff. So you have parents buying stuff because it's cheaper and/or easier.

    Jamie has managed to turn me off of chicken nuggets and ground beef with his demonstrations. I suppose that's a good thing.
  8. Allskate

    Allskate Well-Known Member

    I think that price is a factor, but only to a limited degree. There's no need to add sugar and coloring to milk. There's no need to have Twinkies at all. No need for potato chips and soda. But how many financially strapped families are eating that stuff, but not eating fresh fruits and vegetables? You don't have to buy a chocolate-covered strawberry from Whole Foods to eat healthier. It's like the scene in Food, Inc. where a family tells a little girl who is pre-diabetic and has a diabetic father that they cannot afford to buy her a pear at the grocery store, but two minutes earlier they had bought her orange soda from the drive-through and paid enough for the soda to buy a several pieces of fruit.

    Jamie was able to find a cheaper, but better quality/healthier ground beef patty that was only ten cents more than the unidentifiable patty the fast-food person had been selling.

    And, yeah, convenience and time are also factors.

    But, I think that families that are willing to put in a little time for their children's health can do it, especially since most of that time is at the beginning when they are trying to figure out what is going to be both healthy and convenient and when and where to stock up on healthier food at a decent price.
  9. modern_muslimah

    modern_muslimah Thinking of witty user title and coming up blank

    I would say price is a factor to a major degree a lot of times. My money is tight, fruit is a bit of luxury right now. I go to the market and it's expensive, even the fruit that is in season. Plus, there's the whole issue of food spoiling. I mean if you're not diligent about eating that fruit right away, it goes bad and you're out of money. My hubby and I think like that. I love fruit but I'll be honest and say that I don't eat it everyday.

    This isn't to say that you can't get veggies, legumes or even fruit in on a tight budget but you have to work hard to do it. We brought bags of mixed beans to make bean soup. Now, I made it a bunch of times but to be honest, I never liked. It seemed like no matter what I put in it, it just tasted bland. I finally found a recipe for a Moroccan lentil soup online that tastes great. Since it's just me and my husband, the soup can literally last us an entire week. It's healthy, vegan and full of vegetables and beans. However, it takes about 20-30 mins to prepare and about an 1-1.5 hours to cook. I'm not working right now and I don't have any children, so I have a lot of time on my hands.

    If you're a poor working family with 2-3 kids that meal might not be very practical because of time constraints and also because it may not stretch much. At the most, you might get two days of dinner with meal.

    I know people who get food stamps and when they shop, the biggest priority is making those food stamps last and stretch. There's a lot of frozen meals, cereal, processed box food like Hamburger or Tuna Helper and can foods in the grocery basket because that food lasts and it's also filling. There might be a little bit of fruit and some fresh veggies in there but that isn't going to be the bulk of what they buy because like I said, it's relatively expensive, it doesn't last as long and it's not as filling as processed food.

    There's also the issue of food deserts at play. I think a lot of people don't realize that there are neighborhoods where there are more fast food restaurants and convenience stores than grocery stores or at the very least, how much this limits your food choice. I live in a neighborhood where there is only one extremely overpriced grocery store with an extremely limited selection of food. The fruit and vegetables might be rotting. Yet there's a McDonald's, a pizza place, a convenience store that sells junk food, and a Chinese restaurant that sells mostly greasy food all within a half a mile radius. Oh and the McDonald's, convenience store and Chinese restaurant are all in the same plaza! My husband and I have to drive five miles to get to the nearest Kroger or Walmart. Whole Foods isn't even a blip on our radar screen.

    Maybe the real issue for a lot of families is poverty but that can't be fixed in a one hour episode or even by reading books like The Omnivore's Dilemma. People like Jamie Kennedy seem to be oblivious to that.
    Last edited: May 29, 2011
  10. Allskate

    Allskate Well-Known Member

    I certainly think that price is a factor, but I don't think it's as huge as some people make it out to be, and it's too easy to dismiss the issue just based on cost. Many people on tight budgets do buy junk food. IMO, if someone can afford to buy potato chips, twinkies, and soda, they can afford to buy fruit and vegetables, though certainly not berries and fresh vegetables that are out of season. But, if a person can afford soda, they can afford a few apples, and those don't go rotten very quickly. They also can afford some green beans, even if canned/frozen -- which also don't go rotten. The farmers markets near me take food stamps. I realize that's not true most places, and I think it would be great if there was more of an effort to make nutritional food readily accessible to more people. In any event, though there undoubtedly are people who don't have easy access to grocery stores, many, many people do have that kind of access and still are buying food that is not healthy for their kids.

    And for many families, getting enough calories is not the issue. Their kids are getting too many calories, even in families on tight budgets.

    And I don't think that money plays a role in the issue of pouring sugar and coloring into milk, which is one of Jamie's chief concerns.

    I realize that price is definitely a factor, I just don't think it's as big a factor in many situations as some people make it out to be.

    Jamie's standards are very different from Michael Pollan's. Jamie's not asking for organic fruit and vegetables or organic, pasture-raised meat. He is asking for better nutrition. That the kids be given nutritional, real food instead of fried foods and sugar and stuff that can barely be classified as "meat." Take a look at the ingredients for the nuggets those kids were eating in West Virginia schools and the ground beef Jamie talked about in L.A..

    He is not naive about cost. If you saw his show last season, much of it was about meeting the budgets of the schools. Though, yes, he does think that school food budgets should be increased. This country has an obesity and diabetes epidemic on its hands and that seems to be Jamie's main concern, which is very different from Michael Pollan's main concerns.
  11. Prancer

    Prancer Slave to none, master to all Staff Member

    :confused: That must have been an exceptionally expensive soda or some exceptionally cheap fruit.

    Is it the job of a restauranteur to give his patrons healthier food at higher prices when they aren't making any kind of demand for it? It seems a bit much to me to expect a guy who owns a Mom and Pop restaurant in this economy to take that kind of risk.

    Those things are also often on sale and there are usually coupons for those who do that. Few things are cheaper than junky food on sale. Ramen noodles sure aren't healthy, but they are incredibly cheap. And food is one of the few expenses that can be controlled; you can't change your rent or your loan payments, but you can cut your food budget.

    I think that a lot of people are also quite confused about what "healthy" means. Sometimes I see people post here that this food is healthy or that one isn't, and I think "What the hell?" But then I realize that most of us--including me--really don't know much. Are carbs evil or beneficial? Is fat bad or good, or does it depend on the fat, or does the type of fat even matter? Will red meat kill me or is it a great source of protien and iron? That red wine--is it really good for me, or will a glass of grape juice do? Is organic food actually good for you or is it a bunch of hype--or even harmful for you and the environment?

    And while there are people who find all this fascinating and make it a focus on their lives, I think it's apparent that most people don't. "Healthy" food--in the sense of fresh, organic, local, etc.--is really the province of the earnest upper middle class. For most people, food is simply not a major focus and they see no reason why it should be, as they have other priorities.
  12. Allskate

    Allskate Well-Known Member

    Soda is pretty expensive at drive-throughs. I could buy at least five bananas at Trader Joes or a few apples for the price of the least expensive soda at most fast-food restaurants.

    I think Jamie's point was to show that there was demand for what the customers seemed to think were tastier burgers, without a huge price increase. And let's face it, this guy wasn't realy taking a risk. He's on a tv show that is going to get him tons of publicity. :lol:

    This may be your definition of "healthy" food, but it isn't Jamie's. This is not what he's pushing for. I'm getting the sense that some of the people being critical on this thread haven't actually watched Jamie's shows. I've never seen him ask for organic food and he's not insisting on fresh and local. Those are not his priorities. He wants less sugar, starches, and fried foods. He wants more vegetables, beans, and real meat. He doesn't think that schools should be serving milk loaded with sugar alongside french fries and fried nuggets that don't have much chicken in them. I would hope that the kinds of meals he's seeking for our school children are not considered the exclusive province of the upper middle class.​
  13. Prancer

    Prancer Slave to none, master to all Staff Member

    I'll take your word for it; I don't go through drive-thrus. But the average cost of a fast food soda is $1.29. You can't buy a lot of fruit with that kind of money.

    Today. But he will still be there after Jamie has forgotten who he is.

    Actually no, it isn't mine at all. It does, however, rather consistently appear to be the most popular definition on this board.

    I think Jamie is one of many people trying to do something good for school lunches, but I also think that Jamie is on a TV show, which means he has a vested interest in presenting things from a particular viewpoint on his program.
  14. Allskate

    Allskate Well-Known Member

    Perhaps it depends where you live. The TJs near me sells bananas for 19 cents each. So, that's six bananas for the price of one soda. You also could buy three apples at TJs for less than that price. The apples are even less expensive if you buy a bag of ten at the grocery store. So, three to six pieces of fruit or one fast-food soda? The fruit seems the smarter choice. It just really frustrated me to see a diabetic parent buy soda for his pre-diabetic daughter and then tell the daughter they couldn't buy her a pear, which they clearly said was half the price of the soda.

    But, as I said, I think that price is only one small factor. There are poor people who eat healthy and non-poor people who don't. There are plenty of people with a decent amount of money or even a lot of money who are making poor nutritional choices for their kids and for themselves.

    This whole topic is a particuarly sensitive one for me right now because I am concerned about my sister -- who, BTW, is not struggling financially. It took two miscarriages and complications in her third preganancy for her to cut out the junk food in order to get her sugar levels under control. She had hoped that her sugar levels woud be normal after she had her daughter, but they are not. The doctor has warned her that she probably will have to use insulin and deal with the side effects of diabetes if she does not go back to the healthier diet she had during her pregnancy. She really doesn't want to go back to eating healthy. Not because of cost and not because it's more convenient to eat candy and Cheetos than it is to eat vegetables and fruit. She just prefers the junk food. I get that. But, I'd really like to see her live to enjoy her daughter. And I'm really hoping that she will introduce her daughter to healthy eating habits.

    Jamie wasn't asking him to make a permanent change. He wanted him to try it for a week. Different fast food joints use different qualities of meat and charge different prices, so it's really not a crazy idea to think that he might actually attract more customers with a better quality burger for ten cents more. And it's not crazy to think that some people might like a shake or smoothie that is lower in fat and calories. Especially in L.A.

    I'm not sure about that, but I definitely don't think that's a position that's been adopted in this thread or on Jamie's show, which is the topic of the thread.

    On that we can definitely agree.
  15. Michalle

    Michalle New Member

    The reality is that people don't like to be lectured, and they don't like to be told what to do. And it is hard to avoid feeling like there's a class issue when you do have the perception that it is predominantly white upper-middle class people seeming like they are wagging their finger at poor or working class people for not eating properly. I know that's in some ways a simplification but I think it's the perception that exists and it may be where a lot of resistance to change comes from.
  16. Prancer

    Prancer Slave to none, master to all Staff Member

    I rather thought this thread moved beyond just being about Jamie's show in the very first post, but perhaps that's just me. And I believe healthy food was already being equated with organic food before I made that comment, but again, that could just be my reading of it all.

    This being FSU, thread topics are, after all, more like guidelines, anyway.
  17. modern_muslimah

    modern_muslimah Thinking of witty user title and coming up blank

    Soda is really cheap. McDonald's near me sells any size soda (including the large) for $1.00. Most of the other fast food places I've seen sell soft drinks for similar prices. Even the Family Dollar near me sells cheap 1 liter soda for a dollar. I'll be lucky if I can get a couple of apples from the grocery store for that price.


    You're right. This is definitely another point that gets lost in these discussions. There's lots of food that is healthy beyond fruits, vegetables and free range meat. The definition of healthy tends to become really narrow in these conversations. We all need carbs, fat (saturated fat included), protein and other nutrients to survive and most foods, even some labeled "junk food", have some of these nutrients. Yet, with food policing we tend to overlook this. People may hate chocolate milk but it does have protein. Lattes have protein too. An egg mcmuffin from McDonald's has a good proportion of carbs to protein and has under 300 calories. Yet I'm sure there is someone somewhere who labels all of these food as bad.

    Do you have to buy all of your food on food stamps or frequent kitchen cupboards or soup kitchens? Are you unemployed and have a really tight food budget? If not, then it may be really difficult to understand it is a HUGE factor in how people shop.

    I'm going to go back to a point I made earlier about food perishables. Chips, twinkies, and soda, while not having the most nutrients are cheap and they don't spoil. They're also calorie dense. Berries and fresh vegetables, while having lots of nutrients, can spoil, will not last long and aren't nutrient dense.

    Seriously, I want to know where you shop. Soda is definitely cheaper than apples. The last time I went to the market, apples were about $1.50 a pound. These were pretty big apples, so I would have gotten maybe two apples for $1.50 a pound. A two litter soda would be about the same price and last longer. However, I really think this is a poor comparison. I've never met anyone who passed up apples for soda. Plus, getting a soda doesn't preclude getting apples if you want them.

    If families just ate fruits and vegetables, they wouldn't be getting enough calories and they would know it. My point is that the processed foods we all lament do have a lot of calories and are often filling. Ramen noodles are filling. Cans of Spaghettios are filling. They're also cheap. Families may be getting more calories than they need but at least they're getting enough.

    Maybe it doesn't but chocolate milk, like I mentioned before, still has all of the protein of regular milk. I don't drink it but I'm not going to begrudge children for drinking it.

    I mentioned both of them because I think they both have their heads in the sand about why people don't eat the way they want people to eat. Class somehow magically disappears from their discussions. They seem to think that if poor people were just taught better and worked harder to eat better, than they really could. Actually, they seem to think the same way about middle class people too. They've both managed to turn food into a moral issue when it shouldn't be.

    I think Pollan is concerned about obesity and diabetes too. He seems to be under the impression that if we were to all eat more unprocessed, organic food then there wouldn't be high rates of obesity. I also think there is some fat prejudice going on as well but I digress.

    This is what it comes down to.
  18. Anita18

    Anita18 Well-Known Member

    Definitely true. And you could say that for anything you try to change in society. :shuffle:
  19. allezfred

    allezfred Master/Mistress of Sneer Staff Member

    It doesn't help that even though he's right Jamie Oliver is a smug annoying twat. :p
  20. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    In order for changes in behavior to occur, and become routine, people have to see the need for it; and more importantly; want to change.

    Until that happens all the wise advice and good intentions of Jamie - and others - mean very little.
  21. Allskate

    Allskate Well-Known Member

    That's a current promotion that McDonalds has going. It's not their usual prices. But, I still maintain that it's smarter to get two apples instead of a cup of soda. Even if soda is cheap, why would someone struggling financially buy it when it has no nutritional value?

    Regular milk has protein too. Why should we be feeding schoolchildren the sugar, especially at a time where there is an epidemic of childhood obesity and diabetes?

    But I'm sure someone could make scrambled eggs and toast at home for less than the price of an Egg McMuffin and with less fat and better ingredients.

    I have no desire to detail my personal history or current job situation. Suffice it to say, aside from the soup kitchens, I've been there and when my mother was struggling to support five kids on food stamps, we weren't eating Twinkies and soda and we definitely weren't eating at McDonalds. I remember my mother instead buying powdered milk to try to mix with and stretch the regular milk she would buy. I simply don't buy the idea that soda and Twinkies, which have absolutely no nutritional value, are a wise cost and health option. We're just going to have to agree to disagree on this. And, once again, this issue isn't simply about cost. There are people who are struggling financially who aren't eating tons of junk food and people who are very well off who are.

    You're setting up false dichotomies. Nobody is saying people who are financially strapped should go buy berries. But the alternative is not chips, Twinkies, and soda, and nobody is so desperately in need of calories that they need to eat junk food. There are much healthier carb alternatives. Carbs that don't spoil and are more filling and healthier than soda and chips. And, as I said, there are canned foods. I was in the dollar store today and they had canned green beans for 79 cents. I was able to buy two cans of baked beans for a dollar. But, I should buy soda instead?

    If someone is on a very limited budget, then buying soda does preclude buying apples. If you're spending a dollar on soda, that's one less dollar to spend on nutritional food. This whole conversation started when I pointed out that a family had told their pre-diabetic child that she couldn't have a pear because they couldn't afford it -- but they had just bought her a cup of soda at the drive-thruk, which would have paid for a couple of pears.

    As for where I buy my fruit, where I live the situation is different from yours. It's the small neighborhood shops that are most affordable and I can get apples for 99 cents per pound a lot of the time. There also are some good farmers markets year round. At the height of orange season, I could get medium oranges for less than a quarter. I don't usually buy my fruit and vegetables in the grocery store.

    You're shooting down straw men. Nobody is saying that people should just eat fruits and vegetables. But, rice, pasta, beans, and bread are better options than soda, chips, and twinkies. And, there are ways to use things like pasta in healthier ways, and Jamie has tried to advocate for that.

    Yes, they definitely are not just talking about poor people. And I've made it clear that I'm not either. You mentioned Pollan when you were talking about organic food. The impression I get from Pollan is that he is more concerned with environmental issues and animal cruelty. In any event, as I said, I don't think Jamie is advocating free-range meat and organic vegetables in school lunches. And that's not what most parents who want improved school lunches seem to be asking for either

    You don't see food as an ethical issue. I do. I think it's wrong for us as a nation to be giving so much sugar and junk to our schoolchildren in their lunches. There is no need for pink or brown milk and no need for french fries every day. IMO, it's not fair to have a school lunch system that is creating or contributing to an epidemic of childhood obesity and diabetes.

    Agreed. Though I think that part of what Jamie wants to do is have people see a need for change. He does have this problem that Allezfred points out, though:

    And, on that note, I'm done. Promise. :D
  22. Civic

    Civic New Member

    Actually, I do view food as an ethical issue. It's just that you and I seem to disagree on who the biggest culprits are. I think the companies that make and peddle the fatty, high calorie fast and snack foods you deplore deserve most of the blame. They have a vested interest in Americans eating their products and aggressively market them to kids.
  23. AragornElessar

    AragornElessar Well-Known Member

    But in the end, it's the grown ups who should be the ones realizing that's not healthy for our kids and taking the responsiblity for that. ITA w/you about Big Companies and how they have too much influence on what's out there in the Marketplace. However, it's a matter of Choice whether or not that stuff ends up in our Grocery Cart. Sure there's ads up the wahzoo, but it's not like the Consumer doesn't have any choice in the matter either.

    As for not wanting to buy Berries because they'll spoil, ever think about freezing them? Or your Veggies? We do all the time and both myself and my parents are on fixed incomes, but we seem to be able to eat plenty of fruits and veggies on our limited incomes. Both fresh and frozen. We don't eat canned due to the salt content in canned stuff.

    We also have a Garden though and while I know everyone doesn't have that option in their home, there are Community Gardens out there. Not to mention Window Gardens, which a good friend of mine has in Toronto. That way she's got fresh produce available whenever she needs it and all she has to do is go into whichever room that particular "plot" is. She's also on a fixed income and needed to change her diet after a Major Health Scare last year.

    As for other healthy options, such as brown rice, whole wheat pasta, various flour and whatever, we buy bulk. It not only helps the pocketbook as you're not buying staples every month, but every three to four months instead.

    It *is* doable if you're willing to do the work needed to make it doable. Can we also stop bringing Whole Foods into this? You don't need premium organic fruits, veggies and what not to eat more fresh fruits and veggies/a more healthy diet.

    As for whomever said we need Saturated Fat in our diet...Are you kidding? That's one of the biggest problems facing North America right now and you think that's a thing we need? Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the ground.

    Do we need fats, carbs and protein in our diets? W/out a doubt as they're all building blocks in the body. However, there's a big difference between using Avocado mixed w/a little ground mustard to use as a spread for a Tuna sandwich and using a fat laden Mayo or using Olive Oil to make an omlette instead of butter. There are ways to get all of that w/out having to turn to Garbage Food and it is affordable if you're willing to learn a few tricks.

    Which is what Jamie is trying to get across.
  24. Prancer

    Prancer Slave to none, master to all Staff Member

    Well, this is another example of conflicting information about the healthiness or lack thereof of certain foods. The most well-known article on this subject was published by the New York Times nearly a decade ago; I'm actually shocked that you are shocked by the saturated fat comment.

    There are many, many more articles on the subject if you care to look for them. And you will find conflicting information, just as you will with almost anything having to do with nutrition. Researchers can't even agree on what it is that is making us fat. Theories abound.

    Meanwhile, the infamous Food Pyramid is about to be replaced by a Dinner Plate: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/28/health/nutrition/28plate.html The plate is designed to encourage people to eat more fruits and vegetables. Now that can only be a good thing, right? But I've already seen some nutritionists expressing concerns.
  25. skatesindreams

    skatesindreams Well-Known Member

    At least Jamie is trying to deliver his message; while providing reasonable and realistic alternative menu choices that the consumer can find - and might actually eat.

    "Healthy Eating" is not limited to one specific diet or philosophy.
    It should be about making the best choices from the options available.
    That list can include some things that we "enjoy", as well as what is "good for us".

    Healthy options should be readily available at every price point/budget.
    The public needs more awareness/education in how to use them.
  26. Prancer

    Prancer Slave to none, master to all Staff Member

    But what exactly IS "healthy" eating?
  27. manhn

    manhn Well-Known Member

    When I go to Costco in the US, I get 6 bananas for 1.49, which is not much higher than a supersized drink. And 6 bananas can last you awhile.

    That all said, I HATE when people comment on how I eat, when I eat, how often I eat, how much I eat, what I don't eat, what I eat, who I eat with, where I eat, etc. I can understand why people would be so resistant.
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  28. overedge

    overedge Janny uber

    It's doable if you have a freezer. A lot of lower-income people don't, or can't afford one. And a lot of lower-income people, especially in the US, don't have easy access to places that sell berries and fresh produce. They're buying their food and/or eating out at 7-11, McDonalds, etc. etc. because that's all there is in their neighbourhoods.
  29. Jenny

    Jenny From the Bloc

    I have a freezer with about double capacity of the freezer in a standard fridge. Takes up very little space, cost me $150, and has more than paid for itself in the opportunity to take advantage of sales on frozen fruit and breads.

    IMO whether or not people can "afford" things is almost always more about priorities than actual cash flow.
  30. Andrushka

    Andrushka Well-Known Member

    true,but it does compromise ones immune system.And give your body a temporary rush of energy that then crashes leaving the person drained.