Thursday, October 29, 2009

100% Juice For 100% Kids?

When I was little I was either drinking Juice Boxes or Juicy Juice. And what better claims did the television make for the product. It was assumed to be 100% juice for 100% kids. But is that advertisement really correct? Is Juicy Juice really 100% juice. I always thought that Juicy Juice was a product to keep your body healthy and strong because of the advertisement on t.v.  But I never looked into the facts or understood what good or bad nutrition was. I always thought Juicy Juice was good for you when I was younger, but when I grew more aware of the situation of nutrition today, I began to wonder, is there really no preservatives added to the beverage. As I reached into some research on the Juicy Juice website and found that an expert Dr. Yinka Davies, Pediatrician said that "In order for a product to be labeled juice it must contain 100% juice. If a product has less than 100% juice it will be labeled as either a 'beverage', 'drink' or 'cocktail'" So assuming that Juicy Juice's label says 100% juice makes claims that this product really is 100% juice. So basically what you see with this product you get. When mothers are looking for juices for their children experts recommend to look for the 100% juice on the label to make sure there is no concentrate or cocktail added. When I looked up the nutrition label of Juicy Juice there were only 4 items in the juice and I remember Michael Pollan saying if there are less than 5 items in the product than you have the green light, the product is safe to eat/drink. 

There are different types of Juicy Juice that mothers are really questioning. Such as, Juicy Juice Brain Development which is supposed to boost your toddlers brain quicker and at earlier stages. Sheila Innis, who is the director of the nutrition research program at University of Columbia Vancouver, says "it's plausible that products like this could be useful in children that don't eat much fish". She agrees with the Juicy Juice company that their product may have the same chemicals that can help a child grow healthier and smarter.

I would recommend this product because experts are saying Juicy Juice is really 100% juice and the Juicy Juice Brain Development has many resources to helping children. This product seems to be advertised just right and mothers should buy the juice for their children to drink. It's delicious and healthy for young and older humans. 

Monday, October 5, 2009

How would you like your meat?

Seeing as I cannot prepare my own meal in a dorm room, I will pretend like I am preparing myself a delicious and appetizing meal.  I went to the grocery store and bought myself chicken breast, honey, barbeque sauce, a head of broccoli, and a couple potatoes. After I come home from the grocery store I took out all of my items and being the cooking.  I first would mix the honey and barbeque together in a small bowl to make a delicious honey barbeque sauce to saute the chicken breast. I would take the chicken breast and put it on the grill for however long it needs to be cook without getting dry. As the chicken is cooking I would slice my potatoes and put olive oil on them with some seasoning. I would then put them on a tray and put them in the oven for an appropriate time. At the same time as the potatoes I would boil the broccoli and cook it until the chicken is done.  After the chicken is done being cooked I would lather it in sweet honey barbeque sauce, butter the broccoli and then salt and pepper my potatoes. After that I will eat my delicious meal I would clean up my dishes and that would be the end of my meal.  In Michael Pollan's arguments I do agree with him because he is right, it is so hard for us to actually pick out good foods when we are so bombarded with advertisement of different kinds of "good food". Like different kinds of cereals that have all the nutrients. I still agree, the meal I made actually was healthy and full of nutrients.  The meal I made did not actually falter my meal. In this article it explains all the healthy choices you can make to keep your body in shape and to make sure that you have a healthy living style.

Real Vs. Fake Food.

I never thought that eating "food" would be so unhealthy for you. Especially when you are eating it every single day.  I have always been a coffee drinker, but it was never just black. It had the delicious creamers and the sugar. Oh the sugar. When I was younger I always used to drink coffee in the morning and my dad would put the real cane sugar in my coffee.  But after our most recent findings, "artificial sweeteners" have become popular.  Everywhere you go you see "artificial sweeteners".  The artificial sweetener is not different in smell or taste, but it has different textures and obviously different benefits.  Real sugar is grainy and is bigger in size, but the fake sugar is very small and it just looks pure white. There isn't any difference in the size of the "fake sugars" contents.  Fake sugar does not provide any essential nutrients/vitamins to us, it is actually bad for your health.  It is not equivalent to regular cane sugar.  I believe that any kind of "fake food" is not going to be very healthy for you or provide your body with the same vitamins/nutrients the regular food is going to give you (sugar really isn't a good example of what is good for you). It is even thought that "artificial sweeteners" may cause some form of cancer. When you eat in a restaurant it is so easy to be fed "fake food and you're not even aware of it.  Some of the reasons people today have fake sugar is because cane sugar is not cheap. Although I do still use regular sugar when I'm at home, it is so much more convenient to just find a little bag of "artificial sweetener" and put that into your coffee or wherever you're using it. I believe that if people really are aware of their health then cane sugar will come back around, I do not believe that everybody will go back to the regular sugar because of the economic downfall. Science even tries to prove to people that fake sugar is not healthy for you. In this article it explains how unhealthy the "artificial sweetener" is for your health.