FOOD LABELS FOR THOUGHT

Here’s an interesting item which I found on the Survivalist.com webpage.   Food for thought.

Food Label
Quite a vast majority of Americans purchase grocery items that make up their daily diets from big box stores, and/or local chain grocery stores. They usually have a scheduled shopping day, wherein they drive to their grocery store of choice, grab a cart, and begin the long process of trying to select healthy items to place in said cart. They funnel through the various aisles with shopping list in hand, looking for the best deals, and healthy food to feed the family.

Most of these grocery getters spend very little time actually reading the entire label, and list of contents, a product has attached to it. Instead they focus on the flashy, and often misleading, advertising buzzwords and catchphrases, which the industrial food industry has learned to capitalize on. Words such as “organic,” “natural,” “whole grain,” entice the potential consumer to look no further, beckoning them to believe the best product for them, is currently in their hand. You know where you will not find misleading Food labels? In a garden you grow yourself. Take charge of your health, and improve your lifestyle, by growing a simple garden, and get started today!

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“A recent study suggests that food labels may be misleading and consumers should also refer to the ingredients before buying food products.

Obesity has become a big issue in the U.S. and there are several reasons that contribute to the growing problem. Scientists say that poor food habits are one of the leading causes of obesity in the country.

Lead investigator of the study, Dr. Temple Northup, Assistant Professor, Jack J. Valenti School of Communication, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, says that many consumers have changed to more nutritious diets. However, food companies are marketing unhealthy food with healthy buzzwords such as “organic,” “whole grain” and more.

Dr. Northup claims that food corporations are successful in fooling consumers with manipulated food packaging. The study suggests that consumers associate marketing terms with health and are more inclined to think that food labels with such buzzwords are healthier than the products that do not have them.

“Words like organic, antioxidant, natural and gluten-free imply some sort of healthy benefit,” says Dr. Northup. “When people stop to think about it, there’s nothing healthy about Antioxidant Cherry 7-Up – it’s mostly filled with high fructose syrup or sugar. But its name is giving you this clue that there is some sort of health benefit to something that is not healthy at all.”

The study also says that per the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a food package should contain nutrition facts. However, customers tend to overlook the nutrition facts and are more attracted to the misleading labels with buzzwords.

For the purpose of the study, the researchers showed 318 participants random pictures of food products. Some of the products included marketing and buzzwords, while others did not include them.

The researchers used products with buzzwords such as lasagna (wholegrain), peanut butter (all natural), apple sauce (organic) and more. The scientists say that when the buzzwords appeared the participants rated them as healthy. The volunteers also analyzed the nutrition facts of food products.

Dr. Northup says that people were not keen or good at reading the nutritional facts on a food packaging. However, most of the participants were attracted to the marketing words.

The investigators say that the study shows how food companies are able to manipulate a customer’s perception to a certain food product. Consumers should be able to understand the marketing tactics deployed by food companies and before buying a product they should also refer to nutrition facts on the package.”

See more at: http://survivalist.com/food-labels-for-thought/#sthash.P4W6jM3Y.dpuf

A TRIBUTE TO MY DAD

My Dad was a man of integrity and ethics.  He taught these values to me and I follow them in my everyday life.  He was my John Wayne…my hero.  My dad could do anything…fix anything.  He was a mechanic and he ran his own business (with Mom’s help of course).   I remember times when strangers sat at our dinner table as their car had broken down as they passed through our little town and my Dad had their car in our garage to be fixed.  He often invited them to dine with us as there was always enough for one more person.  

My Dad drove the town ambulance in times of need and also drove the school bus.., as well as serving on the volunteer fire department…this in addition to running his business.   There was a time when one of the kids that rode the school bus told my Dad he wouldn’t be coming to school anymore as his sister was getting married and he wouldn’t have a place to live anymore (their folks had passed away)…so he was going to quit school and get a job.  My Dad told him if he would stay in school and graduate he could live with us…and so he did.

These are just a few of the memories of my Dad.  He passed over in 2005 and I miss him still.  All of the people of our little town showed up for his funeral and he was sent off with military honors.  Rest in peace Dad…you will always be in my heart.

Humming Bird

WHY CHILDREN FIDGET

Ran across this article on Facebook from Timbernook.com and felt it needed to be shared with everyone.  Hope you find it of interest.

WHY CHILDREN FIDGET: And what we can do about it

Angela Hanscom – Thursday, June 05, 2014

A perfect stranger pours her heart out to me over the phone. She complains that her six-year-old son is unable to sit still in the classroom. The school wants to test him for ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder). This sounds familiar, I think to myself. As a pediatric occupational therapist, I’ve noticed that this is a fairly common problem today.

The mother goes on to explain how her son comes home every day with a yellow smiley face. The rest of his class goes home with green smiley faces for good behavior. Every day this child is reminded that his behavior is unacceptable, simply because he can’t sit still for long periods of time.

The mother starts crying. “He is starting to say things like, ‘I hate myself’ and ‘I’m no good at anything.’” This young boy’s self-esteem is plummeting all because he needs to move more often.

Over the past decade, more and more children are being coded as having attention issues and possibly ADHD. A local elementary teacher tells me that at least eight of her twenty-two students have trouble paying attention on a good day. At the same time, children are expected to sit for longer periods of time. In fact, even kindergarteners are being asked to sit for thirty minutes during circle time at some schools.

The problem: children are constantly in an upright position these days. It is rare to find children rolling down hills, climbing trees, and spinning in circles just for fun. Merry-go-rounds and teeter-totters are a thing of the past. Recess times have shortened due to increasing educational demands, and children rarely play outdoors due to parental fears, liability issues, and the hectic schedules of modern-day society. Lets face it: Children are not nearly moving enough, and it is really starting to become a problem.

I recently observed a fifth grade classroom as a favor to a teacher. I quietly went in and took a seat towards the back of the classroom. The teacher was reading a book to the children and it was towards the end of the day. I’ve never seen anything like it. Kids were tilting back their chairs back at extreme angles, others were rocking their bodies back and forth, a few were chewing on the ends of their pencils, and one child was hitting a water bottle against her forehead in a rhythmic pattern.

 

This was not a special needs classroom, but a typical classroom at a popular art-integrated charter school. My first thought was that the children might have been fidgeting because it was the end of the day and they were simply tired. Even though this may have been part of the problem, there was certainly another underlying reason.

We quickly learned after further testing, that most of the children in the classroom had poor core strength and balance. In fact, we tested a few other classrooms and found that when compared to children from the early 1980s, only one out of twelve children had normal strength and balance. Only one! Oh my goodness, I thought to myself. These children need to move!

Ironically, many children are walking around with an underdeveloped vestibular (balance) system today–due to restricted movement. In order to develop a strong balance system, children need to move their body in all directions, for hours at a time. Just like with exercising, they need to do this more than just once-a-week in order to reap the benefits. Therefore, having soccer practice once or twice a week is likely not enough movement for the child to develop a strong sensory system.

Children are going to class with bodies that are less prepared to learn than ever before. With sensory systems not quite working right, they are asked to sit and pay attention. Children naturally start fidgeting in order to get the movement their body so desperately needs and is not getting enough of to “turn their brain on.” What happens when the children start fidgeting? We ask them to sit still and pay attention; therefore, their brain goes back to “sleep.”

Fidgeting is a real problem. It is a strong indicator that children are not getting enough movement throughout the day. We need to fix the underlying issue. Recess times need to be extended and kids should be playing outside as soon as they get home from school. Twenty minutes of movement a day is not enough! They need hours of play outdoors in order to establish a healthy sensory system and to support higher-level attention and learning in the classroom.

         In order for children to learn, they need to be able to pay attention. In order to pay attention, we need to let them move.

A SPECIAL GIFT

A special gift from me to you.

GerberDaisy

People come and go in our lives
It’s the way it’s always been
We discard old and bring in new
and the cycle begins again

To connect with someone is very rare
a thing to be cherished and prized

 

For to find a true friend
upon whom we depend
is a richness that touches few lives

To share love, joy and laughter
is a plus in the game
but the truest of tests
is to share tears, guilt and pain

To come through that
and find friends still there
is a monument to love
from people who care

We search throughout life
for this kind of merging
finding it rarely, or if so,
with strings serging

To have found beautiful friends
sisters and brothers such as we
gives the most devine of gifts
acceptance…of me!

 

 

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