Okay, so we talk about food at my house...a lot. My kids cook, shop and garden with me. I include them when I make food decisions because I think it's important for them to be thoughtful about what they put in their bodies. I want my children to eat a variety of foods, pay attention to the seasons and buy locally. Most of the time I think this talk goes in one ear and out the other, but obviously some of it is sinking in. So, I've ordered a copy of Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma for Kids. I think Joe (9) is ready for it. And don't even get him started on CAFO beef.
Joe's Essay on Corn Syrup, etc.
The way people use corn in our food is bad for us. They are turning corn into unhealthy things, like corn syrup. This would be okay, but people use it in food too much. For example, people now put corn products in most things you may find in the snack aisle at any normal supermarket. On most ingredient lists on snacks it normally has something in it made by corn.
McDonald's uses a lot of corn products, but that's not all. I've heard that McDonald's bleaches dark meat in their Chicken McNuggets white so that kids will eat them.
All this "food" shouldn't be called food. It should always be called "food-like substances"!
People only buy all of this garbage loaded with crap because they don't know what's in it. Maybe they know what's in it but do not want to pay more for real food. Many kids won't eat real food because now they're used to the taste of all these food-like substances.
Pop was never supposed to be healthy, but now it's loaded with more fake things. Only special pop has sugar instead of corn syrup. Pop is now mostly a food-like substance.
Now, back to McDonald's. McDonald's isn't all bad. It's also what people choose to eat there. People could choose milk instead of pop or apples instead of fries but most people don't.
I strongly disagree. Some people think it's great to have fake food around, and it is sometimes. But many people are now over weight. Don't become one of them!