FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD: Plastics turn up in seafood and sea salt, Mary’s chicken outed as a factory farm, and NOT dieting helps with weight loss

by | Sep 22, 2017

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This week plastics turn up in seafood and sea salt, Mary’s chicken outed as a factory farm, and NOT dieting helps with weight loss.

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6 Responses to “FOR THE LOVE OF FOOD: Plastics turn up in seafood and sea salt, Mary’s chicken outed as a factory farm, and NOT dieting helps with weight loss”

  1. Tami says:

    This is an amen to the article Want to fix America’s ….! A great place to start would be in the school lunch programs. I teach in the suburbs of Chicago. What the lunch company calls heathy and in compliance with national lunch regulations is so disturbing. A juice box counts as a fruit and vegetable and a “fun lunch” (served in a bag many lunches) consists of one very sugary Trix yogurt, a processed chocolate chip muffin, a bag of Goldfish, and (the only no sugar item) a cheese stick. How can our country get to better health serving this to our children? Oh and this is served after a breakfast of the same muffins and sugary cereals being served.

  2. GCC says:

    I’m a bit surprised by your take on Trix going back to artificial colors. Is Trix with the original artificial colors significantly worse for you than the Trix with natural colors? (Neither is a very healthy option, of course, and not something a “foodist” would eat very often.)

    Any particular coloring agent *could* have negative health effects, but once a molecule is extracted or synthesized and purified, it really doesn’t matter whether it’s “artificial” or derived from a natural source.

    I know there have been some suggestions that some artificial colors can negatively affect behaviour in children, but my understanding is that belief is based primarily on anecdotes and small, not very well-controlled studies. My guess is that most of those anecdotes come from people whose perception is biased by a general way of thinking that “natural” = good and “artificial” = bad, when of course it’s not that simple. If there really is solid research showing I’m wrong about this, I’d definitely like to know though because it’s not a topic I’ve researched in detail.

    • Darya Rose says:

      You’re right, there is no healthy version of Trix. I’m more in awe by the psychology behind the backlash.

      • GCC says:

        That’s true, the psychology of it all is interesting! I don’t think I’ve ever actually had Trix, but there are some things I do eat on occasion that are totally unnatural colors and I’m okay with that. For example, every year at Christmas for as long as I can remember, my mom has made whipped shortbread cookies topped with pieces of those bright red and green candied cherries. Somehow they just wouldn’t be the same without the bright colors!

  3. Justine says:

    I’m so disappointed by Mary’s, if the article is reporting the truth and not somehow selectively twisting it (Direct Action Everywhere is a pretty extreme group.) I rave about Mary’s chickens to customers everyday but I guess if it’s too good to be true, it’s not real. Some of my co workers have also noted that the quality of Mary’s chickens has declined as their production has increased. I may just email Mary and see what her response is.

    Unfetteted capitalism has unfortunately lead to massive ethical issues in all sectors as it prioritizes growth above everything else.

    • Darya Rose says:

      Ugh, I know. Please let me know if you learn anything. Mary’s has always been my last resort, but it was a last resort I used often because sometimes it’s all there is. I’ve been finding my self eat vegetarian more often lately because of issues like this. Fish is just heartbreaking.

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