Do you know what will solve food insecurity? Hint: it’s not reduced food waste.
I recently read an article titled, Sugar coating the truth about soft drink taxes, the article was written well. While reading the first few lines I thought that the writer was against soda taxes I soon found out he was for actions that help people make educated choices about their food. He speaks about soda taxes…
Do you know how much protein you need? Are you sick of boiled chicken breasts and spinach? Try some of my muscle building hacks and my muscle math to ‘beef up’ your diet.
There might be a new big brother in town that is set up to monitor food industry influence of nutrition research, conflicts of interest, and bias. Introducing Feed the Truth with advocates Marion Nestle (Food Politics), Michael Jacobson (CSPI), and Debra Eschmeyer (White House) on the board of directors.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United
Nations has defined “food security” as existing when
“all people, at all times, have physical and economic
access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet
their dietary needs and food preferences for an active
and healthy life.”
In Canada, the absence of food security is “food
insecurity” – Not all Canadians
are able to afford enough food for themselves,
their partners, and children. In 2012, one in every eight
Canadian households experienced food insecurity.
Have you signed the petition for putting added sugar on Canadian food labels? Do you know the difference between free sugar and added sugar?
A quick read for Nutrition Month. Do you understand the influence of the food industry? Are you aware that the food industry funded research is 5x more likely to conclude that there is no association between sugar sweetened beverages and obesity than systematic reviews without conflicts of interest.
I wanted to share a brief breakdown from my interviews and a few of my favorite quotes.
They told me:
Healthy people have favorite foods that aren’t vegetables. The people I interviewed enjoy bread, chocolate, alcohol, cookies, sugary breakfast cereals, and ice-cream.
Given the hypothetical opportunity to cook or dine with anyone in the world, most people would choose their family.
Many of the people I interviewed think that local crops should be subsidized instead of the current crops that are subsidized like corn. Others think that levies or taxes on sugar added foods or beverages could potentially be structured to reduce the cost of fruits and vegetables.
Almost everyone I spoke to mentioned that education, improving access to food or modifying the present agricultural system were likely routes to improving public health.
On school nutrition- I’m not sure teachers are being taught to teach these things so It’s hard to teach something you don’t know how to teach. It’s similar to cooking. How do we expect families to suddenly start cooking when they were brought up not cooking. If teachers aren’t given the tools they need to teach they’re not necessarily going to develop them on their own.
There is a role for food in comfort and celebration but not as a reward for children.
Celebrating the 100th day of school with a junk food party is not normal. Reading a book for twizzlers is not necessary.
We live on a continent where diet and weight related diseases
are really problematic both to individuals and countries. There are so many barriers to healthy eating related to the environment we live in that there are too many to list. He calls sodium a dietary red herring, an excellent marker for hyper-processed foods.
Health starts at healthy living.
Part of the fabric of humanity is food.
Parenting to us is living the life we want our kids to live.
His nutrition pet peeve is that there is a misconception that there is a scientific debate about sodium. There is a consensus of health organizations from around the world about sodium, there is no debate. Healthy food creates healthy employees who are more productive.
He mentioned the Minister of Agriculture helping to develop food policies to promote healthy living and he states that much of the misinformation spread about nutrition is by the food industry pushing out contradictory information to confuse people.
What if you could get a single message out to the general public about food or health- What would it be?
I would say that Canadians should understand that currently to date the government has been responding to the needs of the food industry, not to the public’s interest in obtaining healthy foods and that needs to change.
Chalie is a pharmacist who gave me her opinion on what a healthy diet is. We talked about improving nutrition education for youth in high schools that would teach kids about worldly foods and eating healthfully and how to better serve folks who aren’t as financially stable as others.
Her pet peeves? Elimination diets and cleanses. She believes all foods in moderation is a better approach.
How do you eat healthy in a pharmacy when you don’t get breaks? You plan ahead, pack finger foods and eat inconspicuously.
Oh- don’t flush a block of cheese down the toilet, the plumber bill is expensive…
Joël is a hard guy to forget, the only thing brighter than his smile or his personality is his fiery red hair. He’s the type of guy who enters a race last minute to support a friend and then sprints to be the first person to cross the finish line. He’s got three precious young…