Healthy Lifestyle While Saving the Environment!

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If humans have one thing in common is that we all eat. We all see different types of dishes around us and around the world. Food is creative and can be a pleasure-filled activity. We eat what we like, what tastes good, and what satisfies our needs, but do we consider how these meals are affecting our overall health and the environment? When you eat a piece of chicken do you stop and think about what is in the meat? The chemicals and toxins you’re ingesting? Do you wonder how much energy and water went into producing that piece of chicken?  The bottom line is that most of us do not and our lack of knowledge is the problem here.

It is not something new to know that what we eat affects our bodies, negatively and positively. Meat contains a lot of dangerous toxins that overtime cause damage to our bodies. In an article found in Vegetarian Times, it was found that nearly 95% of the pesticide residue in the typical American diet comes from meat products including fish. These contain hormones and when being cooked can carry carcinogens. All of these toxic chemicals affect the way our bodies will function. In addition, a vegetarian diet allows people to consume less animal fat and cholesterol that we would be consuming from meat products.

As if this damage to our bodies wasn’t enough, our meat consumption is also affecting the environment. From the feed for an animal to the production of a piece of meat, there is a lot of energy involved for its production. In an article by PETA, it was found that it take up to 10 pounds of grain to produce one pound of meat. So much goes into the production of this grain including the land needed. 56 million acres of land are used to grow feed for animals. This results in the need to create acre space for the growing of crops, thus the need to clear rainforest and other land space. The growing of grain for animals results in less space of natural crop growth, affecting the habitats of animals and the soil on the land.

When thinking about what you will eat for lunch, consider how that cheeseburger or chicken tenders impacted the environment around you.

Can Food effect ones Mood?

Can food really help put you in a better mood? Also can what you eat decide if you are in a bad mood to or no? Food is a common source of where happiness comes from. “Basically the science of food’s effect on mood is based on this: Dietary changes can bring about changes in our brain structure (chemically and physiologically), which can lead to altered behavior.” Says Medical doctor, Elaine Magee.

So we have the question, is it good to change your eating habits to improve you mood? It is possible depending on the person. If you are someone who enjoys seeing weight loss or gains results than these changes in eating habits might be worthy for you. Other ways that this would be possible is if it would be someone’s favorite food. Rebutting doctor Magee’s statement of changing habits are not always true. Every one person will act differently.

What are ways you could become happier through food? A few ways are just by being more aware of your eating habits choosing your meals more wisely. Chose foods that have value to you both personally and factually. Foods that have a healthier value tend to boost morale and energy throughout a normal day.

This energy and morale boost will allow you to not be so sluggish at the end of a work day. Your body takes the nutrients that it needs from the food and uses them as the energy. We must be aware that over indulging in our food consumption can be hazardous no matter how healthy because there is a point where our body has too much of a supplement and will store or get rid of it. That is where eating serves as no value.

So to answer the question if food can actually improve the quality of someone’s mood through food. Yes this is possible for anyone because there are ways that food helps your body that are in ways that don’t get shown. Such as how your body uses the nutrients. That is a eternal action not a external. So for all you grumpy, goobers out there go get you some food in your stomach and settle down.

FOOD,does it kill you?

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Red Meat, Your Mouth Enjoys it More than Your Body.

In the article, Who’s Right: Is Meat Good or Bad for You? Posted in Reader’s Digest, we learn the risks of the “American Diet.” Which include, for example, “burgers, steaks, and hotdogs”, which were some of the red meats that a study at Harvard used to test 121,000 people over 28 years. The research found that people are 13% more likely to die from heart disease or cancer after eating 3 ounces of red meat a day before the study even ended. Which to some might not be as mind boggling as it illustrates. Yet what is means is In 28 years from eating the small amount of 3 oz of red meat a day, there is a 13% chance of you dying before the 28th year. To be more specific, eating some bacon everyday raised the risk of early death by 20%. The post then warns that the “saturated fat and cholesterol” are only a small part of the risk that comes with eating red meat daily. The other risks include overloads of iron that can “threaten the hearts of meat eaters” as well as the sodium and nitrates used in processed meats.

 

“But wait…” the blog takes the other side as well and describes that americans who eat “lean” meats regularly gain more protein, zinc, potassium, and vitamin B than people who don’t eat meat at all. Which seems very obvious. Now “lean” meats account for 15% of the nation’s protein and only four percent of the nation’s fat. Which it is easy to see why that may be an attractive figure to the people trying to set up their next life meal plan. One thing to take note in is that many people educated on this subject agree that lean meats are healthy, ““Lean meat is a healthy thing,” says Carol O’Neil, PhD, a coauthor of both reports and a professor of human nutrition and food at Louisiana State University.”

 

Now the article takes an informative side, they explain that having a “small” amount of lean meats in your diet will give you more advantages than having processed red meats in your diet.Yet they want you to make sure you don’t forget your “fruits, vegetables, and whole grains to round things out, so enjoying a steak isn’t a high-stakes gamble.” Which is basically explaining the golden rule of eating. Eat everything in modesty and it will never be unhealthy. Easy to understand, but for sure the hardest thing to do. 

 

Wasted

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Wasting food is much more serious than we think. Most people do it routinely without knowing the negative action it has. When you throw away extra food you waste money. Tons and tons of money. If we were to calculate in dollar wise how much we waste, it adds up to about 1 trillion US dollars. That is environmentally, morally, and economically outrageous.

Imagine the things we can do with that amount of money! We could use some of those funds to feed the hungry or fund a charity. Hunger is a huge issue, not just in our society but in worldwide scale as well. So while we are just scraping our extra food our plates and unto a trash, others are starving. Wishing they could at least have our left overs.

That is insane and immorally wrong. We throw so much food, which can feed millions of people. We don’t always want to donate money to charities, which can be understanding at times. But if you are not willing to donate money, you can at least moderate how much food you waste.  We must think beyond ourselves. We must think on a larger scale.

We should minimize the amount of food we waste on a daily bases. So if we have extra food left over we can donate some of that to the needy. This a good practice to do, not only would you be helping others, but you will be helping yourself. You save money, reduce waste on the planet, and help a struggling person. It is a win, win situation.

Next time you go grocery shopping make sure you only buy what you will be eating. If you go to a restaurant, bring your left overs home, so it isn’t thrown away. Be conscious on the amount of food you place on your plate. Lastly, before you throw away your food, ask yourself would I rather throw this food to the trash or be more conscious of my food waste, and donate if there extra food to food banks.

Let’s Taco ‘Bout Food Fortification

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Just yesterday, April 14th, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the fortification of corn masa foods with folic acid. Folic acid is a water-soluble B vitamin, and is therefore also named vitamin B9. It is a synthetic form of folate. The reason as to why it is such an important addition to flour is because of folate’s (and therefore folic acid’s) health benefits. Folic acid is used to prevent heart disease, strokes, and certain types of cancers, such as colon and cervical cancer. It also has applications in treating memory loss, osteoporosis, nerve pain, and many more illnesses. More importantly, folic acid is a vitamin that has the power of preventing severe birth defects of the brain and spinal cord, which are also known as neural tube defects.

Foods that are high in folate include leafy vegetables, certain fruits, beans, mushrooms, and certain meats. The FDA has actually approved and required that foods such as breads, pasta, cereals, and other grains to be made with flour that is fortified with folic acid since 1998. Since then, the number of children born with neural tube defects, such as spina bifida and anencephaly, has dropped about 35%, an astounding fact.

Foods made with corn masa like tortillas will now be joining the group of foods that are helping prevent severe defects, ultimately causing a positive impact in the lives of many unborn children. It is expected that this will have a large positive effect in the Latino community. Leaving aside the racial and cultural stereotypes, tortillas are an essential part of a meal for many Hispanic families. I, coming from a humble Mexican family, can attest that claim.

Currently, “Hispanic women are 20 percent more likely to have a baby with a neural tube defect than non-Hispanic white women”. While many other factors contribute to this statistic, the diet of the mothers is a very important factor to take into account. Hopefully with the fortification of corn masa, this statistic will change, and thus more neural tube defects.

Ultimately, this is an example of how manipulating food can have positive effects. Food modification is a very controversial and ethical issue that is present in today’s society, but this is an example of an acceptable practice. Food fortification is in no way related to the genetic modification of foods. It has been a safe way to improve public health through improving the nutritional content of food for roughly one hundred years. Only time will tell what other benefits, or detriments, science will provide to the food world. In the meantime, we can enjoy more visits to the local taco truck!

Organic Foods

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Organic Foods were usually found only in health food stores, organic food is now a usual meal at most supermarkets. And that’s created a bit of a dilemma in the produce aisle.

On one hand, you have a conventionally grown apple. On the other, you have one that’s organic. Both apples are firm, shiny and red. Both provide vitamins and fiber, and both are free of fat, sodium and cholesterol. Which should you choose? Get the facts before you shop.

Conventional vs. organic farming

The word “organic” refers to the type of way farmers grow and process there products, such as fruits, vegetables, grains, dairy products and meat. Organic farming practices are usually made to retain soil and water conservation and reduce pollution.

Farmers who grow organic produce don’t use normal methods to fertilize and control weeds. An example of organic farming practices include using natural fertilizers to feed soil and plants, and using crop rotation or remove weeds.

Organic or not? Check the label

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has established an organic certification program that requires all organic foods to meet strict government standards. These standards regulate how such foods are grown, handled and processed.

Any product labeled as organic must be USDA certified. Only producers who sell less than $5,000 a year in organic foods are exempt from this certification; however, they’re still required to follow the USDA’s standards for organic foods.

If a food bears a USDA Organic label, it means it’s produced and processed according to the USDA standards. The seal is voluntary, but many organic producers use it.

 

 

Works Cited

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/organic-food/art-20043880

Who’s to Blame?

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Gregory Rhymes is a 15-year-old boy who ate McDonald’s everyday. He now is 400 pounds with diabetes and he blames McDonald’s! His mother claims that she had no idea that eating FAST FOOD everyday would cause a health problem.

I had just watched Super Size Me and thought I would look up articles of people having problems from eating McDonald’s. The crazy thing that I found is that people are actually blaming McDonald’s for their hefty bodies and health problems. The only problem I see here is bad parenting. People who are trying to sue McDonalds because of their child’s weight gain is silly because parents are the ones that drove their child there and paid for their meal. McDonalds didn’t force you to eat there.

I get it. McDonalds tastes so amazing and the best part is that they are fast and convenient for those parents who are just to busy to cook but think about how your child is being affected by this. You are putting your child in risk of health problems and obesity. McDonalds should be more like a treat that you let your child have every so often but everyday is really pushing it.

One day after practice, my mom and I went to McDonalds because we were craving it and we were standing in line because the drive through was way to long, and we saw this little fat kid in front of us with his mom. At first I was like “aww look at this cute chubby boy” thinking that it was probably just baby fat and he will grow out of it. But then he started to fuss because his mom wouldn’t let him get what he usually orders I guess and the mom said “No, Carter you ate here five times this week already”. Oh My Gosh! why is this little boy even here! This little boy didn’t have baby fat, he was just fat. Parents are letting their kids get so addicted to fast food that soon that is all they ever crave and parents don’t realize it because they are too busy working and fast food is easy and fast.

So who really is too blame…

McDonald’s or just bad parenting?

 

MMM Delicious

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Malasadas and Manapuas and Musubis, oh my! Three more local grinds that are Hawaiʻi favorites.

Malasadas are Portuguese doughnuts that are usually round in shape and without a hole in the center. Traditional malasadas are deep-fried until golden brown on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside, and then rolled in sugar. However, Leonard’s Bakery, Hawaiʻi’s original malasada bakery, also coats their malasadas in other coatings such as cinnamon sugar and li hing mui (salty, dried plum) powder sugar, and even fills their malasadas with cream fillings such as custard, dobash (chocolate), and haupia (coconut pudding). Malasadas are believed to have been introduced to Hawaiʻi in 1878 when the plantation laborers who originated in the Portugal archipelagos of Madeira and Azores arrived.

Hawaii-Leonards

Manapuas are filled, baked or steamed bao (buns). Traditional manapuas are filled with char siu (Chinese barbecue pork). However, manapuas can also be found to be filled with a variety of fillings such as azuki (Japanese vine) beans, chicken, coconut, curry, hot dog, kālua (to cook in an imu, or underground oven) pig, lup cheong (Chinese sausage), Portuguese sausage, sweet potato, vegetables, and so much more. Manapuas are believed to have been introduced to Hawaiʻi in the mid to late 19th century when the plantation laborers who originated in China arrived. Because manapuas originated from China, the original Chinese name is char siu bao, meaning “barbecue pork buns.” But since Hawaiʻi adopted the char siu bao into their food culture, char siu bao is more commonly referred to as manapua, a shortened form of the Hawaiian phrases mauna puaʻa, meaning “mountain of pork,” and mea ʻono puaʻa, meaning “pork pastry.”

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Musubis are filled and/or seasoned rice balls that are usually rectangular or triangular in shape and often wrapped in nori (seaweed). One of the most popular types of musubis in Hawaiʻi is a Spam musubi. Traditional Spam musubis are a slice of Spam layered perfectly on top of or in-between a block of rice and then wrapped in nori. However, Spam musubis can also be made with Spam that has been soaked in a shoyu (soy sauce) sugar sauce, rice that has been seasoned with furikake (Japanese rice seasoning), or paired with a layer of a scrambled egg. Spam musubis are believed to have been introduced to Hawaiʻi between 1942-1945 when Japanese-Americans were imprisoned in internment camps throughout the duration of America’s involvement in World War II after Japan launched a surprise attack on the American military base stationed at Pearl Harbor located in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi on December 7, 1941.

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When in Hawaiʻi, eat as the locals eat and indulge in these yuMMMy local grinds!

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Why so Sick?

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Bailey Thomason

March 17th, 2016

En – 200

Professor Moyer

Why So Sick?

Today in the world we live in things are done so quickly that often times we can make mistakes, sadly those mistakes can cause a lot of pain to many Americans. In food this has become a serious problem, often times many Americans get sick and can even die. This causes a lot of issues not only with people being ill but expensive due to hospital visits, and lost wages. “More than 9,000 people die. The cost in lost wages, insurance claims and medical bills amounts to between $7.7 and $23 billion a year.” (URI) So much money is being lost, and this can simply be because someone’s meal wasn’t prepared properly. People need to have a better understanding of how foodborne illness is spread and what steps need to be taken to prevent it from happening. “Family and Consumer Sciences labs and classes provide a unique forum for students to develop an understanding of food safety principles and their application.” (URI) These are steps that need to be taken in order to assure peoples safety, cooking food is something that should be cherished and enjoyed, we shouldn’t be worried about if our food will make us sick.

Foodborne illness has recently become more of a problem recently due to many reasons, “Increasing numbers of persons who are immunosuppressed which includes people who are HIV positive, undergoing chemotherapy or organ transplants and those individuals with long term chronic illnesses.” (URI) We live in a world where food is a culture and many people have so much behind food it is what creates who we are. Yet it can be so dangerous to us, created wrong and food can be very deadly. We need to take better steps to preparing our food, often times people don’t have a good understanding of how food should be prepared. This can create a lot of problems because it can be hard to break bad habits and start new ones, if we can take these steps to create a better and more understandable way to prepare food illness will be cut dramatically. This is a great way to begin to make a change but more steps will have to be taken if we want to completely rid the world of foodborne illness.

 

 

 

Fishing For Trouble

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Dear tuna lovers,
Terrible news has befallen on the world of packaged fish meat. Thousands of cans of tuna have had to be recalled, depriving customers from their precious source of protein. The company responsible, Tri-Union Seafoods LLC, has voluntarily started the recall of about 2,745 cases (which is about 107,280 cans of tuna). An equipment malfunction is the reason for such a decision. The malfunction may have caused the product to be undercooked. This, just like with any other undercooked food, poses a serious health risk to consumers. Tri-Union Seafoods LLC conducts its business under the brand Chicken of the Sea. The company has calculated that the affected tuna cans would have been sold to consumers from February 10th through March 16th. Habitual consumers of canned fish should be on the look-out for cans with those particular dates. The company has also released a UPC (Universal Product Code) list for all of the affected cans. Consumers are advised to return any affected cans to the location in which they purchased it to receive a full refund.

Interestingly enough, the Tri-Union Seafoods LLC incident actually followed another incident by a competitor company named Bumble Bee Foods LLC. Only a day before, Bumble Bee Foods LLC had also issued a similar voluntary recall of their tuna. They issued the recall of 31,579 cases of tuna (a much larger amount than Chicken of the Sea). Their reason was because there had been irregularities in the processing of meat in a co-pack facility that is not owned by the company. It is very surprising and puzzling to see two large LLCs issue such recalls in such a small difference in time. While it is good that both companies noticed issues in their processing methods, it would have been much better if there hadn’t been any in the first place. In such inattentiveness they run the risk of infecting a large population of people of various pathogens and diseases that are all but pleasant. The time frame of possible affected cans is quite wide, meaning that the detection of the issue was not very fast. While the company did find the issues through a routine inspection, it was not done in a timely manner. Both companies also did not release information as to where the malfunctioning plants are located. This puts the credibility of the companies up to doubt. In a way, it demonstrates that ensuring safe meat processing is not a top priority, which puts the consumers at risk. The consumers (and their health) should be the first priority. How else are they going to make profit with no customers?

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