As an Atomic Age enthusiast I feel like if you’ve seen one food advertisement from the era, you’ve seen them all, and you can see where our country was at its peak design and industry-wise but backwards in terms of food and nutrition. That being said, I had to post this image of corn beef hash from the fifties. Youngsters love it!
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I’m not really trying to turn this blog into a place to post other articles, however this one caught my eye. Its not difficult to see why, either:
From All McNuggets Not Created Equal.:
U.S. McNuggets not only contain more calories and fat than their British counterparts, but also chemicals not found across the Atlantic.
CNN investigated the differences after receiving a blog comment asking about them.
American McNuggets (190 calories, 12 grams of fat, 2 grams of saturated fat for 4 pieces) contain the chemical preservative tBHQ, tertiary butylhydroquinone, a petroleum-based product. They also contain dimethylpolysiloxane, “an anti-foaming agent” also used in Silly Putty.
By contrast, British McNuggets (170 calories, 9 grams of fat, 1 gram of saturated fat for 4 pieces) lists neither chemical among its ingredients.
“I would certainly choose the British nuggets over the American” says Ruth Winter, author of “A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives.”
McDonald’s says the differences are based on the local tastes: In the United States, McNuggets are coated and then cooked, in the United Kingdom, they are cooked and then coated. As a result, the British McNuggets absorb less oil and have less fat.
So similar chemicals, that one might contend aren’t really that necessary, to silly putty are found in the food children across America covet. Let’s call that another win for foreign foods, although no one really wins with McDonalds… While I think McDonalds can do whatever they’d like with the food they sell, its definitely not right for these kinds of companies to sell a product without giving explicit lists of what goes into them. Definitely not healthy…
Call me a cynic, but this ad campaign from Stouffer’s is not helping. They do a good job at selling “real families” with time issues, as well as other family adversities, but that’s just it, they’re selling something.
The greatest enemies of nutritious and healthy foods in this country are speed and convenience. Its been nearly a century since companies began selling the idea that we’re all too busy to eat well unless we buy their product. In this economy with mothers working two jobs, fathers commuting for hours a day for a job in another part of the state, and scholarships and grants becoming that much more important to students it makes sense that now, more than ever, ad campaigns such as this are being turned out. But when did inexpensive suddenly become synonymous with cheap, easy and unhealthy?
Do people really not understand that it takes no time at all to boil pasta, blanch some fresh vegetables and saute them together? Or have some already cleaned and prepped chicken waiting to be broiled, grilled or, hey, sautéed in no time at all? Its one thing to sell your product based on the fact that you can save people time, but to try and convince people that your company and your factory manufactured and frozen “meal” is going to bring them together and be a benefit to their overall health is an insult to the human race and its well being.