Healthy Food

All about whistle blowing on these unhealthy food items

Is it really what we think it is?

Everybody knows the basic healthy foods. Fruits, vegetables, organic foods, all-natural, etc. But do we really know that these things are actually good for us? For example, have you ever bought juice and thought "Wow! This looks so delicious and healthy as well"? The thing you have to look for is whether it's a FRUIT DRINK (a drink made to taste a certain flavor) or a FRUIT JUICE (an actual juice made from what it's supposed to taste like). Even Vitamin water is unhealthy. While it does contain a lot of vitamins, they are manufactured vitamins that can't really do you any good. Plus it has 32 grams of sugar which is not that far off from a can of soda. Next time you buy something just think about how healthy it actually is before purchasing it.

Factory Farmed and Raised Chickens

Factory-farmed chickens are some of the most mistreated animals. When they are raised in factories they are put into huge sheds with little to no space to move. They are then pumped full of antibiotics and growth hormones to make them grow faster without dying. They become so fat that they can barely hold themselves up because not all of their bones are developed. Laying down and sleeping then becomes their only activities. Not to mention the fact that they step in their own excrement and that the ones that die don't get cleaned up. By the age of 6 weeks the chickens are full grown and ready to be slaughtered. When they are slaughtered, chickens are hung upside down and then have their throats slit. Basically factory-farmed and raised chickens lay around in feces with other dead chickens.
Food, Inc. - Industrial Chicken Farmers

"Dirty Dozen" and "Clean Fifteen"

The phrase "Dirty Dozen" refers to the 12 most contaminated fruits and vegetables. This means its the top 12 fruits and vegetables that have pesticides. The "Clean Fifteen" are the top 15 cleanest fruits and vegetables without pesticides. Here are the lists below.


"Dirty Dozen":

  • celery
  • peaches
  • strawberries
  • apples
  • domestic blueberries
  • nectarines
  • sweet bell peppers
  • spinach, kale and collard greens
  • cherries
  • potatoes
  • imported grapes
  • lettuce

  • "Clean Fifteen":

  • onions
  • avocados
  • sweet corn
  • pineapples
  • mango
  • sweet peas
  • asparagus
  • kiwi fruit
  • cabbage
  • eggplant
  • cantaloupe
  • watermelon
  • grapefruit
  • sweet potatoes
  • sweet onions
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup

    High Fructose Corn Syrup is a sweetener used in just about every food product. It makes foods sweet just as regular table sugar would, but it does much worse things to your body. HFCS is a product made from glucose syrup and corn. However, there are some dangers to HFCS. One scientific fact that we know is that eating too much of it can lead to weight gain and eventually obesity. It is also proven that HFCS can be as addicting as drugs or alcohol. This is not a good thing to be addicted to seeing as how it is in everything from bread to soda. This is a product that has made the percentage of obesity go from 15% in 1970 to now one third of our adult population. Along with weight gain, HFCS can help to cause high blood pressure, diabetes, and even cancer. I hope that with this new information you can find a way to edit your diet so that you can stay happy and healthy.

    Bad Food and Drink Companies

    There are companies that just aim to create some of the most unhealthy, junk-food for us to eat. These companies try to stamp a "high in fiber" and "zero calories" label on their products, but it does not change the fact that the food is not at all good for us. If something says that it is "diet" that usually means that it has more sugar to make it taste the same as if it were not diet. Diet drinks like Coke, Pepsi, and other popular beverages are not any better than non-diet, if not worse. Want to know another trick that they use? Just because something (bread, eggs, sugar) is the color brown it does not mean that it is actually more healthy than white food. When a product says "brown" most of the time it means that it is naturally white and food dyes were used to make it the color brown. So if you want something that is naturally brown make sure it says "wholegrain". Here is a list of some companies that do these things:

    Pepsi

    Kellogg Cereal

    Frito Lays

    General Mills

    Conclusion

    I think that the food and drink industry is taking advantage of us. They are using products and ingredients that they know we don't know about in order to get us to buy more of their merchandise. This is something that needs to stop. All of the lying, cheating, and scamming needs to stop. This industry should start telling us straight forward what is in the things that go into our bodies in plain and simple words. People shouldn't just sit there either. We need to start doing our research on food ingredients and change the way that we eat. If we want to make a change we cant just sit here. Everyone has to commit to doing whats right. Everyone has to want a change. So let's get to it!
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