Food on the mind, in our bodies, and in production

As food is generally on our minds each day and a regular pastime, I’m sharing some interesting pieces I’ve come across:  an infographic on our food consumption and production patterns and what needs fixing; a video on how much fast food is consumed every second; and an overview of 19 “foods” that aren’t food but processed concoctions.

1.  Check out this infographic produced by the Union of Concerned Scientists and circulated recently by the Upworthy online site which includes info the difference between what Americans usually eat vs. what is actually recommended.  Plus how much local food investment support is needed to grow more fruits and veggies vs. current allocations and support for corn and soybean subsidies.

2.   Also, here’s a video (with a rather energetic beat) showcasing how much fast food is sold each second (in the U.S.):

3.   And to top it all off, here’s a slideshow recently shared by Huffington Post presenting various foods or products that aren’t really food but processed and artificial substances: 19 Foods That Aren’t Food.

Food for thought?  Bon appetit?

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(Fast) Food for Thought

Interested in recommendations from fast food industry workers (of Reddit) on what menu items to avoid…or to consume with caution?  Are we too quick to grab our fast food without thinking about how it’s stored, prepared, processed, handled, and served?

Check out the info via this link:

http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/w2sv3/fast_food_workers_of_reddit_what_is_the_one_menu/?limit=500

Here’s another article about fast food; ironically, fast food chains provide not-so-healthy dining in hospital cafeterias:

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2012/04/05/150091951/fast-food-chains-in-cafeterias-put-hospitals-in-a-bind?sc=fb&cc=fp

I remember reading how Statistics Canada indicated that obesity rates are up for all ages (and particularly for teens aged 12 to 17) and yet during a visit to my local medical clinic, I would notice how abundant junk food snacks and fat, sugary, salt-laden processed food were via the vending machines.  This was several years ago; I should check if anything has changed lately.

Instead of supporting and promoting our culture of convenience, we need to stop and think about what we are doing.  In the long run, wouldn’t it be better if our choices and funds went toward building healthier bodies and lives rather than for saving time and boosting profit-driven enterprise?