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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

THANKSGIVING AND NEW FOOD TRADITIONS IN THE U.S.

FUTURE PUMPKIN PIES?

Tomorrow is a historical food holiday -- Thanksgiving. A time for family to gather and eat a meal that traditionally derives from the past. It usually includes some of the following; ham, turkey, stuffing, vegetables, pumpkin pie, potatoes and cranberries. It is a time to sit down around the table to eat fairly  "good for you food." 


The day after Thanksgiving, many folks return to the present American way of eating which is -- fast foods, soft drinks and junk foods. This present way of eating has been with us since 1980 and the results are obesity in the general population, especially in children. I'm sure you know all this. But why is junk food eating not declining or stopping altogether? Why aren't our children slimming down? Perhaps the answers are to be found in the video below titled Fault Lines: Obesity in America.


One of my favorite blogs on food is -- The Slow Cook -- where writer Ed Bruske takes us through many topics on eating good/bad food especially within the school lunch programs that children in large numbers consume every day. It is an eye-opener blog that tells it like it is. He is one of the persons featured in the video,  Fault Lines: Obesity in America -- one that everyone that eats in the U.S. should view. I have made it available below from youtube. You can also find it on the The Slow Cook site. 


I thank Ed Bruske for providing a blog with such in-depth coverage on what we are allowing to happen to our food systems here in this country. 


Have a great Thanksgiving and be sure and watch the below video, Fault Lines ---


6 comments:

  1. Happy Thanksgiving to you, Barbara :)

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  2. The school lunch programs need some serious improvement. I am with you on that. Have you watched the documentary, "Food, Inc.",? Really good information on our food system. Also the documentary by Morgan Spurlock on eating McDonald's for a month. It is also really good.

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  3. Jayne -- Thank you for the Thanksgiving greeting. It's a family holiday which usually involves family and friends for a big turkey dinner plus a football game watched on TV. Since I don't have a TV -- I'll be spared the shouts and frenzy. Do you have a similar holiday? -- barbara

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  4. Farmchick -- Thanks for the information. I am familiar with Food, Inc. I have not seen the Morgan Spurlock one. Will check to see if netflix has it. I wish you a wonderful Kentucky Thanksgiving! -- barbara

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  5. Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the good food and the day.

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