Is it me or are they marketing these things (I won't even call it food) to kids, so that there will come a time when they won't even recognize what healthy, natural, whole foods look or taste like, and everything they eat will be processed crap? Or is it just for fun and maybe I should lighten up? :
I'm tired of all the marketing in general, directed at children! Case in point: We were at the store the other day and my 4 yr. old aksed for a particular shampoo, I said "no, that's not what we buy" she said "My hair will NEVER be silky soft!":
I was delivering my papers yesterday and I happened to see an advertisement for purple ketchup...if that's not strange enough, it even comes in a new easy-to-squeeze bottle. Like the old plastic bottle wasn't easy enough to squeeze?! I think the most offensive "food" I saw was a convenience pack of ready-to-eat cereal, inside of a plastic bowl with a spoon. And no clean up - just toss the whole thing into the garbage when you're done kids. It was "for busy families" that don't even have enough time to pour cereal into a real, reusable bowl.
Don't feel like you should lighten up over this kind of stuff...processed food is poisoning our bodies and our planet.
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We occasionally give ds things we're not crazy about but it still appears to be food.In a pinch I will buy him yogurt when out(not the brand we usually use).Now I find purple yogurt with sprinkles or jimmies at the supermarket.At what point is it not worth giving a kid yogurt?
Have you seen Lunchables yuck
We odn't allow margerine anyway so it is a non issue, but she really pushed for the green ketup today. They used to give it automatically in happymeals and have stopped (as if it isn't bad enough that I am feeding her the happy meal must they put green ketup in there against my will : ) Can you even imagine how much die they must put in there to cover up the dark red? Gross!
As for the youget we try to find funn in other ways like sqeeze youget but not hte kid stuff. Most of the kids flavors are more junk than yogert.
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WTF is that all about??? MAN. And do we EAT it or waste it?
is mine the only one who *had* to have it???
pink margerine is just gross.....I am totally not looking forward to all that marketing rubbing off on dd.....
|Originally posted by Forest Sage
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The latest thing has been 'functional foods' which, thankfully, is failing miserably.
Yes, I think it's deliberate marketing. catch a consumer as early as possible and they'll be in your hands for life. sad.
mamapie-if you're a crafty lady, glue those marshmallows on some paper and give it to MIL as a present LOL "See what Spanky made for you , Grandma?" hehehe
What about that "easy mac" by Kraft (of course). It's some sort of single serving microwaveable macaroni & cheese with disposable bowl, no doubt. And Disney characters plastered all over Kellogg's cereals. They've got Buzz Lightyear, Mickey Mouse, and those Monters Inc. characters on practically everything. And lunchables! They used to always come with a juicebox, but now some of them come with a can of soda! Who would give their kids soda for lunch? (Or a lunchable for that matter.) Not that juiceboxes are that great, but they're a little better than soda. And jello single serving snack paks? I mean, if you want jello, how hard is it to make? You just add water! And if your kids want to travel with it, you put it in a little reusable container. Am I the only mother in America who sends her kids to school with lunchboxes packed with reusable plastic dishes, real silverware, and cloth napkins?
Those kinds of things send a confusing message...don't you think? Waste no energy preparing a meal but take the effort to recycle the empty container???
I can't believe these things are legal...it makes me SO angry that people think making money is more important than the environment. Don't even get me started about disposable diapers!
We make our own bread here (and English muffins too), and our own yogurt, and our own jam and use fruit to flavor our yogurt. We already have chickens and are going to get a couple goats for dairy. I try to buy my butter at a farm store, boy that sure tastes different from even Cabot. We make our own ice cream too...milk plus cream plus whatever amount of sugar you like plus natural flavorings (real vanilla sticks are my favorite).
Jam is easy to make...you put fruit and some lemon juice and sugar in a pan and boil and mash it to the consistency you like over low heat. Then after about half and hour you pour it into a glass jar, let it cool, and put it in the fridge.
You can make ketchup too. It's easy if you have fresh tomatoes.
I must confess, I put red food coloring into the icing I used on my Valentine cookies.
On St. Patrick's Day we make green pancakes.
At Christmastime I make all different colors of icing for our cookies.
Most children like to make their own ice cream and ketchup and English muffins. Once they taste homemade, they might never want the processed stuff again.
I don't buy boxed dry cereal - it costs too much for what you get out of it. My kids don't watch TV so they don't start with the preconceived notion that it is supposed to taste good. I must admit that when I go to the grocery store (very infrequently) my toddler is attracted by the boxes in that aisle. We do buy the generic cream of wheat cereal and oatmeal. It's a good bang for the buck and doesn't come with the plastic packaging inside.
Still, the history of boxed, dry, cereal is interesting. I never knew about the Kellogg's history as a health food item. But looking back over the history of food in the US, and what people *used* to eat, I can see how it was.
When we switch from store-bought milk to goat's milk I think I am going to have to give my toddler his Vitamins, especially D, and make more time to go into the sunshine every single day. Rickets!
When we were kids, my little brother was really hyper. My mom did some reading on nutrition, and decided to cut out all red food coloring (mostly Koolaid and Jello and sugared breakfast cereals in the 70's) and as much sugar as she could. She says it helped tremendously. This was in the days before ADD. I wonder if anyone will ever do a study on the diet of ADD children (and their mommies, for that matter).
I was really grossed out by the foods in the stores the last time we went back to the States (last Nov), but I missed the purple katchup! GROSSS!!!
I must say I take credit for that. As toddlers, I offered them healthy foods and let relatives know that there would be plenty of opportunites down the line for them to eat crap. I think that was one of the best things I ever did for my children. It only takes slightly more time to peel an apple and put it in a (reusable) container to take with on any outing. I especially made sure to bring healthy snacks with us when grocery shopping.
I also think it is WAY important to limit kids exposure to commercial TV. My kids are happily unaware that such creations as purple or green ketchup even exist!
My dd sees the green ketchup or other such crap and says, "Oh we don't eat that it is all chemicals".
~~~truly sara~~ You sound like you have what we would love to have! A few goats, some chickens and an organic garden is our goal! We only have the garden now but one day.....
~~~daylily~~ the easy mac comes in little pouches ( a co worker of mine eats it) and one day i tried a bit....NASTY!! But you have to use your own bowl...I'm sure they will soon pack it w/ a throw away one *sigh*. I also bring my lunch in a reuseable bag w/ real silverware and a cloth napkin....my co workers have long since stopped giving me funny looks and I think it makes lunch nicer.
I went to the commissary in Japan on the AF Base when I went there to have DS #1 (interesting field trip in itself). I wandered around for a while because I couldn't find any FOOD. I finally gave up and ate soba noodles and veggies every day at the officer's mess and went out for (safe) sushi and developed a commerical relationship with the old fruit guy who came to base twice a week. I did get some Cheerios and milk and bananas for breakfasts though. Easy to eat while nursing, well, relatively so.
In officer training school I had a food waiver, no kidding! The food they served in the mess hall was horrible. All starch. So in my briefcase along with training materials, I had fruit, and cheese, and natural PB and whole weat crackers and packets of oatmeal. I was allowed to eat these things on break after I passed out during classes due to unstable blood sugar. I can't believe the stuff we feed our highly trained defenders. It's horrible. In the snack machines they had only candy bars and in the soda machines only sugary sodas. I hope that has changed somewhat in the past decade or so.
To their credit, they do serve alternate proteins in the chow hall at Lackland, like rabbit!
The "contains vitamins" marketing ploy really ticks me off, too. So many people are so ignorant of basic nutrition that they actually think they are giving their kids something healthy just because the label says it contains calcium or vitamin c or whatever. It seems like calcium is the big one these days - you see the word emblazoned in large letters on all sorts of junky snacks and cereals. It amazes me how many people I know buy into this.
Dd has occasionally asked for something in the grocery store because of the packaging or bright color (blue applesauce, ugh! It had "Blue's Clues" on it), and I've explained to her that it is junky and not healthy for our bodies. She's fine with that, at least for now!
I've been looking for preschools for ds, one of the schools gives out cheese puffs for snacks every day, one had a list of supplies they like for families to bring at the start of each year. Know what was on the bottom of the list? 8 PACKETS OF KOOL AID!!!!! The last school I went to said it has a no sugar policy.
truly sarah, can I come to your house for dinner?
I am so shocked!!
My dd goes to pre-school twice a week and I give her a "snack" to take with her so she doesn't eat the snack that is provided. It works really well and she has never said she wants what the other kids are having or feels left out. Even if one of the kids is celebrating a birthday and the snack mom provides ice cream, the teachers have a pint of Soy Delicious in the freezer so my dd can celebrate with them. For the most part, they do provide a healthy snack, but they allow dairy, wheat, refined sugar and flour products and we just don't do that stuff. I've noticed that a lot of people are under the impression that the sugar is the culprit and all the other stuff is okay.
Here's to healthy eating!!! Love and Light!!
What will they think up next? Sometimes I wonder why we're thinking of moving back to the States, and I really wonder what I'll feed my family when we do. Actually, I think dh wants to move there so he can educate people on "real food"(he wants to be a rent-a-chef). Ahh, French cooking. Unfortunately, they're starting to pick up our bad habits...
it would be sort of reddish/brown/orange (the color of insides of tomatoes and stuff)
i don't mind a little food coloring myself.
green is a "healthy" color! : )
"katchup wouldn't be "red" if they didn't put red dye in it
it would be sort of reddish/brown/orange (the color of insides of tomatoes and stuff)"
Tomatoes come in a variety of colors. But the ones used commercially really are red. No dye needed. Check out at natural food store. Lots of natural ketchups with no added color. Even my mother's homemade ketchup was red.
Of course, with the variety of heirloom tomatoes out there, you could make yellow, green or purple natural ketchup too. I made 'purple' salsa last summer.
|Originally posted by PumpkinSeed
I wonder how safe all those artifical colorings are...
Oldest DS likes to hate anything on a commercial, and the two of us are slowly reprograming DS2 to distrust commercials, too. It's fun.
I find that eating fewer prepared foods is simply cheaper. I don't shun MSG, but it's not a staple, either. Ditto for food colors, but we're not especially sensitive to these types of things either.
I do want to brag that our sons' school has a NO POP/SODA policy--if the kids bring it, it gets thrown away. Ditto for any candy in their lunches. They send home a snack suggestion list for the preschoolers--all really healthy foods.
But what irritates/angers me the most is the way Coke and Pepsi contract in schools for free stuff---now we have all these kids drinking pop all day instead of water, and being sujected to false advertising. Pepsi/Coke can't "quench your thirst"--it has too much caffeine! It dehydrates you! GRRR, this really pisses me off more than TV advertising.