We are the Children of the Corn: Infographic

So that’s us:
processed corn, walking.

―Michael Pollan,
The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

 

Here’s what I think about corn, in general.

  • At just the right time of year, it’s delicious.
  • Just like anything else, it’s fine in moderation; ideally should be organically grown and as unprocessed as possible.

The problem is when you get into the fact that corn is in EVERYTHING, and in a form that I don’t think our body processes in an ideal manner.

I’m not a doctor, nutritionist or biologist; this is just my own theory, but:

We evolved over time to eat food, and that food works together in a synergy that allows us to maximize energy and nutrients. We also evolved over time to accomodate the change of seasons: feast and famine, busy active times and cold-weather hunkering-down times.

When we start eating all this processed junk, fillers and simple sugars, our bodies hold on all those extra calories in anticipation of the famine times a’coming. In this refined form, it’s easier to take on the calories and the weight, and it tricks our system into believing it needs to hang onto those calories and the weight for the inevitable time of famine. So easier to gain weight + harder to burn calories.

Again, I’m no expert but it seems like common sense to me.

In any case, I was sent this infographic about Big Bad Corn, highlighting hazards that go beyond our waistlines. What do you think? Do we as a nation rely too heavily on corn? Have you tried to cut back on corn in your diet?

BIG BAD CORN FINAL We are the Children of the Corn: Infographic

 

Targeting Children with Treats Infographic: Marketing to Children Sucks

Seriously, it does. We realize this when our kids get the gimmes from the marketing machine alerting them what they need to ask for for Christmas, but we overlook the constant day-to-day bombardment of ads about foods.

Interesting how cereals ads outnumber fast food ads by more than half. And while most people (I think) limit fast food meals to one a week or so, we give our kids cereal pretty much every day. It’s one of the foods that are easily mistaken for healthy, but the numbers don’t necessarily bear that out.

We know that sweets aren’t good for kids, maybe we need to take a harder look at the nutritional value of the stuff they get all the time.

 

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Fatal Attraction: Cosmetics and Chemicals

What’s in that lotion you’re slathering all over your newborn’s delicate skin?

How about in that mascara which comes in contact with your eyes?

It’s important to think about what’s in your beauty products— because this is is stuff you put on your skin (your largest organ) over and over again to be absorbed into your body. What might be the long-term effects of that exposure? It could be ugly.

To see how your fave products stack up, search for them on EWG’s Skin Deep Database or on the Good Guide. (Download the Good Guide app and you can just scan a product’s barcode with your phone to get its score!)

 

fatal attraction Fatal Attraction: Cosmetics and Chemicals

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