Worker Bees’ Daily Bites:
You won’t believe what we dug up!
1) Food producers are racist
Or at least really, really devious. Not only does the food industry use emotional marketing ploys to get to children, they devote trunkloads of money and research finding ways to manipulate every possible demographic. The latest target: “utilizing” the Hispanic market. May we point out a) Hispanic is about as accurate as Caucasian, and b) while it’s fine to figure out what your shoppers might want, the following example from an industry report is downright manipulative.
This isn’t at all about providing a service a shopper can benefit from; this is about finding subtle, effective ways to use people. The most shocking part of all? This isn’t top secret. There’s no leak over at Food Processors Are Us. No bug, no source, no spy. It’s right out in the open. Every food product and service imaginable has online resources with this type of information. These sites don’t get advertised because they are not intended for the consumer. But they exist. Check out the clickativity above to see the entire revealing report, which only gets better – or worse – the longer you read. Comes complete with cheesy graphics.
You didn’t read that wrong. Though it seems paradoxical, spending a little time in the sun can stimulate the very immune cells that prevent skin cancer. So go fry to your heart’s content! No, just kidding, don’t do that. But a little sunshine every day won’t hurt a bit.
So, it has come to light that Big Puff has been adding additional nicotine to cigarettes since the late 90s. (Nothin’ says “I don’t care” quite like “I’m seriously, completely, totally trying to kill you. And not just a little bit.”)
Experts say the only way to combat the rates of addiction is to copy Australia and slap cigarette packs with really huge warnings. At first, this might seem silly, but think about it: every food product down a pack of Chiclets has to include details on every milligram of what it contains, plus nutrition information. By comparison, it is a little odd that cigarettes don’t have to state much of anything – considering they kill you and all.
Web it out:
You won’t believe what deficiency disease is a growing problem in the richest country in the world (that’s us, by the way).
First Plan B, now the HPV vaccine debate. More states are considering requiring the shot for girls – and even boys. What are your thoughts, Apples?
Worker Bees’ Daily Bites:
The week’s off to an interesting start! Here’s the latest from the world of health.
1) Bird Flu Gets Real
From those news nuts over at The Lede: Culling has begun in the UK to curtail bird flu. Regardless, nobody should be eating chicken nuggets.
That’s Fit reports that kids are fatter than ever thanks to zero exercise and an abundance of junk food in everything from school cafeterias to Costco’s towering shelves. Is this a surprise?
We can all moan and groan about it, but better to be proactive. Maybe you have kids. Maybe you are a kid. Either way, these steps are non-negotiable when it comes to health:
- Daily exercise of some sort. It can be as basic as walking home from school, mowing the lawn, helping out with household chores, or walking the dog. But exercise is a must. Make it a requirement for TV and computer privileges. Worried about enforcing it? You make them brush their teeth, do their homework and occasionally even bathe. Add this to the list.
- Daily vegetable intake, preferably not fried. Whether you spend an hour on Sundays putting together baggies of veggie snacks, or whether you make them do it for themselves, get veggies into your kids! Kids love junk food. Their taste buds are literally wired for it. It’s probably not realistic to think they aren’t going to eat junk ever, but you can at least keep it out of the house. Always serve a salad for dinner, and keep washed fruit available at all times. Kids don’t mind peas or green beans – even the most finicky kids will eat a bowl of peas. Kids do crave starch, but keep those options green. Avoid the fries, tater tots, chips and other pale starches.
- Lie. Tell them eating healthy will diminish acne, mood swings and body odor. (Actually, it’s not even a lie).
- Enact and enforce a zero-tolerance soda ban. As far as your kids are concerned, soda is Satan.
Kids are gonna do stupid stuff – you can’t watch their every move. But you have more influence than you may think, so use it. This means setting a good example, of course!
Diet toffee? Tea-coffee? Hipster tofu?
No, TOFI stands for something else entirely, and it’s a…big…problem.
4) Enviga’s Going Down!
5) Making Single People Everywhere Feel Really Fabulous
Thanks, Scotsman. No, seriously, thanks. This study is small, merely highlights reasonable correlation (rating your own emotions: not exactly the gold standard of scientific inquiry), and also, it’s totally annoying. It makes sense that the more socially active and fulfilled you are, the healthier you will be. Studies prove that consistently. This is more about finding something sensational to whip up on a Monday. If we were betting bees, we’d lay good money that tonight’s news will start with: “Stay tuned: one more reason why you are doing everything wrong for your health!” Which isn’t really a risky bet, since that’s what they say every night. You’re not doing everything wrong. You’re here, aren’t ya?
6) Quote Me
Things Big Puff (that’s Big Tobacco, not Puff Daddy…er, Diddy…Diddly? Duddy?) really must regret saying. Thanks, Healthbolt. Also check out the Australian cig warnings. Subtle!
The Fuming Fuji is outraged at the marketing of toxic food, especially when it’s aimed at the small fry. This week, the Fuming Fuji has decided to have a serious problem with Cocoa Puffs Milk ‘n Cereal Bars.
But, Fuming Fuji, you ask, isn’t breakfast the most important meal of the day?
The Fuming Fuji says no!
The claim: Cocoa Puffs Milk ‘n Cereal Bars are a great way to make sure your youngsters get breakfast, even on the go!
The catch: Tiny tots are better off skipping breakfast than eating this crunch block of evil. This “breakfast” is only a candy bar. Also, it is ugly, and one should not feed ugly food to children.
The comeback: Isn’t that discriminatory? Besides, Fuming Fuji, the box says “the nutrition of a bowl of cereal with milk“! Milk, Fuji! Milk!
The conclusion: The Fuji does not need you to shout. If you want to call gummified frosting “milk”, that is not the problem of the Fuji. It is hard to make milk even more unhealthy, but Cocoa Puffs has triumphed.
The catchphrase: Do not feed these petrified sugar sandwiches to your child! Maybe that neighbor kid, though.
Disclaimer: Mark Sisson and the Worker Bees do not necessarily endorse the views of the Fuming Fuji. Mostly.
Worker Bees’ Daily Bites:
All the news, none of the preservatives.
1) Inflammation Causes Cancer
This is huge news, so be sure to spread it! Scientists have long suggested a link between inflammation and cancer, but lacked conclusive evidence. Lo and behold…
Inflammation is caused by many things. Among the most common culprits: injury, stress, smoking, alcohol abuse, obesity (this is a “two way street”), and poor diet. Pro-inflammatory foods are – you guessed it – the most common foods in the American diet. To avoid inflammation, avoid sugars and starches, fried foods, and processed, packaged items. Examples are waffles, pasta, french fries, snacks and chips, pastries, and frozen convenience meals.
Translation: stay away from things that inflame! Inflammation is a common culprit behind obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, heart disease, cancer and much more.
In related health matters, acid reflux may lead to cancer, too. And guess what causes acid reflux? Your buddy, inflammation. Like the guy on the couch in your college days, it’s time to say goodbye if you’re letting inflammation hang around and damage your health. Here are important things to avoid if you want to reduce heartburn and reflux risk.
2) Fun Facts About Mark’s Daily Apple
Did you know that hovering over links and pictures here at Mark’s Daily Apple can provide you with hours of hilarious entertainment? That’s because we pride ourselves on sneaking in funny (okay, maybe cheesy is more like it) comments when Mark is not looking. Don’t tell him.
Another fun fact:
See that nifty little description above Mark’s head? We’re going to be holding a contest to change it (which means the contest just started). One of the Bees likes “Better than bran muffins.” Mark says “Will blog for health.” We want to know what your idea is! We know there’s a witty, funny, healthy phrase inside you, just waiting to get out! So tell us. Shoot us your ideas by clicking “Ask Anything!” at the top of this page. A very cool and healthy reward goes to the first winner. Because hey, we might just change it again.
3) Embolization is the new surgery! Wait…what’s embolization?
Scientists say that uterine fibroid tumors can be treated successfully without surgery, which involves serious risks, side effects and longer hospital stays. The trade-off: one in five women undergoing the embolization process has to come back for more traditional treatments. But it’s a reasonable and encouraging alternative to the invasive and permanent nature of hysterectomies.
4) Fizzy Fruit
We’re in a tizzy over fizzy fruit (hey, we couldn’t resist). Thanks to Dr. Mercola for the heads-up: this ridiculously unhealthy “fruit” product aimed at children is being marketed with the help of some old Coca-Cola pros. Now if you’ll excuse us, the Fuming Fuji has blown his top and we need to call the contractor.
Fruit is already fun for kids. We don’t need to make it fizzy – who needs yet another processed food? This is one more example of taking a food that has a vague reputation of health, turning it into a processed, unnatural product, and espousing it as a health food. Fresh, whole, natural foods are best – isn’t that simply common sense?
Unfortunately, this is one of those items that kids will love and parents may go along with because of the convenience factor – and fruit is “healthy”, right? Of course children love sugar and soda – which is what this snack boils down to. The carbonation may not have added sugar, but this is a glorified dessert nevertheless.
Here’s Fizzy Fruit’s bizarre wonderland website. Is it a farm, Hollywood, a scary freeway, or Wonka’s magic factory? We want to know: how do these enemies of children’s health sleep at night knowing they’re contributing to a lifetime of bad health for the next generation? (And what genius thinks words like “Fizzonator” and “Serfizzes” are clever? Kids are smart, so this is insulting, which tells you a lot about what the company’s real aims are.)
The Fuming Fuji is outraged at the marketing of toxic food, especially when it’s aimed at the small fry. This week, the Fuming Fuji has decided to have a serious problem with enhanced soft drinks.
But, Fuming Fuji, you ask, if we’re going to have soda, isn’t it better to enhance it with vitamins and natural flavorings?
The Fuming Fuji says no!
The claim: Soft drinks are now coming in super-enhanced varieties loaded with vitamin C.
The catch: Soft drinks are now coming in super-enhanced varieties loaded with sugar. The Fuming Fuji cannot wait for super-enhanced lard cakes to be loaded with vitamin C also – what a difference to health that will make!
The comeback: People aren’t going to stop drinking soda. At least make it healthier!
The conclusion: Wise words. Perhaps we should add ginseng to bacon bits. Fuming Fuji predicts a new food revolution of selling the same old junk. Fuming Fuji asks what is next: Botox Burgers?
The catchphrase: When you get sick from this garbage food, at least you will not be deficient in Vitamin C.
Disclaimer: Mark Sisson and the Worker Bees do not necessarily endorse the views of the Fuming Fuji.
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