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5 Apr

Why I’m Never Eating Another Salad

I’m feeling a little lost, Apples. My readers know that for over 20 years now, I’ve enjoyed a massive veggie-packed salad for lunch. At this point, the daily Sisson salad is just part of my identity.
So imagine the sense of betrayal – nay, dear readers, bereavement – when I learned that it. has. all. been. for. naught.

The reason I am never eating another salad is because Flat Earth Baked Veggie Crisps are the healthiest thing to come along since, well, plants. These “veggie” and “berry” crisps are just like eating real vegetables!

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Only not.

The brand marketing concept is so extended, it feels like homework: people used to think the earth was flat, just like people used to think that chips couldn’t be healthy. Get it? To help the message hit home, Flat Earth’s logo is a flying pig. Because people used to think chips couldn’t be healthy, because pigs would have to fly first, and…my head hurts. Read the fine print: “Beliefs can change!” says Flat Earth. I find this particularly amusing. A belief certainly can change, if you throw enough money and marketing at it. But beliefs aren’t facts – yet again and again, we act as if they are. Marketers know this.

Pigs don’t fly. Almost the real thing is nothing much at all. My politically incorrect opinion is that there is nothing admirable at all about the desire to create a “healthy” chip. In fact, I think it’s a big, fat ethical cop-out.

I know what some will say: at least it’s better than a regular old potato chip. We all need a few healthy indulgences. Their hearts were in the right place (psst…no they weren’t. Flat Earth is owned by Frito-Lay). Baloney. This is marketing, not health.

I’m so disgusted with this trend of making bad foods kinda-sorta healthy, as if mediocrity is an admirable quality. Compromise might feel nice, but how’s that health philosophy workin’ for us? Uncle Sam says “just try to make half your grains whole”. Wow, thanks for the vote of confidence in humans’ capacity for excellence, guys.

Flat Earth’s Baked Veggie Crisps may not be as ridiculous as 7Up Plus (known formerly as corn syrup and chemicals) or vitamin-enriched children’s “milk ‘n cereal” bars (known formerly as candy and sugary goo). But Flat Earth is not a “one serving exchange” of “real!” fruits or vegetables. A chip is not a vegetable, period. You can add in all the dehydrated stale carrots and tomatoes and berries that you want, but until I see Veggie Crisps growing on trees, I’m afraid I have to agree with their slogan: “Impossibly good”. It is impossible – hey, at least they’re honest!

5 Apr

Guide to the Care & Feeding of Organicans, Part 1

A self-described starving student recently wrote to me asking if it’s more important to focus on organic produce or organic meat & dairy at the grocery store. I get asked this question fairly often, so let’s talk about it.

Organic food costs can easily rival student loan payments – so, if you’re young or simply on a tight budget and you have to make a choice, what do you buy? Does organic food of any kind even make a difference (aside from the dent in your bank account)? The answer, my would-be organicans, is yes.

Organic produce is grown without the use of harmful pesticides and chemicals and is environmentally-sustainable. Organic meat and dairy is raised and produced according to similar regulations. The animals can’t be mistreated (a matter of course for regular meat) and they must be fed the food that nature intended. Hormones, antibiotics and fillers are big no-no’s. Organic products of any kind, as a rule, are ostensibly good for the environment. Though there is a fair amount of weaseling and hype in the organic industry (as with any industry) that’s a topic for another time.

Don’t listen to the naysayers. Eating organic food is a healthy habit. Local and organic is even better. But, if you’re on a budget thanks to Sallie Mae, I recommend focusing on organic animal products and buying the cheaper conventional chemical-bathed produce. Just invest two bucks in a really aggressive scrub brush.

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Here’s why:

A lot of people get excited about organic produce and forget all about the animal products. But what’s the use in eating a bowl of organic salad greens topped with grilled meat that is loaded up with hormones, antibiotics, and chemicals and was fed on greens loaded with hormones, antibiotics, and chemicals? When you eat conventional animal products, not only are you ingesting your very own pharmacological experiment, but you’re supporting (and eating) the non-organic feed that fattened up that hoofed friend.

Like I always say, you can wash the chemicals off a cucumber. I’m not sure how to do that with milk (although this little one has it all figured out).

Apples: If you have to make budget-friendly choices at the market, what do you choose? What are your tips for eating organic without breaking the bank? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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4 Apr

News Worth Clicking

Worker Bees’ Daily Bites:

Here’s the roundup!

Stress and Baby

Stress is perhaps the single most important factor in your health – and your baby’s. Be sure to read up on what the latest study has to say about stress, depression and healthy pregnancies.

More important pregnancy tips.

Want to Quit Smoking?

Don’t let Big Puff get the best of you! Eat these.

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It’s So Humid in Here!

Facts and fiction about proper use of humidifiers.

4 Apr

Websites That Make You Feel Great!

As we always say, there is more to living life healthily (there is that funny word again) than diet and exercise. A daily dose of humor goes a long way to squashing stress and building wellness.

The Cold, Hard Facts:

Laughter is the best medicine. Apparently, those old wives we are always hearing about got this one right!

VitasearchResearch is Showing Healthful Effects of Laughter

USA TodaySense of Humor Linked to Longer Life

The Side-Splitting Sites:

Neatorama

This hodgepodge of humorous clips, bizarre stories, and weird facts is sure to provide everyone with something to their liking. Check out the ‘Mental Floss’ entries for silly facts that will give you a chuckle.

It’s Jerry Time

Follow the misadventures of the pitiable title character, Jerry Zucker. If these animations don’t get you to laugh out loud at least they will make you feel better about your own life.

Crash Test Kitchen

Check out the unconventional cooking show of food-loving couple Waz and Lenny. Although we can’t recommend eating most of Crash Test Kitchen’s fare, the show itself is always compelling and often times hilarious.

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4 Apr

The Fuming Fuji Says No to Applesauce

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The Fuming Fuji is outraged at the marketing of toxic food, especially when it is aimed at the small fry. This week, the Fuming Fuji has decided to have a serious problem with applesauce.

But, Fuming Fuji, you say, applesauce is fruit!

The Fuming Fuji says no!

The claim: Come on, Fuji. What am I supposed to put in my child’s lunch? Air? Applesauce is better than a candy bar or cookie. I’ve had about enough of your problems. It’s fruit!

The catch: Applesauce is a lumpy sugarfest not fit for seedlings. Applesauce is full of sweeteners and additives. It should really not be called applesauce. Maybe applesludge. I am pretty sure you could run your car on applesauce.

The comeback: Fuji, don’t you think you’re a little biased here? Do I really have to bring up the elephant in the post? Obviously you would not be in favor of applesauce. I buy the no-sugar-added kind. You can’t tell me that is unhealthy!

The conclusion: Oh, really? I cannot? Listen to the Fuji (for you are being beseeched, please do not take this lightly). Even fresh foods that do not have bad things added to them are unhealthy when they are old and processed. An apple off a tree? Very nutritious, I admit – though it pains me a little bit.

But we are not talking about a fresh apple! We are talking about apples stored for weeks and months, losing valuable enzymes and nutrients, stuffed through machinery, bottled and lounging lazily on shelves before you finally get to them. And this is fit for the tiny tots? This is not really food, do you see? I mean, it is edible, but that is nothing to brag about, is it! The Fuji has a big problem with old, dead things parading around the “healthy” aisle of the grocery store. Maybe I am biased.

The catchphrase: Avoid food that loafs around!

Disclaimer: Mark Sisson and the Worker Bees do not necessarily endorse the views of the Fuming Fuji.

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