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Should a Consumer’s Choice Guided by Government or Health Professionals?

In # 7: Gut health by Vanessa0 Comments

My mom has instilled in me that gut health is important since I was young. We constantly had Yakult, yogurt, and Dannon’s Danimals available at home. All these products are readily available at any store or supermarket. However, I think it’s in the best interest of the general consumer to not make general health claims about gut health on products that contain synbiotics, probiotics, or prebiotics. As we saw in class, in these studies concerning probiotics and prebiotics, the body’s reaction varies from person to person. While everyone has similar needs and composition of bacteria is alike, it’s not exactly the same. I believe that a health claim should be applicable to a large portion of the population, such as “this product contains whole wheat and therefore is healthy for your heart”. While probiotics and prebiotics have the potential to make a person’s gut health improve, the reaction to these products is so dependent upon the person, a general claim would not be in the interest of the general public. To allow companies to make even broad assertions that this …

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Danone’s Multifaceted Approach to Sustainability

In # 5: Sustainability by Vanessa1 Comment

Danone, a company whose products I have consumed since I can remember, makes a great point when talking about sustainability on their website. By our food choices, we impact not only our personal health, but also the future, our communities, and our planet. Danone has a sustainability program that encompasses almost every aspect of the company. Danone has three sustainability goals: better health, better lives, better world. Better health is summarized by the statement on their website: “We are dedicated to bringing health through food to as many people as possible”. Danone aims to do this through a four point plan: offering healthier products, promoting healthy drinking and eating habits through programs like the Danone Nations Cup, a soccer tournament for 10 to 12 year olds. The third point is “Community Relevant”, which means they create products specifically for communities. An example of a product impacted by “Community Relevant” is the infant cereal, Bledina Phosphatine that is sold in Cameroon and Ivory Coast. Blendina provides 70% of iron needed and is 30% cheaper for consumers. This will aid in helping …

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Whole Assorted Foods

In # 3: Organic foods - up close and personal by Vanessa0 Comments

The last time I went to a Whole Foods was when I was about twelve, and it was a big store in Omaha. My mom would take my sisters and I to eat sorbet after ballet lessons. I always thought the food was a little costly, but back then I wasn’t quite aware of what the cost of things were. But the food was high quality and there was a lot of variety available from what I remember. Most recently, I went on a Monday, around 4 pm. It wasn’t packed, but it wasn’t empty either. There were mostly women, some with children, but there was a man in a suit and another man who looked like a motorcyclist. However, the people who were stocking produce and doing other work in the store were much more stereotypical, more hipster. After taking in the people, I turned my attention to the products. The first area you walk into when coming into the store is the produce, which is the largest group of organic food. Their way of arranging the produce was …

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Obesity: An Issue of Habits

In # 2: Junk Food Dissuasion by Vanessa2 Comments

Obesity is a disease where a person’s calorie intake and activity are out of balance, and can develop into non-contagious diseases such as metabolic syndrome. Obesity has become prevalent in the US over the last 30 years. What is most alarming is the rate of obesity in children. The CDC reports in 2011-2014, obesity in children ages 2-19 was at about 17%. When they break their age range into smaller groups, the data is jaw dropping; ages 2-5: 8.9%, ages 6-11: 17.5%, ages 12-19: 20.5% (Ogden, Carroll, Fryar, Flegal, 2015). I believe that this shows that bad habits of eating an unbalanced diet and/or lack of activity are being formed even at a young age, and most likely will stay with the new generation for their lifetime if they continue. I believe it’s the job of the parents and doctors in partnership with schools to encourage good habits in the new generations, and these are a few ways the government can help. The US has gotten used to huge portion sizes. This has even been used for marketing a brand, …

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Huitla-what??

In # 1: You are what you eat by Vanessa2 Comments

I think my food preferences reflect who I am accurately. I’m fine with eating things I’m comfortable with, but I will never shy away from something I haven’t tried. I think my mom is who is responsible for this daredevil part of me. I remember various times when she’d try to get me to eat something I’ve never tried before, whether it was something she had made or it was at a restaurant. She’d say to me, “It’s really good Vanessa, just have a little taste, and if you don’t like it, you can leave it.” There are things I am hesitant to eat, such as chocolate chip cookies made with cricket flour. I think suggestions to oneself, such as “this is going to so gross, eating ground up bugs” are very powerful and I could keep myself grossed out by thinking about what is in it or I could just try it and decide if I like it or not. I grew up on a corn and soybean farm, and I remember every summer my dad coming back with …