Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Cheap Fuel $1

This morning while driving to my baby sitter's house I passed a McDonald's billboard that read "Cheap Fuel $1" and it pictures hashbrowns and some other fattening McDonald's food item. When I read that I was disgusted.

It reminded me of an article I read not to long ago about how it's harder for poor Americans to lose weight because healthier food costs more and you can get fattening bad food for cheap. If you don't know what I mean take a walk by the organic food at the super market or go into HEB Central Market or Whole Foods.

Then I came across this article that debates that idea. http://www.earthsave.org/news/03summer/healthy_eating_cheap.htm. It points out that in a study some families saved money on food when they made healthier choices. My question is this. Were the families in the study under the poverty level or were they median household income families? I think that would affect the study, don't you? That's the funny thing about studies like this. They test these theories on a socioeconomic group or a sex that would be affected completely different from another one.

I also read this really sad article about this community near the Rio Grande Valley and I think it describes what is happening to our community especially in poverty stricken areas. This is so sad!
http://observer.guardian.co.uk/foodmonthly/story/0,9950,1585316,00.html

It makes me think of what I can do as a mother and how I can help Miranda make better choices when we eat out and especially by being an example. What can we all do?

4 comments:

Sangroncito said...

We would all be healthier if we ate lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.

ShoeGirl said...

Exactly!

Anonymous said...

When I was a kid, we grew our own vegetables. It's still cheaper that way and even healthier than the so-called fresh veggies at the store.

ShoeGirl said...

That's a great idea. One guy preached to me about eating organic one time and about how the hormones in meat affect kids. Now that Miranda lost her first baby tooth so early I'm thinking about it. If she's developing this fast I don't want her developing too fast in other areas.