Presentation on theme: "By: Amber Bell 11/08/2013. Seeds: planted and grown on farms. What is used to keep bugs and animals away from the plants. If grown out of country,"— Presentation transcript:
By: Amber Bell 11/08/2013
Seeds: planted and grown on farms. What is used to keep bugs and animals away from the plants. If grown out of country, what are the safety regulations?
Processing Plants: where they TRANSFORM raw ingredients into foods or foods into other forms. Food processing typically takes clean, harvested crops or butchered animal products and use these to produce attractive, marketable and often long shelf-life food products.
Last Longer, Variety (off season availability), Reduce food borne illnesses, Mass production. Takes away nutritional density, Food additives, Food contamination (machinery breakdown)
Food additives are substances added to food to preserve flavor and enhance appearance or taste. Examples: Acids (Vinegar, citric acid, fumaric acid, lactic acids) Color retention agents Flavor and Flavor Enhancers Glazing agents Preservatives Sweeteners Thickeners, etc.
On average, most foods travel at least 1500 miles before it reaches our plates.
Lipitor is the most prescribed drug in the world. Prevalence of preventable diseases: Heart Disease, Cancers, Diabetes, Obesity, Cholesterol, Hypertension This could be the first generation that lives shorter lives than their parents.
The US spends more on healthcare per person than any other industrialized country. HOWEVER, we tend to have far worse health outcomes. 75% of our healthcare cost come from diseases that are preventable
Bill Maher says “The answer is not another pill, its Spinach.” Hippocrates says “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Study after study has proven: A HEALTHY DIET EXERCISE
We’ve already discussed processed foods and additives… Lets dive into the details.
Highly processed foods, Foods that have longer shelf lives, Often higher sodium levels, More added sugars,
FYI: red triggers stimulation, appetite, hunger, it attracts attention. Yellow triggers the feelings of happiness and friendliness.
One meal: 400 calories, 13g protein, 5g fiber—but 10g fat, 20g sugar, 500mg sodium. One bottle (2.5 servings) of the Charge flavor: 125 calories, 32.5g sugar.
1. Figure out where your foods come from, 2. All that can be bought locally, buy locally, 3. Limit consumption of highly processed foods, fast foods, soda 4. Read the label and know what’s in your foods 1. No more than 5 ingredients 2. Transfats 3. Saturated fats 4. Sugars (less than 8g)
A plant based approach that emphasizes minimally processed foods from plants, with modest amounts of fish, lean meat, and diary. Increase: fruits, vegetables, legumes, grains, nuts and seeds, and zero animal products. Decrease: meat, butter, milk, cheese, gelatin or other animal by-product.
Freshness. Local fruits and vegetables are usually harvested and sold more quickly so they do not contain the preservatives that are added to products shipped long distances and placed in storage. Taste. Produce that is ripened on the vine has better texture and flavor than produce harvested unripe, then treated with chemicals and ripened during shipping. Nutrition. Nutritional value declines — often drastically — as time passes after harvesting. Improving the local economy. When you buy homegrown food, you circulate your food dollars inside the local area. Strengthening producer/consumer relations. When purchasing food locally, consumers can ask how the product was grown and processed, what chemicals (if any) were used, and any other questions they may have. People tend to trust individuals they know, and they become repeat buyers.
Amber M. Bell, MPH Policy and Management Southwest Georgia Project for Community Education, Inc. Community Foods Grant Project Coordinator Phone: Fax: Visit our website: