Friday, June 8, 2018

Carrageenan: Stay Away From This Ingredient





















Lately I've been reading a lot about nutrition, and I recently learned about
the ingredient carrageenan. According to the articles The Carrageenan 
Controversy and Label Decoder: Carrageenan, carrageenan comes from a
seaweed. It's been used in food for hundreds of years, and even though it's
natural it has been suspected of causing intestinal inflammation and even
cancer.

Just think, all these years we've been told too much meat is the enemy
when it comes to our health, but what about carrageenan? I don't hear
anyone on the news telling us to stay away from this, and it angers me.
Since I've found out about this health rotting additive I've noticed it in
multiple products. I'm not going to name any brands because maybe
they will take this crap out of their products by the time I've gotten
this blog post online. Here's the products I've seen with carrageenan
in them so far...some but not all: protein shakes, cookies, premixed
tuna salad, ice cream, and frozen meals.

The other day I bought some ice cream that I'd been buying for a few
months. The front of the carton was bragging about how the cow's milk
they used didn't contain any artificial hormones. But guess what it con-
tains now?... carrageenan. I don't know how much carrageenan is too
much, so I going to try to stay away from it completely.

Here are four more articles you can explore where carrageenan is
discussed:

Carrageenan Backlash: Food Firms Are Ousting A Popular
Additive

The Soy Milk Ingredient That's Getting The Axe

Is Your Non-Dairy Milk Wrecking Your Gut?

Why I'm Avoiding Carrageenan: A Cardiologist Explains


Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Fake 'Sell By' Date

















The day I opened my package of chicken I didn't think much about it, but
then I saw part of the sell by sticker get stuck to the bag it was in.

The sell by sticker that I saw when I purchased it was for April 19th, but
the sticker underneath had the date April 15th! I examined the package,
and on the side was a date printed in ink for April 15th. I was shocked
that someone from the meat department had the nerve to put a fake sell
by date on my chicken. Oh...this was so wrong.




















The next time you buy any kind of raw meat or poultry look at the package
carefully to see if the sell by date is the real date, or one that has been made
up by someone from the meat department.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Subpar Paper Towels





I've been buying the same brand of paper towels for at least five years, and
the company decided to lower the quality of its product. The paper towel on
the left is what it used to be like: thick and absorbent. The paper towel on 
the right is how the product is now: thin and cheaply made.

I want to let all the companies out there know that consumers do not appre-
cate it when a product is changed to a cheaper quality, and we are led to be-
lieve it's the same item but it isn't. I understand if companies want to charge
more for their original products, but don't charge people the same price or 
more for subpar products.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

The Health Insurance Trap






















While I was at the grocery store, I got into a conversation with the cashier.
We were discussing how we didn't understand why health insurance had
to be tied into our jobs. I said, "It causes people to stay at jobs that they
hate." Then the cashier said, "I know...I'm one of them, but people like
you make my job easier."

Although it's possible to purchase health insurance that isn't attached to
your job, it's not cheap...not at all. In fact, it's so expensive that I under-
stand why some people feel trapped. But why is it like this? I've had to
research health insurance several times, and for a family plan that is not
through an employer, the cheapest price I could find was $790 a month.

Wouldn't people be happier and healthier if they could work at places
that they loved, and be able to purchase health insurance plans that they
could afford, separate from where they worked?

Friday, August 4, 2017

In the Walmart Parking Lot...


















In the Walmart Parking Lot...

In the Walmart parking lot
tell me what you see.
A partial bottle of cola 
lying on the gray concrete.

In the Walmart parking lot
another bottle on its side.
Someone drank all the water
and I guess they had no pride.

In the Walmart parking lot
it's red and yellow trash.
Did they run past the garbage can?
It seems they had to dash.

In the Walmart parking lot
is that a blanket or a bag?
When I see litter everywhere 
it really is a drag.