Imagine this

Green vines filled with red, juicy, ripe, sweet tomatoes. Fields of golden wheat with a summer sunset in the backdrop. A fresh pitcher of milk sitting on a table, from the black and white spotted cows contently chewing grass outside.

Now…..Imagine THIS:

The ingredients described above are used to their fullest potential in creating the most delicious pizza you have ever tasted.

YUM.

Pizza is America’s favorite food. Don’t let media propaganda, or your friends, family, strangers, trick you into thinking this deletable concoction is “BAD” for your health. Crust, sauce, and cheese. Simple. Nutritious.

How has pizza ended up on our “bad” foods list? Hm. Think about it. Is the pizza itself bad? Because objectively, it is actually quite a nice balance of vitamins from the tomatoes, fiber and carbohydrates from the crust, and protein and fat from the cheese.

So what is “bad” about pizza? NOTHING. Don’t label foods. No foods are bad. However bad decisions can be made if they are made without awareness of nutrition, emotion, and our bodies.

Bad choices exist.
Bad behaviors exist.
But do bad foods exist? NO. No. No. No. anddddd No.

Think about it. Let’s educate each other on nutrition rather than tell each other what we should and should not eat.

 

 

 

 

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Beer and B12

beer

You’ve heard that vitamin B12 is only found in animal foods, but did you know that beer also contains vitamin B12?

In fact, beer is rich in many of the B vitamins!

It is often easy to overlook the vitamins and minerals in beer because most alcohol does not contain nutrition labels, which is why it is important to do research to see how beer is made and where those nutrients come from.

Let us know what you find, and please share with the Positive Eats community in the comments section below!

Taco Bell is Right

I recently saw this article on Taco Bell, and I must say, Taco Bell is doing it right!! EDUCATING. Check out their page explaining the ingredients of beef.

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A snapshot of the FAQ on Taco Bell’s page. Woop! Go Taco Bell!

There has been a lot of hubbub about the “unpronounceable” ingredients in Taco Bell’s beef. We shouldn’t eat things with ingredients we can’t pronounce right?? Not so fast. This is just another one of those “rules” that we hear that seems so logical we spread it as fact.

On their page, Taco Bell explains what ingredients such as cellulose, potassium chloride, and maltodextrin are and why they use them in their food. Through further investigating, one will see that these scary sounding names are actually just that. Names. Scientific names for (usually) naturally occurring ingredients. We have been told to fear some foods and to worship others without knowledge of why. I think Taco Bell is taking a good position in educating its customers.

Think about it: How many times have you heard or told someone any of the following:

-Taco Bell is so bad for you. Have you heard about their mystery ingredients??

– Kale is good for you!

– Don’t eat foods with MSG.

– Coconut water is a great, healthy drink.

– Carbs are bad.

We spread statements like these on a daily basis, but when was the last time you stopped and asked yourself (or others) why? If we all took time to educate each other on nutrition instead of merely telling each other what to do, perhaps we could erase health food propaganda and promote awareness.

Perhaps we could encourage nutrition understanding. Perhaps we can begin to eliminate negative emotions such as fear, shame, and guilt that are associated with certain foods.

Yes there may be some “unpronounceable” ingredients in Taco Bell’s food, but that doesn’t mean it is “bad” for us. It also doesn’t mean it is “good” for us. It just means that we need to dig deeper into the literature to find out what they are and how they affect our bodies!

And then we will be able to make the choice that is right for US. Not for your friend, parent, sibling, person who overheard you talking at the store..

Be aware, spread awareness. And enjoy the good eats!!!! Thanks Taco Bell for educating us about your ingredients! That’s one great step in the Positive direction!!!!!