Outside the Box

Outside the Box

Why Our Children Need Real Food, Not Food Products

eBook - 2012
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A lively, cross-cultural look at the way packaged and fast foods are marketed to our kids--and a meditation on how our eating habits and our family lives are being changed in the process.

When Canadian journalist Jeannie Marshall moved to Rome with her husband, she delighted in Italy's famous culinary traditions. But when Marshall gave birth to a son, she began to see how that food culture was eroding, especially within young families. Like their North American counterparts, Italian children were eating sugary cereal in the morning and packaged, processed, salt- and fat-laden snacks later in the day. Busy Italian parents were rejecting local markets for supermercati , and introducing their toddlers to fast food restaurants only too happy to imprint their branding on the youngest of customers. So Marshall set on a quest to discover why something that we can only call "kid food" is proliferating around the world. How did we develop our seemingly insatiable desire for packaged foods that are virtually devoid of nutrition? How can even a mighty food culture like Italy's change in just a generation? And why, when we should and often do know better, do we persist in filling our children's lunch boxes, and young bodies, with ingredients that can scarcely even be considered food?

Through discussions with food crusaders such as Alice Waters, with chefs in Italy, nutritionists, fresh food vendors and parents from all over, and with big food companies such as PepsiCo and Nestle, Marshall gets behind the issues of our children's failing nutrition and serves up a simple recipe for a return to real food.

From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Random House of Canada, 2012.
ISBN: 9780307360052
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Sep 02, 2012

"Outside the Box - Why Our Children Need Real Food, Not Food Products" is an enjoyable and thought-provoking read by Canadian journalist Jeannie Marshall, who has been living in Italy for more than 10 years. By contrasting the food culture in Italy and North America, Jeannie reveals the staggering pace of change, sadly for the worse, in North American diets in the past decades. Jeannie highlights how the food industry and retail chain operations have contributed to the change, and undoubtedly, our generations of consumers who go for time-saving solutions share part of the responsibilities.

The consumption of food products instead of real food have come in heavy costs - obesity and related health problems, malnutrition, loss in biodiversity, and the erosion of human relationship, etc. Jeannie debunks the notion of food fortification, suggested by the food industry, is the solution. Jeannie urges readers to take a look back into our traditions, learn from our past, and pick up cooking skills. Besides, some recommendations by Jeannie such as school lunch programs similar to one adopted in Italian schools also deserve our attention.

Unfortunately, Europe and other emerging markets seem to be repeating the very same mistakes of their North American peers today. Let's hope that we can be more aware of the choices we make.

Apr 26, 2012

No recipes in this one, but some really good information for parents tired of feeling guilty about processed food, who are ready to start shopping differently. The extra time spent in the kitchen is so worth it!

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