There is something I really need to get off my chest. There is something that REALLY bothers me. REALLY BOTHERS ME! REALLY, REALLY, REALLY BOTHERS ME! Ok, sorry, let me tell you what it is:
I keep seeing commericals on TV for processed foods like a certain brand of canned ravioli and certain brands of jarred spaghetti sauce to name a few. These commercials are claiming that these foods have a full serving of vegetables in each can or jar. That is all fine and good but let's not forget that these are highly processed foods, that probably have very little nutritional value despite the claims to the contrary. But that is not what bothers me, well it bothers me, but that is not what drives me crazy. What drives me crazy is that while these commercials are touting a full serving of vegetables, they are also sending a message that parents should be secretive about giving their kids vegetables. These commercials are very similar, the one that pops into my head (and the one I just saw on TV that began this rant) is a scene of a mom and little boy in a grocery store. The boy is offered a sample of a certain canned ravioli product and the lady working the sample stand begins to tell the mom about the vegetables in the product. The mom goes to extremes to make sure that her son does not hear about the product containing vegetables. And there are several others like this one out there as well. It makes me very upset that this is the mindset in our culture. There is nothing wrong with kids eating vegetables and kids WILL eat vegetables. Yes, I "hide" veggies in my food, but not to be deceptive as my family knows they are in there, it is to ADD nutrition. I am against being deceptive because I firmly believe that kids need to learn healthy eating habits. Not only would I NEVER serve my son a canned ravioli product, I certainly would never lie to him about ingredients that are in it. I realize that children go through food phases, but that is no reason to LIE and be deceitful with your children about eating things that are good for them! This is why we have an obesity problem in this country!
So here is what I ask those processed food companies - DO NOT ADVERTISE THAT VEGETABLE DECEPTION IS OK! Let's teach our kids good eating habits, let's teach our kids that they need to eat whole foods and that it IS ok to eat their vegetables!
That is all for now. Rant over. I feel a little better. Thanks for listening.