Well, first of all, let me tell you that it feels nearly impossible to eat out (or drive through!) on a budget AND make reasonably healthy choices.
The truth is, part of me enjoyed my lunch and the other part of me thought it was pretty gross... the "cheese" in my grilled cheese sandwich had a chemically aftertaste and the juice was so sweet I almost didn't finish the little box. Funny, but I felt like the healthiest part of my meal was the french fries! Ironic.
So I've finished my meal and I'm sitting here looking at this juice box that says "100% JUICE" in big bold bright green letters, but then the small print under it says "from concentrate with added ingredients."
Please tell me how something with added ingredients = 100% JUICE. Maybe I need to go look up the definition of juice?
Moral of the story: get on top of reading labels, and don't bother eating the stuff that you wouldn't really want your baby to eat, let alone make a habit of putting in her body her whole life.
P.S. I wrote this while Daliya continued to sleep in the back and I emailed it to myself to post later. When I searched my email for "juice box" (yes, I get that many emails in a day that I have to search my inbox for things from the same day), I stumbled across an email from back in January from change.org that I thought I should share with you.
Here are a few excerpts:
"Consumer Reports found that at least 10% of apple and grape juices sampled had more arsenic than what the government says is safe for drinking water -- and even more had unsafe levels of lead."
"The dangerous effects of unsafe levels of inorganic arsenic and lead in children are shocking:
- Inorganic arsenic is linked to cancers, heart disease, type-2 diabetes, and immune system problems
- Children exposed to drinking water with unsafe arsenic levels had decreased intellectual function
- Low-level arsenic exposure is "significantly related to poorer scores in language, visuospatial skills, processing speed, and immediate memory," among other problems
- Unsafe levels of lead were found in 25% of juices sampled, and lead exposure is linked to brain development and behavioral problems"
If you're reading this and feeling worked up about it, or like you can relate, or even if you have a tip to share about making healthy choices when you are out and about, please do post a comment below. Getting comments makes blogging oh so much more fun! :)