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Thoughts Jamie Olivers Food Revolution?

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Created June 05, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Have any of you watched Jamie Olivers food revolution? I've seen last years season and have been watching this seasons. He seems to be about making better choices and switch to "real" and homecooked foods in schools. As a parent I know how bad the schools food is. I saw the ingredients in a chicken breast and there were 13 ingredients. Seems strange since there should only be one ingredient: CHICKEN! He does push the whole wheat agenda but I don't thonk there is any getting around the grain issue when it comes to schools at this point.

Anyway, what are your thoughts on the show? I haven't seen any shameless plugs like biggest loser yet, except for Bing!

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on June 05, 2011
at 11:01 PM

yes. i saw this video when the show first aired and was STUNNED. its so good. scary good.

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on June 05, 2011
at 10:18 PM

Just from avoiding processed food the kids will improve A LOT even if they are eating "whole grains". You'd be suprised just how bad/worse the toxins/additives/MSG ect. is worse for the body than even gluten for some people.

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on June 05, 2011
at 04:36 PM

Yes, the whole grains and low fat thing is a bit annoying but he also has to work around the stupid government guidelines. You have to have a certain amount of each "food group" at each meal. I had started to become licensed to have a daycare and my daycare was going to be green and naturally focused. My biggest challenge was meal planning (along with being required to do wasteful things and use chemicals).

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on June 05, 2011
at 04:32 PM

It was not cancled, they just are holding off on airing the rest of the series because dancing with the stars was more popular. They should be putting it back on this month but it will be in a different time slot.

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on June 05, 2011
at 03:48 PM

I think it's ironic and disturbing that a show like this would get cancelled. If it does get cancelled, I think it shows exactly how nutritionally screwed this country is....and how the government are MORE interested in money than health.

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on June 05, 2011
at 01:45 PM

Agreed. It's like our healthcare system. Most expensive in the world and we don't even rank in the top 10 for level of care provided.

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on June 05, 2011
at 01:34 PM

We could send him an letter/e-mail, approving his current efforts but pointing out our paleo-views on food. We might end up with a paleo cookbook by Jamie!!! :D

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on June 05, 2011
at 01:21 PM

That happens when you are addicted to carbs......or anything else.

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on June 05, 2011
at 01:01 PM

Actually, we spend more per student than the vast majority of other developed nations. What we don't do is spend that money intelligently.

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on June 05, 2011
at 12:50 PM

I very much appreciated the message, but unfortunately America did not. Sadly, it has been cancelled due to low ratings.

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on June 05, 2011
at 12:00 PM

I like Jamie Oliver and used to watch his other show (Naked Chef). He is big on using what is fresh, in season, and would often bop out to his garden, pluck whatever was growing, and then whip up some amazing dish with it.

Like you mentioned, he isn't "paleo" (uses grains, etc.) but the main point is that he emphasizes fresh, whole, real foods. His current focus, improving the quality of school lunches, is honorable and deserves support. The absolute CRAP that is fed to 99% of our school-age children is a travesty. It should be a matter of national security to feed our kids with food that isn't going to literally rot their bodies and their brains.

Cultural and political unwillingness to invest in schools (god forbid we use tax dollars for something other than war and bank bailouts) has put many local school districts into dire financial straights (my mom is a 30 year school teacher so I speak from her direct experience) and it leaves them vulnerable to food companies who promise "sponsorship" dollars (computer equipment, cash, books, etc.) in order to be the exclusive provider of soft-drinks, chips, and all the other crappy processed foods that kids tend to eat too much of anyway.

Just like the old "eating healthy costs too much" argument that is given by individuals, the "feeding kids healthy costs too much" excuse has been proven to be false. However, there must be guidance and support along the way at least until the point where the collective habits are in place and the results begin to speak for themselves. Jamie Oliver is one individual who is doing just that and I commend him for it.

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on June 05, 2011
at 01:45 PM

Agreed. It's like our healthcare system. Most expensive in the world and we don't even rank in the top 10 for level of care provided.

1d9af5db8833413037be3ac48964714f

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on June 05, 2011
at 01:01 PM

Actually, we spend more per student than the vast majority of other developed nations. What we don't do is spend that money intelligently.

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on June 05, 2011
at 01:00 PM

Any push for real food is a big improvement as far as I'm concerned.

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on June 05, 2011
at 05:42 PM

I saw this video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9B7im8aQjo

where Jamie Oliver showed a bunch of American kids how chicken nuggets are made, basically grinding up a bunch of chicken skin, bone, gristle, adding a bunch of fillers and chemicals, then forming it into nuggets.

He went through some length to gross them out, grinding up the raw chicken parts right in front of them. Then, he asked them if they would still eat it.

Their reaction? They all raised their hands and said they would! He asked them if it was good food... they said no. He asked why they would eat it... they said because they're hungry.

It is really sad. It shows you how little kids are educated about what they put their mouths, and how the processed food manufacturers have carte blanche to make and sell whatever they can get away with.

Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

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on June 05, 2011
at 11:01 PM

yes. i saw this video when the show first aired and was STUNNED. its so good. scary good.

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on June 05, 2011
at 07:42 PM

I feel like our nation's diet problems and the associated health problems started when we got away from eating home cooked meals. Jamie Oliver absolutely nails it in a way that all of the other food activists/celebrities/gurus do not including proponents of the paleo way of life.

People know our food is bad but they don't want to change their lifestyle. But the only cure for our diet is a drastic change in lifestyle. Jamie Oliver doesn't pretend there is an easy way out of this. He doesn't pretend that Horizon Organic Chocolate Milk and Annie's Cheddar Bunnies are somehow better than NesQuik and Goldfish.

So in that respect I think he's great, whole grains and all.

For individuals, we can talk about what types of foods are beneficial or not such as grains, etc. But to turn around the fate of 300 million Americans we absolutely have to get people making fresh food again first and foremost. It would greatly reduce several big ills of SAD: constant eating/snacking which keeps insulin chronically elevated, insane amounts of sugar, insane amounts of soy, trans fats and restaurant/factory oils like cottonseed oil, soybean oil etc.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on June 05, 2011
at 10:18 PM

Just from avoiding processed food the kids will improve A LOT even if they are eating "whole grains". You'd be suprised just how bad/worse the toxins/additives/MSG ect. is worse for the body than even gluten for some people.

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on June 05, 2011
at 06:11 PM

I love this show, Jamie's so passionate about improving the food situation in schools, using fresh/seasonal ingredients, educating people about food, etc. It's just fantastic, wwhatever we might say about his opinion on grains. I think that, looking at what american kids are routinely fed in schools, complaining because Jamie wants to give them real bread (i.e. just flour, salt, water, starter/yeast) or wholewheat pasta would be absurd nitpicking. Even that would be a massive improvement over the current situation, i think. Too bad most people apparently just don't want to hear it and think it's just fine for kids to eat tater tots for lunch every day.

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on June 05, 2011
at 03:50 PM

I love that show, I just watched it Friday night, yes he does push lots of whole grains but we need to take these things in baby steps. Every year at the end of the school year we get a survey from our kid's school, I bubble in all questions with a good to high rating except for the one on school lunches, therefore I hope it sticks out like a sore thumb!! Of course, my kids have a packed lunch everyday but the food they serve is awful, at least lately they are offering more fruits and vegetables but not sure how many kids pass them by or take them and do not eat them.

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on June 05, 2011
at 04:36 PM

Yes, the whole grains and low fat thing is a bit annoying but he also has to work around the stupid government guidelines. You have to have a certain amount of each "food group" at each meal. I had started to become licensed to have a daycare and my daycare was going to be green and naturally focused. My biggest challenge was meal planning (along with being required to do wasteful things and use chemicals).

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on June 05, 2011
at 03:47 PM

I like what he is trying to do, and largely "how" he does it.....but there are two areas in which he is just dead wrong. Grains and Saturated Fat. He still believes that fat is "bad"....which needs to be corrected if he really wants to save the country.

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on June 05, 2011
at 07:09 PM

I do like his puppyish enthusiasm and how much he genuinely seems to care about the causes he champions, like local and organic food. However, I find his hypocrisy a little hard to swallow. I don't know if US readers are aware, but for over a decade he has been the face of one of the UK's largest supermarket chains, earning millions in advertising revenue whilst publically admitting that he would never buy food from there.

Whilst I'm glad to see him promoting and emphasizing whole foods over processed junk, grain-based Italian foods e.g. pasta/pizza/risotto are at the heart of his cooking, and are promoted by him as healthy everyday "Mediterranean diet" staples. To be fair he seems to follow his own advice, as evidenced by his increasingly well padded appearance. Equally I've also seen the nutritional breakdown of some of the school meals that he promoted (in the UK), and some of them contained significantly more calories, sugar and saturated fat* than a full fast food meal with soda and fries.

I suppose his greatest strength is also his greatest weakness; his heart is in the right place when it comes to food reform, it's just such a pity that he tends to follow his heart by rushing in where angels fear to tread.

*I include this only because Jamie follows conventional wisdom when it comes to saturated fats.

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on June 05, 2011
at 02:12 PM

It wasn't cancelled, it was pulled for sweeps and is now back on ABC on Friday nights... it may get cancelled yet though...

E7320c552ab7453d2ff45d4be79f6b50

on June 05, 2011
at 03:48 PM

I think it's ironic and disturbing that a show like this would get cancelled. If it does get cancelled, I think it shows exactly how nutritionally screwed this country is....and how the government are MORE interested in money than health.

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