by Kelsey Murray
We recently released the list of the healthiest cities in the USA. Sadly, my hometown ended up on the list of the unhealthiest cities. There are many factors that determine whether a city or state is considered to be healthy or unhealthy, including the personal health of the citizens, ability for citizens to walk or bike to work, and number of fast food restaurants per square miles (OKC wins again in this bad competition).
Many members of Congress are proud to display their states’ best assets in their offices in Washington, D.C. Often times this includes flags, artwork by artists from their districts, and even local snacks. The New York Times recently released a list of the snacks that several Congress members keep in their offices. Perhaps there is a link between the food political officials offer and how healthy their state is? Let’s take a look.
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Restaurant food choices are laden with shocking calorie counts.
What would we do without our healthy allies David Zinczenko and Matt Goulding, who brought us Eat This Not That!? They have done some homework for us on the WORST foods you can eat or even split with another person for 2009. And my friends, it doesn’t look pretty. Get out the smelling salts and sit down as you read on about how nutritionally-offensive some of your favorite restaurant and grocery store eats stack up:
(FYI: This list is in no particular order. It’s all bad news.)
1. Bob Evans’ banana pecan pancakes = 1,543 calories
2. Marie Callender’s Creamy Parmesan Chicken Pot Pie = 1,060 calories
3. Blimpie Veggie Supreme 12″ = 1,106 calories
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As if eating healthily isn’t enough of a challenge, it’s getting more and more expensive to buy healthy foods. And of course, the bad stuff is getting cheaper. It’s one of the few negative side effects of being in a consumer-heavy capitalist society. We demand more, more, more for less, less, less. If companies are to make profits, they need to make as much as they can for as little as possible. That’s why it’s not any surprise that our imported products from China are tainted. Cheap labor and lack of government regulation has a funny way of producing negative results.
If ever there was a product you should “splurge” on, it’s your food.