In this module of instruction, you will learn about the regulations pertaining to food ingredient labels and the marketing strategies food manufacturers use to sell their food products and supplements. You will learn how to make healthier food choices as you shop for groceries.
1. Describe the process involved in determining whether a food ingredient is "safe."
2. Explain how food ingredient labels can be used to determine a product's safety.
3. Recognize the role of marketing in the development of unhealthy dietary patterns.
4. Explain how the use of supplements can be a risky dietary behavior.
5. Recognize why one product may be healthier choice compared to another.
1. Read Chapter 7 of your Unsafe At Any Meal Book.
2. Watch the Ted Talk at the following link that discusses the current food marketing practices aimed at children. https://youtu.be/0bop3D7-dDM
3. Survey your kitchen and identify food products that may contain misleading information on the packaging due to marketing practices. Also identify any products that contain a GRAS ingredient listed on Table 7.1 in your book. The products that contain those GRAS ingredients may also contain allowable heavy metal impurities. Make a list of the products to share with your friend or study group during discussion.
4. Answer the discussion questions and talk about them with your friend or study group.
1. What are some of the food products you found during your kitchen survey that you think might be unhealthy to eat? What criteria did you use to place the product on your list (e.g. GRAS ingredient listed on Table 7.1, misleading product label)? Can you think of a healthier alternative to buy the next time you go grocery shopping? Instead of buying the product, could you make it from scratch ingredients?
2. What are some risks associated with taking supplements? Provide an example from your book or another source.
3. Reflect on how marketing practices may have influenced your dietary pattern or food choices over the years. What if anything, could have been done to counter balance the marketing to enable you to adopt healthier eating habits?