Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Trees - Nutritional Miracles!

Yup, it grows on trees so of course have "as much as you want".

You know trees were put on the planet by God to serve us and provide us with incontestably wonderful nutrition.

Nothing bad could ever come from a tree, right?

The BBC must have got it wrong when they suggested that eating the manchineel tree's fruit can be deadly, or that standing under the tree when it rains is a bad plan because if water drops off the tree onto your skin it'll cause blisters and burns, or that if you decide to cut down the tree and burn it the smoke that gets into your eyes can lead to blindness.

Who cares that the Sun Rype Rio Red Grapefruit Juice drop per drop has 15% more calories and 10% more sugar than Coca Cola? Certainly not the Heart and Stroke Foundation's Health Check program that happily sold them their logo! I guess it's because they're "natural" calories and "natural" sugars, that they magically won't contribute to obesity and consequently heart disease - right?

I'd also ignore the warnings of the American Academy of Pediatrics and nutrition professionals the world over that recommend strict limitations be put on juice drinking - because trees of course are smarter than them.

All hail the miraculous power of trees to bring only goodness and light to the world.

Oy vey.

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  1. Well.. I happen to think trees are pretty smart but I'm sure it's the trees suggesting to these sell out marketing execs to extort them. ;) I had no idea that the juice has 15% more calories and 10%more sugar! It will cause me to rethink the next time I have a glass of juice or offer my children a glass. What happened to a good old apple a day keeps the doctor away? Thank goodness they love their water! I love your blog.. Thanks!

  2. You know, that "15% more calories and 10% more sugar" is more than offset by QUANTITY CONSUMED.

    You see, people drink 4-12 oz of Grapefruit juice at a time. But they drink 16-44 oz of Coke at a time. YOU DO THE MATH.

  3. Thanks for calling attention to misleading advertising like this.

  4. Anonymous2:55 pm

    I don't see how demonizing trees is going to help anyone. Look at the first comment here! Now you're going to have parents rethinking giving their kids juice, period (and you also implied, whether it was intentional or not, that Coca-Cola was healthier).

    I agree that pasteurized juice (which is what most people would be feeding their kids) is too high in sugar. When I was little, my mom diluted any packaged juice she gave me. Fresh, raw, undiluted juice straight from the juicer, however, was another story. I drank quite a bit of that growing up... and I'm nowhere near obese. I have no idea what how the calories would compare between bottled/boxed and fresh juices... but I'm guessing that the fresh juice would have fewer calories because it hasn't been cooked and concentrated.

    If your kids want juice, I say make it for them! Can you honestly argue that squeezing some fresh oranges for your kids' juice is going to make them obese?

  5. Anonymous1:41 am

    This is quite clearly a talking point regurgitated from the anti-tree lobby.

    I heard that they are taking roots in washington these days.

    Soon they will be branching off into other areas.