Thanksgiving is Becoming Less Affordable

Thanksgiving is one of the most iconic American holidays, along with Christmas and the Fourth of July. But while other holidays are bringing in even more revenue as time goes on, why is Thanksgiving becoming less popular? Through economic and environmental struggles, Thanksgiving is recieving the rough end of the stick from both.

The entire market has been on a decline for the past year. While some billionaires who control it are thriving, most have been facing hardships. During the pandemic, when the customers of these large enterprises were dependent on the online capabilities of their applications, the market was doing great, and promoting companies that were not even remotely connected to the outbreak. Now, as we slowly get more accustomed to our previous ways, our dependency online has diminished, bringing down the market.

Along with this, the raging issue of global warming has also impacted the situation. According to Brad Rubin, “The virus doesn’t usually flourish in warm temperatures, but this season was different”. The global temperature has been at a rise for so many seasons in a row that viruses have adapted to it. The fluctuation in weather has offset the environment, and livestock aren’t able to survive in the harsh conditions. 2.5% of the national turkey population has died off, most of that coming from the turkeys that were supposed to be for human consumption. This is causing a 23% price increase in turkeys, meaning that many families will not be able to afford the now-expensive bird.

One way to save money in today’s economy is to consider not buying a turkey at all. Chickens are a healthier alternative that are much cheaper due to a higher production. If you insist on turkey, maybe consider buying just the breast. The breast itself has also experienced a price jump, one even higher than the jump of the entire bird. But if you calculate a weight to price ratio, the breast is still a better option than the entire bird. For other parts of the Thanksgiving meal, try out canned cranberries. Many people prefer canned cranberries over fresh anyway, so now, it’s their time to shine. With potato prices rising, sweet potatoes and yams are becoming seemingly better choices. It is always smart to improvise, and buying in bulk is the next best solution. You might not want to buy multiple turkeys, but you could buy a lot of potatoes (whether they are sweet or not) and use some of them now, some of them later. Canned goods have a long life, so the cranberries will last a few Thanksgivings.

In January, the price for a dozen eggs was $1.20. Now, it’s at $3.50. With prices growing at such fast rates, it is hard to see a future without outrageous prices for staples of cuisine. We don’t know anything for sure, but if we want these hard times to end, we can all work together and help. By making the planet healthier, the animals that live on it will become healthier too. Make smart decisions, and realize that every action has its own effect.

Sources:
https://www.fooddive.com/news/thanksgiving-dinner-costs-increase-wells-fargo/635364/
https://www.fooddive.com/news/eggs-turkey-prices-increase-price-hpai-outbreak-bird-flu-poultry-disease/631345/

Best Foods To Eat When You’re Sick

When you are unwell, your diet is one of the most critical factors that define how quickly you can recover. It should be one of your top priorities during these rough patches. Through many studies, nutritionists have deducted the best combinations of food to ensure you get all the nutrients you need to get back to 100% as soon as possible.

One method is known as the BRAT method, something heavily researched by the Cleveland Clinic. BRAT is an acronym that stands for Bananas, Rice, Applesauce, and Toast. These foods are especially easy to digest, so even if your digestive system isn’t at its best, nutrients will still be easy to derive from BRAT. Bananas have sugars, fiber, and potassium, Rice has vitamins and minerals, while applesauce has Vitamin B, Vitamin C, and healthy carbohydrates. Finally, there is toast. Toast is better than plain bread for a few reasons. Toasted bread is healthier to digest, helps relieve your nausea, and has a lower glycemic index, which basically means that it won’t raise your blood sugar that much. These four foods combined can help your body spend energy on fixing itself rather than digesting junk food and microplastics.

Next is the most popular choice, chicken noodle soup. Soup in general is extremely beneficial for you, whether you are sick or not. It hydrates you, none of the nutrients are lost, and you can put whatever you want. Chicken noodle soup has a few obvious ingredients, such as chicken and noodles. But other ingredients, such as green beans, corn, onion, celery, and spinach add Vitamins A, C, and K, along with calcium, potassium, folate, and iron. Most soups are healthy, and normally very easy to tell whether it is healthy or not. Water and broth-based soups are the healthiest, while cream-based ones tend to be a bit less healthy.

Finally, all spicy foods are beneficial for recovery. As I’ve explained in previous Blogs and Fast Facts, capsaicin is the compound that makes food spicy. Other than the basic benefits of spicy food, such as clearing your nose, making you sweat out toxins, and more, capsaicin is also able to relieve congestion, itching, and surprisingly, pain! Spicy foods may seem to be initially causing the pain, but it numbs your body in many areas and can help in reducing coughing and vomiting. Don’t push yourself too far over your limit and you should be fine.

Eating food is important for any living being, but when you’re unwell, the stakes are higher than ever. Remember to follow these tips and drink lots of water!

Sources:
https://health.clevelandclinic.org/the-best-foods-to-eat-when-youre-sick/
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/15-best-foods-when-sick
https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/photo-stories/does-toasting-the-bread-change-its-nutritional-value/photostory/64745262.cms?picid=64745276

Sprite Changes Iconic Green Bottle

Sprite is the 6th best-selling soda in the world and has been consistently making the Top 10 since the 1960s. A simple citrus-flavored soft drink, they weren’t anything special. But their bright green plastic packaging was different from anything else on the shelf. It looked more appetizing than it would have looked without the green bottle. So why did they change it?

Sprite says that their Lemon-Lime drink will “now [be] made with clear plastic to help this bottle be re-made”. Clear plastic is a better material to be recycled than colored plastic because less energy needs to be used in the dying of color and further organization. The billions of Sprite bottles that will and have been produced since August 1st, 2022, can now be used more efficiently.

However, many sources have been suspicious about whether Sprite truly has good intentions. The manufacture of green plastic has very similar carbon emissions to the manufacture of clear plastic, so there isn’t any difference there. The Coca Cola Company stated that the recycling benefits were the true reason for the change. But recycling plants sort the plastics by color anyway, and reducing just green plastics won’t have that big of an effect. People have suspicions that The Coca Cola Company simply wants their Sprite bottles to be less recognizable. Take this image, for example.

A majority of the bottles are clear. They could be from any brand, so without labels, no company can be blamed. The second most common color? Green. And when you see green bottles, you can immediately blame Coca-Cola for their Sprite bottles. Now that Sprite also has clear bottles, they can join the majority and won’t be singled out anymore.

Sprite is always going to be a part of the biggest soft drink manufacturer in the world, Coca-Cola. They might make it look like they want to help out, but they are targeting the lesser informed. Stay knowledgable and healthy!

Sources:
https://www.sprite.com/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sprite_(drink)
https://www.cnn.com/2022/07/27/business/sprite-green-bottle/index.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/sprite-retiring-iconic-green-plastic-bottle-60-years-rcna40396

Breaking Down: Seasonal Foods

As the Northern Hemisphere enters the hottest months of summer, the change in seasonal produce has become quite obvious. The fruits that had a prominent impact in the Spring are long gone, and the fruits that will be important in the Autumn have just started growing, not yet ready for harvest. Why are fruits and vegetables seasonal? What produce is in season now? What are some tips to remember when I go grocery shopping? Read on.

Famous fruits that grow in your area fluctuate from time to time. In one or two seasons, they might be heavily advertised and held by many vendors. In the other seasons, they are barely mentioned. As plants experience their lifestyles, some are genetically built to sprout and grow fruit at different times of the year. Since most plants take time to grow, August and September have the largest and most diverse set of produce. The two months exist at the crossover from summer to autumn, meaning that the crops that grew in the spring, the summer, and what will start being harvested, what grew in the autumn.These fluctuations in product influence how big companies organize their menus.

Even though preservatives are starting to make the idea of “seasonal produce” a myth, companies still have to pay attention to the fame and cravings that go behind each fruit and vegetable. One example is the Pumpkin Spice Latte. It can be found at many different branches of large companies, and even in small cafes or someone’s own home. The flavor has become extremely famous. According to many influencers, it is among the “best-tasting drinks” of all time. Why am I bringing this up? Well, PSLs are normally only available in autumn and a part of winter. It is a seasonal flavor. This adds to the craze behind it. The knowledge that you won’t be able to buy this drink for more than half the year promotes you to go buy it more often than you would any other drink. Modern day companies are able to make advertisements out of anything, including seasons!

At the beginning of the year, it is peak winter. Throughout the late winter months, citrus fruits are the freshest and most commonly grown locally. This includes grapefruit, lemons, and oranges, and tangerines. Turnips, radishes, and rutabagas are also prominent in the winter seasons. Farmers have learned that some root vegetables do extremely well during the late winter, while some are at their extreme worst. As the months go by and we enter the spring. Spring is known for many beans and ferns. Any plant that falls into either category does exceptionally well in the spring. Some flower plants start to do well, but these come into play later in the summer. Speaking of summer, some of the most common and loved fruits are at their healthiest during the summer. Blackberries, blueberries, nectarines, peaches, plums, raspberries, and watermelon are at their peak. During autumn, a brand new set of fruits are in season. Apples, cranberries, figs, pears, and squash are notable examples of these fruits. What isn’t surprising, is that these fruits are the most common during American Thanksgiving, which is a famous holiday in autumn. It makes sense that the traditional foods that are eaten on that day are foods that were originally harvested on the first Thanksgiving over 400 years ago.

Although the choice of fruit and vegetable is the more important factor on deciding what to eat, what shouldn’t be forgotten is the preparation style. During the winter, what is the better choice, a cold citrus salad or a hearty potato stew? On most occasions, the warm potato stew will be a better choice. During the summer, would you rather have a peach pie or yogurt and granola with figs? The dairy from the yogurt is important to have if you are going to be out and about on a nice, warm day. Keep in mind that refreshing and rehydrating dishes are extremely important during the summer, especially in areas that get extremely hot.

Your food choices always play a big role in your life. But what should be remembered is that your food plan should be composite. You should know what you need to eat to be healthy for the different seasons, and sometimes even different weather might play a role in what you feel comfortable eating. Stay healthy!

Sources:
https://www.goodto.com/food/seasonal-food-calendar-71128
https://extension.psu.edu/fruit-and-vegetable-marketing-for-small-scale-and-part-time-growers
http://www.jandjfoods.com/list-of-peak-seasons-for-fruits-and-veggie

Jackfruit Versus World Hunger

World hunger, global warming, and the pandemic are the current problems that the world is facing right now. All three are extremely relevant, and the former two will decide the economic and political future of the world. Since this site is about developments in the food industry, the first problem of world hunger is one that can be talked about. Many countries have high rates of hunger, which means that a person does nto have a guaranteed meal every day. This is a sensitive topic, and there are many levels to world hunger which most people don’t understand. Over the last 5 years, governments have been researching how to better the life of their starving citizens, how to aid them when they need it the most. And a possible solution may just be a simple crop. Jackfruit.

Jackfruit has always been an important fruit in many cultures. One important quality of the fruit is that all parts of it, including the tree it is grown on, can be used for the betterment of said cultures. The leaves of the plant and tree contain antioxidants, detoxifications, and phytonutrients. The wood from the tree is compact and easy to work with. It is also resistant to termites, making it a good choice for furniture. The fruit itself is extremely nutritious. Often used as a meat substitute, it has high levels of protein, potassium, minerals, and vitamins. In addition, it has the texture of pulled pork. This means that many countries in South Asia, where jackfruit naturally grows, can use this fruit to substitute for meats they cannot eat. Jackfruit also grows extremely fast, and produces large fruit that can weigh from 3-10 watermelons (27-90 kilograms).

But this has become a disadvantage. This fruit hasn’t gained the attention it deserves yet. The demand for jackfruit isn’t where it should be. Since the supply is so high, the price of jackfruit has gone down, as suppliers just want to get ride of their stockpile. But this has ruined the economy which goes hand in hand with jackfruit. Mass exports have become impossible due to the low valuation, where suppliers are losing money and still have the remaining 75% of their harvested jackfruit. If only this plant was able to be cultivated in other land masses, where the fruit could be growing in the place where it is needed. World hunger wouldn’t be a problem if this plant was everywhere. Yet, it is found everywhere. The countries with the highest hunger rates are Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan and Yemen.These countries already have established trade with other countries on the African Continent, such as Kenya, Uganda, Mauritius, and other tropical African countries. These countries are known to be native to jackfruit.

The country which produces the most jackfruit annually is India. As mentioned before, they are forced to waste up to 75% of their annual harvest. This is not good, and the Indian government recognizes it. Fame is being brought to the fruit, and the stigma against it is being lifted. All the magical properties, the convenience, and the speed of growth have made it cheap. And people think that it is for people who can only afford jackfruit. Sales have decreased even more because people don’t want to be seen with an “imitation meat”. Organizations are being developed simply for the cause of bringing fame to the crop, and rightfully so. Jackfruit belongs in a higher category of fruits than it currently is in.

Vegan consumers have been crazing over jackfruit for years. In the past, veganism was correlated with green vegetables, no flavor, and people trying to lose weight. Now, veganism is a heavily studied diet which is also known for attempting to imitate the foods in the world of an omnivorous diet. Jackfruit is extremely versatile, and suitable for so many different dietary requirements. Jackfruit has the potential to become the face of veganism and the solution to world hunger all at once. People just need to give it the chance it deserves.

Sources:
https://borgenproject.org/jackfruit-ending-world-hunger/
https://lifetone.co.uk/blogs/news/jackfruit-leaves-health-benefits
https://kaliudabali.com/all-about-jackfruit-wood-or-jackwood/
https://www.actionagainsthunger.org/story/worlds-hungriest-countries

Breaking Down: Salt vs. Sugar

The debate between the most detrimental common substance has long raged between salt and sugar. At first glance, they both look similar, normally being fine white grains. But as you find out more about them, you can answer the central question yourself; which is worse?

First, the definition of sugar needs to be cleared up. As I have clarified on this blog before, plain table sugar, sucrose, does not sum up the entire category of what dieticians and scientists define as sugar. Sugar is a generic term used to describe a sweet tasting, soluble, carbohydrate. Other compounds, such as glucose, lactose, and fructose are also sugars. Many people don’t need lactose, but it does help. Your body needs many sugars to work properly, so it is important not to wave them out of your diet. Next, the definition of salt. This usually comes with less confusion, but it doesn’t hurt to give a consice definition once and for all. Salt is a crystalline substance that is formed during a reaction of a base and an acid.

Over time, dieticians have studied the importance and effects of all different substances that fall into these categories. The benefits of salt have been studied, and it is a necessity. Salt helps regulate your muscle contractions and relaxations, it helps reinforce nerve functions, maintain blood pressure, and helps your body retain water, which keeps your fluid balance in check. Sugar only has one benefit, but this is an extremely important one. Sugar acts as an energy source. For your muscles, your brain, your nervous system, and if you ever have too much, it is simply stored for the next time! Both of these categories of substances have their pros, but what about the cons?

Salt can be extremely dangerous if overused. Overuse can inflame your muscles, including your heart. It can induce high blood pressure, kidney disease, stomach cancer, and even strokes. Your body needs salt to help maintain the health of your organs and muscles, but too much puts them at jeopardy. Sugar also has its cons. Along with high blood pressure and inflammation, sugar also brings diabetes, liver diseases, and increased risk of heart attack to the table. Most of these cons only occur hand in hand with overuse over a long period of time, but “overuse” is a vague term that doesn’t stay the same for everyone.

Synthetic sugars are more common than synthetic salts. Splenda, NutraSweet, and Newtame are all popular brands that claim to be a lot healthier than plain sucrose. At the end of the day, they are usually 100x stronger than sucrose, but they come with exponential weight gain, tumors, and other cancers. Synthetic salts are even more dangerous. They are drugs, and can become addictive. These synthetic salts have no health benefits whatsoever.

Both salts and sugars have their own pros and cons. Personally, I would choose sugar over salt. The main reason for this is storage. Excess sugar is stored in your muscles, waiting to be used as an energy source. Excess salt can slowly poison your bloodstream, and high blood pressure is prone to occur. After seeing all these facts, ask yourself, which substance is less detrimental to your health?

How Mass Production Has Affected Our World

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Mass production. As anyone studying economy can tell you, the demand must always be higher than the supply for a successful business. Even if there is no intention for the product to be exclusive, if you want your product to sell, you need to be needed more by the customers than you need the customer. This is the first rule of economics, but any industry that partakes in mass production thinks otherwise. They always want to have their product at the ready for use by the consumer. We see these trends in the industries of cars, clothes, furniture, and most importantly, food.

Mass production hasn’t always been a problem, and the techniques which built up to it were revolutionary in the world of technology. The production line from Henry Ford in 1913, the Speedee Service System from the McDonald brothers in 1948, and the evolution of industrialism over the last few centuries have all played their own role in this rapidly changing ecosystem. These systems were put in place to maximize efficiency and reduce stress. All business owners wanted to be the head of the most reliable business in its own industry. Ford made cars accessible to the middle class, and McDonald’s advertised their product so that it seemed attractive to every group of people. Quality wasn’t the main focus at the time, but it was still a factor which played a role in the validity of the product. As time went on, mass production has brought down the quality of products. It has gone unnoticed for a long time, because the price has gone down along with the quality.

Mass production has become socially acceptable for a multitude of reasons. The most successful companies in the world all rely on mass production in some shape or form. This gives mass production a good name. Apple is in possession of the facilities to produce 500,000 iPhones in one day! McDonalds do sell over 50,000,000 burgers a day! Without modern techniques in mass production, they wouldn’t be able to reach these milestones.

To sum it up, modern companies require modern solutions to the high demand that exists for any important product. They chose to resort to a method which prioritizes efficiency over quality. And for this, they are rewarded with billions of dollars of revenue. Though we as a species are meant to continue in our progression through evolution, some things should not be treated as collateral damage. The effects that low quality products can have could be detrimental to any consumer’s wellbeing. This is why it is important to stick to high quality foods and appliances.

Intro to Irrigation Around the World

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Irrigation has been around since 6000 BC. It was developed by farmers who had reached the maximum capacity around lakes and rivers. Irrigation is the transportation of the supply of water that contributes to crop growth. In the early days, irrigation was quite similar to a plumbing system, as the water was designed to go around the city and reach all the places it had to, just for the excess to feed back into the ocean.

Since then, irrigation has greatly developed. In the early days of development, people learned how to use dams to control the water flow into one exact place. Then, canals were built all around the cities to have a larger water flow all over the city. These were the basic developments, and they are both still used to an extent in modern day. As time progressed, and goods were able to be transported more efficiently, people could start using the best materials for the job. In more modern history, metal pipes were starting to be used. All these developments were extremely meaningful, and farmers were able to be much more productive.

The reason why irrigation came to existence in the first place was to make farming more efficient and accessible, which would cause more plants and crops being grown each season. Now, there are huge facilities who focus on mass producing plants and vegetables however they can. Now that you have the basic summary of irrigation, keep an eye out for a new blog about how big companies are using it to their advantage.