NUTRITION PPL 3O Is it really healthy???
Since March, Tim Hortons has adorned its coffee shops with gigantic pictures of bananas, strawberries and other berries for the launch of its “healthier” snack: Real Fruit Smoothies. Available as mixed berry or strawberry banana, they contain only 130 calories (for a small serving), and half a cup of fruit (equal to one of the seven to 10 servings doctors recommend adults consume every day). A closer look at nutritional values, though, reveals the drinks contain no fibre or protein, which means that there is no fresh fruit actually being thrown in the blender.
In fact, the “real” fruit comes from purees and juices. That doesn’t have the same health benefits of the fresh stuff, because those purees and juices don’t come with the fibre and protein that help slow down the pace at which we assimilate the sugar that fruit naturally contains. Hortons’ Real Fruit Smoothies have 30 grams of sugar. That’s more than the sugar content of any Tim Hortons doughnut.
The marketing of healthy beverages has been a controversial issue. Unsubstantiated claims, from the wildly unlikely ones promising help with heart disease, erectile dysfunction and prostate cancer, to the simple “healthy” label placed on certain drinks, have attracted a slew of lawsuits against the food industry. In January, a British advertising watchdog banned Coca-Cola from using the word “nutritious” to market its sports drink, Vitaminwater. The company has landed in court in the U.S. and Canada as well over Vitaminwater’s marketing. The drink allegedly contains about 30 grams of sugar, as much as a Tim Hortons’ Smoothie.
Hortons’ Smoothies remain a healthier choice than one of its maple dip or sour cream glaze doughnuts, and certainly a good alternative to carbonated soft drinks, because at least the smoothies have some vitamin C. In sum, they are “better for you”—if you consider all those sugary soft drinks and sports drinks on the market today.
Nutritional Claims • Go to: • http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/fn-an/label-etiquet/nutrition/cons/claims-reclam/index-eng.php and answer: • 1. What are nutritional claims and what must they follow? Why are there differing categories for nutritional claims? • 2. What is a health claim? • 3. To make a health claim about a saturated or trans fat the food must………
What about other claims? • Why can there be claims that say “healthy for you”? • Who can claim “good for you” words? • Is it wise to believe it is healthy for you just because the package says so? Why or why not?
RESEARCH • For each of the following: • A) beverage • B) food • C) supplement or weight loss program • Discuss their nutritional claims. • Discuss their nutritional value. • Cite 2 sources that either agree or disagree with their claims and information. • Provide evidence why you feel their claims have validity? • Discuss whether this product is healthy for you or not and provide REASONS and RESEARCH. • Would you use this product? Why or why not?
If you are stuck…. • POM juice • Vitaminwater • Airbourne • Boost • Gerber Fruit Juice snacks • Organic vs. unorganic foods