Free Writes Courtney Haas

I do read food labels. I read them to see if the food has artificial colors, flavors, etc. I Look to see if they contain tree nuts or may have been processed on the same equipment as tree nuts because I am allergic to a couple different kinds. I like to buy foods that are as organic as possible because I don't want a whole bunch of chemicals that are not good for me in my body.
I think food labels should contain any information about possible food allergens. I also feel like they should contain info on any artificial colors, flavors, or any other type of not-so-good-for-you chemicals that may be in it. They should also label if the food is organic or even gluten free for those who can't have gluten.

I think everything should be included on a food label. If they're using ammonia to process my food, I would like to know. I'm pretty sure ammonia isn't exactly the greatest for us. I think the general public should have a say in what is on food labels since we are the ones who consume the products. I did not know they used ammonia to process meat. I would rather buy meat that wasn't processed by ammonia. Sure we have ammonia naturally in our bodies, but I think having it used in processing our foods may upset the balance in our bodies and cause health issues.

I still think they should label what they use to process any type of food. I think using ammonia in our food should be tested before being sold to the general public. We don't know what health problems it could cause. I want them to label the food because I want the choice between using natural beef and ammonia processed meat. The one thing I like about the LFTB is that it uses a lot more of the cow compared to regular beef. An argument that I found compelling in "Pink Slime: What's Really At Stake" is how STOP (Safe Tables Our Priority) support this, but it has been shown (with document evidence) that BPI has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to this group. I guess some baggage that I had is what I thought of this issue before reading the last two articles.

Fad diets have been increasing the last 10+ years. Gluten free is one of the more recent ones. Originally gluten free diets were just for those who had a gluten intolerance but now people who don't have an intolerance are using this diet to lose weight. There isn't much research on if it is good or healthy for those who don't have a gluten intolerance. Many manufacturing companies don't want to have to label if products are gluten free, but gluten free food purchases are on the rise and manufacturing companies can cash in on this diet. America's society is all about being "skinny" so they find a different "fad diet" every couple years that is supposed to help lose weight. Gluten free is supposedly able to help you lose weight. A lot of people don't know, though, that with a gluten free diet, you lose a lot of nutrients and vitamins that you would get from foods that have gluten in them.

What solution to your crisis can you propose? How will your solution address specific elements or causes of the crisis?
How to follow a gluten free diet such as what grains to avoid and what foods you should eat extra of due to missing nutrients from the grains you would have eaten. Cutting out gluten will reduce the amount of people who form a gluten free allergy or intolerance. It also keeps people who already are allergic or sensitive to gluten from getting sick and damaging their digestive tract.

How is your solution particularly practical, logical, manageable, ethical, humane, or economical?
It is pretty easy to follow and somewhat cheap, though a little more expensive than most foods. It will keep people healthier if they do follow a gluten free diet compared to those who do not as long as they make sure they eat other food that has the nutrients they will be missing by not eating gluten.

What else has been tried or proposed? Why is your solution the solution your audience should embrace?
There is not any other solution that I have seen so far to gluten intolerance or gluten allergy. My audience should embrace this solution because it is pretty easy to follow and will save them on medical bills if they end up getting really sick from not following a gluten free diet and end up having major digestive issues and/or cancer or other diseases that can form.

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