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I take a leaf out of the chapter of “if you see something, say something” to point out a fallacy perpetuated by a local McDonald’s.

Misrepresented and outdated food pyramid at a local McDonalds.

I spotted this food pyramid at the eatery. The red arrows point to a misrepresentation — the two servings of vegetables has a broader base but a smaller number than the three servings of the smaller base of proteins above it.

Another possible misrepresentation is the yellow box at the apex of the food pyramid. While other authorities might include these in their food pyramids, our Health Promotion Board does not represent it as one of the four food groups.

Healthy Plate replaced the food pyramid in 2014.

But all this is moot when you consider how the healthy plate replaced the food pyramid in 2014. Apparently we are too dense to interpret a pyramid. Perhaps we have too much junk in our systems and greedily consume misrepresentations like the one at McDonald’s.

The fast food joint is not the best place to maintain a healthy diet. It is certainly not a place to learn about a food pyramid. This is my point: We do not have to look far and wide for authentic examples to use for the modelling and teaching of critical thinking.

I tried the Beyond Burger and the Impossible Burger almost as soon as they were available here in Singapore.
 

 
I had the Beyond at Mezza9 last year and the Impossible at Omakase this week. The latter cost more, but I got what I paid for — the Impossible looked and tasted better.

I caught a YouTube video video (or did it catch me?) about how Impossible Burger was turning food into technology. Apparently the meat won awards after selling itself at this year’s CES.

 

Video source

But is food like synthesised meat a technology?

Ask a random selection of lay folk to define or give an example of technology. Chances are that they will show you their phones as examples of tools or machines that make what they do in life more efficient or effective.

I recall the emergence of a slow-blogging reference to technology as anything that exists now that you did not have in your childhood. Depending on when you were born, this could be a desktop computer, a laptop, or a mobile phone.

Since we did not have the burger of the sort produced by Beyond or Impossible before, it certainly counts as technology. It was made by tools, machines, and methods to reconstitute “meat” and not just simulate it.

If the Impossible CEO’s plan on providing a global meat substitute by 2035 comes true, then it will also remove lots of problems associated with meat production. The old fossil fuel version of slaughtered meat would give way to the new “green” version of meat. What’s not to love?

I have been a fan of Martha Payne’s food blog, NeverSeconds, since I learnt about it barely a month ago.

This enterprising and entertaining nine-year-old girl authored a blog that went viral after she started photographing, rating and commenting on her school cafeteria food.

As she gained attention from the media, she became a minor celebrity, met with celebrities, and raised funds for Mary’s Meals.

Because of Martha’s initiative and efforts, her school food improved, she helped the less fortunate, and she even got students and teachers from other parts of the world sharing their own food photos and ratings.

But her success was met with resistance from the Argyll and Bute Council, and Martha was forced to stop taking photos and stop blogging about the food.

The reaction to this was swift. As I type this, there are more than 1712 responses to the shutdown. Sites like CNET and Wired had a field day reporting the news.

My reaction to the blog shut down was not printable. When I calmed down, I wanted to know:

  • If the council had nothing to hide, why prevent her from taking pictures of the food?
  • If they thought that the representation is not fair, then why not make their stand by commenting in Martha’s blog or setting up their own channel?

Thankfully, the council has backed down and Wired documented this through a series of updates.

Reason does not always prevail. When it does not, good work in and via social media can apply pressure so that justice is served. So I borrow from Martha’s rating system:

Food-o-meter- 10 out of 10
Mouthfuls- I could barely swallow the initial news!
Courses- Starter, main, and dessert
Health Rating- 0 out of 10 (I almost had a heart attack!)
Price- Priceless news via Wired’s updates
Pieces of hair- There was a whole wig that came with the ban.

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