Two days ago I wrote about McDonald’s installing televisions in their restaurants. On that topic I had taken the process and understand approach. It was inconceivable to me that McDonald’s would do something like that with the obesity epidemic in this country, but I also know that they are running a business and will do what they can to keep people in their establishments and ordering food. We operate in a capitalist society and they are doing nothing more than exercising their right to make a profit. It is up to the citizens to choose to not eat there.
Just when I thought that it couldn’t get worse than that, it did. It got infinitely worse with the news that came across my screen yesterday morning. As I was watching my stream on HootSuite I saw a tweet that said: This Is Why Americans Will Always Be Fat. I assumed it was because of some processed food and was intrigued. When I clicked the link I was astonished. I was dumbfounded and nearly sick to my stomach.
I didn’t know what to do so I started typing this post. I typed and typed and typed. I deleted and deleted and deleted. I went back and forth so many times. There was a lot of profanity, but I took a page from my process of the McDonald’s post and decided to think clearly about this. The problem is that there is no clear way to look at this topic. I cannot, for the life of me, fathom the thought process behind what was decided by the people that we elect to help protect us and our children.
In case you don’t know the Government decided that pizza is a vegetable. Before you post a comment about Congress being under Republican control: SAVE IT! I don’t want to hear that the Elephants or the Donkeys are to blame. There is no blame to be placed, but instead save that energy and write and call your Congressman that you will not vote for them in the next election if they don’t reverse this bill. It is purely absurd to classify pizza as a vegetable and that is the stance we should be taking and not one of blaming a political party.
Let’s think about this for a moment. A pizza is defined as a vegetable by the Government. Most people know that we should be eating 7-10 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. So a person that walks into a pizza place and orders a regular cheese pie can eat all 8 slices and claim that they had 8 servings of vegetables. Really! You say, but Jason who would do that. Take a look around. Waistlines are bulging so it is happening. There is a reason we have Super Big Gulps and Triple Cheeseburgers, and the Super Size option. Businesses are here to make money and they would not create a product, or keep a product around that wasn’t generating a profit so it is happening.
Let’s look at it this way:
Margherita Pizza from Pizza Hut (per slice): 270 calories, 12g Fat, 27g Carbs, 12g Protein.
Regular Cheese Pizza from Cici’s (per slice): 152 calories, 5g Fat, 20g Carbs, 7g Protein.
Brookyln Style Pizza from Domino’s (per slice): 240 calories, 10g Fat, 27g Carbs, 12g Protein.
Little Ceaser’s Pizza (per slice): 200 calories, 7g Fat, 25g Carbs, 10g Protein.
150 calories would be the least amount of calories you could get from one slice of pizza from a chain establishment. I cup of broccoli is 31 calories. 1 cup of spinach is 7 calories. 1 cup of mushrooms is 15 calories. I think you get my point here.
Let’s look at it from a different perspective. I am not a farmer, nor do I pretend to be one, but vegetables come out of the ground. Wikipedia shows that the word vegetable is defined as follows: The noun vegetable usually means an edible plant or part of a plant other than a sweet fruit or seed. This typically means the leaf, stem, or root of a plant.
I cannot figure out how pizza is an edible plant or part of another plant. The powers that be decided that pizza has enough tomato paste to qualify it as a vegetable. I guess we should overlook the pepperoni on the pizza and the calories that brings. Maybe the dough that it is on should be overlooked and the amount of carbs in that. How about the fact that this was pushed through so that frozen food companies can continue to supply our schools and our children with frozen pizza. You know what is in frozen pizza? It isn’t 100% natural since they need to be able to freeze and re-heat as well as ship these products to these schools. What are these guys thinking?
The claim is that the law is over-reaching and costly. Costly? How about the health care costs that continue to sky-rocket? How about the fact that some Americans are going under the knife for heart surgery, or now the lap-band phenomena. These are all costs to the taxpayer. I would rather my money be spent on growing a potato then paying for surgery that can be avoided if we ate smarter. I cannot believe that this is even a discussion still. I cannot believe that I’m writing a post to show the Government that pizza is NOT a vegetable.
I can’t take it anymore. I am at my wit’s end. We are a super-power. An example for the rest of the world and yet we allow a business decision to influence our government. How is that acting as a leader? How? I am so beyond words I don’t know where to turn to first.
I will start with our ability to reach out to our Government officials. I will find out which Texas Congressman voted in approval for this and contact them. I hope you will join me and fight to have this repealed. To make it easier for you here is a link to the House of Representatives and to the Senate.
What Are Your Thoughts On Pizza As A Vegetable?
UPDATE: Here are a few links to how votes were cast on HR 2112:
Washington Post: http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/112/senate/1/votes/193/