Bring Food Education Back [infographic]

September 3, 2013 |  by  |  Education, Health

The first time I ate a fresh pear, I was roughly twelve years old. The flavor concerned me, and I asked my mom if there was something wrong with it. You see, I grew up on Hamburger Helper, Kraft macaroni and cheese, and Dole fruit cocktail in heavy syrup (still a favorite of mine–the maraschino cherries!). It wasn’t till my twelfth year that my parents finished grad school and finally had the time and money to introduce fresh foods into mine and my sister’s diet. It was a bit of an adjustment. Even at school we were used to eating processed foods.

My sister and I still give our younger brother and sister a hard time for being born a decade after us and getting to take advantage of dad’s newfound love for cooking. This is something that I talk to my dad about a lot, and he says that not finding ways for us to eat healthier earlier is one of his biggest regrets. It has taken me a while, but I have slowly but surely introduced every variety of food into my diet and learned how to cook along the way. Eating and preparing fresh foods brings me so much joy and keeps me healthy. The infographic below discusses the importance of educating children on food, and not just any food, real, healthy food. [via]

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  • 29teddy

    When I was a kid, this was called home economics and it was, in retrospect, a really valuable class for girls and boys. It was my foundation for becoming a decent home cook
    and my first exposure to “new foods” (a.k.a. fresh foods). Like art, music,
    and physical education, “home ec” seems to be another curriculum casualty
    in the US education race to the bottom.

    • Lauren B

      This is true. And where “home ec” does still exist, it is more about making purchases than making things from scratch.

    • spanky

      Or instead of blaming the schools you could blame the parents. Get your kids in the kitchen and helping. Cook at home where they can see you. Jesus if they’re old enough pick a night once a week where they have to cook. The failure here isn’t just the education system. Teachers aren’t the ones who are supposed to be raising y our kids.

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  • Alecia Martin

    This is so true. I always wanted to learn this when I was a kid and now being a member of I finally got the chance to do that. This will surely help my “Home Ec” students.

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