Monday’s WOD:

Clean: 3, 3, 3, 3, 3
So I see an advertisement for “Ragu” spaghetti sauce in a magazine.  Beneath a picture of a pregnant woman and a child is the following quote:  

“With Ragu and a pound of pasta, you can feed a family of four for less than four dollars.  And your growing kids get a full serving of veggies they’ll love to eat.  Who knew you could still get so much for so little.  Feed our kids well.”

Where to begin with this one.  I’m not sure what bothers me most.  I think it’s the last statement, “feed our kids well.”  But let’s start with a pound of pasta.  1 lb of good old fashioned pasta (even whole wheat) is roughly 336 grams of carbohydrates (i.e. sugar).  If we assume that the parents eat more than the kids (not necessarily true nowadays), then let’s split those carbs up this way:  Dad-104g, Pregnant mom priming her body for gestational diabetes–104g, awaiting Diabetes child A-74g, awaiting Diabetes child B-74g.  

As a reference for those that aren’t familiar with “the Zone” method of portions, the average male should take in no more than roughly 130g of Carbohydrates in an ENTIRE DAY! Anything more than about 40 g at a time GETS STORED AS FAT.  A child (roughly 3-8 yrs old) should take in no more than roughly 70g of carbohydrates a day and about 20g or so at a meal.  
Remember that repeated exposure to rapid/large onsets of insulin due to excess carbohydrate intake leads to a condition called Hyperinsulinemia.  This is the precursor to Type II Diabetes and is directly linked to heart disease, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, Alzheimer’s, and a series of other “modern” ailments.  
In summary, this advertisement is ridiculous and plays on current economic strife.  Here’s the translation (translated from bullshit commercialism to reality):

“With Ragu and a pound of pasta, you can doom your family to Diabetes, obesity and a plethora of other crap for less than four dollars. And your growing kids get 20 full servings of sugar they’ll love to eat. Who knew you could get away with murder for so little. Kill our kids well.”

For more on gestational diabetes and carbohydrate intake, see our July 3rd blog.


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