I’ve always been concerned about what I put into my body, but when I had kids I became hyper vigilant about what I put into their growing and developing bodies. I’ve never taken my kids to McDonald’s, Burger King, or Wendy’s (my son once asked, as we were driving by it, “Mom, what’s a McDonalds?”)—but lest you think I’m depriving my kids of an American tradition, they have had French fries (the deep-fried kind not the organic baked kind we typically make at home) and burgers at restaurants where I know that the food is a bit more real. They eat junk (cookies, candy, ice cream, potato chips) 10% of the time, but never fast-food or soda. (And now that all the information has come out about how the caramel coloring in soda contains a cancer-causing ingredient called chemical 4-methylimidazole, I’m happy I’ve banned this from our house!)
In any case, I love Jamie Oliver—for what he’s doing to shake up food (and particularly school lunches) in America. It’s a shame that a British chef has to come over to our country to open our eyes about our food with his Food Revolution, but whatever! He’s doing it. Watch this important video about where a lot of our kids’ meat (for school lunches) comes from.