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Old 06-10-2011, 11:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Anger at American Heart Association

So, I am not an anarchist, but nonetheless; I take all information given to me with a grain of salt.

I was at the grocery store buying food for my younger sister; she had a party day in school and had volunteered to bring in drinks. She asked me to buy grape juice.
On the grape juice bottle, I saw an AHA label. I wondered what their definition was for "Heart Healthy" and my sugar-sensitive blood stopped in my veins.

"Products displaying the heart-check mark meet American Heart Association food criteria for saturated fat and cholesterol for healthy people over age 2"

a) It's grape juice. Why would it have any fat?
b) What are the criteria?
c) Apparently, the AHA gets paid for endorsing food products. I raised this topic with my health teacher, and she said " Of course they get paid. They're doing a service to the country." Uh-huh...

My issues with further labeling one the juice:
1) The serving size is 8oz. I do not know anyone who will drink a mere 8oz of juice. (My house has little glasses at 10oz and big glasses at 14oz-both of which are almost exclusively used for water and fruit shakes)
2) It has 36 grams of sugar per 8 oz glass
3) It advertises "Each glass contains 2 servings of fruit!*"
On the other side of the bottle, in tiny white print on light grey:
"*some-organization-or-other advises that most of your fruit comes from whole fruit"

Admittedly, each point I make is not extremely odious in itself, but combined as they are, and the fact that coca-cola has a whole 9 grams less sugar than juice... which one is healthier again?
Obviously grape juice has more going for it than coke does, but the conditions set by AHA are vague, the raw facts (i.e. sugar and calories are lower in coke) are misleading, and the fact that my sister had to argue with the teacher to bring juice as opposed to soda... I'm justifiably angry, right?
Unless I'm crazy...

(This is ended up being grander than I had expected. I suppose I needed to get this off of my chest)
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