J2 Content – Perspectives

A varied collection of thoughts on education and parenting

A Most unScientific Study: Nutrition Bars

An informal survey of seven families with school age children revealed the following results. All 7 families allowed their children to eat “bars” (a category we defined to include “milk and cereal bars”, “granola bars”, and “health/diet/protein bars”). Only 2 of the families gave their children health/diet/protein bars. The reasons both families gave was that…. read more

That Green Jar of Peanut Butter

We’re not picky shoppers. We buy the cheapest (name brand) peanut butter we find. Usually Smooth/Creamy, and once in a rare while “Natural”. All things being equal, we lean toward the “healthy” looking variations – Simply Jif, for example. Lately we’ve been buying Jif with Omega-3 added. We do it, because we feel like we…. read more

A Most unScientific Study: Serving Sizes

An informal survey of 12 children ages 4 through 15 revealed some poor practices in terms of serving size management. 10 of the 12 children believed a 20 ounce soda bottle was “one serving” (the nutrition label says a serving of soda is 8 ounces, so the bottle contains 2.5 servings) 6 of the 12…. read more

A Most unScientific Study: Fruit Ignorance

An informal survey of 13 children ages 4 through 15 revealed a surprising lack of familiarity with fruit. Only 2 of the 13 children could name more than three types of apples Only 4 of the 13 children had ever heard a discussion of whether a tomato was a fruit or a vegetable None of…. read more

A Most unScientific Study: Breakfast

An informal survey of 23 seventh-grade students revealed that only 1 of the 23 had eaten a breakfast consisting primarily of eggs, fruit, or yogurt. The complete results of the survey are shown in the table below. Eggs with ham and potatoes – 1 Cold Pizza – 1 Waffle ice cream sandwich – 1 Cereal…. read more

I Love You More Than Cookies (and Donuts)

I said that once to my daughter. In fact, I’ve said it to her many times. She knows it means I love her a great deal, because she knows her Daddy loves to bake and to eat sweets. Cooking is fun for me, and it’s a social thing for me as well. I cook with…. read more

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