It is a shameful thing that I have not reported reports in four months. Please forgive me. In the meantime…. Chocolate chip cookies!!
Not to brag, but...we actually got to eat them. (Sorry.)
This was Rikki’s second time at Report Night and her topic brought delight all weekend long. In her giant box of props, she pulled out the Nestle Toll House bag of chocolate chips and referred to the famous recipe on the back. But then she explained that we need not always follow the recipe exactly. By simply changing up a few ingredients, you can make the cookies more crispy, fluffy, or chewy. She brought all the switch-er-oo ingredients in her box, but it was what was hidden behind those ingredients that made the report stellar: she made three different batches of cookies to prove the principles. Needless to say, we want Rikki to keep coming back!
Last but not least was our token nutritionist, Tonya. True to her expertise, she soberly exposed the manipulative tactics found in food labeling. Whole grain? Think again. Zero trans fat? Be on the lookout for even more damaging fats. No artificial flavors? Beware of artificial colors, which are worse. To make matters worse, even the ingredients list on food labels isn’t accurately assessed. It seemed there was no hope in sight! Why not just drink a cocktail of motor oil and red dye #40?
But Tonya ended the interesting presentation with a practical tip and the antidote to motor-oil-drinking-hopelessness:
1. Buy foods with small ingredient lists to reduce artificial ingredients and excessive oils.
2. Don’t worry too much about it because the stress will kill you before the food additives will.