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Superfoods – Quinoa

A superfood is a food which usually, is rich in the nutrients your body needs to survive. Many foods have the label of superfood, and they are usually more expensive and desired over regular food. The superfood I decided to research is quinoa, a type of rice-like grain. There are 3 mains types of quinoa, (white, red and brown) but there are roughly 120 types that can be identified.

Quinoa, mostly contains protein, a nutrient that strengthens and repairs our body’s tissue and muscle. Having all 9 necessary amino acids (a valuable part of protein) quinoa is constantly growing in demand worldwide. In a serving of 185g, quinoa mostly has water (135g) since it is absorbed when cooked. It also has 8.14g of protein and 39.41g of carbohydrates. Although there are more carbohydrates than protein, having amino acids increases the protein’s value. An average woman needs 46 grams of protein a day, and a man needs around 50.

I decided to compare quinoa to yogurt after searching for foods with high protein value. Yogurt was one of the foods with a large protein amount in a 185g cup, the same amount of quinoa I was comparing. Unexpectedly, yogurt has more protein than quinoa. Regular vanilla yogurt in a 185g cup has 17.32g of protein.

Seeing as quinoa has less protein than a regular cup of yogurt, there are some issues with calling it a superfood, mainly revolving around money and morality. Superfoods are supposed to be full of nutrients we need, so why not call yogurt a superfood? Quinoa is 1,600 yen on sale at Costco. That is equivalent to 16 U.S dollars, whereas yogurt can be bought in a 16 cup bunch for around 800 yen. Also, calling quinoa a superfood is tricking a large amount of people into buying a food with nutrients they already consume daily for breakfast. It’s not right or fair to create that illusion surrounding quinoa. Eating regular vanilla yogurt mixed with a simple breakfast cereal gives you the same amount of nutrients since cereal contains a lot of carbohydrates. By consuming the nutrients this way, money is saved and it takes very little time to make.

In conclusion, the term superfood appears to be extremely flexible, and you shouldn’t automatically believe that a food is super until further research has been done. Superfoods aren’t always super.
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I&S Connection Reflection

In this unit, we focused on the Industrial Revolution and its effects on our current world.

How would your learning experience have been different if you’d done it in a different country?

I think if I was back in Bangladesh, this unit would have gone down a completely different road. I say this because Bangladesh is still a developing country that is struggling with its systems and control over itself. Child labor in Bangladesh is still an immense issue and isn’t going to stop any time soon because of the rocketing poverty rates and growing population. Our school was very small and was barely an international school, with most of it made up of natives. Constantly talking about the issue of child labor and its problems would be talking about outside of the safe walls of school. People lived in slums and huts everywhere. I think it would have been harder to finish the unit because of the harsh reality the country is still living through. I don’t think I would have been as free to express my thoughts and beliefs as I am here, because I would always be frowned upon for disrespecting or stating the issues with their country.

What are you studying in another subject that is connected to this?

In English we learned about persuasive language and how to use it effectively. It think that helped us in this unit because in our summative, we were trying to persuade the judge (Ms.Madrid) into agreeing with our side of the argument. I think it gave us a stronger chance to be on the winning side of the debate. Another connection with school is in music. In music we are learning about blues music and its deep history. It was a way for poorer people and slaves to have a safe way to emote without getting into trouble. I think that relates to the Industrial Revolution because there were many people going through poverty and rough times because of the sudden change in the environment and people.

Child Labor Trial – Persuasive Paragraph and Biography

A Brief Biography of James Hardy:
Written by: Sophia Pichardo and Koumae Adams

James Hardy is a factory owner that produced textiles. He is fully against the use of underaged children in factories; a term that’s called child labor. James Hardy was born in Winchester into a wealthy family. His grandfather owned a factory. He helped with the machines and learned how to run a it at young age. His grandfather later died by illness, and James inherited the factory at age of 27. He tries to run his factory in a morally honest and fair way, but unfortunately, child labor in the 1700’s – 1800’s is almost inevitable and hard to avoid. Instead of overworking and using the children as slaves, he compromised and only hired 14-15 year olds and up, reducing their work hours by many and providing safe and hospitable environments for them to rest, work and live in. It is proven that workers who have fewer hours can produce more content, which leads to better economical production. To keep his business blooming at competitive prices, he tried to convince other factory owners to follow his example of how he treated his employees, similar to John Wood. James Hardy has improved the lives of many kids who would have suffered through unjust employment.

Persuasive Paragraph:

Child labor is morally wrong and should not be accepted under any circumstances. Children who work in factories for 12-15 hours a day are unhealthy and can develop very severe issues, both mentally and physically as a result.
Children should keep their innocent childhoods alive and should avoid going to factories and enduring harsh punishments and environments. Most of the children who went through child labor had to deal with cruel punishments, painful injuries, and many others. In conclusion, child labor isn’t smiled upon and should be stopped.

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