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Posted on 01 November 2008 by

Ketchup Banned in English Schools

By Vanessa Richins

In England, schoolchildren will no longer have a favorite condiment available.

Many schools there have decided that ketchup is too high in sugar and salt.

They are also banning Marmite, a salty yeast extract used in sandwiches.

According to the food industry guidelines, “the daily amount for a five to ten-year-old is 4g of salt and 85g of sugar.”

As an article in Mail Online states, ‘The council has probably looked at the values of sugar and salt per 100g but the thing is that tomato ketchup is consumed in small amounts – nothing like 100g, which would be about 15-20 teaspoons,’ says nutrition scientist Joanne Lunn of the British Nutrition Foundation.

‘Often it’s the Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 08 May 2008 by

Kids Love Tomatoes!

Kid TomatoBy Kira Hamman

Unfortunately for tomato-worshipping parents, this is not necessarily true.

What kids love is (a) dirt, especially when combined with (b) water. Also (c) tools of any kind, particularly those used in (d) digging. Certain kids love (e) worms and (f) bugs.

And all kids tend to have a pride approaching zealotry in anything they produce themselves.

The combination of these factors makes them highly enthusiastic gardeners, and what they lack in skill they more than make up for in sheer joy.

So — get your kids growing tomatoes!

Here are some ideas to get you started:

1. Let kids grow cherry tomatoes, which surely must have been made for them. Even kids who refuse to eat a slice of tomato on a dinner plate will love popping Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 07 April 2008 by

Tomatoes in the Classroom

Tomato ChildrenBy Michelle Fabio

This year, about 800 elementary school students from California’s Petaluma City Schools have added “tomato grower” to their resumes.

Thanks to donations from “seed sponsors” including Tomato Growers Supply Co., Seed Savers Exchange, Seeds of Change, Totally Tomatoes, and TomatoFest, the students planted and cared for 300 different types of heirloom tomato seeds.

The young gardeners now have 7,000 plants to sell at plant sales to benefit the district.

“The curriculum for the kids this year was centered Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 04 April 2008 by

NatureSweet and Disney Team Up for Healthy Kids\’ Snacks

How To Grow The Biggest Tomatoes In Town in 6 Easy Steps - TomatoCasual.comBy Michelle Fabio

Are you having trouble getting your children to try fruits and vegetables–particularly your beloved tomatoes?

What about if Mickey Mouse were offering them?

NatureSweet Tomatoes, sponsors of the annual Carmel TomatoFest, have paired up with Disney to give consumers of their Cherub tomatoes a preview of songs from the Disneymania 6 CD beginning in April.

NatureSweet’s vine-ripened “sweet & snackable” Cherub tomatoes will include Read the rest of this entry »

Posted on 14 January 2008 by

Spanish Children Don\’t Eat Tomatoes?

Spanish ChildBy Michelle Fabio

So much for the myth of the Mediterranean Diet being heavy on tomatoes.

A new survey of 25,000 students in Spain revealed that nearly a quarter–23%–of 8-11 year olds have never even tried a tomato.

Of course this finding must be countered with the admission of 60% of parents that they don’t believe they feed their children as healthily as they should.

The survey was carried out by the Mediterranean Diet Foundation, a group comprised primarily of food and agriculture companies in Spain that seeks to explore Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted on 30 August 2007 by

Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes: A Children\’s Book for All Ages

Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes: A Children's Book for All AgesBy Michelle Fabio

Through the lyrical words of Demian Elainé Yumei and the beautiful illustrations of Nicole Tamarin, Little Yellow Pear Tomatoes provides parents with a way to introduce children to gardening and tomatoes as well as to life’s processes and how elements work together.

In 32 full-color pages, we follow a young girl’s realization as to just how many “not-a-tomato” things go into creating the yellow pear tomatoes that her father plants for her (because she loves them so much, of course).

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