For each of us, the quantity and type of information we need (and want) to learn is different. Information can be confusing and contradictory. How is a person supposed to know WHO to LEARN the TRUTH from?
I believe the answer to this question is simple (even though the LEARNING PROCESS may be complicated.) The answer is:
I turn to EVERYONE for my sources, because each of us is capable of providing education/information even though it is often presented in a disguised manner. Knowledge is accumulated through experiences (both good and bad.) It’s NOT based solely on the school you attended or the position in life you’ve attained.
Since EVERYONE is a source of information, it is foolish to only listen to those people possessing “AUTHORITATIVE TITLES.” Have these people magically accumulated only the RIGHT ANSWERS to all of life’s questions? Is it possible their academic conclusions based on scientific research and quality analysis can determine a course to follow that conflicts with every day “real life”situations where better outcomes are achieved by challenging conventional thinking? I believe the answer is YES. This challenge is how new “TRUTHS” are often discovered.
This concept creates VALUE to each of our lives. We are “receivers” and “givers” of information capable of transforming individual lives without necessarily any self awareness. The more awareness we possess, however, the greater the ability to INTENTIONALLY receive and give to each other.
I share information about HEALTH. I combine education and experience to provide patterns of behavior to achieve desired outcomes. Some of the information may seem trivial, some may seem controversial and some may be seem profound. Regardless, there is always VALUE for those willing to extrapolate the components that add knowledge.
Today I want to briefly share a recent LEARNING experience obtained from WHOLE FOODS MARKETS. This is a grocery chain known to carry “healthier” (more expensive) food choices. The learning lesson is based on:
the importance of learning to read FOOD LABELS.
the ASSUMPTION that healthier FOOD MARKETS are likely to provide more accurate information.
The following photo is a picture of Nature’s Rancher ribeye steak. For those people choosing to eat red meat while reducing their saturated fat intake, the label on this product qualifies to achieve this goal.
(Side Note: This article is NOT INTENDED to support or oppose a higher or lower fat nutrition plan.)
It shows that only 2 grams of saturated fat are found in a 4 ounce portion size. This would be classified as EXTREMELY LEAN. In reality, ribeye steaks contain approximately 10 grams of saturated fat per 4 ounces. This steak would increase a person’s saturated fat consumption by 5 times the amount listed on the label. This could potentially be harmful to the consumer looking to reduce their saturated fat consumption. I have reported this error to several managers on multiple occasions over the last 8 months of shopping at this store. As of yesterday, I decided to contact the regional office to see if this would make a difference.
How would the average consumer discover this error? They wouldn’t! This 609 word blog post, however, may get people thinking more seriously about LEARNING to read labels and acquiring knowledge that could potentially affect the quality of their health and their lives.
Learning has to start somewhere. This post has provided the reader with the following:
Just because food comes from a reputable health food store doesn’t make its label content accurate.
Just because an inaccuracy is pointed out to a person in “authority” (manager) doesn’t mean corrective action will be taken.
Just because YOU do not currently know what’s in the food YOU eat doesn’t mean YOU can’t gradually learn.
IF YOU DON’T TAKE ON THE RESPONSIBILITY OF LEARNING, NO ONE IS GOING TO DO IT FOR YOU!
The more trial and error you’re willing to participate in, the more knowledge you ultimately obtain. The more knowledge you obtain, the better the chances of living the quality of life you CHOOSE.
WHY LEARNING MATTERS!