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Have You Noticed Latinos Only Get Screen Time During Junk Food Commercials? 

Just when you thought Latinos don’t get any screen time… Boom! There they are, all over the place – in fast food commercials, that is. They’re telling you how delicious that cheeseburger is, how comforting that sopita is when you’re sick, and how that coke is the best thing to quench your thirst. It has to be good if other Latinos are telling me to eat this stuff, right? Latinos don’t lie; it’s a sin. So wudduya mean these foods aren’t good for me? I have to buy them now, you know, to support Latinos in show business… And shame on us because we keep eating it.

All-American Coca-Cola commercials are flooded with Latinos.

Credit: Listitude Politics / Coca-Cola / YouTube

Too bad one serving of this all-American beverage offers almost double your daily recommended sugar intake at a staggering 44 grams. Listen, Coca-Cola, diabetes rates for Latino-Americans is already 6 percent higher than non-Latino whites so just chill with your inclusive marketing.

Mars, Inc. spent one-quarter of their ad budget on Spanish-language TV ads like this one with Rebelde star, Anahí.

Credit: anahichannelone/ Snickers / Youtube

Even if Anahí tells you Snickers brings you back to life, put this snack down. While the chocolate coating, crunchy peanuts, and oh-so-smooth caramel are euphoric, the amount of sugar is alarming. One bar has 6 times the amount of sugar needed to affect the blood stream. Didn’t we just finish talking about diabetes? ?

McDonald’s commercials have enough Latinos for a feature film.

Credit: Philip Albuquerque / McDonald’s / YouTube

With all this color and ritmo, I feel like I’m watching a J.Lo music video. Do these dancers know that one order of the 10 piece McNuggets contains 470 calories…before the dipping sauce? Plus, McNuggets have always been a gamble. Sure, there’s some sort of chicken but you might also get a bit of plastic or vinyl with your bite-size fried treat. I’m just saying, buyer beware…

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Del Slush? Are these like frozen aguas frescas?! Yum.

Credit: Sonic Drive-In / YouTube

Nope. Just Spanish for sugar overload in a cup. If a can of Coca-Cola with 44 grams of sugar is double the recommended daily sugar intake, then Sonic’s 92 grams of sugar per slush should be a crime. Who decided to mix slushes and candy anyway? ¡Estúpido!

Oh, look! Cute Latino niños in this Taco Bell ad.

Credit: Saul dominguez / Taco Bell / YouTube

But if I had kids, I would forget about feeding them the .99¢ Cheesy Potato Burrito because it contains an adult’s daily dose of sodium. Also, shouldn’t we be concerned about meat for less than $1? You get what you pay for, remember that.

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…And McDonald’s is back with more Latino actors.

Credit: AlmaAgency / YouTube

Have they run out of white actors? Pero, que cute is this commercial, no? The answer is no. Papi’s Big Mac meal will set him back 1,120 calories and is another example of fast food packed with sodium, 1,240 milligrams to be exact. Nothing says familia like matching cholesterol, right?

These Latinos are telling us Progresso sopitas got healthier.

Credit: Fernanda Revilla / Progresso / YouTube

Okay. Not all Progresso soups are bad for you, but the full flavor ones sure are, just look at the sodium content. The problem is, the study found that the ads targeting Latino youth never include the healthy option. I see you, Progresso. I’ll take abuela’s caldo instead, thank you very much.

Who wants Güendis? They’re healthy, right?

Credit: I’eapan Spot / Wendy’s / YouTube

Why are my people lying to me? ? It is one thing to insult our intelligence about healthy food, but now you make fun of our accent? That’s too far. Thanks to the Internet, we know your Asiago Ranch Chicken sandwich has even more sodium than McDonald’s. Next time, just give us a bag of salt so we can at least know what it going into our bodies.

Taco Bell assures the A.M. Crunchwrap is abuelita approved, but is it?

Credit: A.M. Crunchwrap / Taco Bell / iSpot.tv

Woah. I don’t know about you but my abuela would not approve this one-handed breakfast abomination. If you want enough salt to spike cholesterol and usher in a stroke before breakfast, this is just the thing you need.

“Hay comida en la casa. Comemos alla.” Words to live by, mis gentes. ?

What do you think about companies heavily marketing unhealthy food to Latino youth? mitú wants to know. Tell us in the comments below!

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Mother And Teen Daughter Endured Ten Years Of Separation, A Dramatic Border, And A Covid Hospitalization To Be Together

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Mother And Teen Daughter Endured Ten Years Of Separation, A Dramatic Border, And A Covid Hospitalization To Be Together

Separated from her mother for a decade, seventeen-year-old Cindy (who is only being identified by her first name) took a chance last month to see her. Despite her age, a raging pandemic, and the risks of crossing the Mexico–United States border she journeyed from Honduras to see her mother in New York. Her love for her mother was so deep, she was willing to risk everything.

In her mission, Cindy wound up in U.S. immigration facilities where she contracted Covid-19. After three days in a hospital bed in California, Cindy was finally able to contact her mother who had not learned of her daughter’s hospitalization.

Thanks to the help of a doctor who lent her their phone Cindy was able to make the call to her mother, Maria Ana.

“There are backlogs and delays in communication that are really unacceptable,” Maria Ana’s immigration lawyer Kate Goldfinch, who is also the president of the nonprofit Vecina, explained to NBC.

After learning about her daughter’s COVID-19 hospitalization, Maria Ana feared the worst. “Following weeks of anguish and uncertainty, Maria Ana spent most of her nights painting the bedroom she has fixed for Cindy, just ‘waiting for my girl,'” she explained to NBC.

Last Wednesday night, Maria Ana flew to San Diego to be with her daughter after she’d finally recovered from Covid.

At the emotional mother-daughter reunion, Maria Ana assured her daughter “no one else is going to hurt you.”

After Cindy crossed the border, she spent several days in a detention facility in Texas in the custody of Customs and Border Protection. According to NBC “On any given night, Cindy said, she would share two mattresses with about eight other girls. She could shower only every five days in one of the eight showers the facility had to serve 700 girls.”

“It was really bad,” Cindy told the outlet..

Cindy was among almost 13,350 unaccompanied children left in the care and custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement at HHS. This last year has seen over 3,715 unaccompanied children at these facilities diagnosed with Covid-19. Worse, there are currently 528 unaccompanied children who have tested positive for Covid-19 and put in medical isolation.

Now, immigration advocates and families are pressing the U.S. government to pick up reunions of children and their families in the United States. Over 80 percent of unaccompanied minors currently in federal custody have family living in the states. According to Goldfinch, “40 percent have parents in the U.S.”

“So we would think that it would be fairly quick and simple to release a child to their own parent. But because of the chaos of the system, the reunification of these kids with their parents is really frustrating and backlogged,” Goldfinch explained, “most frustrating, of course, for the actual children and their parents.”

While Cindy was in the custody of the Department of Health and Human Services, no one managed to notify Ana Maria that her daughter was in the hospital according to Goldfinch

“I don’t know why my daughter has to be suffering this way, because it’s not fair. It’s something very sad for me,” Maria Ana explained to NBC

“I’ve already been through a lot,” Cindy went onto share. “But I hope it’s all worth it.”

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A Mexican Artist Is Making Pancake Art That’s Too Beautiful To Eat

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A Mexican Artist Is Making Pancake Art That’s Too Beautiful To Eat

Social media is where people can show off just about anything they create. This includes art in any and all media, like pancake art. Claudia, the creator behind Nappan Pancake art, is the latest artist watching their art reach the masses.

Claudia, the artist behind Nappan Pancake art, got her start because of the pandemic.

@nappancakes

casi ✨1 año✨haciendo #pancakeart 🥞 #parati #foryou #viral #trend #glowup #art #foryoupage

♬ Inox la bggg – ᗰᗩᖇIE ᗰOI ᑎᗩᖇᑌTO

The artist first started to play around with pancake art last spring break when the pandemic forced businesses and schools to close. Claudia wanted to get more creative with her kids’ breakfasts since they were now always at home.

“I started experimenting with making Pancake art,” Claudia recalls to mitú. “At first I only used the color of the natural dough and a little cocoa. At first, I just used the ketchup dispensers and little by little I learned.”

Claudia uses her pancake art to honor some truly iconic people.

@nappancakes

Responder a @detodoun_poco233 Cepillín ✨🥞✨ en nuestros ♥️ #parati #fy #HijosAdopTiktoks #adoptiktoks #viral #foryou @cepillintv #pancakeart ncakeart

♬ La Feria de Cepillin – Cepillín

Cepillín recently died and the loss was felt throughout the community. He made our lives joyous and fun with his music, especially his birthday song. Some of the creations are done for fans who request to see their faves turned into delicious pancake art.

The artist loves creating the edible works of art.

The journey of becoming a pancake artist has been a fun adventure for Claudia and her children. The more she has practiced, the more she has been able to do.

“Sometimes I scream with excitement and I go to all the members of my house to see it,” Claudia says about her successes. “Other times it’s just a feeling like “disappointment could be better” other times it just breaks or burns and then I just cry but it usually feels very satisfying.”

You can check out all of her creations on TikTok.

@nappancakes

Responder a @reyna100804santoyo siii🥞✨ díganle que me adopte 🥺 @ederbez #adoptiktoks #hijosadoptiktoks #parati #foryou #viral #fy #art #pancakeart

♬ Little Bitty Pretty One – Thurston Harris

With 350,000 followers and growing, it won’t be long until more people start to fully enjoy Claudia’s art. Her children can’t get enough of it and she is so excited to share it with the rest of the world.

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