Six Foods That Might Not Be The Real Deal
Or, pretty much anything packaged.
Gary Taubes: This is why we're fat (or is it?)
OMFG and TGIF. Happy Friday is when I get to eat blue corn-crusted tempeh covered in a creamy horseradish sauce with dilly mashed potatoes and a beet spinach salad with strawberry vinaigrette. Lovingly made by the student-run sustainable food co-op restaurant on campus. Thank you for this, FFT. How did you manage to incorporate so many of my favorite foods into one meal?!
(oh, and I forgot to mention the chocolate chip cookie dough truffle for dessert. What?)
This Is Why We’re Fat! by Gary Taubes. It’s a provocative article challenging the conventional wisdom on how we should fight the obesity epidemic.
Wow, Taubes’ conclusions are almost in line with those of J. Eric Oliver in his book Fat Politics, which I just finished reading for class. Except, Fat Politics was published in 2006, and Taubes cites much more recent research and he’s writing this directly in reference to the upcoming HBO special, Weight of the Nation. Should be interesting to see what the larger response will be to this show.
While I think there’s merit in focusing national attention on issues surrounding our food system and how that impacts our health, I agree with Oliver (and maybe Taubes, too) that the health care/pharmaceutics industrial complex and the government are
- misusing BMI as a way to “calculate” obesity
- referring to “obesity” statistics as an “epidemic” (thus, a disease or virus) that causes poor health when overweight is only one of many symptoms of larger cultural factors, and
- that by doing this, there is misguided and simplistic focus on America’s weight “issues” as being solvable through less food and more exercise.
There seems to be very little political will to really criticize our larger industrial food system and cultural values, not to mention food prices and subsidies that make processed food cheaper. Here’s to hoping the Weight of the Nation is only the beginning to this more critical approach to encouraging Americans to make better food choices.
I did it. I avoided corn products for a whole day. How exhausting. To follow up on yesterday’s post:
Two organic free-range eggs with fresh spinach, fresh broccoli, fresh garlic, canadian bacon (checked the ingredients; no corn products I could see, though it’s not just ham…), a potato I sliced up and boiled, Heinz Simply Ketchup (no HFCS).
Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet chocolate chips, Hawaiian Host dark chocolate-covered macadamia nuts
Things I wanted but couldn’t have
Pre-packaged generic hash browns (dextrose), YoCream frozen yogurt (corn syrup), assorted Easter candy (all sorts of corny stuff)