I watched growing up as my mother bought into so much hype... the cabbage soup diet sticks out as a particularly bleak moment. Foods that are "healthier" but synthetic or chemicalized versions of the real thing, low-fat, low-cal, low-carb, stay away from egg yolks, tofurkey, etc. I love my mother dearly and understand she was only trying to keep up with the newest research and provide a healthy life for herself and us, but I am a firm believer in real food. I never buy "light" or "low fat" versions of the real thing (the only exception being yogurt), I use butter, I believe there is a place for fatty meats and potatoes, and I often have a square of gourmet chocolate or a scoop of ice cream in the evening (yes, this means I often eat not long before bed). I also eat a lot of fruits and veggies and lean proteins, preferably organic and locally grown. Allowing myself to escape from all those "light" or fake versions of real food has led to my health being better than it has since I was 17 and losing a substantial amount of weight.
03/10/2010 - 3:59pm
everthing God made is good. Pray before you start eating for the good is was made for and all is well. Food w/out poison is better.
03/09/2010 - 3:05am
I only read through a hand full of the comments, but I thought it was appropriate to point out that you listed CHOCOLATE and then discussed what applies to DARK CHOCOLATE. Most Americans (and yes I am one) are addicted milk chocolate or at best semi-sweet chocolate. Dark Chocolate differs greatly from either of those.
I just thought it was best to point to your readers that point of difference. Beyond that every statement you made about it was spot on. I dissolve a little in my morning coffee and then have another about 3/4 of an ounce for a snack in the evening.
03/08/2010 - 10:40pm
I put very little stock in these reports. My wife is a doctor of medicine annd does cancer based research related to CAM. I know that if you torture the numbers long enough they will confess to anything. First you have to look at who is paying for these various studies. There is no magic bullet....but it isnt beef and potatoes I can tell you that. I wonder why you dont list sweet potatoes.if any at all...instead of regular potatoes.....according to many reports they are about twice as healthy as regular ones....and despite the name sweet potatoes are better for diabetics.
03/08/2010 - 6:10pm
Now that I've been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, I have to say good-bye to all good-tasting food unless it's been over-processed, wrapped in shrink wrap or in a box, and hiding in the 2-shelf "health food" section of your grocer's freezer.
03/07/2010 - 10:39am
Thanks so much for your article. I had a heart attack 2+ years ago, and while trying to maintain a "heart healthy" diet, have been depressed by the foods I had to "give up". I believe all the bad rep foods you mentioned were on my "don't eat" list, especially eggs and red meat. I will gladly add them back into my diet (in moderation, of course).
03/07/2010 - 1:24am
any kind of pasta makes you fat
03/05/2010 - 11:23pm
My Grandmother told me that I must never mix Rubarb and pineapple together as a dessert because it is poisonous. Is this true.
03/05/2010 - 6:39pm
A myth my grandmother told me and I ask if it is true. you must never eat rubarb and pineapple together as it becomes poisonous.
03/05/2010 - 6:16pm
Was told by my Grandmother never to serve Rubarb and pineapple pieces together as a dessert as it is a poison that can make you sick or kill you. Is this true.