I agree with much of this, but to say that a person should be eating chocolate because of "research in Switzerland" really isn't convincing. One study suggesting a reduction in cortisol levels measured in saliva is not sufficient for the author of this column to support consumption of chocolate for healthful purposes. Honestly, how can you reconcile the sugar, fat, and calories for stress reduction? Do some yoga! Play a game! Laugh!
Same goes for anything that has "anti-oxidants". Much of the research is in vitro (cells) or in animal models and not human research. Yes, fruits and vegetables are associated with better health, but individual ingredients (e.g., beta-carotene) have not been shown to, for instance, reduce cancer risk in epidemiologic studies.
03/18/2010 - 8:26pm
well ive heard that soy milk gives you cancer..is this true?
03/18/2010 - 8:09pm
My mom tells me honey is super bad for you because of the sugar. Is it true?
03/18/2010 - 8:03pm
I don't believe that you shouldn't eat eggs! Eggs are super healthy for you.
03/17/2010 - 8:13pm
A comment for the farmer's wife. I drink organic milk. I sure would like to know how they take hormones out of the milk. If it's in the cow its in the milk. As for antibiotics, they are in the milk also and they are very dangerous to give to a healthy child (or cow) on a regular basis. And are you feeding your cows corn?
03/15/2010 - 5:26pm
Many people seem to think dairy has such a bad rap, always worrying about hormones in the milk or pitching a fit because cows are treated with antibiotics. FYI: 1) all milk is tested for any type of foreign substance before they ship it to the processing plant and if anything besides milk is in the tank it gets dumped (so no said 'growth hormones' could possibly be in the milk). 2) antibiotics don't hurt the cows, they make them better. if you had a child that was sick with strep throat would you choose to not give them antibiotics to make them feel better or make them suffer because you think antibiotics are bad? Any antibiotic they give the cows isn't in the milk.
It's sad to see the comercials plastered all over the TV advertising to consumers that their milk is 'all natural'.
My husband is a dairy farmer and it saddens both of us to see so many people uninformed and uninterested in knowing the truth, people just believe what it is that the large marketing companies say about milk. Kind of like high fructose corn syrup, people believe whatever it is they see on TV before actually knowing the truth.
~I just wish more people would take a minute and realize that all they see about milk, and many other products just plain isn't true... it's not as bad as many people think it is! Drinking milk is great for you! Don't let anyone tell you any different! :)
03/14/2010 - 11:37am
My husband thinks that cottage cheese with canned fruit is a good diet food. Personally I can't even stand the thought of it (cottage cheese).
03/12/2010 - 9:54pm
Could you suggest some other ways to serve potatoes that would slow the carbohydrate absorption? Are new potatoes better for diabetics? A relative's physician told him not to eat anything white because of his diabetes, so he has been staying away from potatoes and was even doubtful about cauliflower.
03/11/2010 - 2:39pm
there are so many foods i 'fear' eating, some of them on your list. Sometimes i feel like i need to hide in a closet in order to eat my 'bad' foods. But i've always sort of known they can't be that bad. how can something in all it's natural glory, like an egg, really be bad for you (in moderation, like anything of course). I will never eat in fear again. Also, i treat myself to a square of dark chocolate whenever it's laying around, and i can attest it reduces the stress and i automatically feel better, truly a great food. Oh, also i think you should mention something about beans and how they are high in carbs but they are complex carbs, so they are the ones that are good for you. Since i am vegetarian i eat a lot of beans. Though they are high in complex carbs, they also offer a lot of protein and fiber.
ok thanks again for this article, it really made me feel less guilty.
03/11/2010 - 3:21am
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.