November/December 2008 Letters to the Editor

Eat for Your DNA, Immune-Boosters and more.

Eat Better, Feel Better

In respect to “How to Eat for Your DNA” [November/December 2008], I would like to point out that all living humans have more in common with cavemen than we like to admit! Lots of low-carb raw foods and meat is the way to go! A diet of bread, cookies and pasta is not.

The work that your “Local Hero,” Terrol Dew Johnson [Fresh, “Reviving Native Foods”] is doing to reintroduce heritage native foods and reduce diabetes among the Tohono O’odham tribe in Arizona is an excellent example of what we should be doing.

And last, “Is There a Doctor in the Kitchen?” [Fresh], the story about doctors learning nutritious cooking, hits the nail on the head. I know I’m preaching to the choir but just once I’d like to go to the doctor and get diet brochures instead of drug samples! Ninety percent of all health problems is poor diet. Eat better, feel better and be richer for it.

—William O. Payne, Skiatook, OK

Immune-Boosting Tea

I enjoyed Rachel Johnson’s Nutrition Sense “Immune-Boosting Superfoods” [November/December 2008] that included green tea. My question: Can I make sun tea using green tea bags and is it just as healthy as brewing green tea as described in her article?

—Evan Wride, Cambria, CA

Editor’s reply: To maximize the health benefits and minimize bitterness, the Tea Council recommends using just-below-boiling water and steeping green tea no more than a minute or two—but if you prefer brewing in the sun, give it a shot. You’ll still get plenty of antioxidants.

Your turn!

Last issue in Fresh we asked what you would do to change the U.S. food system. (To see all the responses we got, go to “Fixing America’s Food System” ) One of our favorites:

I remember the last years of the Depression when the government helped with soil conservation and set up workshops in the communities to teach women how to use pressure cookers that they furnished. I still have the one my mother received and put it to good use myself. Also, there were canning plants in practically every county. A world of food could be grown if the right programs were put into place. Also, people who did not have a farm grew their own food in backyard Victory Gardens. A lot can be grown in a flower bed or even pots.

—Betty Lou Russell, Nacogdoches, TX


Many of you wrote to tell us how much you loved the Angel Delights that won our Holiday Cookie Contest, but others had some trouble with the recipe. The recipe has been updated on our website now.

Also, our recipe for Maple-Nut Granola should have called for 1⁄4 cup canola oil, not 1⁄2 cup. The nutritional analysis printed in the magazine is for 1⁄4 cup of oil. The correct recipe is now online, We apologize for the error.

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