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The Assault on Food

Deornwulf Wrote: Apr 25, 2012 10:31 AM
The Real Food Danger All of this discussion is missing the real food danger facing America - Processed foods. Back when we ate foods that were made from scratch (Pasteurized or not), we were a leaner and healthier nation. When we started eating packaged convenience food with modified starches and high fructose corn syrup, we had an explosion of obesity and other ailments. The real path to getting America healthy would be to get someone in the family back in the kitchen to prepare real meals from base ingredients like flour, sugar, whole milk, fruits and vegetables, meat with some fat, and such, and then for the family to get back to the table and eat dinner while talking and interacting.
Spikeygrrl Wrote: Apr 25, 2012 11:20 AM
I will never forget one of the first grocery shopping trips I shared with the man who is now my husband. Standing in line at the register, he remarked "I just noticed something. Everybody else's card is full of bottles and boxes and cans, but your cart is full of...." he groped for words, and finally came up with "...recognizable parts of plants and animals."

I laughed so hard I practically peed my pants!
Paulus Textor Wrote: Apr 25, 2012 10:51 AM
I would disagree about the flour and sugar, but I wholeheartedly support your right to make that choice. Look into Mark Sisson's primal lifestyle for more information. The underlying thesis: since man evolved eating unprocessed foods, the human body is designed and works best on a diet of hunter-gatherer foods. What foods did hunter-gatherers eat? Fresh fruit, nuts, roots, vegetables, and meat. Grubs and bugs are optional.
Deornwulf Wrote: Apr 25, 2012 11:10 AM
Flour and sugar have been staples for centuries. Man has no problem digesting grains when included in a diet with cheese, milk, vegetables, and other natural foods.

Of course, I am suggesting unbleached flour and cane sugar, not anything processed. Sugar is only a problem when over-consumed.
Marie150 Wrote: Apr 25, 2012 10:50 AM
Breastfeeding was the norm. Now woman are afraid of their natural bodies.
Judith-BG Wrote: Apr 25, 2012 10:39 AM
Tell that to my neighbors who must way 500 and 300 pounds respectively. Every night a pizza from Domino's is delivered !!!
Verbivore Wrote: Apr 25, 2012 10:34 AM
well now, deornwulf--we can't get the family back in the kitchen and mom at the stove...cause mom is working and the kids are all in day care! Making a meal from scratch takes real time, real devotion, and real thought. Modern mama is too busy.
Deornwulf Wrote: Apr 25, 2012 10:52 AM
Be fair, I said someone, not necessarily mom. I am a modern man. If the wife can make more money than the husband, she can be the breadwinner. Having one parent stay at home to keep the house is usually worth $100,000+ as well.
Verbivore Wrote: Apr 25, 2012 11:02 AM
LOL. My hubby will be glad to know I'm worth 100K. And it's a good thing, cause he shouldn't do the cooking. Or the cleaning. Speaking of which...I need to get soup on for dinner! ciao.
Verbivore Wrote: Apr 25, 2012 11:02 AM
And yes, I make it from scratch. Whole chicken. Make the stock, chop the veggies...hope i don't cut myself.

Instinct tells us to fear poison. If our ancestors were not cautious about what they put in their mouths, they would not have survived long enough to produce us.

Unfortunately, a side effect of that cautious impulse is that whenever someone claims that some chemical -- or food ingredient, like fat -- is a menace, we are primed to believe it. That makes it easy for government to leap in and play the role of protector.

But for every study that says X is bad for you, another study disagrees. How is a layman to decide? I used to take consumer...