The Good – The Bad – The Tasty – Food Police

hen-and-eggs1 Source Bad old foods are good for you now
The punch line to this blog posting is don’t believe a word the food police and often what your doctor tells you about good / bad foods.

Try to eat healthy every meal. Limit your daily sugar intake, high fat foods, eat all the fresh fruit and vegetables you and your family can stand. Eat all foods in moderation. But the bottom line is eat what you and your family like to eat even if it’s a chocolate bar…Life is to short to eat tofu.

Eggs are good for you. Studies linking eggs to cardiovascular disease (CVD) transformed grandma’s breakfast staple into grandpa’s artery-clogging cholesterol grenade. Nutritionists condemned egg fat content (yolks).
* European Journal of Nutrition concluded that eggs do not contribute to CVD, and the yolk is no longer a nutritional no-no.
The University of Michigan’s Food Pyramid explains that “whole eggs offer almost every essential vitamin and mineral needed by humans except for vitamin C.” Yolks, it says, contain vitamins A, D, E and K as well as lutein and zeaxanthin, both of which “lower the risk of age-related macular degeneration and heart disease.”

Chocolate thigh-dimpling, chin-pimpling bon-bon is now seen as an antioxidant and flavonoid-packed juggernaut that reduces CVD, high-blood pressure and strokes. Cocoa beans boast the same beneficial flavonoids (plant-based compounds) as red wine, green tea and leafy greens. A 10-year Swedish study involving 37,000 men published in Neurology (2012) combined with five other studies found that approximately one chocolate bar per week lowered stroke risk by 19 percent.

Despite their nutritional density, nutritionists dismissed nuts as fat-and-calorie torpedoes. But once those nutritionists split fats into “good” and “bad,” nuts went from zero to hero. They decrease heart disease and diabetes, according to the 2010 National Institutes of Health study, “Health Benefits of Nut Consumption.” Hardly a day goes by when they’re not front-and-center on “Dr. Oz.”

Nuts most studies favor tree nuts (such as walnuts, almonds and pistachios) over peanuts, which are actually legumes but the NIH study puts peanuts on a par with the tree variety. That’s because peanuts are packed with the (of the moment) antioxidant resveratrol. According to the USDA, boiling peanuts increases resveratrol concentration, making them comparable to the resveratrol poster child, red wine.

Red Meats Not so fast. An American Heart Association study on red and processed meat cited by The Mayo Clinic in 2013 concluded that processed meat, not red meat, “is associated with a higher incidence of CHD (coronary heart disease) and diabetes.” The Mayo Clinic favors grass-fed over corn-fed beef due to lower fat, higher omega-3s and other heart-healthy fats. But grass-fed beef is an acquired taste. Grassy diets make meat gamey, leaner, drier and less tender.

The great American Potato. Non carb-fearing nutritionists recommend potatoes as rich sources of potassium, niacin, fiber (in the skin) and vitamins C and B6. Now nutritionists recommend potatoes because they are an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, and B vitamins. You can eat them boiled, baked or roasted, just avoid frying them or slathering them lots of butter and sour cream.

Coffeecoffee-leaf to the rescue. Antioxidant and flavonoid powerhouse that reduces liver disease, diabetes, heart disease and Parkinson’s (only in men), according to Harvard’s website. According to Popular Science’s website, coffee can make you smarter, burn fat, improve athletic performance, lower dementia risk, increase liver health and extend lifespan. A 2013 Harvard study shows that it decreases suicide.
Most studies agree that coffee is detrimental to pregnant women, can worsen blood pressure problems and aggravate insomnia. Also, a paper filter apparently removes cafestol –a substance that increases bad or LDL cholesterol.

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19 responses to “The Good – The Bad – The Tasty – Food Police

  1. Common sense is often the key. I read somewhere recently that we know as much about nutrition today as doctors did about health in the 16th century. I highly recommend the books by Michael Pollan (‘Food Rules’ has a lot of quick tips, some not unlike yours above). I have also watched the first instalment of ‘The men Who Made Us Fat’ (it’s a three part series posted on YouTube—http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6nGlLUBkOQ ) which you may find interesting?

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  2. Thank you! I’ve been ignoring the “food police” for years — ever since they said bacon is bad for you: How could that even be possible?!? And I’m sticking with the butter and sour cream too, thank-you-very-much, because any day now they’ll change their minds about that too. At least it ain’t margarine! 🙂

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    • Big smile …. It seems that doctors and others keep changing opinions on what is or is not good for us food. I have decided to eat what I like and wait for it to come back into fashion

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  3. I do actually like tofu but of course it seems silly to grimace at every meal 😉

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  4. The Editors of Garden Variety

    Thanks for sharing this insightful article!

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  5. To eat or not to eat. Every day there is a new study or report citing the pros and or cons of things we ingest. I, quite some time ago, chose to take the ‘experts’ opinions with a grain of salt. I trust more my own common sense. 🙂

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    • Big Grin … there’s the real problem. So many of the worlds population has no ‘Common Sense’
      Spring will soon have us in our gardens.
      Happy productive gardening

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  6. I enjoy your blog, Robert, and look forward to new posts like this one. Thanks for sharing the list here. It’s a good reminder of how each is good for us, in moderation. I love tofu, but I definitely love the other stuff here.
    I’m from Singapore, by the way. Born, raised, and lived here all my life.

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  7. Tests and studies can make statistics say whatever they want the outcome to be. In the end, common sense rules.

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    • Re wordsfromanneli
      There’s the problem. So many people don’t have enough ‘common sense’ to pour water out of their shoe with the instructions written on the heel
      Have a productive ‘Common Sense’ summer garden

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  8. Thank you very much for following my blog. I appreciate it very much. “Life is to short to eat tofu?” But that’s my favorite food. I understand what you are saying and we are doing just that Everything in moderation. Thanks for the reminder.

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    • Re Zienna Lorren – Thanks for visiting my tiny blog.
      🙂 I have nothing against tofu. However I was 30 years old before I ever heard the word ‘tofu’ !

      Happy gardening

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  9. I love it: “Life is too short to eat tofu.” 😀 Cute. Thanks for lending a bit of balance to our harried food fears.

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