The Food We Eat

Happy Cinco de Mayo…….leave it to the Mexicans to come up with a holiday for mayo……(humor for the day)…..enjoy a Modelo Negra for me.

The older we get the more we worry about our health and usually your doctor will be on your case to lose weight to get more exercise and eat better.

Every year I put in a garden so that I can trust the veggies I eat….I know they are organic and I do not have to pay the premium prices for being so.

Why is that important?  Maybe this will explain……

The FDA has detected significant levels of glyphosate, a commonly used herbicide, in a wide variety of foods — but it’s unlikely the agency will release these findings to the public.

According to internal documents obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request by the Guardian and the advocacy organization U.S. Right to Know, in January of last year, FDA chemist Richard Thompson wrote to colleagues: “I have brought wheat crackers, granola cereal and corn meal from home and there’s a fair amount in all of them.

Thompson, who is based in a regional laboratory in Arkansas, warned that the only food that didn’t contain glyphosate appeared to be broccoli.

Enjoy your veggies……

Now most people go on diets….the Atkins or the South Beach or Jenny Craig or the Mediterranean Diet….in all that confusion there are a few items that we eat on most diets…..

There are so many clashing nutrition philosophies in the world, it can make a person’s head explode. I learned this firsthand when I sent my weeklong food diary to two nutritionists with opposing backgrounds and received wildly different feedback from each. (If you’re curious, a holistic nutritionist told me my high-carb vegan diet was so protein-deficient that I was close to death, while a traditional expert told me I was right on track.)

There are shockingly few foods that all nutrition experts can agree on. Some think soy is perfectly healthy; others think it’s poison. Some think fruit belongs in a healthy diet; others think it’s so sugary you should never touch it. Some think dairy is the devil; others think Greek yogurt is the nectar of the gods. I could go on for days.

And then there is the fat in our diets…..according to most medical professionals we need to be aware of how much fat we consume and there seems to be little consensus on fats…..but WHO has set up a guideline……

The World Health Organization is taking on the battle of the bulge, saying that saturated fats should not exceed 10% of your diet. In its first draft guidelines on fat intake, the UN health agency said to avoid piling on the pounds, both adults and children should ensure that no more than 10% of their calories come from saturated fat, per the AP. Saturated fat is found in butter, milk, meat, eggs, and chocolate, among other items.

WHO said only 1% or less of calories should be from trans fat, commonly found in baked and fried foods, processed foods, and cooking oils. WHO’s draft advice largely matches similar nutritional guidelines in Britain and the US. The agency says it will consider external comments before the recommendations are finalized.

I am by no means an expert in the nutrition field and by no means want to tell anyone what to eat…..these links are just FYI.

Bon Apatite,  my friends.

Enjoy your day…I wish everyone well……chuq

2 thoughts on “The Food We Eat

  1. I stopped reading about food a long time ago. Eggs are bad, eggs are good. Good fats are good, bad fats are bad, and so on…It changes every day, and I can’t keep up. I smoked 40 cigarettes a day, for over 40 years. if I survive that, I will eat a doughnut.
    best wishes, Pete.

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