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Friday, March 9, 2007

Real Food

There is a book that I want so badly. It is called Real Food, by Nina Planck. It it she explains how all the things we have been told about eating have been so exageratted and how we need to dig deep to eat better. For instance, she says that the experts blame butter and beef for heart disease, even though heart disease as we know it has only been around since 1912, and we've been eating butter for 30,000 years and beef for 3 million?

Don't you find it funny that the foods in all traditional diets - starting with breast milk - are loaded with saturated fat and cholesterol, yet people who eat these traditional foods liberally don't get heart disease? Nor are they fat or diabetic.

The experts are mistaken. The so-called diseases of civilization - obesity, diabetes, and heart disease - are not caused by real food. The diseases of industrialization - as I call them - are caused by the foods of industrialization.

I don't want to go on and on with her reasoning because it is extensive. It basically boils down to her belief that traditional foods such as butter are healthy and industrial foods are not. She says we will learn, by reading her book, how butter, lard, beef, cheese, eggs, and other foods we've been eating for thousands of years got a bad rap - and why it's a bad rap.

I am intrigued.