Sunday, June 08, 2008

Shocker: The Government Didn't Act in Our Best Interest Because It Would Piss Off Certain Industries

I've been reading an interesting New York Times article over the last few days. Its thesis statement goes like this: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

It's an interesting article. It's long, so it might take you a while to read, but it basically explains that back in the day (circa 1977), a Senate panel on nutrition was actually going to release dietary guidelines that recommended, among other things, eating less red meat. Needless to say, this really didn't please ranchers, who have a large lobby, and the guidelines that were eventually released came out looking quite different, and didn't recommend eating less of anything. Eating less is seen by many as downright un-American. Certainly it's not a dietary practice that many Americans have adopted.

If you're looking for blogs about diet, nutrition or recipes, we all know this isn't that kind of blog. (Though if you're interested in that kind of blog, you might click here to check out my friend Robin's blog.) However, I came away from this article really thinking about how to eat better.

Some people may not care, but as a society, our diet is terrible and it's costing us a bloody fortune in medical bills. So during this brief time when I may have the attention of a few people, I thought I'd share some stuff I've been thinking about.

In my own diet, the biggest problem is a lack of variety. I strive to eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables, but I end up eating the same fruits and vegetables over and over again. I'll be working on ways to fix that. But now it's time to eat a(nother) spinach salad.

This is another post EG would probably never have written. I realize it's not funny at all, and that the suggestion that we should be eating differently than we are is anathema to some of you. But EG will be back soon and you won't have to put up with me and my crazy ideas.


Anonymous said...

I don't want you to leave - I forbit it :)

I'm trying to adopt a more vegetarian/vegan diet. I do feel a lot better when I do - it's just hard for me to get a wide variety of fruits, vegetables, grains. I get stuck in a rut.

Cap'n Ergo Jinglebollocks said...

aaaand don't forget that fresh food is fucking EXPENSIVE. Horrible, chemical-laiden CRUD is much, MUCH cheaper!!

SkylersDad said...

Snort, chomp, grunt, choke, sorry what were you saying? I was chewing on my 3rd Wendy's Baconator of the day...

GETkristiLOVE said...

You can eat the same things but do it with variety. Spinach is awesome for that reason. I chop it up really fine and mix it with a small pasta like risotto, or toast up some pine nuts in a skillet and then add spinach just until it barely wilts, or cream it, or make saag with tofu, or add just a little bacon or fake bacon.

Okay, this is a boring comment. Maybe EG should come back afterall.

gifted typist said...

I've read Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defence of Food. Very thought provoking and important to debunk the myths set up by gov'ts, agrifood and the nutritionists, all of whom have their own turf to protect.

Blowing Shit Up With Gas said...

Can't remember where I read this, but... If you look at the food pyramid, all the bad shit (that you're supposed to eat the least of) is at the top. However, if you look at the pyramid constructed in terms of what the government subsidizes and/or gets lobbied by, it's almost completely upside down.

There aren't ANY, it turns out, broccoli lobbyists. Go figure. My diet for the last year or so has been approx. 90% raw fruits & veggies. Never felt better.

$teve said...

Great post...and blog for that matter. I'll be sure to stop by periodically...and eat fruits & veggies in the meantime. :)

Red said...


There are lots of recipes out there! I just had a nice broccoli recipe with garlic and pine nuts as a side dish. The internet is not just for blogging. (or porn.)


Fresh food can be pricey, though in the long run it'll save you in doctor's bills, time lost at work, etc. The great news is that frozen fruits and veggies are cheaper, and many are just as healthy as fresh.


From your pic, it sure doesn't look like you're a fatty. I think you're pulling my leg! Besides, no one can eat three Baconators, right? Please don't anyone try to prove me wrong!


Actually, I'm trying to increase my overall variety of fruits and veggies, but those are good tips.


I may check that out. Thanks for the rec.


Thanks much for the kind words, and for stopping by.

I didn't forget about you, PH. I'll be posting later tonight. But now I'm off to the gym!

pistols at dawn said...

Beef is still vegetarian, right? Then I should be just fine.

Great-Grandmother's Shopping List said...

Thanks for the shout-out! :)