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19 July 2006 @ 09:36 pm
What do you think?  
Do you all think that every food can be incorporated into a reasonably healthy diet, or are there some foods that we should just stay away from for health reasons?

I just finished Food Politics by Marion Nestle (you all should check it out--it's a bit of a heavy read, but interesting) and I got the impression that the author feels that the latter is true.  

Personally, I think if you start labeling foods as "good" and "bad," you're opening up a can of worms and possibly setting yourself up for issues with food.  But there are also foods that I avoid simply because I'm afraid I'd turn into a big giant radioactive rodent if I ate them, so...I don't know.
 
 
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discordia_eris on July 20th, 2006 02:57 am (UTC)
The only thing I try to avoid is GM foods if possible. But other than that, I think in a healthy diet we can incorporate anything. The key is knowing how much of each is "too much". And personally I think that is different for each of us too, despite what most medics say. They have height/weight charts and BMI charts, and we're all supposed fall into a narrow band of "normal". Seldom do they consider a person's ethnic or cultural background to be a factor. The lady who taught me so much about natural healing brought it up, and to me it makes sense. She used her family as an example; they're Welsh farmers from way back, with a steady diet of potatoes, stews, fried batters, casseroles, and warming, filling foods. Throw in a liberal amount of outdoor work, and you get soild, heavy people - although none of them can be called fat. She's often told by doctors that she's eating the wrong foods, and is a little too heavy for her height. She ignores them, figuring that since she's 78, and most of her family live till they are well into their 90s, she's all good *grin*.

So I think our genetic background makes far more difference than people give credit for, and there are no "good" or "bad" foods. Just some we should eat liberally, and some we should eat in moderation.

Dana: freddieachtungbaby80 on July 20th, 2006 09:56 pm (UTC)
I definitely agree--foods do different things to different people. One of my friends is a stick and she regularly eats fast food and junk, but I know other people who can't even look sideways at a French fry without gaining weight. I guess the key is figuring out what foods work for you personally.

I had a nutrition professor who was big on the BMI thing, but the thing she never addressed in class was it's not foolproof. You can be extremely fit but have so much muscle that your weight is above the "normal" range, even though you're in awesome shape.
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