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patrick1958070800065How many ‘wrongs’ will it take before food gurus, food police, government, and their researchers stop scaring and begin to level with the American people?

I have always been skeptical of any study or claim made by any person that a ‘magical’ food can make us instantly healthy and will make us live longer.

I mean these people must believe a fool is born every second!

Three new studies debunk many cherished beliefs about foods we think will make us live longer.

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1. Fat

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I have dealt with this boogey man over and over and over and over here; the latest just last February in Eat Fat or Get Fat by Sadie Barr.

Hopefully, the latest de-bunking the myth that fat is bad for you will finally be put to rest, will be thrown out, and die completely.

In a May 6, 2014 article The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) makes a valiant effort to debunk “The dubious science behind the anti-fat crusade.”

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Saturated fat does not cause heart disease”—or so concluded a big study published in March in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine. How could this be? The very cornerstone of dietary advice for generations has been that the saturated fats in butter, cheese and red meat should be avoided because they clog our arteries. For many diet-conscious Americans, it is simply second nature to opt for chicken over sirloin, canola oil over butter.

The new study’s conclusion shouldn’t surprise anyone familiar with modern nutritional science, however. The fact is, there has never been solid evidence for the idea that these fats cause disease. We only believe this to be the case because nutrition policy has been derailed over the past half-century by a mixture of personal ambition, bad science, politics and bias.

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The WSJ article goes on for eight more paragraphs to report on Ancel Keyes who, in the 1950’s, cooked the books by cherry picking the people and countries he studied. If a country ate high fat foods but whose cholesterol was low, he did not include such date in his findings or reports.

I said the very same thing way back in November of 2010 – Lipid Hypothesis and What If They Are Wrong and Fat Or No Fat.

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The WSJ goes on to say:

Other studies ensued. A half-dozen large, important trials pitted a diet high in vegetable oil—usually corn or soybean, but not olive oil—against one with more animal fats. But these trials, mainly from the 1970s, also had serious methodological problems. Some didn’t control for smoking, for instance, or allowed men to wander in and out of the research group over the course of the experiment. The results were unreliable at best.

But there was no turning back: Too much institutional energy and research money had already been spent trying to prove Dr. Keys’s hypothesis. A bias in its favor had grown so strong that the idea just started to seem like common sense.

As Harvard nutrition professor Mark Hegsted said in 1977, after successfully persuading the U.S. Senate to recommend Dr. Keys’s diet for the entire nation, the question wasn’t whether Americans should change their diets, but why not? Important benefits could be expected, he argued. And the risks? “None can be identified,” he said.

In fact, even back then, other scientists were warning about the diet’s potential unintended consequences. Today, we are dealing with the reality that these have come to pass.

[All bold or other emphasis is mine.]

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We the American people were  or have been guinea pigs for the bias of Congress. And now that so many Americans are over weight due to a, “Why not,” we are called fat, overweight, lazy, to dumb to know what to eat, and treated like children who have to be force fed what we SHOULD eat by the same folks who told us to eat more grains in the first place.

Vegetable Oils Too

The WSJ article goes on to include the government’s promotion of vegetable oils as opposed to animal fats and how that has been problematic too. “In short, the track record of vegetable oils is highly worrisome—and not remotely what Americans bargained for when they gave up butter and lard.” writes the author, Nina Teicholz, in the WSJ article.

The entire article is outstanding and a must read. I did not even touch on the topics of Americans getting fatter and sicker on this low fat diet, sugars, and The Big Evil Food Industry – all debunked.

 More Myths Busted

2. Fish

OMG! Don’t tell me!!! Not fish too???

Summary From Science Daily

Investigators find something fishy with classical evidence for dietary fish recommendations.

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Source: Elsevier Health Sciences

Oily fish are currently recommended as part of a heart healthy diet. This guideline is partially based on the landmark 1970s study that connected the low incidence of coronary artery disease (CAD) among the Inuit of Greenland to their diet, rich in whale and seal blubber. Now, researchers have found that the Inuit people actually suffered from CAD at the same rate as their Caucasian counterparts, meaning there is insufficient evidence to back previous claims on which dietary recommendations were built. [Emphasis mine,]

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3. Chocolate and Red Wine

Now I am going to cry!!!!

Summary From Science Digest

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Diets rich in antioxidant resveratrol fail to reduce deaths, heart disease or cancer.

Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine

A study of Italians who consume a diet rich in resveratrol — the compound found in red wine, dark chocolate and berries — finds they live no longer than and are just as likely to develop cardiovascular disease or cancer as those who eat or drink smaller amounts of the antioxidant.

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There we have it. Our most precious food beliefs debunked!

Guess I will just have to go back to eating what ever I want and what tastes delicious.

IN MODERATION, OF COURSE!

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Featured Recipe    Campfire Banana Smores

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I first saw this decadently divine delicious recipe on Facebook. I did a bit of research about where this recipe originated.

The earliest I found any mention of this recipe was 2010 on the Chiquita web site. Makes sense to me. They also said this was a campfire classic recipe.

I was a Girl Scout and I don’t ever remember making these.

So let’s make up for lost time…………

This is what you will need for 1 person:

1 large banana for each person you will be serving

As many chocolate chips you want or can stuff into the banana slit. About 1 tablespoon is a good start

Some marshmallows

Caramel sauce

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Here is what you do:

Peel the banana.

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NOTES: The early recipes make this with the peel on.

But some of the newer ones peeled the banana and directions said to cut the banana in half, but not all the way.

That did not work for me as the bananas kept breaking apart. Then I knew why early recipes cooked them in the peel.

Plus, originally these were cooked in an open pit campfire.

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What works for me is to make a small slit in the banana and then using a small spoon gently remove some of the center of banana and make a boat. This works well as you are going to stuff other goodies into the banana.

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Stuff with tiny chocolate chips (or any flavor chips your little heat pitters-patters for) and mini marshmallows.

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Wrap in thick or double tin foil and bake at 400 degrees F for about 10-15 minutes till gooey and warm!

NOTE: You may want to sprat a wee bit spray oil on the bottom of the foil to keep the banana from sticking to the foil.

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Place on a baking sheet and into a 400 F oven for about 15 minutes.

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Note, I partially unwrap and I  the broiler on the last minute or two to get the marshmallows a bit browned.

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Unwrap and place on a dish.

Add Ons

I squirted some caramel sauce over mine.

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Squirt chocolate, strawberry, butterscotch, or other flavor you like.

Place a few maraschino cherries on the banana

Can sprinkle sprinkles over the banana for a birthday party.

Can also serve with a scoop or two of your fave ice cream.

Endless possibility for this dish.

Have fun.

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Bon appétit!!!

Cost

1 large banana          $0.29

Chocolate chips         $0.20

Mini marshmallows    $0.04

Caramel sauce          $0.04

Total cost for 1 person = $0.57*

* Cost will vary depending on which, if any, add ons are used.

Quote of the Day

It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

Regina Brett

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8 comments to Wrong Wrong Wrong

  • Maybe those banana smores were invented after we outgrew girl scouts? I think I’d prefer the original smores but I won’t know until I try these.

    • Roberta

      The banana Smores are different, Maureen. I like original Smores too. However, the bananas are good. I just would have named them something else.

  • Thanks for featuring our yummy smores recipe! 🙂

  • Yes, which points out that you cannot isolate a supplement, or superfood, and expect it to have any positive effect. Just eat real food. Period.

  • Roberta, as a personal trainer I’m always asked nutritional questions. It boggles the mind how much misinformation is out there…and as your article points out we don’t even know it. Thanks for this update. I agree with you. Moderation! I’m always going for Balance! 🙂 Have a good day!

    KC the Kitchen Chopper

    • Roberta

      More people are beginning to learn and know about the misinformation. We just have to never give up. Thanks for all you do. 🙂