Yeah? Compared to What?


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I didn't see this on your blogroll so I'm going to assume you don't read it:

It's a local blog by a doctor that's pretty much about the kind of stuff in this post. I think it's great and think you might too.

Posted by Tiana (not verified) on Tue, 02/05/2008 - 09:52

I agree... You should read Michael Pollan's latest book entitled:

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto*

I liked his book "An Omnivore's Dilemma" and his take on sustainable food production (especially his big organic vs. local organic producer chapters) so I thought I'd give this one a try. He can be a little left leaning but he's fairly objective and supports his arguments with facts.

In his newest book he postulates that as the more obsessed we've become with calories, fats, sugars, proteins, etc. rather than looking at WHAT we are actually eating, the less healthy we've become. By appealing to an authority/expert rather than trusting our own common sense, its making us fatter.

As you said said, it's a brownie, common sense would tell me, if I am watching my weight I probably shouldn't eat too many, it'll be full of sugars and fat!

Not that I don't like having the nutritional information on the package, thats a plus as well, as long as you actually read it and make an informed choice, rather than let the marketing make the choice for you!

*notwithstanding your prior comment about anything with "manifesto" in its title ;-)

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 02/06/2008 - 01:39

The big guys noticed that a lot of people were starting to get interested in living better, so they're all jumping on the bandwagon with their corporate organics, green stuff and healthy stuff. Where is PC getting all this organic stuff and how can they undersell by such a large margin real organic producers? Why is Javex buying Bert's Bees and what are they going to do with it? And what's the deal with WalMart's new "natural food" line?? Egads...

Posted by XUP (not verified) on Wed, 02/06/2008 - 14:48

Hey ma'am. The only thing I've got to read here in chocklehead rehab is a discarded copy of that "healthy" PC Insider's Report, so I've been through it a few times.

How in hell did you miss the breaded macaroni and cheese nuggets -- in the MiniChefs line, especially for kids?

Not Blue Menu, but touted as a source of healthy calcium and iron. Since mac & cheese is pure fat and salt on a carbo carrier when prepared according to instructions, I'm guessing that breading and deep-frying it sorta magically negates that li'l problem... like two wrongs making a right.

Posted by coyote (not verified) on Wed, 02/06/2008 - 19:23

Coyote! Baby! How's jail? Any chocolate sighted?

Posted by Harmony (not verified) on Wed, 02/06/2008 - 21:43


This makes me a little crazy. CBC ran a piece the other night on the "heart & stroke" health check label on products. One would think the heart $ stroke uses the labels on products based on testing how that can of campbells soup compares to other soups, deeming it healthier...sound logical? well, it seems the companies buy that label. having that label has nothing to do with being healthier than other products, it's all money. and all the heart & stroke rep could say was "it's making people at least think about what they're buying". well it won't do poeple any good if the h & s are promoting a product that's bad for you, cus some corporation paid for it!
just had to share that.

Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 02/06/2008 - 22:51

Thanks for the links and suggestions, everyone. It is a good site and I will read that book. Or at least add it to my pile.

The whole thing really is mind fucking boggling.

Was "a source of health calcium..." their wording? My bet is yes, and my bet is was very carefully no "A healthy source of calcium..." Grammar used for evil.

I heard that thing about H&S and nearly blew a gasket.

Posted by megan on Wed, 02/06/2008 - 22:58

Hi Megan,

"That's a fuck of a lot of sugar."
I love that quote!!.

Eating one is like eating peanut butter and a jube jube together. It sticks to the roof of your mouth and to your teeth also. I think they should be sucked on not chewed.

If you check out most of the Blue Menu bakery items(cookies,muffins),you will notice they are using alot of natural sweeteners in stead of refined sugers. Its too bad they are using so much of it. I think they could have left out half of the sweeteners and it would have been excellent. Its great to see people reading the nutrional labels. The more you know the better choices you can make.

Take care,


Posted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 02/07/2008 - 12:57