For The Love Of Food

by | Feb 18, 2011

For The Love of Food

Welcome to Friday’s For The Love of Food, Summer Tomato’s weekly link roundup.

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This week: why vegans have more heart risks, McDonald’s new “healthy-food” chain, what Donald Rumsfeld has to do with Diet Coke, and more bad news for people who think exercise will solve their weight problems.

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10 Responses to “For The Love Of Food”

  1. Nadia says:

    Hi there – I’m a fan of your blog, it’s insightful and inspiring.

    I would like, however, to clarify your “BS of the week” here. I’m a fervent believer of healthy, nutritious, and whole food for everyone, and was involved in the initial planning meetings for the former-McDonald’s-exec-backed health food restaurant.

    While the media LOVES a story like this (i.e. big bad fast food executives trying to trick the American people to eat healthily), I can say that the former execs are actually backing and funding a man who has the original idea. This man believes with all of his being exactly what people like you and me believe: that people can eat organic, unprocessed food that is good for the environment, without spending a lot of money. The “idea man” – we’ll call him – is as honest and passionate as anyone else in the food community, and it’s wonderful that he was able to get such enormous funding to make his dream a reality.

    I do think it’s important to weed through the media sensationalism of this story, and see that these projects are precisely the type of endeavors that will (hopefully) inch this country towards more informed, accessible, and educated decisions in what they consume.
    Thanks – N

    • Darya Pino says:

      Thanks for your insight, and you’re right we shouldn’t take this at face value. However I will always be skeptical of any attempt to mass produce “healthy”, though I would love to be proven wrong. I think I’ve read about this “idea man” before, and I agree he did seem passionate–but there are passionate people everywhere with bad ideas. To me this resembles the mass production of “organic,” which sounds nice but isn’t really helping much. I’d prefer to see the food system decentralized, instead this feels like putting lipstick on a pig. I’m not trying to be a downer, I’m just really skeptical. Hopefully he has a better vision of this than I do 🙂

  2. Tuck says:

    LOL. Thanks for throwing us New Englanders a bone, Darya. 😉

    But none of those vegetables are “in season”. You’d need a jack hammer to get a root vegetable out of the ground, and everything green is dead. Unless you want to eat a holly, I suppose. Funny stuff.

  3. Leslie says:

    Darya, Keep an eye on that restaurant when it opens in Palo Alto. Since you’re closest, we need you to try it for us! We live in IL, so we gets lots of McDonald’s news here. I recall an article that mentioned several McDonald’s execs having had heart surgery. Perhaps he’s one? Maybe he’s seen the light?

  4. Re the obesity alone raises risk of heart attack link, so yeah, obesity is linked to heart attack risk even when “other known risk factors for cardiovascular disease” are absent. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that obesity is the predominant cause — CV disease could still be a result, for example, of our crappy, industrial, highly inflammatory diet (which also leads to obesity, i.e., correlation, not causation).

    That said, I don’t dispute that obesity can *contribute* to disease, as those fat cells (particularly in visceral fat) aren’t inert. I just suspect inflammation from diet is a bigger factor.

  5. Ashley says:

    Darya,
    Consider this review of the whole-grain story:

    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/will-eating-whole-grain-fiber-help-you-live-longer/#more-19756

    The “whole grain eaters live healthier lifestyles (otherwise)” factor might truly be responsible for these effects, and his argument has some decent points. I’d like to hear your thoughts after reading Mark’s brief review.

    Thanks for the tip on the vegan article, I enjoyed that link. Also, the exercise/weight gain article was also a nice tip. I hope to watch your interview with Tim in some free time (if I can find it) next week.

    Best,
    Ashley

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