Tuesday, July 14, 2009

What Not To Eat?

Does anyone know what to eat anymore? There have been so many warnings in the past, many of which have since been refuted, I have to confess, I am totally confused. I remember when butter was a big No-No; margarine was the healthier choice; then we were told that margarines contained more transfat than butter, so they were the No-No.

For years we were told that caffeine is bad for you; now studies are showing that caffeine can be used in the treatment of migraines, and some studies are even claiming increased longevity in women who use caffeine. This one hasn’t been a real dilemma for me; I discovered in my 30’s that PMS and caffeine turned me into a creature from the netherworld, so I gave it up permanently. (Except for chocolate; I do have my limits!)

Sugar was the bad guy and we were urged to switch to saccharin; then aspartame was the way to go; now that is in question and we’re told that a dextrin and sucralose product is the answer. And I’m sure down the road a new study will undermine that!

Eggs were at one time a terrible choice, now they have regained the respectability if consumed in moderation.

I fully expect that in the future we will be advised to eat only (organically grown) grass and drink pure spring water. Won’t that be a delightful time?


Jen said...

You are so right....I remember in school cafeteria [lunch room, then ]we were made peanutbutter and honey sandwiches for our lunch somedays. Now that is not allowed. Peanutbutter/peanuts cannot be used even for a snack.....alergies to peanuts and peanut products have poped up. What happened. Was something added to cause the serious reaction?? Like you said maybe down the road....who knows

Kat Harris said...

I read someplace the margarine is one molecule away from plastic. I don't know if it's true, but if it is, I'm not eating it anymore.

The more I think about it, the more I think chocolate and organic veggies are the only things safe to eat. But not at the same time. :-)

Canadian Blend said...

I eat a lot of eggs. By today's standards, anyway. I come in at over a dozen a week. My cholesterol is always good -- I have the good-cholesterol gene on my side.

Caffeine, they used to say, led to dehydration. Now they say it doesn't (the Brits seemed to know about this before we did).

I eat a lot of salad and chicken, because I like them, and that works to keep my weight from getting out of control.

Ice cream is my big weakness. Vanilla, or chocolate chip cookie dough.