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Paula Deen, change your diet
CNN ^ | January 20, 2012 | Andrew Weil

Posted on 01/21/2012 3:33:58 AM PST by southern rock

Editor's note: Andrew Weil is the director of the integrative medicine program at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, and professor of Medicine and Public Health, author of "Eight Weeks to Optimum Health," "Healthy Aging," "Spontaneous Happiness" and the forthcoming "True Food."

(CNN) -- "I'm just gonna put a little more butter in there, y'all," she said as she plopped a large chunk into the skillet. "Oh my," she added, "I've gone and put a whole stick in by now."

I was watching Paula Deen on the Food Network, whipping up a shrimp sauté to go over pasta. I thought to myself, "I could make a similar dish that would look much better (hers was murky from all the butter), taste much better (fresh, clean flavors from a small amount of extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, dry vermouth and herbs), with a fraction of the fat and calories."

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Forget Novo Nordisk. Show your loyal fans how not to need diabetes drugs.

For me, this is the money sentence in the article. People need to understand that they can reverse diseases caused by the typical American diet by simply moving to a whole food, plant based diet. Let's see the shill, Paula Deen try that for a year.

1 posted on 01/21/2012 3:34:07 AM PST by southern rock
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To: southern rock

Screw that. I want butter, pork and salt!

If my health changes or my loved ones, my opinion will change.

Until then, my habits and that of my family doesn’t change because some TV person[s] develops an issue.

Actually, a very lean pork cut is better than a chicken breast and we are not and don’t intend to go vegetarian.

Gah! This is so annoying. Pfffft! on them and their whoring of this story!!!


2 posted on 01/21/2012 3:43:59 AM PST by Irenic
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To: Irenic
Made scalloped potatoes last night. Left out the butter. Tasted like crap. Added butter!! Wow! Wow!!

Butter is a gift from God.

I'm laughing because ALL these healthy shows, like Oz...are selling everything under the sun. It's all about marketing.

We're living into the late 70's and beyond...and these are the meat and potato folks.

3 posted on 01/21/2012 3:49:15 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Irenic

Knock yourself out, but pork and poultry are equally bad for the huiman body. It doesn’t matter. Animal protein contains cholesterol, which the body does not need in excess of what it creates itself.


4 posted on 01/21/2012 3:50:46 AM PST by southern rock
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To: Sacajaweau
We're living into the late 70's and beyond...and these are the meat and potato folks

LOL! Yeah, living with diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Haven't you noticed how fat everyone seems to be?

5 posted on 01/21/2012 3:52:33 AM PST by southern rock
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To: southern rock
. Haven't you noticed how fat everyone seems to be?

That's because of all the bread, pasta, pizza, and sweets. Cut those to the minimum and all the animal fats don't matter a bit. At least that's been my experience.

6 posted on 01/21/2012 3:57:40 AM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: southern rock

7 posted on 01/21/2012 3:57:47 AM PST by southern rock
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To: BfloGuy
Cut those to the minimum and all the animal fats don't matter a bit.

They matter on the inside. Dietary cholesterol, colon cancer, heart disease. All attributed to animal protein (beef, poultry, pork, fish dairy)

8 posted on 01/21/2012 4:00:58 AM PST by southern rock
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To: BfloGuy
I think you're right. I drink no soda (just milk), no chips, a few sweets (chocolate) and a loaf of bread lasts me a month at least.

I weigh the same as I did when I was 18 (110 lbs - 5'4")...50 years ago.

Pssst....COUNT CALORIES!!!

9 posted on 01/21/2012 4:05:09 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: southern rock
"I could make a similar dish that would look much better (hers was murky from all the butter), taste much better (fresh, clean flavors from a small amount of extra-virgin olive oil, garlic, dry vermouth and herbs), with a fraction of the fat and calories."

Then get your own show. :-)

10 posted on 01/21/2012 4:10:04 AM PST by alnick
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To: southern rock

Actually that is wrong, southern rock. That position statement is over 50 years old and is sadly still spewed by the establishment today.


11 posted on 01/21/2012 4:12:37 AM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: southern rock
My mother ate what she wanted to and cooked with butter, fried stuff...and had 3 pills left from the first Rx for her heart...the only Rx she took, ad she lived to be 94.

My 101 year old aunt ate what she wanted, when she wanted.

12 posted on 01/21/2012 4:14:57 AM PST by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: southern rock

I think we have teeth that says we eat meat. (yeah my grammar sucks)

I’m at the age I am heading for ‘the change’ so I am battling weight most all the time now.

I must say the weight-watchers online thing is wonderful! Eat whatever you want just log it and it counts for points. Lose or maintain, it is so simple and perfect.

This opened my eyes as to the chicken-pork difference. I would have thought chicken breast so much better. Not so. A very lean pork is better.

Anyhow, I don’t intend to go vegetarian or pile that on an unwilling family. I like my meat and my family loves and expects my cookin’ that includes meat—nom nom nom. :)

I do admit to less butter and more olive oil and stuff like that. Though, I still use a good ham-bone for beans and salt-pork is still on the charts, too.

Chicken can’t be fried without a whole bunch of oil...ha! And we love us some good Sunday fried chicken! Though none of it is anythang as good as what Granny fried up. :9

My sister tried that vegetarian thang, funny she lost weight and then after ‘bout a year, she started to plump up on it. I eat everything under the sun—still not plumped to the vegetarian sister healthy *whatever*. hahaha!


13 posted on 01/21/2012 4:20:36 AM PST by Irenic
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To: Sacajaweau

Land O’ Lakes has a spreadable butter with Olive oil already in it. Tastes good too.

I guess it has to be healthy since it has that Olive oil in it.


14 posted on 01/21/2012 4:21:51 AM PST by Venturer
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To: Irenic

Screw that. I want butter, pork and salt!”

Me too! You only live once-—why go through life eating like a rabbit?

I will be heading to Savannah on St Patrick’s week and I will make a special point of visiting Paula’s restaurant for some of that high-caloric deliciousness!


15 posted on 01/21/2012 4:22:30 AM PST by Scanian
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To: southern rock

The truth is that saturated fats may not be the enemy

http://www.canada.com/entertainment/movie-guide/Review+Stone/3670999/truth+that+saturated+fats+enemy/2602083/story.html


16 posted on 01/21/2012 4:22:40 AM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: lonestar
My mom was drug free...lived to 90. Ate everything bad for you....but no soda or chips. (She LOVED bacon.) Always amazed me.

My whole family was that way. Still have 2 aunts in their mid 80's.

17 posted on 01/21/2012 4:23:23 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: BfloGuy

Agreed.

IMHO the villains are the huge amounts of sugars/carbs and the bad/hydrogenated/trans fats that are the staples of the StandardAmericanDiet : o Simple carbs send my body on a blood sugar roller coaster that makes me hungrier rather than full : / Fewer, more complex carbs with some good fats and a little protein thrown in and I am good to go almost all day -

Now, I also believe every one is a little different blood chemistry wise, so your mileage may vary.

May God guide our course.
Tatt


18 posted on 01/21/2012 4:23:30 AM PST by thesearethetimes... (t4)
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To: southern rock
One contributing factor is smoking (tobacco). When everyone smoked, the general population was leaner.

Oral gratification and a mild stimulant seems to be an exceptional appetite suppressant.

In our anti-tabacco fervor, we have inadvertently created a new problem. Aint "unintended consequences" a b#tch! Kinda like a 1% income tax that destroyed the greatest nation ever known.

19 posted on 01/21/2012 4:26:00 AM PST by Aevery_Freeman (Typed using <FONT STYLE=SARCASM> unless otherwise noted)
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To: southern rock
Meat contains trace minerals our bodies need and that are not available in vegetables.
20 posted on 01/21/2012 4:32:07 AM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: Irenic
Anyhow, I don’t intend to go vegetarian or pile that on an unwilling family. I like my meat and my family loves and expects my cookin’ that includes meat—nom nom nom. :)

Yeah, I know. Only about 0.5% of the American population is vegan, so I didn't think I was going to do any mass conversions here :) Just trying to spread a little helpful info. A great book is "The Engine 2 Diet". I recommend that one.

21 posted on 01/21/2012 4:32:25 AM PST by southern rock
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To: southern rock

Why Your Doctor May be Wrong about Meat

http://www.theiflife.com/why-your-doctor-is-wrong-about-meat/

Opinion: Meat gives you colon cancer; Reality: Misinformed and wrongly drawn conclusions. – I think what it needs to state is that a diet higher in processed meats (high in chemicals and preservatives), high in unstable (polyunsaturated vegetable oils)/destructive (trans)fats along with a low nutrient/antioxidant (fruit/veg) diet can increase the amount of possible destruction to the colon lining and cancer.


22 posted on 01/21/2012 4:38:56 AM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: BfloGuy
That's because of all the bread, pasta, pizza, and sweets. Cut those to the minimum and all the animal fats don't matter a bit. At least that's been my experience.

That’s more than a little misleading. Sure processed and white starches and sugar are not good however a diet of nothing but meat and dairy (say a daily pound of bacon smothered with a stick of butter and a ½ pound of full fat cheddar cheese) would kill you quicker than the occasional Twinkie.

It’s really all about balance. And you really need carbs and fiber in your diet, even diabetics, but they are better found in fresh vegetables, whole grains and legumes than in white flour. OTOH, even the lowly white potato isn’t all that bad for you, especially with the skin, but rather it’s all the stuff we add to it, butter cheese, etc. And there is a difference in meats depending on the cut, i.e. a lean center cut pork chop is not the same as fattier cuts like “country spare ribs” and chicken thighs are much fattier than skinless chicken breasts, etc. Proteins and essential oils and nutrients found in lean meats are not the problem but it’s the fat and all the crap we add to them. But a lot of people don’t realize that vegetables contain protein too.

I have a subscription to “Cooking Light” magazine. The recipes are great and some even call for using butter (never margarine with is much, much worse) but a little bit goes a long way. You don’t have to smother everything in butter and cheese to make it taste good. And you don’t have to have meat and dairy with every meal - probably shouldn’t. I eat a meatless dinner one to a couple of times a week, like some whole wheat pasta with fresh chopped tomatoes and olive oil and garlic and fresh herbs and just a dash of freshly grated parm - yummy. Add a plate of some lightly steamed broccoli and that’s a great healthy and filling meal.

Eat a diet with more emphasis on fresh vegetables and fruits and whole grains and leaner proteins and add some daily exercise and some occasional bacon and butter isn’t going to hurt you. And don’t forget some dark chocolate (in moderation).

BTW, I know a lot of Southerners who think Paula Deen is an awful cook and not representative of real Southern cooking. A friend of mine from South Carolina calls her not a Southern cook but a Trailer Park (Double Wide) cook. If I want real “Southern” cooking, I’d much rather go to Natalie Dupree.

23 posted on 01/21/2012 4:41:20 AM PST by MD Expat in PA
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To: southern rock

Butter doesn’t cause diabetes.

She could cut out the processed white flour and sugar and help her and her viewers. She should start butchering small animals on her show. It would be useful.


24 posted on 01/21/2012 4:42:47 AM PST by listenhillary (Look your representatives in the eye and ask if they intend to pay off the debt. They will look away)
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To: Aevery_Freeman

Leaner and more relaxed. Smoking also thins the blood...just like aspirin.


25 posted on 01/21/2012 4:43:34 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: MD Expat in PA

LOL...”Cooking LIght” magazine packed on more pounds in 6 months...

It was quite the crazy thing at the time. The husband lost weight and I gained using the same recipes!!!


26 posted on 01/21/2012 4:46:23 AM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: southern rock; EBH
Dietary cholesterol, colon cancer, heart disease. All attributed to animal protein

southern rock, you absolutely have to get this book:

Nourishing Traditions

27 posted on 01/21/2012 4:52:51 AM PST by krb (Obama is a miserable failure.)
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To: EBH

I don’t think of Cooking Light magazine as a diet plan as their recipes are not diet food per se, rather they are more for “foodies” who want some somewhat healthier versions. I think it all depends on what recipes you make and as always of course, the portions. I like it mostly because of the variety of the recipes and I like experimenting with ethic foods and interesting spices and ingredients.


28 posted on 01/21/2012 4:55:52 AM PST by MD Expat in PA
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To: southern rock

You need protein and meat has that in abundance.

Cholesterol is not harmful, it’s what you eat that is harmful.

Grains, sugar, high fructose corn syrup, PROCESSED foods, etc., that is what is killing us.

Eat meat, vegetables, fruit, eggs, full fat dairy. Real food. Eat nothing from a box. Buy as organic or pastured as you can afford. Dump all grains but especially wheat.

Go to this website:

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/

Read the book Wheat Belly. Quite the eye-opener.


29 posted on 01/21/2012 5:06:40 AM PST by Not gonna take it anymore (If Obama were twice as smart as he is, he would be a wit)
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To: krb

Yeah, that’s a good one. We have Nourishing Traditions in our cabinet. Wish I had the time to cook from it more.

Everything in moderation I always say.


30 posted on 01/21/2012 5:07:58 AM PST by LibsRJerks
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To: listenhillary
Butter doesn’t cause diabetes.

True however being overweight, i.e. fat; whether being fat from eating white bread and sugar or being fat from eating deep fried bacon with butter is going to make you much more susceptible to getting type II diabetes. Once fat, the body doesn’t know or care how you got that way.

Once diabetic, the diabetic body can’t process and quickly convert carbs into energy and all those excess sugars end up in the blood stream. It’s a misnomer that sugar or “white” carbs alone causes diabetes or that diabetics can’t eat sugar or carbs in moderation. And diabetes contributes to hardening of the arties so a diabetic should not eat a diet too heavy in animal fats either. I know, my dad was and brother is diabetic. It runs in my family as it does in a lot of people of Scandinavian descent.

31 posted on 01/21/2012 5:07:58 AM PST by MD Expat in PA
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To: MD Expat in PA
Fruit and vegetables, of course!

I wasn't laying out my entire diet, simply mentioning that, for me, cutting out the wheat flour and sugar caused me to drop weight effortlessly with a concurrenct drop in cholesterol. I still indulge in the occasional slice of pizza and I love meat pies -- with crust.

But they're intentional deviations, not staples.

32 posted on 01/21/2012 5:09:13 AM PST by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: southern rock

The truth as I find it and what seems apparent from studies...

Home cooking IS the answer.

I can’t give you a link off the top of my head but if you complain too much I will find it for ya. :P

They studied schools who had all sorts of junk food available and those who went MEchelle Obama healthy.

The schools with junk food fared better and had LESS fat kids.

I DO believe there are so many who can no longer cook and that is part of the problem.

The other part is that we allow these non-cookers to live off pre-prepared stuff.

Anyhoo.... :)

I will look at the Engine2 diet. Thanks.

I do absolutely swear by Weight Watchers online. It makes everything points and even having a burger out is OK.

Everything is points—how do you want to spend them.

Exercise counts for points, too—even points for mowing the lawn. OoohRah!


33 posted on 01/21/2012 5:11:11 AM PST by Irenic
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To: Irenic

I eat primally or paleo or whatever you want to call it. I eat BUTTER and lots of good fats! OH and....fatty MEAT and EGGS. Guess what? I finally lost that 35 pounds I needed to lose and I feel great! My cholesterol is great! It’s not the fat that makes you FAT, it’s the carbs...the sugar and grain especially WHEAT! I started eating this way after being diagnosed with being hypoglycemic. Now my blood sugar stays level. I don’t care what other people eat BUT sometimes you have to use the brains that God gave you. Ever since this country started pushing LOW FAT and WHOLE GRAINS, people have gotten FATTER and FATTER and DIABETES has soared! It obviously hasn’t been working!


34 posted on 01/21/2012 5:12:20 AM PST by Cricket24 (Proud to be a CONSERVATIVE WOMAN!!!!!!!)
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To: southern rock
"One sometimes gets the impression that the mere words ‘Socialism’ and ‘Communism’ draw towards them with magnetic force every fruit-juice drinker, nudist, sandal-wearer, sex-maniac, Quaker, ‘Nature Cure’ quack, pacifist, and feminist in England....The food-crank is by definition a person willing to cut himself off from human society in hopes of adding five years on to the life of his carcase; that is, a person out of touch with common humanity." - George Orwell
35 posted on 01/21/2012 5:12:45 AM PST by Oztrich Boy (Whatever happened to that Amy Summerland sailing chick?)
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To: southern rock
Yes....we can all eat tofu...and graze like cattle.


36 posted on 01/21/2012 5:14:34 AM PST by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: southern rock
Hibbeln (1998) pointed out that Palaeolithic nutrition was probably low in saturated fats and high in polyunsaturated fats (the reverse is true today). Therefore, our ancestors consumed more omega-3 fatty acids (arachidonic acid, docosahexaenoic acid) and these are the major determinants of synaptic membrane fluidity. Hibbeln proposed that the move from being vegetarian and scavenging for meat to eating fish (rich in these fatty acids) promoted the sudden burst in intellectual/technological/cultural achievement about 35,000 years ago. Prior to that our ancestors had achieved relatively little.
37 posted on 01/21/2012 5:16:18 AM PST by Vaquero ("an armed society is a polite society" Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Irenic

I’m 68 and am certainly not as active as in my youth. I go to the little plaza near me EVERY DAY. I walk up and down the aisles in the different stores. For a change, I include the library and walk all the way to the lounge at the back of the library....and I lounge with the newspapers.


38 posted on 01/21/2012 5:19:49 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: southern rock

Why blame Paula, she is a business woman. What ever happened to personal responsibility for your own diet and health? JMHO


39 posted on 01/21/2012 5:19:49 AM PST by duckman (Go Newt...)
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To: Aevery_Freeman

I found GENERALLY, that smokers also sucked their thumbs when they were babies. I just started asking around.


40 posted on 01/21/2012 5:21:04 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: MD Expat in PA

“I’d much rather go to Natalie Dupree. “

I just checked her out on line, and I think I’m going to buy “Southern Memories.”
Thanks for mentioning her in your post!


41 posted on 01/21/2012 5:40:35 AM PST by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: southern rock

Sure a more healthy diet makes a difference, but that is between Paula Dean and her doctor. The government nannies and liberal elites who think we are all too stupid to make the “right” decisions about our lives are just waiting for the chance to implement more control by dictating what we eat. What Paula Dean eats or does not eat is none of our business.


42 posted on 01/21/2012 5:40:35 AM PST by The Great RJ ("The problem with socialism is that pretty soon you run out of other people's money" M. Thatcher)
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To: southern rock

What a pompous ass Andrew Weil is.


43 posted on 01/21/2012 5:42:38 AM PST by Minn (Here is a realistic picture of the prophet: ----> ([: {()
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To: listenhillary

There was a British guy that was doing that very thing on his show. Raised his own hogs and a few beef, grew his own veggies and bartered for seafood and hunted other things. Ate well and raved about the “fat” on his pork and beef. Discusses eating well and healthy without being smarmy or preachy. I highly recommend the “River Cottage Series” http://www.rivercottage.net/


44 posted on 01/21/2012 5:44:38 AM PST by 31R1O
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To: southern rock
People started getting heftier when the food pyramid came on the scene in the 80's. Bread, pasta and cereal companies loved it! The population ate it up.

That, and the widespread use of remote tv channel changers :>), contributed to the widening of the population. (and a host of other related activities-or lack there of)

45 posted on 01/21/2012 5:47:40 AM PST by libertarian27 (Check my profile page for the FReeper Online Cookbook 2011)
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To: Sacajaweau

“Butter is a gift from God.”
_______________________________

I received this email from a friend. Just passing it along. BTW, we stopped eating margerine after reading this.
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Pass The Butter ... Please.

Margarine was originally manufactured to fatten turkeys. When it killed the turkeys, the people who had put all the money into the research wanted a payback so they put their heads together to figure out what to do with this product to get their money back.
It was a white substance with no food appeal so they added the yellow colouring and sold it to people to use in place of butter. How do you like it? They have come out with some clever new flavourings....

DO YOU KNOW.. The difference between margarine and butter?

Read on to the end...gets very interesting!

Both have the same amount of calories.

Butter is slightly higher in saturated fats at 8 grams; compared to 5 grams for margarine.

Eating margarine can increase heart disease in women by 53% over eating the same amount of butter, according to a recent Harvard Medical Study.

Eating butter increases the absorption of many other nutrients in other foods.

Butter has many nutritional benefits where margarine has a few and only because they are added!

Butter tastes much better than margarine and it can enhance the flavours of other foods.

Butter has been around for centuries where margarine has been around for less than 100 years.

And now, for Margarine..

Very High in Trans fatty acids.

Triples risk of coronary heart disease ...

Increases total cholesterol and LDL (this is the bad cholesterol) and lowers HDL cholesterol, (the good cholesterol)

Increases the risk of cancers up to five times..

Lowers quality of breast milk

Decreases immune response.

Decreases insulin response.

And here’s the most disturbing fact... HERE IS THE PART THAT IS VERY INTERESTING!

Margarine is but ONE MOLECULE away from being PLASTIC... and shares 27 ingredients with PAINT
These facts alone were enough to have me avoiding margarine for life and anything else that is hydrogenated (this means hydrogen is added, changing the molecular structure of the substance).

Open a tub of margarine and leave it open in your garage or shaded area. Within a couple of days you will notice a couple of things:

* no flies, not even those pesky fruit flies will go near it (that should tell you something)

* it does not rot or smell differently because it has nonutritional value ; nothing will grow on it. Even those teeny weeny microorganisms will not a find a home to grow. Why? Because it is nearly plastic . Would you melt your Tupperware and spread that on your toast?


46 posted on 01/21/2012 5:50:20 AM PST by panaxanax (0bama >>WORST PRESIDENT EVER.)
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To: southern rock

It’s not the butter, it’s the sugar and grains. Caveat: the butter needs to come from clean, healthy animals.

If she gives up all sugar and starchy carbs, especially wheat, max 1 fresh fruit serving a day, her diabetes would be gone in a short time. She can eat plenty of healthy fats.


47 posted on 01/21/2012 5:51:27 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: Not gonna take it anymore

You GET it. Excellent.


48 posted on 01/21/2012 5:56:56 AM PST by Yaelle
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To: BfloGuy

Bingo! I have only ever lost weight on a low GI diet and I can keep it off with weight training. Of course I splurge every now and then, but that is what keeps me sane! I eat a diet high in protein and fat and my cholesterol numbers are perfect. I’ve had arthritis in my feet since I was 16 and I no longer suffer from any pain, even in the nasty weather we are experiencing now.


49 posted on 01/21/2012 5:58:15 AM PST by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: BfloGuy
Fruit and vegetables, of course!

I wasn't laying out my entire diet, simply mentioning that, for me, cutting out the wheat flour and sugar caused me to drop weight effortlessly with a concurrenct drop in cholesterol. I still indulge in the occasional slice of pizza and I love meat pies -- with crust.

But they're intentional deviations, not staples.

Exactly. About 12 years ago I lost about 70 pounds. I did it by using my version of the old 1980’s Weight Watchers Exchange program combined with the food pyramid at the time, measuring and portion control was key. I didn’t see it as a diet, but a life style change. I ate whatever I wanted as long as it was within the exchange plan for the day. The hardest part for me was not eating too much but eating too little and of the right foods in the right portions. I used to never eat breakfast and sometimes skipped lunch but was gaining more and more weight over the years. I didn’t cut out but greatly reduced carbs and put more emphasis on fresh vegetables and healthy whole grains and fresh fruits and leaner meats in moderation. And I put emphasis on whole foods and cut out most processed foods, lowered added salts and got more into healthy home cooking. And I planned my meals in advance and kept a food diary to keep me honest and on track.

But if I wanted to indulge in pizza or Chinese carryout or birthday cake or ice cream, fine, but I then had to offset the carbs and fats in what I ate the next day so that in any 48 hour period I was not out of balance. That way I never felt like I was depriving myself (or dieting) but understood there was a price to pay for indulging. After a time I found I learned what healthy portions looked like and didn’t need to measure and weigh foods so much. I also found that after a time, sometimes I really didn’t want the birthday cake but often did just because everyone else was eating it or when ordering Chinese carryout, steamed vegetables with brown rice was more satisfying and what I really craved more than Orange chicken and deep fried shrimp toast which made me feel sluggish and sickly the next day.

I also started walking – at first 20 minutes and eventually an hour a day. Then I joined a gym and went at least 2 times a week – a minimum of 20 -30 minutes of cardio and 20 minutes of moderate weight training. And I took up golf and walked the course whenever I could. If I couldn’t work out or walk or play golf because of weather or work, I actually felt antsy.

Progress was slow at first but then the pounds melted away. My cholesterol had always been pretty good but my overall all level dropped to about 120 and my blood pressure was well within normal even a bit low for my age and no signs of diabetes that runs heavily in my family.

At 42 years old and 5’8” I weighed around 150 but I also had a lot of lean muscle and never looked or felt better; more energy, slept better, skin problems cleared up and I had better mental concentration. I felt and looked better than I had at 20.

At 50 now, I’ve gained some weight back; a lower back injury and being out of work for a time set me back but I’m getting back to more of my old routine.

I love good food and I love cooking and I love eating. I love all good things but in moderation and in balance.

50 posted on 01/21/2012 6:00:23 AM PST by MD Expat in PA
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