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Did Paula Deen's egg bacon donut burger cause her diabetes? Go easy on the goodies, y'all
mlive ^ | 1-2012

Posted on 01/18/2012 9:09:57 PM PST by doug from upland

Could it be the bacon, egg and glazed donut burgers, y’all?

When butter-loving country cook Paula Deen announced this week that she has type 2 diabetes, foodies everywhere started buzzing.

What can you expect when you concoct a Lady’s Brunch Burger out of bacon, eggs and a beef patty with glazed donuts for buns?

Could all that piggy pudding and Uncle Bubba’s seafood pot pie be to blame?

Sort of, local nutrition experts say. But not entirely.

Diabetes educators say no certain type of food leads to diabetes, but the calorie-laden goodies Deen whips up can lead to weight gain -- one of the culprits.

Weight, activity level and genetics all contribute to type 2 diabetes, said Marcia Johnson, clinical supervisor for the diabetes education program at Spectrum Health. Risk also increases as you age.

“Diabetes is much more common in people who are overweight, especially if they carry the extra weight in their midsection,” said Johnson, a registered nurse who has worked in diabetes education since 1979.

Sorry, Lots O’Meat Lasagna, darlin' -- you’re out.

Deen, 64, star of the Food Network show “Paula's Best Dishes,” found out three years ago she has type 2 diabetes, but kept it under her hat until this week, when she revealed the news to Al Roker on NBC's Today show.

Deen told Roker she doesn’t plan to change how she cooks, but said she has always encouraged moderation.

"I share with you all these yummy, fattening recipes,” she said on "Today." “But I tell people, in moderation ... it's entertainment. People have to be responsible."

No more pork chops with cheddar and bacon grits?

“This kind of food is unhealthy not just for diabetics, but for everybody,” Johnson said.

But lovers of Deen’s fried chicken and beefy macaroni and cheese don’t have to give the comfort food up entirely, Johnson said.

“Occasionally treat yourself to a small portion,” she said. “Or rework a recipe so it’s healthier.”

Deen’s son Bobby does just that, promoting lower-calorie versions of his mom’s recipes, on his new Cooking Channel show, “Not My Mama’s Meals.”

Experts say a big factor is genetics – whether you’ve inherited a susceptibility to the condition.

“If you have those genes -- relatives with diabetes -- you want to get regular check-ups,” said Carolyn Belsito, registered dietitian and diabetes educator at Metro Health.

“We’re learning more about the causes of diabetes all the time,” Belsito said. “There are studies that show you’re at a higher risk if you have sleep apnea, as well as stress.”

Experts say small changes in lifestyle can make a big difference.

Deen has said that since the diagnosis, she quit drinking sweet tea. That’s a big change for a Southern gal.

“Giving up sugary beverages can have a huge influence,” said Spectrum Health’s Johnson. “People often drink a whole day’s worth of calories just in their beverages.”

Deen also said she now regularly hits the treadmill -- another good move to prevent the disease, Johnson said.

“Exercise helps with weight control, but it also immediately burns up blood sugar,” Johnson said, “and it continues to drop for the next day or two.”

One in 12 people in West Michigan has diabetes, according to 2008 data from the Alliance for Health. Statewide, the disease is estimated to cost $6.5 billion in health care expenses and lost time from work.

Diabetes prevents the body from making or using the insulin needed to convert food into energy. Sugar builds up in the blood, and that can eventually damage the heart, eyes, kidneys and feet.

Deen is now being paid as a spokesperson for Novo Nordisk, the pharmaceutical company that supplies her diabetes medication. She and her family are appearing in a new ad campaign for the company this month.

Meanwhile, experts say they’re happy the butter diva went public.

“It’s a wake-up call for people who might see themselves in her,” said Belsito of Metro Health.

“I hope some good can come from this,” Spectrum’s Johnson said. “Diabetes is mostly self-managed, so getting people talking about it and learning about it is good.”

So is Double Chocolate Ooey Gooey Butter Cake. But just a smidgen, y’all.


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1 posted on 01/18/2012 9:10:07 PM PST by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland

It aint he eggs and bacon.

Check the jelly donut.


2 posted on 01/18/2012 9:16:18 PM PST by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: doug from upland
“This kind of food is unhealthy not just for diabetics, but for everybody,” Johnson said.

I think I won't take diet advice from a frigging nurse, thankyouverymuch.

Pork chops, cheese and grits are NOT inherently bad.

Humans require fats, starches, proteins and small amounts of vitamins and trace elements, including salt, or they die.

I hate food fetishists.

Folks, if you eat, you are going to die. Trust me.

And if you don't eat, you die faster.

/johnny

3 posted on 01/18/2012 9:20:57 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: doug from upland

Not that complicated.
Cut out all sugar, white flour, bread and pasta.
Bingo!


4 posted on 01/18/2012 9:22:22 PM PST by acapesket
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To: mylife

Add the large amounts of heavy cream and sugar- not an overnight event with her weight and eating.


5 posted on 01/18/2012 9:22:54 PM PST by handmade
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To: All
Paula's bacon egg donut burger.


6 posted on 01/18/2012 9:25:39 PM PST by Liz
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To: mrreaganaut

No, you may NOT have one ping.


7 posted on 01/18/2012 9:28:19 PM PST by reaganaut (If Romney is a conservative then I'm the frickin Angel Moroni.)
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To: Liz

I like donuts and I like burgers, but I cannot fathom eating that! Just because a donut looks like a bun doesn’t mean it should be used as one!


8 posted on 01/18/2012 9:29:03 PM PST by bigbob
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To: JRandomFreeper

The only people I know who drink diet soda are obese people. MrR and I believe in REAL food (incl whole milk, real cream and real butter, red meat, etc) in moderation.

I don’t believe in diets, they just screw up your metabolism.


9 posted on 01/18/2012 9:30:27 PM PST by reaganaut (If Romney is a conservative then I'm the frickin Angel Moroni.)
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To: acapesket
Thanks, no.

I'll continue to eat bread, sugar, unbleached white flour and pasta.

My genetic heritage can take carbohydrates. And keeps me lean even if I'm over 50.

Different strokes for different folks.

And genetics and exersize has a lot to do with how your body processes different types of food.

The better advice is to learn to listen to what your body needs.

There is no formula that fits everyone, regardless of what the food fetishists would like to believe.

/johnny

10 posted on 01/18/2012 9:30:49 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Liz

That is depraved! I like the ingredients individually, but that looks disgusting.


11 posted on 01/18/2012 9:33:04 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: doug from upland

I wish her well-—and I hate to be cynical—— but this is sounding like a convenient PR push to launch her son’s new low-cal cooking show.

He and his brother bombed with their first foodTV show.

Paula has all the personality in that family. Her sons and her husband are so b-o-r-i-n-g.


12 posted on 01/18/2012 9:34:18 PM PST by Liz
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To: reaganaut

But...
But...
But...

I’ll let you have the rest of the box of Krispy Kremes if you let me have two for the buns!


13 posted on 01/18/2012 9:35:19 PM PST by mrreaganaut (Stupidity killed the cat. Curiosity was framed.)
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To: reaganaut
in moderation.

Nailed it.

/johnny

14 posted on 01/18/2012 9:35:26 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: bigbob
Ever eat pancakes, sausage and eggs with maple syrup?

Meat and sweet works well on the palate. ;)

/johnny

15 posted on 01/18/2012 9:37:11 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: mrreaganaut

The answer is still no dear.


16 posted on 01/18/2012 9:37:47 PM PST by reaganaut (If Romney is a conservative then I'm the frickin Angel Moroni.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Frankly, I am more scared of the chemicals they put in food than I am of legitimate fats and dairy.

MrR has severe food allergies so we make pretty much everything from scratch - bread, mayonnaise, salad dressings, cakes (no mixes AT ALL), even our own pickles. I don’t fear food, but I do recognize that people can go overboard and not watch what they eat.

We are also lucky that where we live we can have our own garden and get farm fresh eggs for free.


17 posted on 01/18/2012 9:43:19 PM PST by reaganaut (If Romney is a conservative then I'm the frickin Angel Moroni.)
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To: JRandomFreeper

I weigh 105, my Dad died at 129 from a high of 138, His youngest brother of 7 kids , weighs 129. They were 84 and are 81 respectively.

We have type 2 diabetes.

Questions?

Please don;t be silly.


18 posted on 01/18/2012 9:44:37 PM PST by acapesket
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To: doug from upland

People have to learn to exercise more. And I don’t mean just a casual stroll in the park.


19 posted on 01/18/2012 9:49:12 PM PST by ari-freedom
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To: acapesket
You have type 2 diabetes. I don't. My pancreas is working normally. Sorry yours isn't.

I weigh 118 and eat all the carbs I want. Luck of the draw on the genetics.

/johnny

20 posted on 01/18/2012 9:50:20 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: doug from upland
I'm on a diet.

Trying to lose 200 pounds of ugly fat.

It isn't working.

My wife refuses to give me a divorce....

21 posted on 01/18/2012 9:53:40 PM PST by prisoner6 (Right Wing Nuts bolt The Constitution together as the loose screws of the Left fall out!)
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To: reaganaut
I make everything from scratch, too, being a cook. It's GOOD to have a live-in chef. ;)

And there isn't any comparison between homemade mayo made with yard eggs and the store-bought canola/chemical emulsion.

/johnny

22 posted on 01/18/2012 9:54:25 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Liz
*ahgg*...no way, Oatmeal or cream of wheat & toast
one egg / two (hot sage :) sausage patties.

23 posted on 01/18/2012 9:56:36 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (I can take tomorrow, $pend it all today. Who can take your income, tax it all away. Obama Man can. :)
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To: prisoner6
I've lost 600 lbs on that diet. I can give you the number for a good lawyer if you like. ;)

/johnny

24 posted on 01/18/2012 9:56:57 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: doug from upland

Actually if you balance your sugar, the donut, with protein, the bacon and hamburger patty,you will keep your blood sugar more stable than if you eat them separately.


25 posted on 01/18/2012 10:00:05 PM PST by hedgetrimmer
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To: skinkinthegrass

Mmmmmmm......yummy.


26 posted on 01/18/2012 10:00:41 PM PST by Liz
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To: JRandomFreeper; mrreaganaut

I make everything from scratch, too, being a cook. It’s GOOD to have a live-in chef. ;)

- - - -
Oh yeah. I went to culinary school specifically to make it easier for me to cook for MrR. It came in handy when I was in grad school, because I could do catering on the side, and I was one of the class stars, but the real reason was to become more efficient in the kitchen and in making things from scratch.

My father was real Le Cordon Bleu (Paris) and a fairly well known resort chef, my mother’s grandfather was a cook with Barnum & Bailey Circus. circus before opening his own restaurant, so cooking runs in the family (both sides).

We joke that MrR is my built-in sous chef.


27 posted on 01/18/2012 10:03:03 PM PST by reaganaut (If Romney is a conservative then I'm the frickin Angel Moroni.)
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To: doug from upland

Good fat from healthy animals doesn’t make you fat. It doesn’t give you diabetes. Sugar and grains do.


28 posted on 01/18/2012 10:03:13 PM PST by Yaelle (moneybomb for Santorum: $1m by Sat! https://www.ricksantorum.com/)
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To: bigbob

Stick to kid’s cereals then.


29 posted on 01/18/2012 10:06:19 PM PST by BigSkyFreeper (You have entered an invalid birthday)
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To: Yaelle
Sugar and grains do.

Only if you have the right genetics.

/johnny

30 posted on 01/18/2012 10:14:23 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper
As the little woman said, deen never cooked a desert that did not have a cup and a half of sugar and at least one stick of butter. Woman was a sugar eating fool.
31 posted on 01/18/2012 10:18:17 PM PST by org.whodat (What is the difference in Newt's, Perry's and Willard's positions on Amnesty.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
As the little woman said, deen never cooked a desert that did not have a cup and a half of sugar and at least one stick of butter. Woman was a sugar eating fool.
32 posted on 01/18/2012 10:18:57 PM PST by org.whodat (What is the difference in Newt's, Perry's and Willard's positions on Amnesty.)
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To: reaganaut
My father was real Le Cordon Bleu

Shiver.... My internship was bad enough in Texas. Some of my chef instructors were old farts that had done the european internships and lived and worked there.

They told stories that gave nightmares.

But it is good to be able to look at a garden, squirrels in the trees, and be able to put together a meal in your mind.

I eat local (mostly), I eat fresh, and I eat in season. Late spring is always mexican and italian, because that's when the 'maters and basil and cilantro are at their best.

/johnny

33 posted on 01/18/2012 10:21:00 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: org.whodat
I don't cook desserts without a couple of cups of sugar and a stick or two of butter either.

And most times, it's soaked in bourbon.

But that's a once a month thing that gets eaten over week, and half gets tossed after it gets mouldy.

Anybody that sits down and eats the entire recipe in one sitting is likely to die early.

But some can with no real effect.

People are different, genetically, on what their body handles.

/johnny

34 posted on 01/18/2012 10:25:52 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

All true.


35 posted on 01/18/2012 10:33:04 PM PST by org.whodat (What is the difference in Newt's, Perry's and Willard's positions on Amnesty.)
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To: All

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36 posted on 01/18/2012 11:04:01 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (I'm endorsing O'bama AND Romney as all my guys & gals don't make it very far. Go Barry! Go Mitt!)
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To: doug from upland
Did someone say bacon?


37 posted on 01/18/2012 11:57:47 PM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: doug from upland

No more pork chops with cheddar and bacon grits?

“This kind of food is unhealthy not just for diabetics, but for everybody,” Johnson said.

No it isn’t. The gluttony thing is unhealthy.


38 posted on 01/19/2012 3:29:31 AM PST by TalBlack ( Evil doesn't have a day job.)
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To: JRandomFreeper
Pork chops, cheese and grits are NOT inherently bad.

That is an insane statement. All animal protein is a known cause of cancer. Humans require fats, true, but from plant based sources such as avacados, olives, and nuts.

39 posted on 01/19/2012 3:33:50 AM PST by southern rock
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To: southern rock

“All animal protein is a known cause of cancer.”

LOL


40 posted on 01/19/2012 3:59:50 AM PST by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: doug from upland

No much sympathy for Paula. When you promote sickness and death, you can’t be surprised when you get sickness and death. And now she is turning to medication for help. Pretty pathetic. Just change your diet, Paula. But there is no lucrative deal in that.


41 posted on 01/19/2012 4:09:53 AM PST by southern rock
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To: southern rock
No much sympathy for Paula. When you promote sickness and death, you can’t be surprised when you get sickness and death.

Nutritionally speaking, this is an absurd statement. No food is bad, unless it is spoiled with bacteria or laden with heavy metals. If you eat in a manner consistent with daily energy requirements, don't limit yourself to a single macronutrient (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats), and get sufficient physical activity, you're not going to get sick any more frequently or die any sooner than anyone else because of the food. And, yes, I literally am an expert on human nutrition.
42 posted on 01/19/2012 4:15:58 AM PST by aruanan
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To: Yaelle
Good fat from healthy animals doesn’t make you fat. It doesn’t give you diabetes.

But it does contain cholesterol, which the human body does not need or want more than it makes itself. Animal fat is NEVER good fat.

43 posted on 01/19/2012 4:18:08 AM PST by southern rock
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To: doug from upland

Well, ain’t that something?

I guess we all will be forced by Mamma-Obama to only drink purified water and eat soylent green to keep healthy.

When I die, they will find me lying on the floor, face up with a napkin around my neck, a butter knife in my right hand, a fork in my left hand and a smile on my face.


44 posted on 01/19/2012 4:20:35 AM PST by DH (Once the tainted finger of government touches anything the rot begins)
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To: southern rock

Is Saturated Fat Evil, or Not So Bad After All?

The myths, lies, and misconceptions about saturated fat and your health.

http://www.truthaboutabs.com/saturated-fat-is-not-evil.html


45 posted on 01/19/2012 4:31:56 AM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: doug from upland

Paula Deen is not responsible for anybody’s food choices.

I watch her show to get either some ‘special’ recipes or to find out how to make a simple southern dish.

But in the long run, it is up to me to decide how much butter, fat, cream etc. I use.

I make that final choice, not Paula.


46 posted on 01/19/2012 4:38:21 AM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: aruanan
If you eat in a manner consistent with daily energy requirements, don't limit yourself to a single macronutrient (carbohydrates, proteins, and fats

Fair to say in your opinion that the typical American diet has too many macronutrients and not enough micronutrients? That's what I see wrong with Paula Deen's cooking. 1) most everything is cooked, 2) too much macronutrient, i.e. calorie dense food. Humans are the only species that cooks their food.

47 posted on 01/19/2012 4:39:54 AM PST by IamConservative ("The ability to speak eloquently is not to be confused with having something to say." - MP Hart)
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To: southern rock

“All animal protein is a known cause of cancer.”

TOTAL BS!!!


48 posted on 01/19/2012 4:54:21 AM PST by antisocial (Texas SCV - Deo Vindice)
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To: doug from upland

Well I can gaurandamntee it wasn’t the eggs, bacon or hamburger that caused diabetes. Eggs have .6 carbs, bacon and hamburger have 0 carbs. Any pastries eaten will have loads of carbs which actually put more glucose into the blood stream than the sugar in the donuts. Anyone hyping this diet as a diabetes starter are simply full of sh**.


49 posted on 01/19/2012 5:32:04 AM PST by calex59
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To: IamConservative
Fair to say in your opinion that the typical American diet has too many macronutrients and not enough micronutrients? That's what I see wrong with Paula Deen's cooking. 1) most everything is cooked, 2) too much macronutrient, i.e. calorie dense food. Humans are the only species that cooks their food.

If you eat a varied diet that includes meat, you will get all the micronutrients (minerals and vitamins) that you need to prevent deficiency diseases (there are other uses for them that are alleged but not as definitively demonstrated as their role in deficiency disease), though women usually need more calcium than they get in their diets and most people in a modern, heavily clothed, spend-most-time-indoors-or-in-car society need more vitamin D than they typically synthesize. Vitamins are not usually destroyed by cooking, though you could lose some in water that plants are cooked in. Minerals are not destroyed by cooking.

As far as calories go, the number one requirement for human life is gross kilocalories of food energy and water. Without micronutrients it can take many months to decades to develop a deficiency disease (and this is usually in the context of a diet relying on a single macronutrient such as pellagra from living off an almost exclusive corn meal diet throughout winter months), without macronutrients you'll start to weaken within a day or so, become seriously impaired within a couple weaks, and die within a few months (unless you were gigantically obese or extremely heavily muscled to begin with). Without water, of course, you'll die in a matter of weeks.

Humans are also one of the longest lived mammals on earth. Most mammals have a heartbeat/longevity/size ratio that is fairly well fixed. You reach the end of your alloted heartbeats, unless you're taken out by a scavenger or accident or disease first, and you die. Human life span vastly exceeds this. It probably has a lot to do with agriculture making a lot of food available and cooking and food prep techniques that 1. makes nutrients in food more easily available, 2. kills parasites and fungus, 3. can help remove substances from raw sources that would otherwise harm or impair health.
50 posted on 01/19/2012 5:54:49 AM PST by aruanan
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