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The real reason the French don’t get fat (Tasty Food)
The Globe and Mail ^ | Timothy Bond

Posted on 06/01/2014 5:45:14 AM PDT by PJ-Comix

Last month, I ate a strawberry. The taste exploded in my mouth as my throat was bathed in rich juices. The meat of the berry was soft and succulent.

I was in France.

Last week, I ate another strawberry. There was a slight reddish flavour, which combatted the petroleum essence of the packaging. The meat of the berry was corky, dry and flavourless.

I was in Canada.

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We are eating food like that of the crew (except Bruce Dern) of "Silent Running."
1 posted on 06/01/2014 5:45:14 AM PDT by PJ-Comix
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To: PJ-Comix

How exactly do they get farm-fresh tomatoes all year long? It can’t be as easy as greenhouses - we do that too. What’s the secret? I don’t buy them outside of the farmer’s market season any longer. Haven’t for years.


2 posted on 06/01/2014 5:52:23 AM PDT by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: PJ-Comix
Big ag likes to grow all of their produce of limited varieties in a few selected locations and truck it cross-country. Here in southwest PA, the grocery stores offer apples which have been trucked in from Washington.

If you want apples with flavor, you have to buy them in season from a local farmer's market or travel the next county or two over to buy them from the Amish.

Our grocers won't buy from the Amish due to shelf life issues. When you make shelf life your primary objective, you must necessarily sacrifice flavor. The very properties which give produce their flavors (rich natural fructose and the like) also shorten their shelf life.

3 posted on 06/01/2014 5:54:42 AM PDT by Vigilanteman (Obama: Fake black man. Fake Messiah. Fake American. How many fakes can you fit in one Zer0?)
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To: PJ-Comix

This, of course, is the crux of the problem. The French understand and love food as do the Italians. Anglo-Saxons nations don’t seem to have a clue.


4 posted on 06/01/2014 5:56:25 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: PJ-Comix

Of course, the other reason French women aren’t obese is that they smoke like chimneys.


5 posted on 06/01/2014 5:58:24 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein

In case it helps anyone...
Sorry cats. I’ve lived in many places and spent a good deal of time in Europe. Brits get fat...
Nobody in my family ever got fat...
I realize there are differing opinions, but I am personally certain that soft drinks, nightly desserts, and high intake of “processed” foods makes you fat.
I am a chef and like the French we have a high-fat diet including lots of butter, thick sauces, etc.
What we DON’T do, that so many Americans DO do, is consume lots of simple sugars by way of sodas, cokes, and other “flavored” things.
“c’est juste mes deux sous...”


6 posted on 06/01/2014 6:01:04 AM PDT by golux
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To: miss marmelstein
I make that point all the time. The big health fear in the US used to be smoking -- it was killing us!! So they made it expensive and restricted, and there is a lot less smoking. Now the big health fear in the US is obesity -- it's killing us!!

There is a definite connection. All the people I know who still smoke are quite skinny.

7 posted on 06/01/2014 6:02:08 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Fegelein! Fegelein! Fegelein!)
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To: PJ-Comix

I have read that before about French food. Tastes so rich and good you eat less from the flavor rather than just eating until you are stuffed. Now I want a strawberry. From the local farm.


8 posted on 06/01/2014 6:10:45 AM PDT by autumnraine
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To: golux

I’ve seen lots of fat chefs on Chopped. What’s with that?


9 posted on 06/01/2014 6:12:18 AM PDT by Mercat
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To: ClearCase_guy

But they still look like h#$l—aged 20 years ahead of their time, with the voice of a half-croaked frog.


10 posted on 06/01/2014 6:14:34 AM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: miss marmelstein
This, of course, is the crux of the problem. The French understand and love food as do the Italians. Anglo-Saxons nations don't seem to have a clue.

Must be a remnant of the German Saxon influence. They seem to enjoy subduing their food with force much in they same way the periodically treat their neighbors.

Look at their schnitzel prep. German or Austrian chef looks at the piece of veal realizes it is soft and defenseless and proceeds to pound the hell out it until it's as flat as if a Panzer tank ran over it, tread marks and all.

Darn tasty though ala Viener style.

11 posted on 06/01/2014 6:14:46 AM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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To: miss marmelstein
The French understand and love food as do the Italians. Anglo-Saxons nations don’t seem to have a clue.
Surely you jest.
12 posted on 06/01/2014 6:17:01 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: PJ-Comix

I don’t know about Frace, but in Norway the people do much more walking then in the states.


13 posted on 06/01/2014 6:24:08 AM PDT by MCF (If my home can't be my Castle, then it will be my Alamo.)
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To: autumnraine; PJ-Comix; golux
There are plenty of hefty Frenchmen (and Women).

True, they seem short on the tattooed 1/4-ton fatties in spandex one sees at Wal-Mart.But then again, perhaps we could ship them a few. You know, the ones with the electric cart full of chips and gallons of sweet tea? The ones with the $400 EBT Cards?

My advice: enjoy the tattooed fat show while you can. The price of Obamafood has risen about 20% in just the last year and as the economy really tanks over the next two years, those Wal-Marters could easily slip below the 300# mark. Not to worry. I have it on reliable authority that tattoo adjustments will be covered by Obamacare.

14 posted on 06/01/2014 6:24:13 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (Vote for a gay African Marxist for POTUS? Sure. What could go wrong?)
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To: PJ-Comix

I long ago noticed tha the fruit (particularly strawberries and apples) which are on sale are the varieties which are durable and ship well. Taste is a minor consideration. When we buy packaged strawberries we always wonder how they will taste - like cardboard or like strawberries. Sometimes one gets lucky.

I too was impressed with the variety found in French stores.


15 posted on 06/01/2014 6:24:56 AM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine (An old sailor sends)
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To: golux

“In a desperate effort to satisfy us, the North American food industry strives to give us flavour, but in the cheapest way possible. So they give us salt, grease and sugar. And we gorge and gorge, hoping for something better, something real.”

Indeed. And not even sugar, usually “high fructose corn syrup”. I myself can’t taste the difference between “Throwback!” soda from Pepsi that I see on the shelves now and then, BUT I find that one 12-oz can or bottle of “Throwback” is enough, whereas finishing off 16 or 20 oz of the “regular” stuff with HFCS in a big glass still leaves me thinking I’d like a refill.

A recent development here in the US fast food places is to put some kind of sauce on any kind of sandwich or side dish. It’s basically just some kind of soybean-oil-based mayonnaise with the flavor of the season (chipotle, bbq, “ranch”) mixed in, then spread on the sandwich or offered as a “dipping sauce”. It’s a quick and easy 100 calories of that flavor that probably offer nothing else whatsoever to your body.


16 posted on 06/01/2014 6:25:27 AM PDT by jiggyboy
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To: golux

“What we DON’T do, that so many Americans DO do, is consume lots of simple sugars by way of sodas, cokes, and other “flavored” things.”

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Check out the heavy amount of sugar we consume in various “foods” and drinks:

http://www.sugarstacks.com/


17 posted on 06/01/2014 6:26:13 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Citizen Tom Paine

We have a U-Pic field in our county. Next time I am near there, I think I will stop and pick.


18 posted on 06/01/2014 6:31:29 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (Boko Haram was enabled by Buku Huma)
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To: Citizen Tom Paine

We have a U-Pic field in our county. Next time I am near there, I think I will stop and pick.


19 posted on 06/01/2014 6:31:29 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (Boko Haram was enabled by Buku Huma)
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To: jiggyboy

Chocolate is a good example. Rich, high quality chocolate is satisfying after a few small bites. Cheap bars can be eaten in multiples without satisfaction.

The question is whether it’s the government’s job to see we get satisfying food.


20 posted on 06/01/2014 6:31:34 AM PDT by jjotto ("Ya could look it up!")
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To: Kenny Bunk

Obamafood has risen about 20% in just the last year

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And...the content is shrinking in many products so even if the price hasn’t changed much,there’s a good chance that you are getting less for your money.

Inflation is definitely here and far worse than the government will acknowledge.


21 posted on 06/01/2014 6:33:21 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: jjotto

Actually most of what eat here as “chocolate” is milk chocolate. Not the same thing. I’ve had REAL chocolate from Switzerland and it is definitely much better. Same goes for licorice. What we eat here is licorice flavor not real licorice.


22 posted on 06/01/2014 6:35:23 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (Boko Haram was enabled by Buku Huma)
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To: Starboard

“And...the content is shrinking in many products”


I find that extraordinarily annoying. For years we knew how many we could feed on a pound of bacon or a can of tuna.

No more.

I’d rather they kept the original size and just raised the prices.

Do they thing we’re all fools?

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23 posted on 06/01/2014 6:38:01 AM PDT by Mears
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To: autumnraine

I have read that before about French food. Tastes so rich and good you eat less from the flavor rather than just eating until you are stuffed. Now I want a strawberry. From the local farm.


When McDonalds cooked their fries in beef tallow most customers were satisfied with a small or medium sized portion. Now that they use they dis-whatevered-vegetable oil a “supersized” order still leaves you feeling hungry.


24 posted on 06/01/2014 6:39:20 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: MCF

We are are the preeminent sedentary nation of the world. We’re #1! ;)


25 posted on 06/01/2014 6:39:31 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: PJ-Comix
The taste exploded in my mouth as my throat was bathed in rich juices. The meat of the berry was soft and succulent.

What "man" talks like this?

26 posted on 06/01/2014 6:39:58 AM PDT by softwarecreator
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To: jiggyboy
It’s a quick and easy 100 calories of that flavor that probably offer nothing else whatsoever to your body.

Whoa! Isn't "makes it taste better" a benefit, with value?

There is more to food than fuel.

27 posted on 06/01/2014 6:40:19 AM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: Ignorance on parade.)
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To: PJ-Comix

We bought strawberries from the grower, right beside the fields last week. They were wonderful!

Farmers’ markets and locally grown is so much better than from the grocery stores where it comes across country or South America.


28 posted on 06/01/2014 6:45:08 AM PDT by jch10 (The Democrat mascot shouldnÂ’t be the donkey; it should be the tick.)
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To: Mears

Do they thing we’re all fools?

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That has to be a rhetorical question! ;)

They KNOW most of us are gullible fools and will fall for anything. Obama figured this out too.


29 posted on 06/01/2014 6:45:31 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: PJ-Comix

“There was a slight reddish flavour”

Ya lost me there, Limey.


30 posted on 06/01/2014 6:47:48 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: jch10; All

Most Americans have no idea what things like tomatoes, strawberries, peaches, plumbs are supposed to taste like.

I grew up on a farm in East central Texas where we grew or own- and they were heavenly.

Tomatoes, peaches, strawberries, plumbs, etc that you buy in the grocery stores are shipped green and lose their natural delicious flavor. They bear no resemblance to the original. Taste like cardboard.


31 posted on 06/01/2014 6:57:07 AM PDT by patriot08 (NATIVE TEXAN (girl type))
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To: okie01

It is, but it’s still crap and it’s hiding that the rest of it is crap too. That’s my only point.

I eat more than my fair share of it when I’m on the road because it’s cheap and quick — I see in my spending notes for May that I ate at Burger King, Long John Silver’s, Popeye’s, and twice at Taco Bell — but I always keep in mind that I’m there just to fuel up with whatever I think looks best and tastes best and then get back on the job.


32 posted on 06/01/2014 6:57:17 AM PDT by jiggyboy
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To: martin_fierro

I understand that description. I love real, fresh strawberries, but I find that most processed *strawberry flavored* items simply taste *pink*. It’s the best way I can think of to describe artificial strawberry flavor. Under-ripe strawberries actually taste, more *green*, to me.


33 posted on 06/01/2014 6:58:14 AM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: miss marmelstein
The words “Gourmet” and “Boutique” all imply high quality food, creatively designed or artistically presented and served in VERY SMALL quantities sometimes for exhorbitant prices.
The key here folks is QUANTITY.
The Frogs buy less, eat less are apparently satisfied MORE and remain thin.
Compare that to REFILL soft drinks.
America is a big country, with big appetites and the end result of serving hamburgers the size of your head is a phenomenon called “OBESITY”.
At least American women shave their armpits and legs!
34 posted on 06/01/2014 6:58:32 AM PDT by Netz
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To: oh8eleven

I know and love Katz’s. Grimaldi’s I don’t know.


35 posted on 06/01/2014 6:58:37 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: Netz

I’ve been to Paris several times and I never thought the portions were small. And, they like course after course - including dessert and a cheese plate. Lunch goes on for hours.


36 posted on 06/01/2014 6:59:56 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: softwarecreator

A French-loving Metrosexual...


37 posted on 06/01/2014 7:00:10 AM PDT by Netz
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To: jjotto

Good example. Chocolate vs carob, cream vs “creme”, etc.


38 posted on 06/01/2014 7:03:01 AM PDT by jiggyboy
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To: Covenantor

I have a neat book called “Bad Food Britain” which is about how the Brits can’t really deal with cooking or food - but it sometimes applies to Americans as well.


39 posted on 06/01/2014 7:03:53 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (Richard Lives Yet!)
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To: miss marmelstein
It's a ritual and from what I have seen, they eat less. Now go to Japan if you want to see food as an art form served in small quantities like the take away concept of “Obento”. Amazing.
40 posted on 06/01/2014 7:04:14 AM PDT by Netz
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To: softwarecreator

” The taste exploded in my mouth as my throat was bathed in rich juices. The meat of the berry was soft and succulent.

What “man” talks like this?”


What woman talks like this?

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41 posted on 06/01/2014 7:05:41 AM PDT by Mears
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To: Citizen Tom Paine
I long ago noticed tha the fruit (particularly strawberries and apples) which are on sale are the varieties which are durable and ship well. Taste is a minor consideration.

That's exactly it.

42 posted on 06/01/2014 7:11:12 AM PDT by Vinnie
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To: softwarecreator

I’m guessing a gay one.


43 posted on 06/01/2014 7:26:32 AM PDT by Husker24
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To: oh8eleven

The Homer Simpson in my head just drooled “mmmm pizza” “mmmm pastrami”


44 posted on 06/01/2014 7:27:14 AM PDT by freefdny
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To: softwarecreator

A man with tastebuds intact?


45 posted on 06/01/2014 7:30:51 AM PDT by dmz
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To: Netz
America is a big country, with big appetites and the end result of serving hamburgers the size of your head is a phenomenon called “OBESITY”.

Man vs Food. Paging Adam Rich. I wonder what they would think of that show in France?

46 posted on 06/01/2014 7:32:08 AM PDT by PJ-Comix (Boko Haram was enabled by Buku Huma)
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To: miss marmelstein
Grimaldi’s I don’t know.
Have tried to get there a few times, but can not (will not!) wait in that line.
47 posted on 06/01/2014 7:33:26 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Citizen Tom Paine
Sometimes the market rebels. Breeding for looks and storage rather than flavor nearly killed the Red "Delicious" apple. When I'm buying apples I can't imagine buying a Red Delicious even if if was far cheaper than other varieties.

Why the Red Delicious No Longer Is

48 posted on 06/01/2014 7:35:24 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: freefdny
just drooled “mmmm pizza” “mmmm pastrami”
Throw in an egg cream, "mmmm heaven."
49 posted on 06/01/2014 7:36:32 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Netz

Hilarious.

Enjoying fresh ingredients in a tasty dish and describing them accurately does not make one metrosexual. But don’t worry if you go, you can still go to McDonalds for your food.

McDonalds is present in Caen, but I saw none in Bayeux.


50 posted on 06/01/2014 7:41:18 AM PDT by dmz
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