Problems with Going Paleo

At Treehugger, Katherine Martinko questions the sustainability of the Paleo diet:

“[The] reality is that buying pastured, grass-fed meat is far more expensive than buying CAFO meat, and to maintain the sort of eat-meat-multiple-times-a-day model suggested by the paleo diet would probably push it well beyond the means of normal salaries. I guess that cost is why many paleo eaters continue to buy factory-farmed meat, which, in my opinion, defeats the purpose of pursuing the diet for health reasons.”

Cautionary Tale

Daniel Tapper contemplates the use-by date:

“The global population can be divvied into two camps: the cautious and sensible that consign their food to the bin seconds after its use-by date. And the hardy, thrifty, throw-caution-to-the-winders who dare to devour even the hairiest slice of Mighty White – so long as it’s given a fiery blast in the toaster. But who is right?”

Game-Day Gorging

Not surprisingly, Americans eat a lot on Super Bowl Sunday:

“After Thanksgiving, Super Bowl Sunday is infamous for being the second most caloric day in the U.S. Market research firm NDP Group asserts that vegetables have actually topped the list of most popular Super Bowl snacks for the past three decades—but unless it counts potato chips as vegetables, that’s a little hard to believe.”

“When Are Adults Going to Take Responsibility”?

Kids are eating too much pizza, reports Katherine Martinko:

“According to a recent study published in the medical journal Pediatrics, one kid in five eats pizza every day. Pizza is the leading contributor of caloric intake for kids and teens. (For adults, the equivalent is donuts, cookies, and cake.)

“The study, which examined pizza consumption patterns among America’s youth using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 2003 and 2010, found that kids take in far more calories on days when they eat pizza – up to 84 extra calories for kids and 230 for adolescents.”

Cracking the Nut

Australian researchers may have found a cure for peanut allergies, reports

“Researchers from the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute gave around 30 allergic children a daily dose of peanut protein together with a probiotic in an increasing amount over an 18-month period. The probiotic used in the study was Lactobacillus rhamnosus and the dose was equivalent to eating about 20 kilos of yoghurt each day.

“At the end of the trial 80 per cent of the children could eat peanuts without any reaction.”

Sugar Fix

Anna Maxted curtails her kids’ sugar intake and observes their change in behavior:

“In this transitional week of less sugar, there is the usual bickering, but I wonder if it’s mostly habit. The children have grumpy moments, but there is definitely less ferocity and zigzagging moods. Nor are there any full-on fights. A lower-key balloon game replaces WWE. Possibly, they just have less energy. They’re still eating added sugar in yogurts, and fruit sugars in fruit and juice. I refuse to dissuade them from eating bananas. Even sugar is healthier than neuroticism around food.”

“Each Season Needs Its Turn”

Ashley Rodriguez reminds us that it’s important not just to feed others but to be fed ourselves:

“Those of us who hold a deep passion for food, I will venture to say that it is because we love to feed. To care for those we love and to create the space for life, relationship and love to build around the table. Let’s not forget to give those who love us the chance to do the same for us. We all need it.”

Popularity Contest

Neil Rankin, chef at the Smokehouse restaurant in London, bemoans the media’s obsession with food trends:

“I’m not being dismissive of new ideas and concepts, but what really irks me is the things people tell us are ‘trends’. The things the media considers trends often have a much smaller impact on the market than we think, though all the noise on social media suggests otherwise.”

Breaking Bread

Michael Ruhlman had dinner recently with his cousin’s sailing team, and was reminded how sharing a meal can bring people together in a way that other activities can’t:

“[Everyone] stopped eating and drinking (more or less). Nobody got up. They talked about the race. They had their formal ‘debrief,’ which is dry and business-like, and then they kept talking, they moved into nuances of the race and of sailing generally…. You try doing this in a conference room. Doesn’t happen. No one moves into nuance. Everyone is eventually itching to bolt a conference room. Not here. The good meal brought them together, and nourished them, and they stayed to the point of discussing nuances, which is where magic hides.”

Morning Glory

Gabriella Vigoreaux has discovered the perfect breakfast food: salad.

“Yes, salad. My new favorite weekday breakfast go-to keeps me satiated until lunchtime and is one of the only dishes that successfully satisfies all the cravings I wake up with.

“I’m not talking about some measly spring mix with an egg on top either. I’m talking about complex combinations chock-full of healthy fats, protein, and a ton of greens. In other words, brain food.”