Thursday, October 28, 2010

a sweet dilemma

As I was running today, I saw a sign outside a local dentist’s office that said “cash for candy” and offered $1/pound of candy turned in. Genius.

  snickers =  us bill

Now, you know I’m completely in favor of moderation, and this includes eating candy (hello, dark chocolate), but the problem is that our country has lost sight of moderation’s true meaning. The amount of candy a child collects on Halloween definitely does not fall into that moderation category, especially since junk food is no longer a special treat in our society…it is everywhere.

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Could there be a more perfect time to teach kids about investing in health?! It may take a few years before they see the connection between giving up junk and saving in terms of health care costs, but it’s a good start. Thoughts?

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This article in the New York Times, discusses the villainization of candy vs. drinking juice or eating cookies. Not news to me…I don’t think candy or juice should be consumed in excess. Moral of the story…eat real food. I recently read M. Pollan’s In Defense of Food, and it was really good. I say this even though I come from a nutrition science background, and you’ll understand the irony of that statement if you’ve read the book. More discussion to come…

Anyway, while we’re on the topic of real food, how about another soup recipe? I know some states have been experiencing tornado-like weather, which qualifies as soup weather to me. This black bean soup is really easy but has tons of flavor. Thanks for the recipe, Foodbuzz!

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Don’t forget whole wheat biscuits…because every soup needs a homemade biscuit, and these will only take 10 minutes to make, tops.

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Have you read In Defense of Food? If so, thoughts?!

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26 comments:

  1. What a cool promotion for a dentist's office!
    I've read both The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food, and I agree with much of what Pollan says. That being said, I am always careful to tell people that Pollan is a journalist, NOT a nutritionist--he just happens to be interested in food politics.

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  2. meh to that book. i read it but i didn't like the author's tone. to me it came off really arrogant. and that was a turn off.

    don't get me wrong: i try to eat real food too but i just felt like he was an extremist. i thoroughly enjoy my reese's pb cups every day. along with my veggies of course ;)

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  3. I loved "Omnivore's Dilemma" but wasn't the biggest fan of "In Defense of Food". I didn't like his cut and dry dismissal of nutrition. That being said, I loved the first line of the book. And when Pollan came to our university I loved hearing him speak!

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  4. I devour everything Michael Pollan and I agree with his philosophy on food.

    BUT sometimes when I'm reading his material, I don't know whether to love him or be mad at him because he definitely criticizes "the science of nutrition". I don't think a journalist alone can change our society's eating habits and I hope he realizes that RDs are an important part of the equation.

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  5. I loved In Defense of Food! I think it is the most common sense book about nutrition I have ever read. I can't wait to read what your thought are on it!

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  6. I haven't read that book but from what I hear about it, I already like it! ;)
    give dollar instead of candies? good idea but not very realistic! I mean kids don't care about $$, they care about getting candies. A better approach is to make healthier candies. ;)

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  7. The soup looks so good. I was just talking about how much I LOVE black bean soup yesterday. I need it back in my life this winter :)

    I want to read In Defense of Food, eventually. I just finished the fantastic Omnivore's Dilemma, so I need a break form books like that for a while. I also read that article you were talking about, and tweeted it, I thought it was such a fabulous point!! Some people swear by JUICE, when most often it's no better for you than candy.

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  8. I haven't read it, but it's on my to-do list. Have you read Alicia Silverstone's health food book?? I just discovered its existence and am totally intrigued. Alicia Silverstone??

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  9. I love Pollan, but I haven't read In Defense of Food yet. I have read (and own. and love.) Omnivore's Dilemma though.

    In response to Teacup Chronicles, I borrowed Alicia Silverstone's book from a friend a few months ago, and I wouldn't recommend it. It's way too cheerleader-y for me, and too fluffy without enough facts. Quite the opposite of Pollan, but if you'd like some "you can do it!" with your health books then Sliverstone might be worth your time.

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  10. I'm actually reading In Defense of Food right now. I'm about halfway through. I think he makes some good points about how nutrition science is based too much on the context of nutrients and not on the context of food (what people actually eat). I think one of the best points he makes is that the nutrients in a particular food are meant to be eaten together. We shouldn't be extracting certain nutrients from foods and putting them in other foods just because we think that nutrient offers the most health benefits. Nutrients are absorbed best when they are eaten how nature intended them to be eaten.

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  11. i've heard of dentist offices doing it and it's a great idea! i remember the bucket fulls of candy I used to collect over halloween and how excessive that amount is!

    i have not read in defense of food yet but it's def on the list.

    and i love the soup!!! looks like we've both been eating a lot of black bean soup recently!

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  12. That is a really cool promotional idea. I definitely agree that kids can get a lot of candy on Halloween. I would hope parents would only let them have a very little bit and save the majority for treats spread out over a long time. I know that is very unlikely though. It's what we'll be doing with my daughter's goods.

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  13. I love it, and I love that you're exploring it here. Michael Pollan is the voice of reason against all the crazy advice/advertising etc out there and i love that he is getting traction.

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  14. I'm a sucker for black bean soup (and for Snickers!). I definitely saved this recipe.

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  15. that soup & biscuits both look amazing, perfect for these chilly temps that are headed our way!!

    have a good weekend :)

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  16. wow that is cool great idea lovely post :-)

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  17. i haven't read in defense of food, but i saw Michael Pollan on Oprah and he seemed to make a lot of sense. the book is definitely something i'd like to pick up!

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  18. I loved the Omnivore's Dilemma, but had trouble getting into Defense of Food because he was so negative about nutrition science! He also kept talking about "nutritionists" and he made no distinction between them and RDs, who actually do go through quite a bit of school, an intense internship, take an exam, and have to get continuing education credits -- he made us all sound like a bunch of quacks!

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  19. I agree all soups need a biscuit and both your soup and biscuits look awesome!!

    I agree that Halloween is anything BUT moderation. But I don't like the idea of giving all the candy away... We always had tons of candy in my house when I was a kid and my parents taught us how to be around all that candy and not feel the need to pig out. We were allowed one "treat" a night, no matter how much candy there was. I had friends who would go CRAZY when candy was around because they weren't used to it and had to pig out on it while they could. But it wasn't super special or "off limits" to us, so we could control ourselves around it!

    Sues

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  20. I have seen that before where you can trade the candy in for cash. My candy used to last for months and the rest just got thrown away.

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  21. I love the cash for candy idea! And yes... 'eat real food' is my motto too :)

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  22. happy halloween love!
    and ive been dying to read that book- when i actually have TIME i want to!

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  23. i started listening to in defense by book on tape in my car but then the reader's voice got SO annoying that i stopped. but what i listened to i definitely liked!

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  24. I still need to read it!!! when I have the extra time ;) it's funny as a kid, I would do the whole candy thing like everyone else, but always felt sick if I ate too much, so I didn't really like going crazy with the candy. Still enjoy my piece of dark chocolate every day though! Boy that black bean soup sounds great with the weather starting to get chilly.

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