I really enjoy checking in on Marion Nestle’s blog Food Politics. Marion is our champion of level-headed thinking when it comes to the whole food business.
She revealed a lot of depressing information about just how political our food system is in her book Food Politics and woke us all up. She followed that with the book What to Eat – a very practical guide about how to shop in the grocery store without getting dizzy trying to understand all the labeling. She writes frequent posts on her Food Politics blog so those who want to keep in the know about food policy, food news, and how the big corporations are reacting to all of it might want to bookmark. I’m just sayin’.
I read the “substitution” blog comments to a room of aunts and cousins and had their rapt attention. Animated discussion broke out. Everyone had an “aha” moment. Keep ‘em coming! The Top-10 list will be announced next week along with the apron winner.
When I am teaching and lecturing there are often questions about milk. Many people believe it is better to drink soy milk. Is it? Lots of parents worry about giving their kids whole milk fearing weight gain. Most believe milk is a necessity. I sort of like Marion Nestle’s (What to Eat) take on milk – it’s just a food. Not magical or better than other foods, not worse or more evil than other foods. When I express this point of view at parent groups I invariably get a sad face exclaiming, “But what will my kids eat on my cereal?”. I respond with another question – “Why are you eating cold cereal? More importantly why is it a staple for your children?” It is, after all, refined, manufactured, usually sugarcoated, mostly empty carbohydrates. The lifeless stuff does not resemble its once-alive natural source (compare oat groats to Cheerios). And it’s dry – can’t be choked down without something wet on it. Once when I was talking to a grade school parent group a large serious man raised his hand and said – the difference between dog food and cereal is that the cereal has sugar. That was funny. And pretty close to the truth. Are you cuckoo for cocoa puffs?