We are bombarded on a daily basis with messages about healthy eating – what we should eat, what we should eat more of, what we should eat less of, what we shouldn’t eat at all. A confusingly, sometimes these lists seem to coincide, so I am tole that coffee is bad for blood pressure, cancer etc, but apparently reduces the risk of stroke, heart attack and depression in women. Ditto for chocolate and red wine. Each new study seems to come out with another recommendation. I just can’t keep track of them all.
How does a sane person decide on a reasonable diet? I have decided to ignore all studies and go back to basics. Fruit and vegetables are good for you. Proteins are good for you. I don’t think there is any dispute about this. So here are the reasons I should be allowed to eat what I like:
1. sugar : sugar is made from sugar cane, which is a grass. Therefore it is a vegetable.
2. cheese : made from milk which contains calcium, proteins and various vitamins. Calcium is good for bones and teeth.
3. chocolate: chocolate is a real winner. Made from cocoa beans (a legume), milk (as above) and sugar (as above)
4. wine: made from grapes, a fruit, and yeast, a protein.
5. breads, crackers, biscuits and cakes : made from wheat (more grasses) and yeast (protein). Cakes and biscuits often have sugar and eggs in them as well – more good things!
6. coffee: yes, coffee. Made from coffee beans. More legumes! Plus, you may consume your coffee with sugar and milk, thereby adding another vegetable serve, calcium and protein.
These are really the staples of life – aren’t they? The new six food groups, instead of five? But in the interest of opening up other food options, I will add a few more.
7. Chips: made from potato – a vegetable. (This goes for crisps as well.) Chips with tomato sauce therefore count as both a vegetable and fruit serving. Finally – fruit and veg the children will eat without complaining!
8. Pizza: well it has been ewll known that pizza is the healthiest of all fast foods. Based on bread (grain / grass), tomato sauce (fruit), cheese (for the calcium and protein) then a variety of vegetables and fruits such as capsicum, onion, olives. And maybe some meat (more protein)
9. Hamburger: so along the same lines, hamburgers have bread, meat, vegetables such as lettuce and onion, fruit such as tomato and sometimes tomato sauce as well.
10. Butter: to round it out to ten, and because what would bread be without butter? and jam (a fruit)? Butter is made from the cream in milk, therefore it contains calcium, proteins and vitamins.
I’ve almost convinced myself!
DISCLAIMER : This should not be taken as serious medical or dietary advice. And PLEASE don’t let my doctor see this posting!