April 26, 2009

What kind of toxic environment?

All those new cases of Type II diabetes, obesity, heart disease, ADD, etc. -- everyone knows that's due to our high-fat Western diet, right? If only we could bully the corporate overlords into providing low-fat alternatives to their consumer-wards, we'd see these afflictions disappear nearly overnight!

I plan on showing how things have changed in food availability and consumption, probably at GNXP.com, to get better exposure. But consider just one example -- whole milk vs. low-fat or skim milk. According to USDA data, here's how the availability of the two types have changed from 1910 to 2007:

The less fat that milk contains, the more it becomes made up of sugars (lactose), since the protein amount isn't different. And we all know that sugar is a health food, unlike that artery-clogging saturated fat found in whole milk. So, after heaving all that saturated fat overboard and feasting only on rejuvenating sugar, how have we been doing healthwise?


  1. In some sense, the low-fat milk is a scam. The butterfat that the dairies extract is sold at a profit and then they also manage to charge extra for their supposedly-healthier product. Plus it allows the use of breeds of cows that produce large quantities of thin milk (Holsteins rather than say Guernsey or Brown Swiss, both of which produce richer milk).

  2. One wonders if the agribusiness giants had not started fooling with our foodstuffs, and processed food had not been so promoted over natural healthy alternatives, just how hot the babes, and how handsome the young men would be these days?

    We'd probably have more Jessica Alba looking women than America Ferrera looking women trawling our landscape if people ate correctly, with a 2 inch general height increase, more lean muscle, less fat, healthier, higher sex drives, more energy and optimism.........
    Just a thought.

  3. If you watch an episode of Saved by the Bell that involves swimsuits, you will be blown away by how mouth-wateringly soft and supple their bodies are. Hell, especially if you go back to the early '80s or before -- pick any slasher movie with scantily clad girls.

    Or the fake-drowning victim in that Duran Duran video. (Video shows boobs.)

    The anti-fat / pro-sugar hysteria got started sometime between the late '70s and early '80s, but it wasn't a done deal until roughly the 1990s. After that, good luck finding girls who have silk pillow bodies.

    Now, we have two types: the super-lean, sharp-shouldered Hollywood bitch type, and the super-fat, motor scooter in Wal-Mart type. Both have terrible skin.

    Of course, you can always go to Spain, Italy, France, or Switzerland, where they eat much less carb and much more fat than we do. There are worse places in the world to talk to girls.

    You can go to the Netherlands or Sweden, too, if you're into the tall blonde type.

  4. In general, what's the best milk to drink? Whole, 1%, 2%?

    Are alternatives like soy or coconut milk better?

    Or is it better to just abstain from or drink very little milk?

  5. That Duran Duran video was a suprise.......never seen the extended version of that. The women were lovely indeed. I have their greatest hits cassette and think they had (like Journey), PLENTY of catchy, immediately likeable stuff, regardless of what critics say.

    When Janine Turner was BLONDE and on soap operas, http://www.janineturner.com/pics/Journey/mw15 .....and.....

    , she looked like a few gals I went to 9th and 10th grades with. The skin tone, presentation, etc was similar. Janine has fallen far, no? Breaks my heart too.....

    Believe it or not, if you search YouTube, you can see what Demi Moore looked like when she was in Soap Operas......http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://a.abcnews.com/images/GMA/abc_springfield_moore_080324_ssh.jpg&imgrefurl=http://a.abcnews.com/GMA/TurningPoints/popup%3Fid%3D4514786%26contentIndex%3D1%26page%3D11%26start%3Dfalse&usg=__9dr0S8iV2FDG50rDllOkfxNcR90=&h=411&w=531&sz=44&hl=en&start=2&um=1&tbnid=YXB6DFf_paroKM:&tbnh=102&tbnw=132&prev=/images%3Fq%3Ddemi%2Bmoore%2Bgeneral%2Bhospital%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26um%3D1

    .......Demi was not all that different in complextion to several of the girls I went to junior high school with. By my high school years, the tanning bed frenzy had kicked in where I lived and that "fresh-faced" thing was on the decline. The ridiculous teased hair epidemic was starting then in earnest too, and it detracted from their presentation.

    Your observations about American women being either sharp shouldered-hard girls or whales pretty much matches my own. Seldom do I see the breath-catching beauties that I grew up with back in the day. I did see one the other day, working in the kitchen of a local steakhouse (I got a pick-up order). She was a tall blonde with perfectly applied blush on her cheeks, faded from top to bottom. Her hair was done "back" in a style (small bun on the crown) I've not seen in years, with pins (!). Holy shit she was hot. Perfect skin, tight black slacks (the kind that let you see the pantyline in detail).

    I appreciate beauty. I dont think I have an eye for it as good as you do, but its not lost on me. : ).

  6. In general, what's the best milk to drink? Whole, 1%, 2%?

    Are alternatives like soy or coconut milk better?

    Or is it better to just abstain from or drink very little milk?
    You can find all the answers you're looking for here: http://www.realmilk.com/

  7. In general, what's the best milk to drink? Whole, 1%, 2%?Well I think here you'll find mostly support for whole milk :-). I use cream with coffee, tea and cereal; though I still find it kind of rich to drink straight, so for that it's whole milk.

  8. Tiffany Amber Thiessen certainly had clear skin in her prime.

  9. Whole milk for sure -- the amount of sugars is the same, but you get a lot more energy-supplying fat.

    Plus, vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, so if you want to absorb it well, it need to go down with a bunch of fat. If not, you may not absorb much -- and because vitamin D plays a key role in absorbing calcium, you probably won't absorb much of that either.

    I'm somewhat lactose intolerant, so I usually go with unsweetened almond milk or unsweetened So Delicious coconut milk beverage (not to be confused with coconut milk -- the thick stuff that comes in cans).

    I just had a little bit of heavy whipping cream on top of some berries -- 15 min and so far only a little burping. I don't think you could drink a tall glass of the stuff, though -- but if you're lactose tolerant, give it a try. It's loaded with energy-supplying fat.

  10. Thanks. I suspected whole milk was probably the better option.

    Whenever I've discussed this issue with other people, the standard response seems to be that while whole milk and fat is not AS BAD as it was thought to be before Atkins got some publicity, it's not a good idea to consume fat along with sugar. The thought being that the sugar will be used for energy and the fat will be stored.

    Thus, the thought is, skim milk is better. Same amount of sugar as whole milk, but no fat to be stored.

    But I guess this standard view is misleading.

  11. I used to drink whole milk, then started mixing it with half and half. Now I drink the half and half by the cup.

  12. don't some argue that milk and dairy might contribute to CVD and cancer? is whole milk that good that it outweighs these risks?


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