I've also been told I have little tact, so if this offends you simply ride on.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Is butter the noose around your neck?

Here's a bit of an update on the Med diet I'd talked about earlier.  For some odd reason I'd thought tons of research had been completed on diet and how it effects the heart.  The fact that some bozo somewhere began advocating a low fat diet to promote heart health seems ludicrous to me, yet the article intimates this to be true.  I mean we've been reading about the benefits of Omega 3 for years so some group of pseudo-dieticians must have at least put some thought into fish oil and how it promotes heart health.  The bit about people finding it difficult to stick to a low fat diet was very amusing.  Like, so what else is new?  What they're really saying is it's not 'fat' across the board which is bad, just the animal kind, like butter.  Holy Crap, I've known that for years, which is why I've switched to olive oil a long time ago.

Could this be the fruit of life?
In regards to the diet I was raised on, I am way out side the box.  Before my Mom eats a slice of toast, she slavers it with a thick layer of butter followed by another thick layer of jelly.  Yum.  Well, maybe not quite.  It's rare for me to ever eat toast.  This is, however, how my siblings and I were raised and is also how my mother was raised.  She doesn't like the taste of olive oil and so never uses the stuff.  With the Mediterranean Diet they are advocating at least 3 tablespoons a day.  It will be a cold day in hell before she ever follows this diet.   The only fish we had growing up was breaded fish sticks, sometimes baked, sometimes fried in butter (now how fricking healthy is that?). 

We always ate butter.  My grandmother used to make her own and believe me, it was very tasty.  When she was finished  churning, she would press it into little wooden molds.   It was pretty to look at, of course no one knew how the fat content was slowly beginning to clog arteries.

Pretty but deadly

Anyway, a long time ago I gave up butter.  I don't cook with it, I don't spread it on my bread, in fact, I don't even serve it to my guests when I throw a dinner party.  This is not to say I won't eat a croissant every now and then, but that rarity is normal for me.  Sadly, most people in the United States are not like me, they will stick with the foods they were raised with, even if their diet kills them early.

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