Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Go Whitney!

For the first time in the hallowed history of America's Next Top Model, a "plus size" gal takes the competition! Sure she's only a size 8 and all, which makes the size 12 average American woman ... Moby Dick ... but whatev! Girl's got some curves and she works 'em! No scarily jutting bones and I bet she menstruates, too!

This week I've been reading Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food. It's a slim book and thanks to Pollan's lively style, a fun read. His book takes aim at what he calls the "lipid hypothesis," that idea that dietary fat is associated with poor health outcomes, a thesis that had been debunked back in the 60s and 70s just as it was being introduced, oddly enough, just as the "nutrition industry" was taking hold. Turns out, the only fat that's really associated with these bad health outcomes are the very fats we were encouraged to eat instead of devil butter--transfats like margarine.

Since basically everything I've been told about what to eat by my doctors and the nutrition industry is wrong: no more than one egg a week! low-fat dairy products! skinless chicken breasts, I'm feel a touch at sea. Pollan's book has been helpful and next I plan to check out Marion Nestle's What To Eat.

Oh, sad news. I snapped out of my newfound Ciao Bella Gelato haze long enough to read the ingredients list and ick. Despite the fact that it's billed as "natural" and close to $5 a pint, it's filled with creepy non-food ingredients like corn syrup, locust bean gum, carageenan and other words I don't recognize. I wrote Ciao Bella a Dear John email, imploring them to alter their recipe. I'll keep you posted.

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