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Heark, the Herald Avocados Sing!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Could it be?

Is it true?

Is Sparkpeople getting over its irrational fear of fat calories?

Judging by its slideshow of funky avocado recipes, it just might be.

Now, I'm not sure about vegan pizza or the buttermilk in that chilled soup recipe, and I'm not real keen on hummus as it is, but the fact that Spark is supporting avocados out loud makes me happy. I'd like to see them less scared of eating more than a quarter of one, but it's a start.

And the salad dressing? "You'll better absorb the nutrients in salad if you drizzle them with a little fat"?

YES! THANK YOU! The Romans didn't dress their salads liberally with olive oil for nothing, you know.

Now if we can get them to stop recommending a "moderate" 150+ g of carbohydrates to diabetics, we'll be golden. Seriously, folks... moderation in all things is NOT the answer for diabetics. Diabetes and other conditions require stripping away unnecessary demands on an already-broken system in order to fix it!

Ever tried to fix a table saw with the blade running?


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    There's a point at which plugging "less bad" food as healthy has to stop, and good food needs to be celebrated. And calories seem to be the only measure of health when it comes to that kind of food. "X is lower fat and lower calorie, it MUST be better than Y!" I'm pretty sure I'm winning with a salad topped with a whopping 4 to 5 ounces of meat and a generous 2 T of olive oil and vinegar instead of a carefully measured half-cup of beans (because meat has fat and is bad), 2 tablespoons of grated fat-free cheese-carageenan amalgamation, and 2 tablespoons of fat-free high-fructose corn syrup/soybean oil blend. Oops! I mean, "fat-free salad dressing".
    2318 days ago
    I saw the avocado slide show and was a bit surprised that SP put that one up. Seems pretty progressive for the site, doesn't it? Just yesterday or the day before, I came across an article (I think one of those Daily Spark posts) on bacon sundaes, with a headline that wondered whether this dessert is a a treat or a nightmare. I thought the headline was provocative in a funny sort of way, so I read on. The post turned out to be a rather enthusiastic plug for Burger King's seasonal offerings. So I guess I'm not too surprised to learn that SP recommends 150+ calories to diabetics.
    2318 days ago
    Seriously? They recommend 150+ carbs to diabetics? If that's the standard dietary advice, it's no wonder so few manage to lose weight and get off the meds.
    2318 days ago
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