Will America Ever Eat Better?

So, what do you think—will everyone eventually get hip to Dr. Fuhrman’s dietary advice? Let’s see what Dr. Fuhrman has to say. From his book Eat to Live:
No. The social and economic forces that are pulling our population toward obesity and disease will not be defeated by one book preaching about achieving superior health with nutritional excellence. The “good life” will continue to bring most Americans to a premature grave. The Eat to Live plan is not for everyone. I do not expect the majority of individuals to live this healthfully. However, they should at least make that decision being aware of the facts rather than having their food choices shaped by inaccurate information or the food manufacturers. Some people will choose to smoke cigarettes, eat unhealthfully, or pursue other reckless habits. They have that inalienable right to live their lives the way they choose.
Dr Fuhrman seems to be on to something. For many, fruit and vegetables are just not a part of life. Get a load of this commenter on the low-carb blog LivinLaVidaLowCarb:
Who the hell cares about the veggies anyway? You don't need them and there is absolutely nothing essential about them. Don't let the acculturated veggie sympathizers tell you otherwise.
Pretty crazy right? Especially since even the Atkins Diet calls for the daily consumption of vegetables.  Annie Groer of The Washington Post reports many adults still harbor childish anti-veggie attitudes:
At age 51, Billy Shore -- founder and chief executive of the anti-hunger charity Share Our Strength in Washington -- has some food issues himself.

Shore pretty much hates "the taste and texture" of all vegetables, except spinach and corn on the cob. And those two are fairly recent concessions in an otherwise vegetable-free life.

Denise Davis, 44, an elementary school teacher from Springfield, can't abide fish because "the smell is off," and has no use for most veggies. "I pick the peas out of pot pies," she says. "There used to be four peas per pie, and now I notice there are five."

Self-described "meat and potatoes guy" Lincoln Tyson, 32, who owns a consulting firm in Laurel, was at a glam dinner hosted by Tiffany & Co. last year. The social circumstances compelled him to choke down at least some of the very first salad he'd eaten in his life. Never again.
But there’s hope! Many of these “picky eaters” are trying to change their stripes. Groer writes that a growing number of Americans are seeking treatment for their powerful aversion to certain foods.
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Helena - September 27, 2006 8:07 AM

That *is* crazy indeed. I actually thought that most low carb dieters had a much healthier diet than that. I thought that Jimmy Moore, like many low carb followers, advocated eating "real food" and I just assumed that that would not include Atkins shakes and lots of diet soda's, and would include lots of vegetables.

Howie Jacobson, PhD - September 27, 2006 9:48 AM

We see the same bravado among addicts of all kinds. The more worried and unsure someone is of the rightness of their behavior, the more "in your face" they're likely to be about it.

Some change theorists have found that violent resistance to a new idea can actually be an indication that the new idea is compelling enough to threaten the status quo.

The good news is, culture is no match for biology. Eventually, Mother Nature will win, because the industrial food chain is unsustainable. We can't nourish a civilization for long on a diet of petroleum derivatives and over-processed corn.

The Witch - September 28, 2006 5:55 PM

There is a reason people have aversions to foods. It's called supertasting. Supertasters are better at tasting when food is off (like fish), or food contains bitter-tasting plant poisons that interfere with the thyroid (like a lot of brassicas). This is an evolutionary mechanism designed to keep us alive. It's unfair to characterise people as picky eaters when their *genes* are telling them not to eat foods that are bad for them!

Libby - September 28, 2006 10:03 PM

We had a garden when I was growing up and there were vegetables at every meal. I know they are good for me. I know I should eat them. But they just don't taste all that good! Thirty years into this battle, I am still struggling to learn to enjoy to eat my vegetables.

For some, learning to eat healthfully is a long and arduous process. I'll know I have truly made it when I can sit down and enjoy a fresh, vine ripened tomato.

Ira Sacharoff - September 29, 2006 12:35 PM

Jimmy Moore does advocate eating lots of vegetables, and most low carb dieters have increased their vegetable intake since since starting low carb.
There are many ways to diet successfully even within the low carb ranks.
Some low carbers eat no vegetables, others are vegetarian.

ChrisM - October 22, 2006 5:42 PM

WiseWitch, I'm very interested in your comment above, if you see this entry, would you be able to provide some links about Supertasters? I found a large amount through google, just wondered which you would recommend?

If you think a collection of articles on Low Carbohydrate options might be of interest or use to you, and want to find out more, feel free to visit www.lowcarbtips.org .
I don't sell anything, the site is just a collection of articles that I've collated, all used with permission. (You can click on the Articles1, 2, 3 & 4 links on the top right for a list of more.)

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