Food Myths

I think my food “re-education” started when I picked up Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food,”a book that made me start to rethink what food really was.  Initially I felt overwhelmed by the idea of trying to buy more local foods, grass-fed meat, etc.  But a food revolution of sorts has started and there are more opportunities to improve the quality of the food that goes into your body.  This is a topic about which I am passionate, and food and nutritional information will feature frequently in my blog posts. 

Today I want to share with you some articles that address some myths or misconceptions we have about food.  I hope that you will take some time to read the articles linked below and possibly reconsider how you view some of these food products.

Once a Villain, Coconut Oil Charms the Health Food World.  This is a piece from the New York Times food section.  I have to say that generally I find the media gets it all wrong when it comes to food and nutrition (and fitness, but that will come later), which is why I was pleasantly surprised to find this article that gets it right.  Coconut oil was once the antichrist of fats.  Read the article and give it a reconsideration.  The article also has links on the left side to a number of recipes using coconut oil.  I loved the Coconut Oil Roasted Sweet Potatoes ~ I added some toasted chopped hazelnuts, which gave the dish some texture and complemented it nicely.  You can find coconut oil at Whole Foods.

Are Whole Eggs or Egg Whites Better for You? is an article written by Mike Geary, a Certified Nutrition Specialist and a Certified Personal Trainer.  I hope if you aren’t already eating whole eggs you will give this a read.  Although it is well-known in the nutritional world that cholesterol in your food does not raise blood cholesterol, many people still think egg yolks are a bad food (thanks in great part to the mainstream media which continues to promulgate this myth). 

More Evidence Against PUFA Vegetable Oils.  This is a blog post by Brian St. Pierre, who is a Certified Sports Nutritionist and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.  Brian is a really smart guy and I read his blog regularly.  In this article Brian talks about some of the dangers of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) which make up oils such as corn, safflower, cottonseed & sunflower…in other words, something to think about reducing in your diet (and how many of you out there thought coconut oil was bad and safflower oil was good?).

How to Make Oatmeal…Wrong is a blog post by Mark Bittman of the New York Times.  The point of including this article is that things are not always what they seem when it comes to food.  While oatmeal can be a healthy food choice, when McDonald’s gets their hands on it you might want to take a pass. 

That should keep you busy through the weekend.  I hope you enjoy the articles and maybe learn something new. 

On a side note, I want to thank all of you for visiting my blog and for all the really nice comments I have received.  There has been so much positive feedback and support for what I am doing…I cannot tell you how much it means to me.  It’s a bit scary to hit that “publish” button and put yourself out there.  I hope you will continue to visit my site ~ I have lots I want to share…up next week will be a post about takings risks and doing things that are scary.

Have a great weekend!  Thanks for reading!

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About Lisa Van Dore

I have lived in Sherborn, Dover and most recently North Walpole, for a total of 15 years (and counting). Having recently been through the process of selling a home and buying (and renovating) a new one, I understand the conflicting emotions of excitement and anxiety inherent in the process, whether you are a seller or buyer, whether this is your first home purchase or your tenth. I have a BA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Indiana University. My early career found me working as a CPA, and later as the controller of Crate & Barrel. More recently I spent seven years running my own personal training business. I understand the hard work and dedication necessary to build a business and a reputation...most of my personal training clients came to me by referral and my first client was still with me when I decided to leave personal training. This speaks to the level of effort I put forth for my clients, week after week. On a more personal note, I raced triathlon for seven years and more recently completed my first half marathon. In my free time I enjoy cooking, reading, Maine, hiking and, in the fall, following college football...my teams are the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) and Texas Christian University (Go Frogs!).
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One Response to Food Myths

  1. Hi Lisa,

    Congratulations on starting your own blog! I had recently read the NYT article about coconut oil and was happily surprised about the new info.

    I am also a passionate foodie and locavore. I grow all my own herbs and as many vegetables as I can. NO CHEMICALS . . . EVER. We also hit the local farmer’s market twice per week when local, seasonal fruits and vegetables are available. Boy, when I started having to buy the tasteless “crap” that’s in most grocery stores, I began to appreciate how wonderful it was growing up in West Michigan and the fact that my parents grew, canned and froze almost all our fruits, vegetables, meat and fish. I guess it seemed kind of quaint at the time . . . not any more! Because buffalo is widely available out here in the West, we rarely eat beef. If you haven’t tried it (which you probably have), it is so much better for you and the planet than feed-lot beef. Pan roasted buffalo ribeye is divine.

    I have a good friends, Carmen & Jeff, who own property in Vermont where they raise pork, chickens and other goodies. It’s not certified organic (because of the bureaucratic hassle), but it is as close to organic as possible. Mike, the farmer/caretaker, even plays music for his pigs who get to roam around in the barnyard instead of spending their lives stuffed into a tiny stall. His customers swear his pork is the best available. If you’re interested, I’ll get you contact information. I am hoping to visit their farms this summer.

    Steffen, my s.o., and I are doing a lot of design/build/construction management work on the East Coast right now. In fact, I will be in Boston April 6-10th for a buying trip and to celebrate my 5-0 (yikes!!). We are also working near Tiverton, Rhode Island where Steffen is currently living while I hold down the fort here in Colorado. I would love to see you sometime. I will probably be out East several times this spring and summer too. Drop me a line and let me know what may work for you.

    Best,
    Christine

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