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Hack the latest greatest "5 Healthy Eating Myths"

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Created October 15, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Here's the latest nutrition myths article:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/five-myths-about-healthy-eating/2011/10/10/gIQAK9uZkL_story.html

Some of the myth descriptions are tough to stomach, so to speak, although the myths themselves are not the worst I've ever read. They are:

MYTHS 1. People in poor neighborhoods lack access to fresh fruits and vegetables 2. Advertising forces people to make unhealthy choices. 3. Eating healthy is too expensive. 4. People need more information about what they eat. 5. There are too many fast-food restaurants in low-income neighborhoods.

The worst myth is #4. The author's point is that calorie information will not deter us from eating bad stuff. But I would argue that calorie information is not the information we need to know. What's the food made of, ingredients, and such? THAT we DO need to know, myths author...

What are YOUR thoughts?

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on October 16, 2011
at 12:29 AM

How far is too far to walk/drive for your food? It's simply a lack of effort on most folks part.

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on October 15, 2011
at 09:31 PM

Number two may not force, but the fact is there is some "programming" that goes on with advertising. It takes an effort to counter it. This goes beyond food and is a good reason to MUTE the TV and not watch when commercials come on IMO.

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on October 15, 2011
at 08:25 PM

#1 is definitely no myth demographically. I remember trying to find fresh vegetables in urban New Orleans...it quite literally could not be done.

F1b82cc7e6d90384ad30007dd6c1b9e3

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on October 15, 2011
at 05:47 PM

stay away from school lunch, right? LOL

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

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on October 15, 2011
at 05:30 PM

Disagree that number 2 can be called a fact.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

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on October 15, 2011
at 04:32 PM

I would argue that it's not just a failure on the part of people to educate themselves. A friend told me that she tried to investigate the foods in her kid's school lunch program. The kid has extreme, multiple allergies. It took days to get someone to give her a definitive answer to the question, "Which foods contain sesame?" Same thing with restaurant food.

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on October 15, 2011
at 04:17 PM

Agreed on #4...too much misinformation. But then again, most of these 'experts' are misinformed. I'm still of the opinion that the best way to inform people is to lead by example, since very few can actually grasp what isn't myth from articles like these.

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on October 15, 2011
at 04:00 PM

Same here, but I disagree with no. 3. I believe too many people prioritize their spending on BS before good food.

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on October 15, 2011
at 07:14 PM

All facts can be said to be myths (myth as "not true" is specious per se) but not all myths are necessarily facts.

Item 2: Advertising "forces" nothing.

Item 4: There's plenty of accurate, useful health information available. Availing oneself of the information is a choice. Human nature is a "some assembly required" deal. Pretending this is not true is an established human pastime.

Item 5: There are too many fast food restaurants, per se, everywhere. Including Beverly Hills.

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on October 15, 2011
at 05:46 PM

most newspaper articles about nutrition are fluff and too vague. This one is not bad, but the writer is all ga ga over low fat milk,

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on October 15, 2011
at 04:23 PM

Hit and miss.

Myth to #1, #3, and #5, but only because people don't make the effort to spend money on food. It's not a myth that people have screwed up time preferences.

Myth to #2, of course, there's no force in advertising.

Some truth to #4... People need to know how shitty the processed food they're eating is. Their ignorance hampers their health. Again, it's a matter of effort on their part to educate themselves. Less so than a failure to disclose all the facts.

B36613e945134be5813e6526f9a3a86c

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on October 15, 2011
at 08:25 PM

#1 is definitely no myth demographically. I remember trying to find fresh vegetables in urban New Orleans...it quite literally could not be done.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on October 15, 2011
at 04:32 PM

I would argue that it's not just a failure on the part of people to educate themselves. A friend told me that she tried to investigate the foods in her kid's school lunch program. The kid has extreme, multiple allergies. It took days to get someone to give her a definitive answer to the question, "Which foods contain sesame?" Same thing with restaurant food.

F1b82cc7e6d90384ad30007dd6c1b9e3

(1187)

on October 15, 2011
at 05:47 PM

stay away from school lunch, right? LOL

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on October 16, 2011
at 12:29 AM

How far is too far to walk/drive for your food? It's simply a lack of effort on most folks part.

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on October 15, 2011
at 03:50 PM

I would call all these FACTS, not MYTHS.

D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

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on October 15, 2011
at 04:00 PM

Same here, but I disagree with no. 3. I believe too many people prioritize their spending on BS before good food.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

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on October 15, 2011
at 09:31 PM

Number two may not force, but the fact is there is some "programming" that goes on with advertising. It takes an effort to counter it. This goes beyond food and is a good reason to MUTE the TV and not watch when commercials come on IMO.

531db50c958cf4d5605ee0c5ae8a57be

(8878)

on October 15, 2011
at 05:30 PM

Disagree that number 2 can be called a fact.

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