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There are no magic foods!

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created July 07, 2011 at 1:09 PM

Being that I'm the rare family member/coworker/friend who has faced down the obesity monster and won, it seems that I am the designated vetter of specious emails that make health claims that seem too good to be true. You know the ones that claim apples stop diarrhea, artichokes stop strokes or peanuts combat prostate cancer. I've gotten so frustrated so my standard responese has become, "THERE ARE NO MAGIC FOODS!" and then proceed to read them the riot act on industrial seed oils, gluten, and inane levels of fructose in the diet.

The cathartic nature of my response aside, outside of a generic paleo diet- offal included- saying that there are no foods that will protect against modern ills that aren't reversed by removing the offending elements from your diet? i'm not talking about vitamin deficiencies but more along the lines of autoimmune or other issues that may still linger...

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on July 07, 2011
at 09:07 PM

the most super off all superfoods.

9f485ea74bc21f9a1d0faa86a7af2bf7

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on July 07, 2011
at 09:06 PM

I guess banning the consumpution of water below 60 degrees or so is the only answer

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on July 07, 2011
at 08:44 PM

@Meghan - I definitely think it's applicable :)

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on July 07, 2011
at 07:07 PM

Ooh awkward.... Although the feeling of Paleo "enlightenment" smugness evaporated pretty quickly when I remembered that someone posted the exact same thing here a while ago. I think it was a Dr Oz pearl of wisdom.

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on July 07, 2011
at 06:49 PM

LOL. Bacon is a pretty good answer to most things. :)

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on July 07, 2011
at 06:37 PM

Add some acai berries and blue-green algae and you've got something.

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on July 07, 2011
at 04:28 PM

@jesuisjuba. I read your last sentence as "And I've never gotten that high". Potentially applicable I think.

66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

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on July 07, 2011
at 04:24 PM

funny magic food story: the nice lady in the office next to me has been asking how i lost all my weight so i give her the abbreviated paleo plan. she says that she may give that a shot. five minutes later she tells me that her head hurts so she was heading out to get a donut. donut=headache cure. magic food if i've ever seen one...

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on July 07, 2011
at 04:19 PM

My sister-in-law - What do you eat then? Me - Meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruit, natural fats sych as butter and olive oil. S-I-L - I cook with olive oil so that's all right then.

Ce7e28769d92d5de5533e775b1de966e

on July 07, 2011
at 04:05 PM

What about the twee sardine and their crunchy bones? Especially when packed in sardine oil? Omega-3’s, loaded with calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, vitamin b's, and very very low mercury levels. Wrap that little buddy in @Alex bacon and you may have a miracle on your hands. (Yes, sardines wrapped in bacon will make you swoon - had once at an event and have never forgotten. Sigh.. :)

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 07, 2011
at 04:00 PM

These are the same people who give their bank info to the Nigerian prince.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on July 07, 2011
at 03:56 PM

Yah..duh. Bacon makes everything alright.

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on July 07, 2011
at 03:51 PM

sounds like that Yoplait commercial where the girl is trying to justify her piece of cheesecake by eating celery sticks and walking in place.

66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

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on July 07, 2011
at 03:51 PM

damn... how'd i ever forget that!

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on July 07, 2011
at 02:37 PM

oh i know! its not much different than the whole "i can have cheesecake because i just had a salad for dinner" crapola that i swear is residual mind-set from that stupid WW points system.

66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

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on July 07, 2011
at 02:18 PM

@akd it's really funny but people essentially want to be told that!

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on July 07, 2011
at 02:08 PM

you mean, i cant just eat a pile of kale with my twinkie and call it even?

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on July 07, 2011
at 01:18 PM

Liver is pretty damn close to magic.

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7e1433afbb06c318c4d90860d493c49d

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on July 07, 2011
at 03:43 PM

Yes there is!

Bacon!

9f485ea74bc21f9a1d0faa86a7af2bf7

(230)

on July 07, 2011
at 09:07 PM

the most super off all superfoods.

51c2cdd55bf287026db68cf31a6d0a0b

on July 07, 2011
at 06:49 PM

LOL. Bacon is a pretty good answer to most things. :)

66e6b190e62fb3bcf42d4c60801c7bf6

(12407)

on July 07, 2011
at 03:51 PM

damn... how'd i ever forget that!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on July 07, 2011
at 03:56 PM

Yah..duh. Bacon makes everything alright.

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Fe535c4994ac6176f76e1ff6d29eb08a

on July 07, 2011
at 03:55 PM

You mean to tell me I've been choking down avocado pomegranite smoothies for nothing?!? I'm calling my congressman!

;-)

A968087cc1dd66d480749c02e4619ef4

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on July 07, 2011
at 06:37 PM

Add some acai berries and blue-green algae and you've got something.

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62f89aa727cf3ce77c36651347cabc14

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on July 08, 2011
at 12:58 AM

Tell it to my Chocolate Frog, if you can catch him.

Err, organic dark chocolate frog. /wizardhat

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on July 07, 2011
at 06:55 PM

Did you know that if you drink cold water with a meal, it turns the fat in your stomach into a sludge that coats your intestines and gives you cancer?

I got that one from someone who works at my company. I don't really know him; he sent that email to the whole company. The. Whole. Company.

Fa9f340eddbad9a544184c688fa4dcdd

(6433)

on July 07, 2011
at 07:07 PM

Ooh awkward.... Although the feeling of Paleo "enlightenment" smugness evaporated pretty quickly when I remembered that someone posted the exact same thing here a while ago. I think it was a Dr Oz pearl of wisdom.

9f485ea74bc21f9a1d0faa86a7af2bf7

(230)

on July 07, 2011
at 09:06 PM

I guess banning the consumpution of water below 60 degrees or so is the only answer

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51c2cdd55bf287026db68cf31a6d0a0b

on July 07, 2011
at 06:49 PM

As with most companies they pray on people's fears and what is 'trendy' at the moment. Food companies are the worst for this.

If breast cancer is on the news then the next day there's an email about something that can help reduce the risks, if dementia is mentioned in a study then that evening websites are set up with some magic brain food that can help once again protect you from maybe ever getting it.

OK, eating healthily is the way to help your body be as healthy as it can be, but you're right, there is no food that can undo that damage, I would love to as, @akd says, sit with a Twinkie/doughnut in one hand and some Kale in the other and feel 'that my work is done' but if that were possible no one would be unhealthy or obese!

At least there are some enlightened ones amongst us. :)

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