Category Archives: Culinary

A Basement Discovery

undermines decades of crap dietary advice:

Analyzing the reams of old records, Ramsden and his team found, in line with the “diet-heart hypothesis,” that substituting vegetable oils lowered total blood cholesterol levels, by an average of 14 percent.

But that lowered cholesterol did not help people live longer. Instead, the lower cholesterol fell, the higher the risk of dying: 22 percent higher for every 30-point fall. Nor did the corn-oil group have less atherosclerosis or fewer heart attacks.

I’m scheduling a follow up with my cardiologist. I’m guessing that he’ll probably want to put me on statins, despite my clean bill of health from my angio scan, because my total cholesterol is a little over 240. I’ll tell him to take a hike.

Those Plant-Based Burgers

They aren’t better for you, so why are you eating them?

They’re not only not better for you, but almost certainly worse, nutritionally. I don’t want “plant based” food. I want affordable lab-grown meat that is indistinguishable, in both nutrition and taste, from the real thing. And I’d want it in space, too.

[Update a few minutes later]

I just got around to reading it myself. It’s not about the calories or the salt, or even the saturated fat. If you don’t eat meat, you’re not getting (among other things) choline, which is essential for everyone, but particularly for growing kids.

Terrible Nutrition Advice

More of the usual nonsense:

The study, published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, found that at the 34 fast-food chains they analyzed, the average combo meal contains 1,193 calories, and that the quantities of sodium, saturated fat and sugar are through the roof.

But all a person has to do is hold the dipping sauce; remove toppings, such as cheese; and opt for water over soda — and you’ll be good as gravy, says lead author Kelsey Vercammen of Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health in an interview with Reuters Health.

The problem with fast food is not calories, or saturated fat, or sodium. It’s the bun and the potatoes. The only good advice here is water instead of soda.