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(io9)   Here's a chart illustrating the healthy/ideal food intake for typical adult Americans compared to actual consumption covering just about every type of edible out there. Hmm. Oh LORD. Well... good job on the potatoes guys. We really nailed that one   (io9.com) divider line 139
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2014-01-15 10:27:08 PM
Yeah, ok. Not that I doubt that people don't eat like they should, but expense is an awfully blunt instrument to judge diet with.
 
2014-01-15 10:48:19 PM

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Yeah, ok. Not that I doubt that people don't eat like they should, but expense is an awfully blunt instrument to judge diet with.


Yeah, this.

We throw away WAY more green shiat than we actually eat.
 
2014-01-15 11:44:43 PM

PainInTheASP: We throw away WAY more green shiat than we actually eat.


www.1worldcafe.com

Does anyone actually EAT the parsley garnish, ever?
 
2014-01-15 11:47:50 PM

PainInTheASP: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Yeah, ok. Not that I doubt that people don't eat like they should, but expense is an awfully blunt instrument to judge diet with.

Yeah, this.

We throw away WAY more green shiat than we actually eat.


Every time I buy celery I end up throwing most of it away, but that's due to the way the grocery stores sell it.  If I need celery for a recipe I'll buy it, and I usually only need a stalk or two worth.  The grocery stores sell nice small packages of celery, pre-trimmed, for $3 or so, or, you can buy the full cluster of celery for $0.99-$1.50.  I don't need that much celery, but it's cheaper to buy more than I need and throw out the rest than to buy the smaller amount.
 
2014-01-15 11:56:49 PM
Now show me the chart for what a healthy brain should spend its time reading.
 
2014-01-16 12:02:48 AM

TuteTibiImperes: I don't need that much celery, but it's cheaper to buy more than I need and throw out the rest than to buy the smaller amount.


Drink moar Bloody Marys..

Problem solved!
 
2014-01-16 12:09:55 AM
Gotta love how the government recommends a certain type of diet then ensures that eating crap is way cheaper by subsidizing crap.
 
2014-01-16 12:13:30 AM
My legume intake is through the roof.

This chart is bullshiat.
 
2014-01-16 12:41:52 AM

Zotfripper: My legume intake is through the roof.

This chart is bullshiat.



That would explain why you're ripping all those zotfs.
 
2014-01-16 12:45:27 AM

Zotfripper: My legume intake is through the roof.

This chart is bullshiat.


And I eat leafy greens such as Kale several times a week.

I don't, however, imagine that this is a typical American practice.
 
2014-01-16 12:58:08 AM
I admit that I don't eat as much spinach and other greens as is recommended, but that's because I'm on blood thinners, and have been since they put this clicky valve in my heart, and my doctor told me that I was going to die if I kept eating leafy greens high in vitamin K.

I ditched that doctor, but I DO have to be careful with vitamin K as it does interfere with the warfarin I take regularly.

I bike about 20 miles a day, I eat a fair amount of vegetables, because they're a source of vitamins I need to keep biking 20 miles a day. I eat a varied diet, but then again, as a chef, I'm aware of food a bit more than most folks. I splurge a bit on goodies, but I can, because of said 120 miles a week I spend on the bike. I have to take in a good amount of protein to keep the muscles going. I like the fruits and veggies though. The best part of my job is going through our produce, and going through our purveyors and finding nifty stuff to put onto plates, and playing with them. Dairy is my enemy at this point, because lactose is apparently the Debbil according to my gut, though it does like yogurt and yogurt is a great way to start the day, maybe with a banana. I'm a huge fan of the Holy Trinity of corn, beans and squash, and after a stint in the South West, I got a real taste for the combinations. The other side of the coin, I'm half Japanese, so fish, fish, more fish, and more rice please. One of my favorite jobs in the last ten years was as a poissionere for a joint out in Phoenix, and it was my job to find new ways, or new twists on presenting fish.

My experience isn't normal. I understand this. But it's not hard to eat well, and eat healthy. It's better for you, it gives you more energy, and it's often a damn sight cheaper than going to the aisle with the pretty colored packages with bright labels. In summer, give me some fruit, a little pasta, some tomatoes, and some mozzarella, and I'm good for the day. Maybe a few slices of bread with some olive oil and some big ass olives, and I'm in heaven. Look at the peasant food from most cultures, and you can find some great inspiration, and some healthy inspiration even. Italian can be very healthy. French can be, if you can wean yourself from the constant barrage of heavy cream and dairy. Mexican is fantastic in the variety and the flavors. Japanese, Chinese, Korean, fantastic for flavor and for general nutrition. Balance in all things.
 
2014-01-16 01:25:31 AM
There's an RDA for soup? And why is it so minimal? I loves me some soup. Soup is good food, you know. In fact, I have some taco soup in the crock pot right now.
 
2014-01-16 01:25:44 AM

hubiestubert: ass olives


This undermines the credibility of your entire post.
 
2014-01-16 01:45:29 AM

Notabunny: There's an RDA for soup?


Only if you're Jewish. And only if it's chicken.
 
2014-01-16 02:13:05 AM
We're knocking it out of the park on cheese and sugar, though.
 
2014-01-16 02:13:49 AM
If vegetables tasted more awesome I would eat a lot more of them.
 
2014-01-16 02:15:35 AM
Wonder where they're fitting corn into the mix there.  Technically a grain, but people usually think of it as a vegetable.
 
2014-01-16 02:16:08 AM
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www.aerojockey.com
 
2014-01-16 02:17:34 AM

syrynxx: hubiestubert: ass olives

This undermines the credibility of your entire post.


Hey I hate the ass olives too, but fish, fish and more fish I agree with.
 
2014-01-16 02:19:42 AM

BonesJackson: Wonder where they're fitting corn into the mix there.  Technically a grain, but people usually think of it as a vegetable.



You just cut my vegetable consumption in half.
 
2014-01-16 02:22:05 AM
A tip for the vege-phobes. Roasted Brussels sprouts are awesome.
 
2014-01-16 02:26:56 AM
seafood is not enjoyable to eat.
 
2014-01-16 02:26:57 AM

carmody: If vegetables tasted more awesome I would eat a lot more of them.


You are cooking them wrong.
 
2014-01-16 02:27:30 AM
Eh, fark it. My mom went to aerobics class ~3x a week, did other physical activities with Girl Scouts, taught what were effectively nutrition classes (70s, but surprisingly spot on with the college class I took in 2006), fed us tons of vegetables grown in our own garden, kept fatty meat and cheese to a minimum, actually followed the serving sizes for the rare store bought cookies/snacks, restricted soda, hardly ever got take out/restaurant food, rarely drank and almost exclusively red wine, etc.

She still got breast cancer, once when I was ten and then again when I was 15 (she was 54), and died when it spread to her liver.

I acknowledge all the research on the foods subject and the risks in X activities... but I can't honestly believe it is more than a partial factor, at least for my chances. My sister tested negative for the gene. I'm honestly afraid to find out, personally.
 
2014-01-16 02:28:16 AM
Going by diet and exercise alone I'm probably going to live forever. I workout five or six days a week.  I eat fresh vegetables, lots of fish, not a lot of red meat. I grow my own veggies in-season, catch fish, have friends who give me fresh game on occasion, and I don't eat McMeatpuck more than about once every six months.

Sounds wholesome until you take into account my vices

/has many vices
 
2014-01-16 02:28:58 AM
Ain't no barcodes in the markets of Chinatown.They'd make up the leafy green vegetable bar on the graph for the entire nation in bok choy alone.
 
2014-01-16 02:31:41 AM

Bill_Wick's_Friend: Going by diet and exercise alone I'm probably going to live forever. I workout five or six days a week.  I eat fresh vegetables, lots of fish, not a lot of red meat. I grow my own veggies in-season, catch fish, have friends who give me fresh game on occasion, and I don't eat McMeatpuck more than about once every six months.

Sounds wholesome until you take into account my vices

/has many vices


Good luck with that. Seriously. I wish it had helped my mom, and she barely had vices as far as I know.
 
2014-01-16 02:34:29 AM
What's wrong with frozen food?

Those Steamers frozen veggies are good.  I also like the stouffers family dishes (no preservatives and you can just throw those bad boys in the oven).
 
2014-01-16 02:37:41 AM

thisispete: A tip for the vege-phobes. Roasted Brussels sprouts are awesome.


You must be among the 25-50% of the world's population that happen to be 'taste-blind' to some of the chemical compounds responsible for the sprouts natural bitterness.
http://nowiknow.com/sprouted/

For those of us who CAN actually 'enjoy' sprouts in all their glory, they are without a doubt the nastiest bite-sized chunks of evil to have evolved on this planet of ours.
 
2014-01-16 02:37:54 AM
Is this the thread where everybody comes in to brag about how atypical and healthy they are?
 
2014-01-16 02:39:11 AM

markie_farkie: PainInTheASP: We throw away WAY more green shiat than we actually eat.



Does anyone actually EAT the parsley garnish, ever?


Growing up, I was told the parsley wasn't edible.
 
2014-01-16 02:40:31 AM

Hollie Maea: carmody: If vegetables tasted more awesome I would eat a lot more of them.

You are cooking them wrong.


Or, you know, not everyone has the same tastes and preferences as you.

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soakitincider: seafood is not enjoyable to eat.


You are cooking it wrong.
 
2014-01-16 02:42:11 AM
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2014-01-16 02:44:06 AM

markie_farkie: PainInTheASP: We throw away WAY more green shiat than we actually eat.



Does anyone actually EAT the parsley garnish, ever?


Are you sure that's parsley? It kind of looks like kale. They use kale as a garnish for steaks. It's supposed to be very good for you. It also tastes like feet. And not good feet either, no; we're talking the crustiest, stankiest, skankiest feet that ever existed in the history of ever.

/ how do I know, you ask? my mom is on this health kick; she uses that magic bullet thingy to make some of the most nasty looking smoothies I've ever seen.
 
2014-01-16 02:45:58 AM

Excelsior: thisispete: A tip for the vege-phobes. Roasted Brussels sprouts are awesome.

You must be among the 25-50% of the world's population that happen to be 'taste-blind' to some of the chemical compounds responsible for the sprouts natural bitterness.
http://nowiknow.com/sprouted/

For those of us who CAN actually 'enjoy' sprouts in all their glory, they are without a doubt the nastiest bite-sized chunks of evil to have evolved on this planet of ours.


No, I used to hate them too. But when they are roasted, the sugars in the sprouts caramelise - just like any other roasted vegetable. And it must do something to counter the bitterness. I don't really like them boiled or steamed unless I put some black pepper on them to mask the flavour.
 
2014-01-16 02:46:21 AM

Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Or, you know, not everyone has the same tastes and preferences as you.

/whynotboth.jpg


If you say someone is cooking vegetables wrong, you are almost always right.


iheartscotch: It also tastes like feet. And not good feet either, no; we're talking the crustiest, stankiest, skankiest feet that ever existed in the history of ever.


You're cooking it wrong.
 
2014-01-16 02:48:48 AM

Excelsior: thisispete: A tip for the vege-phobes. Roasted Brussels sprouts are awesome.

You must be among the 25-50% of the world's population that happen to be 'taste-blind' to some of the chemical compounds responsible for the sprouts natural bitterness.
http://nowiknow.com/sprouted/

For those of us who CAN actually 'enjoy' sprouts in all their glory, they are without a doubt the nastiest bite-sized chunks of evil to have evolved on this planet of ours.


I used to hate them, but they're pretty good if you boil them till they're mushy. Like tiny cabbages.

markie: that's parsley.
 
2014-01-16 02:53:10 AM

TomD9938: BonesJackson: Wonder where they're fitting corn into the mix there.  Technically a grain, but people usually think of it as a vegetable.


You just cut my vegetable consumption in half.



The good news is, your body doesn't care how we classify foods.  It'd probably like a little more variety though.
 
2014-01-16 02:53:11 AM
Hollie Maea: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Or, you know, not everyone has the same tastes and preferences as you.

/whynotboth.jpg

If you say someone is cooking vegetables wrong, you are almost always right.



Perhaps, but if your vegetables taste better than your not-vegetables, you are probably cooking the not-vegetables wrong.
 
2014-01-16 02:54:10 AM

BonesJackson: Wonder where they're fitting corn into the mix there.  Technically a grain, but people usually think of it as a vegetable.


I think for the purpose of illustration, in this case a 'vegetable' is anything that is not a rock or anything that ever walked or swam or flew.
 
2014-01-16 02:54:58 AM
I would eat way the fark more seafood if I wasn't allergic to some of it. I can't go to sushi places at all, because I can never know in advance if the chef failed to clean his knife and board in between tuna (which I can eat) and scallops, etc., which I can't eat. That doesn't even begin to account for all the foodstuffs in the US that are marketed generally as "seafood" with no detailed recipe.
 
2014-01-16 02:55:50 AM

Bill_Wick's_Friend: Going by diet and exercise alone I'm probably going to live forever. I workout five or six days a week.  I eat fresh vegetables, lots of fish, not a lot of red meat. I grow my own veggies in-season, catch fish, have friends who give me fresh game on occasion, and I don't eat McMeatpuck more than about once every six months.


If movies have taught me anything, you're going to die tomorrow.
 
2014-01-16 02:56:21 AM
This chart is based off the USDA recommendation for a human diet. Those recommendations are very similar to what farmers feed livestock to fatten animals up for market.

Put down the bread and dairy, fatties (this includes corn and potatoes), and you'll be amazed at how healthy you feel with even a minimal walking regimen.
 
2014-01-16 02:57:05 AM

TuteTibiImperes: PainInTheASP: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Yeah, ok. Not that I doubt that people don't eat like they should, but expense is an awfully blunt instrument to judge diet with.

Yeah, this.

We throw away WAY more green shiat than we actually eat.

Every time I buy celery I end up throwing most of it away, but that's due to the way the grocery stores sell it.  If I need celery for a recipe I'll buy it, and I usually only need a stalk or two worth.  The grocery stores sell nice small packages of celery, pre-trimmed, for $3 or so, or, you can buy the full cluster of celery for $0.99-$1.50.  I don't need that much celery, but it's cheaper to buy more than I need and throw out the rest than to buy the smaller amount.


If only there were some way to store it and eat the leftovers later.
 
2014-01-16 03:02:20 AM
Growing up in land locked Iowa, the thought of raw fish disgusted me.

Until I had it.

Turns out cooked fish is what's disgusting. At least for Tuna and Salmon.
 
2014-01-16 03:03:48 AM

markie_farkie: Does anyone actually EAT the parsley garnish, ever?


All my life when we would go to a restaurant if my meal had any kind of flair on it I would eat that first.
I never asked anyone if we were supposed to eat it or not and I would consciously wonder if I looked desperate or something. I don't know why.

I also have a habit of eating everything in a particular order starting with what I like the least ending with what I like the best. The decorations don't have anything to do with that, though.
 
2014-01-16 03:04:09 AM

Hollie Maea: Monkeyfark Ridiculous: Or, you know, not everyone has the same tastes and preferences as you.

/whynotboth.jpg

If you say someone is cooking vegetables wrong, you are almost always right.


iheartscotch: It also tastes like feet. And not good feet either, no; we're talking the crustiest, stankiest, skankiest feet that ever existed in the history of ever.

You're cooking it wrong.


So, you're saying it shouldn't be mixed with butter, lots of butter?

/ as I understand it; you're not supposed to let it sit around for longer than a week. It turns into those mogwai things from the gremlin movies, or something.

// or were the good ones mogwai and the bad ones were gremlins? All I know is; don't feed your kale after midnight.
 
2014-01-16 03:04:26 AM

gfid: If only there were some way to store it and eat the leftovers later.


Indeed. Celery turns to liquid mush pretty quick.

Luckily, celery doesn't have a lot going for besides fiber IIRC.
 
2014-01-16 03:08:26 AM

impaler: Growing up in land locked Iowa, the thought of raw fish disgusted me.

Until I had it.

Turns out cooked fish is what's disgusting. At least for Tuna and Salmon.


I despise fish in all its forms; with the one exception of smoked unagi with eel sauce right out of the smoker.
 
2014-01-16 03:09:54 AM

iheartscotch: So, you're saying it shouldn't be mixed with butter, lots of butter?


That works.  The aforementioned roasting works.

One of my favorites for brussels sprouts is to steam them, and then soak them in a mixture of olive oil, white vinegar, lemon juice, seasoning salt and pepper.

Boiled with salt...not so much.
 
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