togaman2k: a genetic predisposition to desire fatty/salty/sugary foods
blatz514: Gimme![img.fark.net image 850x566]
danceswithcrows: [crow202.org image 512x340]...When you have options like this, why would you eat salad?
ThrillaManilla: I got a promotion yesterday and celebrated with half a pizza and an oversized slice of peanut butter pie. If I'm going to be an office manager, I better look like one.
Rapmaster2000: As baffling as it may seem, their grocery decisions are not affected by improved access to fresh foods or more affordable prices because they're comfortable within their food culture.I can't tell if this is sarcasm. I don't find it baffling at all.
AngryDragon: blatz514: Gimme![img.fark.net image 850x566]I see all the food groups represented. What's the problem?
AlanMooresBeard: Its laziness.Eating healthy with minimal cooking and prep time is a lot cheaper than people assume.It takes effort to learn about vitamins and nutrition.It takes effort to plan out your meals.It takes effort to learn cooking skills.It takes effort to figure out the real cost of eating healthy.Or people can just by a box of mac and cheese and a rotisserie chicken and biatch how they are a victim of the food industry.
mrsleep: Whats the point?I lived across the street from a guy that was a health nut, exercised every day, ate a healthy diet, no drinking, no smoking, had a heart attack at 44. My grandfather ate the worst diet possible, lots of fatty and greasy foods, was about 50 lbs overweight, lived into his 90's. My great grandmother smoked and gambled till she died in her 90's.You might as well live a lifestyle that makes you happy.
NotThatGuyAgain: Humans are creatures of habit? The hell you say.My blood pressure was high so the doc told me to lay off the sodium. I'd never paid any attention to it and my god, the amount of sodium I was taking in was crazy, and I mostly eat homemade food.One premade food that's now off my plate is canned biscuits anything. They have crazy amounts of sodium. And look up the stunning amount of sodium in a small flour tortilla.
SaladMonkey: I was about to go on a rant about the article missing the obvious point, but then I found it, so kudos to the author:If health care providers, teachers, legislators, and insurance companies want to see a significant uptick in Americans' health -- and it is in everyone's best interest to work toward this -- then low-income individuals must be taught how to prepare food from scratch. In doing so, they'll learn how to take advantage of the many ingredients available to them. Without those practical tools, it's unrealistic to expect households to wean themselves off a heavily-processed diet.Processed food is easy and delicious. Fresh food is hard, and bland unless you do it right (in which case it is much much better than processed).
mrsleep: You might as well live a lifestyle that makes you happy.
AlanMooresBeard: Eating healthy with minimal cooking and prep time is a lot cheaper than people assume.
Rapmaster2000: AlanMooresBeard: Eating healthy with minimal cooking and prep time is a lot cheaper than people assume."Is a lot cheaper than people assume" might be true depending on what people we're talking about and what these people assume is cheap, but buying processed frozen food is the cheapest.
Rapmaster2000: I suppose if I only ate dried rice and beans then I could come out ahead, but decent food cooked yourself is not inexpensive. The $1 Menu is inexpensive and the time cost is significantly less.
lilistonic: My middle daughter and her little family stayed with us last week. They are vegetarian and sometimes vegan, so I made sweet potato and barley stew, and other such things, and that was fine for the week. But after they left, I cooked 10 lbs of pork shoulder and divided it for carnitas and pulled pork sandwiches for the rest of us to enjoy for a few days.Yesterday someone on Twitter was haranguing people about hating animals if they weren't vegan. It wasn't even subtle. But I don't think I'd enjoy life as much without ceviche, sashimi, carpaccio, and crudo when I can get those, and sometimes lovely chunks of tender delicious pork. And eggs, lots of eggs. I tend to crave foods with lots of B12, but I don't have the enzyme to digest it so I have to have shots or tablets.Anyway. I just think we need to strive for balance for our individual needs. I think for most people it feels unnatural to eliminate huge swathes of food, and also cook so many different things than they adapted to throughout life, so they go for what's easiest. My upbringing was a little unusual for the time and place, and I was exposed to a broader variety of foods and cuisines than my peers, so some of the food challenges are easier for me. As I age, I still want to retain as wide a variety as possible, but it does require time and energy (or else having a great deal of money) to do it healthfully all the time. I spend more money on less beef and chicken to have it come from good sources, and use smaller amounts in my cooking. Etcetera.
"[Researchers] analyzed what happened to a household's food purchases when a new, full-service grocery store opened in the neighborhood, or when the household moved from 'food deserts' to areas with more abundant grocery options. But even major changes in a household's immediate food environment, the paper found, had a limited impact on the foods that people purchased.""We reject that neighborhood environments have meaningful effects on healthy eating. Using a structural demand model, we find that exposing low-income households to the same availability and prices experienced by high-income households reduces nutritional inequality by only 9%, while the remaining 91% is driven by differences in demand. These findings contrast with discussions of nutritional inequality that emphasize supply-side factors such as food deserts."
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