01/25/2014 by syrbal-labrys
It seemed a promising beginning, a valiant stand against the oh-so-politically correct diet ideas that I think drive people mad without making them healthier. I still agree with Fallon that dairy and meat and once-common amounts of fat in the diet are not the end of food or health civilization, nor are liquid oils the be all and end all. However, Fallon did what I believe is often referred to as ‘jumping the shark’ in her efforts to make her case. She was desperate to find anyone with an M.D. after their name to hook her hypothesis onto for a flight to cookbook stars. She picked some folks that were relatively well-intentioned, like Weston Price — but good gods, could she find nothing better than a dentist born in the 19th century? And then loons like guy who believes germs don’t cause disease? No wonder she got some hard raps on the head for her efforts. But I do think she got rapped hard also because she does fly in the face of the politically correctness of diets; using very out-dated and barely qualified “authorities” hurt her argument even more. And then, her Dr. Price — well intentioned man that he was, may have actually believed that a vegetarian diet WAS healthy, contrary to what Fallon insists.
Her section on grains and breads belabored the fact that phytic acid in grains blocks the body from using certain minerals and vitamins. But that component is only in whole grains that contain the bran —face it, most of America eats white bread that has long since said goodbye to hull and bran! I still intend to try her sourdough recipe, but since I am lessening my dependence upon bread as the meal time (breakfast and lunch) fix all…it isn’t a massive priority with me. Her shrill insistence that breakfast cereals should all be warm cooked “gruel” types that soaked overnight left me cold. I hate cooked cereals and barf almost on sight of them. Her screaming that fancy cold cereal shapes “extruded” are nigh-unto-poison was well into the howling-at-the-moon range. Her dessert section failed to impress because it is made in large part with nuts and fruits I cannot eat due to allergy issues. Her idea that “merengues”, as she calls the whipped egg white confections ARE healthy in some fashion eludes me. Whipping egg white negates the protein content, and maple syrup is still a calorie rich sugar….
Her rants against chocolate, coffee, and tea remind me of Mormon missionaries; I don’t plan my meals based on ANYone’s religious principles, thanks. And considering the good science HAS found in those things, I think Fallon obviously was remaining locked in her little fantasy world. Her dislike of canned food (except tomatoes?!), her fear of microwaving, and her rants against all food irradiation strike me as kitchen superstition. She whips herself into what sure seems near a religious fervor and makes you think maybe she needs to examine her diet her damned self, because she begins to sound pretty deluded.
I ended up back where I started: believing in moderation in all things food and drink wise. I won’t start using lard again, but I won’t stop using butter. I will continue to eat eggs in meals and I do buy the cage free vegetarian feed sort whenever I can find them. The price sees to it I don’t over-indulge in a way that would give any modern diet fan/doctor a fit. In spite of her anti-vegetarian complaints, I will eat largely vegetarian meals with exception of 3 or 4 times per month. I agree that sugars are a bigger threat to American health than normal sensible amounts of meat and dairy products. Her recipes that appeal to me by dint of tasting good and being reasonable to prepare will eventually join my electronic cookbook gleaned from other cooking tomes. The rest….well, recycling is good, right?