An answer that’s no solution, and one that is

Marilyn Monroe prepares for bed: no objectional fat here

Marilyn Monroe prepares for bed: no objectional fat here

FDA releases new regulations requiring delis to count the calories in that cheese steak.

“I consider this an enormous advance for public health education and well worth the long wait,” said Marion Nestle, a prominent nutrition expert and public health professor at New York University. “This is great news for public health and, hopefully, an incentive to restaurants to reformulate their offerings to be lower in calories.”

The food industry disagrees, and points out at least one unintended consequence:

Rosado said 95 percent of food in grocery stores comes with nutrition information, thanks to a 1990 law that required labels on packaged foods, and that prepared foods represent only a fraction of each store’s business. Requiring labels for fresh food made in grocery stores, delis and bakeries could cost the industry hundreds of millions of dollars in signage, worker training and laboratory tests to determine the calories in each dish, he said. He thinks it also might prompt stores to carry fewer freshly made items to avoid the regulatory headaches.

“You’re penalizing any kind of freshness. . . . It’s going to be replaced with prepackaged food,” Rosado said. “It’s going to have a negative impact for grocery store consumers.”

But does the FDA’s new regulation focus on the wrong solution to ridding America of fat people in the first place? Scientists now suggest that it is : Don’t bother counting calories; it’s the type of food that counts. Our government and its mouthpieces haven’t heard the news, though.

Remember when “accepted science” warned against saturated fat? The American Heart Association still does, insisting as recently as this past September that it’s bad, bad stuff:

Eating foods that contain saturated fats raises the level of cholesterol in your blood. High levels of LDL cholesterol in your blood increase your risk of heart disease and stroke.

The more important thing to remember is the overall dietary picture. Saturated fats are just one piece of the puzzle. In general, you can’t go wrong eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains and fewer calories.

When you hear about the latest “diet of the day” or a new or odd-sounding theory about food, consider the source. The American Heart Association makes dietary recommendations only after carefully considering the latest scientific evidence. 

But the latest scientific evidence shows that to be absolutely false. (You can Google “saturated fats healthy” and find dozens of articles explaining why the government and groups like the American Heart Association have been wrong since the 1950s, but here’s just one.). It’s the sugar that’s killing us, not butter,  and it’s not the number of calories we consume, but their source, yet check out the food aisles at any grocery store and you’ll see at least one, often two aisles stocked entirely with soda pop and Lucky Charms, and, at most, 2′ of the refrigerated section devoted to butter, and a couple of short selves stocking whole milk.

Fortunately for all of us, there is a simple solution that cuts through all these conflicting theories that’s free, fun, and might even be entertaining, depending on whether you have a cuddly bedwarmer with you this winter:

Sleeping in the nude burns more calories, improves health 


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8 responses to “An answer that’s no solution, and one that is

  1. Am I trend setter?
    Fat, happy…naked sleeper…..
    Scary for others….on many levels… especially those close to me….and the government workers dedicated justifying their existence….

  2. Maitre d'Oyer et Terminer

    Agenda driven assholes were given there walking papers last November 4th, more firings to come.

  3. Mid-Country Cos Cobber

    I know its going to be a pain …. but is it really that hard? On the board above the deli they have the choices. Each choice is made up of a series of ingredients that isnt hard to count ….. right? 1 roll, 8 slices of turkey; mayo; mustard; lettuce; tomato; turkey. Add then all up and bam … done

    Once they do it once; its over.

    As a consumer, i actually like to know these things. I just hope they make it easy for a deli to do … versus making it a huge chore.

    Will it change my behavior at Chicken Joe’s? Maybe … but I love everything there.

    • Fred2

      Sure it’ll be a pain, all those label have to be posted, written, tested. You know some jerk is going to sue if it’s wrong. That apple – omg it’s 50% bigger than the other one, so that’s cabbage head. That Turkey slice is 10% thicker which means … that’s a different kind of avocado, it has different % of contents…

      Seriously, I agree with you about the :how hard can it be: the answer is for one sandwich, not so bad. When you have 25,000+ variations as you might in a super market, it’s a huge pain in the neck. AND it’s ANOTHER flippin’ mire of regulation that takes serious time away from actually running the business.

      In my experience it’s not each individual regulation that makes a difference, it’s a layers and layers and layers of them that conspire like slowly rising mud to slow things down and bring even giants to a stop.

      I mean, really everyone who gives a tinkers damn about such things probably has a computer program and database and can estimate it just fine on their own. No one else cares.

  4. Anonymous

    You left out the most egregious aspect of this, which is: there’s nothing to say posting calories actually effects consumer behavior. If it did, I’d say go for it–I’m all for people having more information about what they eat if it’s going to make them healthier, and would rather pay more for food than for egregiously high insurance premiums because I have to support a nation of morbidly obese people. But people are not that dumb: they are aware that they are eating unhealthy food, and that they are fat–they just don’t care.

  5. Publius

    The best way to address the obesity epidemic is to let people make their own choices and if perchance they opt to over serve themselves and not exercise their health premium should reflect those poor choices. The next time they waddle into the doctor’s office and their blood pressure knocks the cuff off their arms and their blood sugar level is beyond measurable then maybe, just maybe it will start to sink in that choices have consequences and their responsible for their choices. This idea that “free” healthcare is an entitlement available on demand and keeps people propped up at a huge cost to the rest of society is not sustainable.

    Sounds harsh, no? Tell me then, educate me, what government program, finger wagging, scolding or “nutritious school lunch” program has moved the needle? I don’t know of any. We know more than we need to know about nutrition and ultimately it comes down to calories in/calories burned; if in > burned you put on weight. If the government wants to mandate something, maybe they can bring back school recess where the youngin’s have to play dodgeball will a fully inflated basketball. I guarantee you that after a week we will have solved the obesity issue for that part of the population and most likely the ADD/ADHD epidemic as well. As for the older crowd…. no scooters, no joint replacements and you have to purchase an extra seat on a flight if you can’t fit into just one seat……..

  6. I was never able to find my Marilyn Monroe in life, just a bunch of look alikes that were either unbalanced asshats or dishonest users or both.

    It’s the ugly ones that are the keepers I guess.

  7. AJ

    What about labeling GMOs? This is bullshit.