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As opposed to not starving, when was Eating Healthy ever a reality?

Did cities without functional sewage control have magical Good Food
or were people eating, and drinking whatever was available to live...

More soldiers died during the Spanish American War from bad meat
and polluted water than enemy bullets. A long standing fact of War.

So when was it we were snuck up on and attacked by evil poisoners
depriving us of fresh fruit and vegetables, and happy good meat bits
which we now seek but cannot find? What did we do before all this?

Dream organic dreams?

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Let's see what else there may be! Add your own ~ Food Myths
below the tangerine haggis...

Who will be the first, to post Food Myth #1,000,000 ~?

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  •  I'd say the diets themselves were probably fairly (3+ / 0-)
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    Mortifyd, blueoasis, cynndara

    balanced.  Ours aren't balanced so people have to fake 'balance' with 'low fat' nonsense or whatever the diet du jour is..  

    It's like exercise.  Exercise used to be a natural part of life.  Now it's not, since we're all lazy bums by default--so people have to fake it by going to the gym or eating protein bars or whatever.  Not that gyms are unhealthy--but they aren't a substitute for natural exercise.

    But yes, things like filtration, purification, pasteurization, etc.-- even simple boiling--those kinds of practices are definitely healthy.

  •  Lack of some preservatives (preservatives (1+ / 0-)
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    elmo

    have been used for centuries) was healthier; as was lack of food being a "processed food-like substance" as so much of what is eaten today is.

    Excellent point about food safety issues due to lack of refrigeration (hence salt, smoking, drying, pickling, etc)

    The physical size of humans took off when our nutrition improved in the 20th century.

    "Privatize to Profitize" explains every single Republican economic, social and governing philosophy. Take every taxpayer dollar from defense, education, health care, public lands, retirement - privatize it, and profit from it.

    by mumtaznepal on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 03:56:27 AM PST

  •  Sorry, but it quite escapes me (1+ / 0-)
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    wader

    what your "food myth No. 1" might be. Could you explain?

    •  I get the impression that it was supposed to be (1+ / 0-)
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      elmo

      simply the notion that there ever was a Golden Age of Human Eating, and that none of our diet-related problems can be solved by trying to go back to it.

      Writing in all lower-case letters should be a capital offense

      by ebohlman on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 10:00:35 PM PST

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  •  This title is provocative, but the diary. . . (3+ / 0-)
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    Bisbonian, wader, cynndara

    empty calories.

    Much thought has gone into the health effects of diet. If you're interested in the topic and not just stirring the pot so to speak, you can read about the paleolithic diet.

    This is a diet that supposes to reproduce the likely food availability of homo sapiens during our evolutionary development. Thus, it is the Original Healthy Diet, back when the diet and the body were doing the survival dance uncorrupted by preservatives, corporate fast food, or doctor's advice.

    "Jersey_Boy" was taken.

    by New Jersey Boy on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 06:49:54 AM PST

  •  Have you read The Blue Zones ? (0+ / 0-)
    Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest

    Drop the name-calling MB 2/4/11 + Please try to use ratings properly! Kos 9/9/11

    by indycam on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 09:03:32 AM PST

  •  Mass-produced, simple carbohydrate-based (1+ / 0-)
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    bevenro

    products are relatively recent innovations.  As are adding cheap fillers, sweeteners and some flavorings to existing foods as a standard practice.  These business practices have skewed diets away from a potentially better balance for many decades, although I don't know what the point of your diary is supposed to be.

    "So, please stay where you are. Don't move and don't panic. Don't take off your shoes! Jobs is on the way."

    by wader on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 10:44:16 AM PST

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