November 23, 2012

Letters to the editor: 'Natural Foodie' writer draws on science

From Drs. David Kessler, Joel Fuhrman and Caldwell Esselstyn, and T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D., I learned that we spend more on health care than any other nation and have dismal results.

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Second-grader Abby Simonelli helps make carrot slaw during a recent lesson on healthy eating at South Berwick Central School. A reader praised Avery Yale Kamila’s column about the lessons, but was puzzled when the column ran the same day as an article including a recipe that used sugar and butter.

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We are prey to the marketing ploys of the multibillion-dollar agribusiness. Our health is deteriorating. Every year obesity, heart disease and diabetes strike more and more adults and younger and younger children.

About half of the Standard American Diet is processed (white rice, white pasta, cookies, chips, crackers, soda, cakes, brownies), with too many calories and not enough nutrition. We are overfed and undernourished. Forty percent of the Standard American Diet is animal products (meats, meat by-products, seafood and dairy products: milk, cream, ice cream, yogurt, cheese).

Americans eat only about 10 percent of their diet as vegetables and fruits. Half of those vegetables are potatoes. Half of those potatoes are fried.

More than 50 percent of our population have excess weight; most of us eat excess junk food. To turn our health around, we need antidotes to our food culture, and the diseases of excess it creates. We need the opposite. As Michael Pollan writes: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

As a graduate of nutrition courses through Cornell University, I support Avery Kamila's "Natural Foodie" columns.

Her facts are taken from the scientists listed above. Today's nutritional research has replaced the old paradigm of needing meat, starch, bread and dessert to make a meal.

How odd to have Avery's inspiring column about youth learning healthy cooking and eating ("Kids learn to seek luck, not yuck, in healthy food," Nov. 14) in the same section as "an elegant way to get your serving of carrots" in a recipe using egg, white flour, sugar and one stick of butter ("Lemony, herby tarts an elegant way to get your serving of carrots," Nov. 14).

There are better way to get our carrots! I'm glad Avery Kamila is helping us learn how.

Susan Lebel Young


Hiking taxes on the wealthy will have unintended fallout 

Recently, there's been a call from readers of this newspaper all the way up to the chief magistrate who resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in D.C. That call is for raising the tax rates on the "wealthy" in this country.

It has been argued that this is needed because of the current financial mess this country is in. There are a few questions that need to be asked concerning this matter.

What is the amount of money that would be raised if the top 50 percent of all income earners had to pay 100 percent of their income in taxes? How much would that reduce the deficit? And what would happen to economic activity if this was to take place?

By all means, I'm far from being "wealthy." I earn between $50,000 and $75,000 per annum. So I'm not looking after my own self-interest in this matter. However, these questions should be addressed by those who try to argue this point.

And finally, it should be no surprise that most wealthy people, if this stupidity is passed, would either take the money offshore, or do what some people are doing right now: throwing away their American citizenship and moving to countries that would welcome their wealth.

The government taxes and spends too much money. That is where the problem lies, and frankly, those dollars need to be returned to individuals who can spend it better than any bureaucrat.

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