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Cancer.... the new go to disease?

Alright, all parents are guilty of it. They use scare tactics (and sometimes guilt) to get you into eating the foods they want you to eat. From when you were a little kid you're told the truth about foods (although, a bit exaggerated at times). About how some things will make you fat, or will make you sick if you eat too much of it. Science and the news does it too. In an attempt to make everyone more healthy, they analyze foods individually to find out what's good and what's bad. I remember growing up that eggs were the hot debate. What part of the egg was good and what part was bad? One week it was the yolk, the next week it was the other part. Another week, we shouldn't eat them at all, they're entirely bad.

Then the next big thing I remember is carbs being the bad thing. Can't eat carbs. They make you retain fat. Ooo, fat. I knew a ton of people who cut out carbs completely, or almost completely and lost a lot of weight. Props to them, I tried it for two days and lost the will to eat, personally. Carbs isn't just bread, y'know, it's those sugary marinades and sauces that go on meat, and it's some fruits and vegetables too. I ended up feeling so faint and weak, I thought if it continued I might end up in the hospital so I stopped. I think carbs are important, especially grain bread carbs, and carbs in fruit, if all taken in moderation.

It seems science can't agree on a sole thing which is unhealthy for you, and I have to put in my two cents here. I agree with a nutritionist they interviewed recently for a report about red meat, you can't just choose one food and analyze it separately. I think it has to be taken in as a whole, as part of a person's diet, and on an individual basis. We can usually benefit from some intake of it, and too much of anything is bad. An example of this is, all those leafy green vegetables and high oxilate foods you're parents have been shoving down your throat (and recent studies have been encouraging you to eat) actually cause kidney stones. Too much calcium in your diet (especially from calcium supplements) can cause them too!

However, we're not talking about cholesterol or fat anymore, we're talking about something more scarier - cancer. It seems everyone who wants to scare someone out of eating or doing something, they'll tell them that it'll cause cancer. I heard from a friend that we can't drink beer in Korea/China because it contains formaldehyde and we'll get cancer. (I don't know about China, but the South Korean beer rumours are unfounded, atleast the two most popular ones.. Cass and Hite. Koreans take their food care/cleanliness very seriously.)

Someone else said, don't burn meat, it gives you cancer. Another person said, don't eat pizza, it causes cancer. Now studies are saying eating too much processed foods and red meat causes cancer. They mentioned about how eating turkey, chicken and fish was a lot better for you, but that's it. No mention of pork... once again (aside from bacon which falls into the processed category) it slips under the radar. I think pork is a really dangerous meat to eat. The animal eats anything, there's no quality control going on.. from it's brain to it's mouth... and it has the highest fat content of all the meat. It isn't categorized as red meat, but it isn't chicken or fish either. A lot of Koreans firmly believe eating pork is good for you.

They're big rice eaters (WATCH OUT! CARBS!) too, so whatever they're doing, they seem to be keeping in shape (the vast majority I've seen).. and I'm dropping weight like there's no tommorrow.

I'm just kind of irked that cancer is the new big thing. Maybe it's not new, but I have to sit back and wonder who funded these studies and if there isn't some ulterior motivation behind the results? Perhaps it's really for the best interest of the people. Perhaps, like the article said, we're eating in such a way, we're causing the global warming, and so people have banded together to try and make people scared of eating these meats.... Maybe it does really cause cancer. Who knows. I just think the only scarier thing other than cancer is perhaps AIDs, and I don't think they can explain a STD getting through cooked meat..., so cancer is what they chose.

Don't get me wrong, I think too much of anything is bad. I've learned that with eating healthy and my kidney stones. Tea causes them too, btw, haha, lovely. I really do question studies or people who claim doing XYZ causes cancer. I think it's really just the new scare tactic to try and convince people not to do something anymore, because there are really people out there ignorant and selfish enough not to care about anyone or anything but themselves and their own well being.

Who knows really what's going on, but I think it's good to always question everything rather than believe it 100% of what you hear. Every news station is always funded by someone, or something... and every story... you're only ever hearing one side to it.

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estel_oliphaunt
Mar. 31st, 2009 06:11 pm (UTC)
Pork's chartegorized as white meat, in case you were wondering...

I think a good idea with food is to just eat fresh stuff. Don't buy canned foods, or dry pasta or frozen dinners. Anything that could possible outlast you cannot be good to eat.

Nowadays it seems damn hard to avoid that stuff though.
-LS
sleepywarlord
Apr. 1st, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
Oh, I know about pork being a white meat, but in Korea, they seem to think it's the healthiest meat you can eat, and I totally disagree.


Red meat gets all the bad rap, but pork is just as bad imho as far as meats go.

Chicken and fish are the best for you.

I also agree about the canned stuff too ^^
estel_oliphaunt
Apr. 1st, 2009 02:40 pm (UTC)
While pork certainly is fatening, I don't think it's unhealthy. Just like carbs, not unhealthy, just fatening. Although, with carbs you actually need those to live. I remembering learning in Grade 11 bio how our bodies need carbs to live, and then I heard about Atkins, and jsut knew that couldn't end well.

I think I was justified when the creator of Atkins died. Sucka...
-LS
sleepywarlord
Apr. 1st, 2009 03:56 pm (UTC)
Ok, I should've said... as far as meats go... it's not all that much better than red meat, which is what I was trying to say I guess.

My boss keeps talking about how red meat is hard to digest, but... pork has the highest fat content (just normal pork, not touching processed meats) but he goes around pimping pork like it's the best thing you could eat. He also consumed his weight in chili paste daily I'm sure.

They announced in Korea that kimchi was healthy for you, and people went nuts, eating it morning noon and night, and now... Korea has one of the highest rates of stomach cancer (someone said) and a ton of people I know are all in hospital with stomach ulcers. Mind you, it could also be the whole overstressed bit... where you're not allowed to miss a day unless you're hospitalized... so everyone's under a lot of pressure constantly...

Donno.

I just think.. saying infinity one thing is better than something else, without looking at all the facts, is just.. irritating.
estel_oliphaunt
Apr. 1st, 2009 04:24 pm (UTC)
Totally agree.

Also, I wonder if those kimchi's were dirty. You get stomach ulcers from a certain kind of bacteria. Maybe Korea's dirty...
-LS
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