Friday, January 06, 2012

PCRM And Flat Earth Society to Hold Joint Press Conference

Whenever an organization has a weasel word like responsible in their title, it almost invariably indicates the opposite. This goes way back to the Holy Roman Empire, which, as the old joke goes, was neither holy, nor Roman, nor an empire, and is continued today by such luminaries as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM).

I don't know much about Jamie Oliver, except that he's got a mockney accent and has a very punchable face. But I'm willing to forgive him a few sins because his basic message is to eat real food (even if he thinks we need tons of government intervention to do that) and the PCRM, a vegetarian pressure group, hates his new cookbook.

Here's the awful truth about Jamie:
One serving of the Meatball Sandwich contains more fat than a Big Mac and more than double the calories, cholesterol, sodium, and saturated fat.
Like ohmigod!

It's easy to forget, living in the rarified paleo/lc/primal/real food/whatever world, that many physicians still think dietary cholesterol is unhealthy. Is that 50 year old rabbit study still cutting edge research in their minds? I knew about the salt and SFAs but dietary cholesterol? That's been so debunked it's pathetic. A meatball sandwich is not ideal because of the bread of course, but it is quite filling. I used to eat meatball subs at Subway for lunch (skipping breakfast) because they were cheap and then get by with a light dinner.

Honestly, all the cookbooks the PCRM hates look quite good. The Cook's Illustrated Cookbook has
More than 50 pages of recipes featuring grilled meat, which increases cancer risk.
Sign me up. Is there any real evidence linking grilled meat with cancer? I remember hearing about that back in the 70s (yes I was a kid, damnit) but I don't believe there's ever been anything substantial. The Neelys’ Celebration Cookbook:
Bourbon Bread Pudding is saturated with butter, half-and-half, and whole milk; high-fat diets increase heart-disease risk.
All the sugar and bread is okay, but that butter will kill ya, kill ya I say!

Oh you vegan propagandist doctors. If only you actually were held responsible for all the damage you cause, that would be some sweet poetic justice.

HT: KeepFoodLegal

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