Where’s the Beef (Statistics)?

Alot has changed since the halcyon horse n’ buggy days of 1909, but little has change so drastically as the American Diet.

The USDA has some fun reports that outline in great detail the stats behind these changes…. right up until 2006.

Some fun facts:

Food energy produced per capita per day:
1909: 3,200 calories
2006: 3,900 calories
Percentage of Calories consumed from fats and oils
1909: 12.7%
2006: 23.8%
Total meat consumption
1909: 108.9 pounds
2006: 270.7 pounds


Why stop after 100 year of strong data collection, “budgetary and resource priories”- USDA Deputy secretary. I am inclined to believe the USDA considering they have been the whipping boy of budget cuts for over two decades, but the conspirist in me thinks that the data my have also become a tad to shocking to be so comprehensively public…. Mayhaps

Here is a link to the available data for the stats nuts out there.


Is 850 kcal a starvation Diet

The latest 2012’s Farm Bill left the FDA and USDA again slimmed and devoid power. If they was an Oreo product it would be a 100 calorie pack. The food industry on the other hand, the CAKESTER for sure.

Despite this there was a modest and reasonable set of changes to the aimed at slowly cutting back the crap American schools feed students.

These changes include calorie caps on lunches served.

650 for kindergarten through fifth grade
700 for sixth through eighth grade
850 for those in high school

Here is a chart that puts this in perspective:

Seems acceptable to me considering the childhood obesity epidemic, the fact 1/3 the population will have diabetes if current trends continue, and the sad reality that our current child generation is projected to be the 1st in American history with a lower life expectancy than the previous. That in mind 650 calories of what is probably flash frozen fried almost foods seems a quite appropriate. Mind you this is just lunch, and has no bearing on the endless snacking occurring between meals, vending machine supplements, and uhh.. birthday cupcakes.

Enter the “No Hungry Kids Act.” A bill introduced by Reps. Steve King, R-Iowa, and Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan., both members of the House Agriculture Committee. These two have begun a movement against these USDA calorie caps, and are being championed for it. A movement to assert a right of every child to a second helping of tater-tots has be sparked. I could cry

Their Rant:

My Rant:
It is the RIGHT of every American to eat, over-eat, and eat again, but when as a nation will we stop celebrating it. America is eating itself into debt with jolly laugh and joyful jiggle. America’s weight problem has been spun into a joke narrative. Drolling droves watch Paula Dean pan fry a pig foot cupcake every afternoon between episodes of Extreme Pig-Outs and Man vs. Food, while somewhere Heart Attack grill opens a new location, and Pepsi leads a campaign to save the supersize… screw baseball eating to die is a the new American pastime.

Obesity related illnesses cost our nation $147 billion last year, and another $72 billion in lost productivity. We won’t be able to afford it.

The USDA is not trying to grab the food out of our hands, they are trying to give us a competitive edge. I feel is one responsibility of government to ensure that it’s citizens are not physically poisoned by the products they are pedaled. Why aren’t Americans complaining about how bad our health is becoming, or how big of a financial burden obesity already is and will be. The FDA and USDA set out to make a few influences against the thousands of appetite altering manipulations the food industry stones us and our kids with on the daily. They make a small step to try to give kids a minuet chance at slightly less poor health, and it becomes an expression of impending socialism, decried as an over zealous degree of diet dictators. Somewhere along the line the heroes where rendered weak powerless the villains stole their costumes.

Paula Dean Has Diabetes and Two People Had of Heart Attacks at Heart Attack Cafe Last Year. Their Spokesman Died at 29.

These chunks of irony are funny, I agree. Then I explored WHY they were funny… really think for a minute. Fry in the reality of what it represents, the trends it reflects, the meat of it, the saddened sugar drenched reality it represents, think of the people you know, their kids. I watched that irony rot away into a sense of hopelessness.

Here is a link to tell Steven King how you feel about the No Hungry Kids Act, i certainly did

The Raw Cone DADDY wants A Restaurant

The Raw Daddy, Berkeley Raw food legend, has got a cool kickstart campaign going, hehas his heart set on a brick n’ mortar.
So throw a few bucks his way if you can spare it. Otherwise go to the Saturday Berkeley Center Street Farmers Market pick up your grocery list and buy some of his dairy-free flax enrobed deliciousness. Thai cone is my fav (pictured above) but many are fond to the ruben. Supporting local staves off cancer, or so I hear.

Happy Nomings

F Raw D

“A fresh baby’s butt has perfect vibrance, push your finger into that butt and you feel that vibrance.” – Dr. Tel Owens

Why is “alternative” medicine a $34 billion dollar industry in the US. Easy… the abused and battered virtue of human hope.

I am quite sure that a substantial portion is beneficial in some manner, but an equal portion is simple quackery. Raw foodies and the obese community are particularly appealing target for quasi-science, seemingly miraculous diets and cleanses, and snake oil cures (I won’t go into the effects of my experiments with fruitianism).

Last Saturday I had secured a free ticket to a raw foods potluck by trading my skills as a coconut cracking pro. I had suspected the meet up was a medicinal scheme disguised after reading the of the key note speaker, a Dr. Tel-Owen (Dr. T for short) quick cancer cures and one time skin radiance treatments. According to him, healthy skin was as easy as raw pie.

I briefly break down the evening below:

7:00 PM
These events attract all types; that nights turnout was predominantly middle aged white persons, generally overweight and toying with the idea of a raw foods diet. Hopes were in raw foods ability to restore beauty, cure chronic heart disease, obesity, and hyper tension. Under the right supervision, duration, and regiment it can… but it is not quick fix.

7:45 PM: Being a raw novice crowd the potluck spread was more of a salad buffet; varied enough not to totally turn a potential raw foodist off. I attribute this to two particular items, RawBROWIES, and Avocado Custard Pie.

8:00 PM: The cancer skin consultation would proceed as soon as the now hour late Dr. T uh… woke up. He had fallen asleep in on an office couch with the door locked and the organizers could not seem to stir him.

8:45 PM:
Dr. T begins apologetically. The red eye from a seminar in Israel has left him jet lagged, and his body was reacting to Oakland’s pollution he explained. No time to waste, he launches into an hour tirade of health falsehoods that rivals mid-evil medicine.

The Problem: unsightly skin legions, blemishes, growths, and the cancer risks they present.
The Cause: High plant and animal protein diet, Flax and soy sudo-estrogens, glucose exposure (eating?), drinking water with meals, and a host of other habits most MD’s would praise.
The Solution: Consultation and removal treatment involving the application of a “safe, effective non-medical liquid,” restricting the nutrition of the growth or legion starving it into remission. A small scab forms for several days “leaving esthetically pleasing skin” some weeks later.
Children with moles and skin tags, no worries, according to Dr. T’s pamphlet, “Even small children can tolerate the slight burning sensation.”
The Cost: The consultation is free, $75 – 100 for the 1st legion and $15 – 45 for each additional legion. Wholey moley what a deal. A true blemish banishing bargain considering that it is especially effective on “melanin containing or cancer-prone flat areas.” This is followed by a customized full vegan diet plan (prices vary)

10:00 PM: The raw brownie’s were gone, and with them my patiance for this charlaton. I head home early.

Why this is a Fraud:

1)It is a quick fix with no creditable citeable studies peer reviewed evidence of success. Medical success of this nature are not discussed in veteran’s hall basements

2)Dr. T boasts a staggering list of degrees and accreditations. His med degree is from Europe (country was never specified, his accent sounded sorta Finnish??) not the US. His nutritionist certification is from American Clinical Board of Nutrition, an institution with no link to any sort of government checks of agency. He has a list of 20+ other titles and certifications. When it comes to degrees less is more. Anyone with more certificates than fingers is a likely fraud. Coming up with fancy names health board names is easy, graduating from med school is a tad tougher.

3)During his talk he offered only generalities on what not to eat this list included all animal products, all protein rich foods, water in bottles, and water with food. Facts about what to eat are reserved for the consultation. Curiosity tempts clients toward the “free” consultation, a tried and true persuasive tactic known as the Foot in the Door technique. Dr. T has his foot in the door and his hand in your wallet once he has secured this consultation. No such thing as a free lunch as they say.
4)Dr. T’s treatments are unprovable and therefore unscientific. Everyone has a mole or blemish somewhere, there is no means of determining any cancer rappelling properties.

I am an admitted holistic health nut. I keep strict vegan, meditate, do yoga, love and value Buddhist philosophy, and believe there is a force beyond my understanding in the universe. I have also had the benefit of studying the science of Social Psychology and I am will not have my hope of health exploited by petty men in paper lab coats. I use the tips signs discussed above to protect myself from fraud. I hope you will use them to.

“Eat food, not to much. Mostly plants” – Marion Nestle