Posted on the TCS List on Wed, 15 Jun 2005 11:22:22 -0700
On Jun 15, 2005, at 11:17 AM, a poster wrote:
In the wake of TV programmes like Jamie's School Dinners and the almost daily “children are obese and will all die before they're 40” media scares, I'm finding that opposition to my children eating what they want to eat when they want to eat is stronger and more vocal than ever. I'd become accustomed to knit-your-own-muesli home educators tutting as we headed off to McDonalds, but the looks from random strangers in the local supermarket are starting to become annoying. Now, I'm no fan of the infamous Turkey Twizzler (taste disgusting) and I've been pleased to read a few articles mentioning how ridiculous the whole nutrition scare thing is (see this, for example). And I'm not really wavering about how we feed ourselves as a > family but...
... hey, I could just do with a little TCS input on this, just to knock those re-emerging “eat your greens” memes out of my head :-)
Muesli actually tastes good – it has lots of raisins. Unfortunately, the flakes part tastes worse than normal cornflakes, presumably in the name of health.
There are yummy, green foods, like pesto, mint icecream, and umm split pea soup, imo. Oh, oh! And avocado/guacamole.
Anyway, eating is an important parts of our lives. We need to enjoy it, and prevent it from feeling boring/repetitive/a-chore/etc. This is a creative process, and severely limiting what you can eat makes this process much harder to get right. That makes for unhappier people with worse lives (which has been shown to cause cancer, headache, AIDS, and death). Stop listening to the special interest vegetable farmer groups, and start looking at the human cost of putting people's feelings second.