Food Junkie

02Brothers and sisters, I confess. I am addicted to food. My favorite television shows are on the Food Network. I record, watch and occasionally prepare dishes I see on “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.”

I have visited more than a dozen restaurants seen on Triple D. If you are in San Antonio, check out the corned beef hash and eggs at Pancake Haus, the fresh mozzarella cheese ball at Dough Pizzeria and tacos at the Cove. All were on DDD, and I’ve tried them all.

All of this is to say I am apparently in the mainstream of the American food culture and American food problem. Studies show 75 percent of our fellow citizens say they eat healthy, but the facts are that 80 percent of Americans fail to eat the recommended amounts of vegetables and fruit.

There are reasons other than the television ad for the latest McDonalds super-burger. Eating healthy is expensive. “Rich people are thin/well maintained, poor people are fat,” one immigrant to this country observed.

“This stems from the fact that cheap food is fatty, rich people don’t eat cheap food — they tend to eat either home-cooked food which is expensive or eat at expensive/healthy places. Unfortunately, it is expensive to be healthy in America.”

If you can’t afford the lean meat, expensive veggies and spoil-before-you-eat-it fruit, you find yourself in line at fast food restaurants or grabbing a freezer pack of a dozen corn dogs. You may be full after finishing your Whopper, but you know you haven’t done your arteries any good.

Another American trait compounds the problem. Nutrition scholar Marion Nestle at New York University says portion size — just eating too much — is an issue. “I’d vote for that as a major cause of obesity,” Nestle told NPR.

Too many of us can still hear our mothers admonishing us to clean our plates, even when the amount of food on that plate could feed her starving children in China for a year… (a subscription to the Jimplecute is required to continue reading this article).

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