Lion of the Blogosphere

Is microwave popcorn just a fad?

June 22, 1987, The New York Times:

“Microwave popcorn is a fad,” said Debra A. Kumm, manager of West Bend Company, a maker of popcorn poppers. “It will last until people read the labels and realize what chemicals microwave manufacturers put into their popcorn.”

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 21, 2019 at EDT pm

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  1. Whoops!

    Peter

    ironrailsironweights

    July 21, 2019 at EDT pm

  2. Pretty funny prediction, but it is rather disgusting, I think. The smell is awful. Its convenience makes it popular. I make popcorn on the stove in a pot, like grandma used to do. It’s fast and easy.

    Steverino@steverino.com

    July 21, 2019 at EDT pm

    • But then you have to clean a pot.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      July 22, 2019 at EDT am

      • Yes, but the dishwasher does most of the work. OTOH, when one of our kids makes microwaved popcorn, it splatters inside of the microwave and really ought to be cleaned–which takes more time than throwing a pot into the dishwasher.

        dbp

        July 22, 2019 at EDT am

      • Microwave popcorn does smell up the microwave, but I haven’t had a problem with it splattering.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 22, 2019 at EDT am

      • For some reason, I find microwaves repulsive. The worst are the ones at work for those who are employees and can’t seem to spill money for fresh food. They have been heated up so many times by many different people, with many different types of food items, and heating your food in one of them is like going to a public toilet with its risks of catching germs.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        July 22, 2019 at EDT am

      • I doubt that any germs can survive being in a microwave.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 22, 2019 at EDT am

      • A college library that I’ve visited regularly in the past has a microwave in the break room, and I’ve seen many Indian students heat up their curry food that gave way to a noxious smell to many non-Indians. The strong smell from the curry also left a residual taste to anyone who would heat up anything without curry. Furthermore, because it was “public” microwave, it wasn’t cleaned often or regularly and you can see splattered food stains and smell residual curry.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        July 22, 2019 at EDT am

      • Gross, but no “germs.”

        Totally agree that Indian spices are overpowering.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 22, 2019 at EDT am

      • [I doubt that any germs can survive being in a microwave.]

        Correct. Microwaving dish sponges is a well known way to sanitize them.

        However the keypad and exterior of public microwaves are probably germy.

        toomanymice

        July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

      • There is research suggesting that microwaves aren’t completely effective sanitizing the entire heating area of the oven chamber. I find the microwave oven that is shared by others to be a gross mechanism like a toilet.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

    • The only time I have started a kitchen fire (and I cook a lot) was when making popcorn the old fashioned way on the stove top. Never again!

      Here’s a trick. Put 1/8 cup (=2 tablespoons) plain popcorn kernels in a paper lunch bag and tape it shut (no staples!). Microwave a couple minutes or until there is more than two seconds between pops.

      You can also use microwave safe lidded plastic containers for this but the pop impact will create permanent dents on the inner surface.

      You can then salt it and douse it with melted butter, or whatever suits your fancy.

      toomanymice

      July 22, 2019 at EDT am

      • If you don’t mind, I find myself in need of a kitchen tip. What’s the best appliance to get for tenderizing/slow cooking meat? I have a great goulash recipe, but am worried about tough beef. Thanks.

        Vipltd

        July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

      • A pot?

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

      • I have never had luck with beef in the slow cooker, except ground beef (which I believe goulash uses). You may want to look into a sous vide setup – they are not too expensive these days. You can also use the hotter slow cookers as a poor man’s sous vide by cooking on high for 1-2 hours then ‘cooking’ on warm for an additional 12 hours. When I cook ground beef meatballs this is how I do it and after the 12 hours on warm the texture is beautiful. But cooking on warm is considered a no-no, just be forewarned and use a thermometer so you don’t poison yourself.

        toomanymice

        July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

      • I make popcorn in the microwave with a large pyrex mixing bowl and upside down plate for a lid to keep from splattering. Add enough oil to coat the kernels and heat on high for 8-10 minutes.
        **
        I use a slow cooker for beef pot roast, pork shoulder or whole chicken all the time. Add liquid and cook 5 hrs on high or 8 hrs on low.

        destructure

        July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

      • Thanks Mice & Destructure.

        Vipltd

        July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

  3. I don’t know. But Roissy is back: https://heartiste.org/

    clay

    July 21, 2019 at EDT pm

    • Thanks, Clay.

      CamelCaseRob

      July 22, 2019 at EDT am

    • People keep saying that about that URL. But there’s no evidence that he’s “back” as opposed to a fan having taken one of the several archives that were available (which people were passing around after the banning) and publishing it. He’s still active on Gab and hasn’t mentioned that site there to my knowledge.

      Hermes

      July 22, 2019 at EDT am

      • Yeah, the latest post is from May 9, 2019. Sad.

        clay

        July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

      • Used to be a hardcore fan until he stopped writing about game and started writing anti-Semitic screeds instead. Sad.

        370H55V

        July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

      • Yeah, I had never really thought he was an anti-semite, rather decided to passively tolerate anti-semites. But on Gab he’s gone full-blown anti-semite, complete with not capitalizing the word “jew.”

        Hermes

        July 23, 2019 at EDT am

  4. Weren’t they right? Do you know anyone who eats microwave popcorn? Utterly prole.

    Peter Akuleyev

    July 22, 2019 at EDT am

    • Eating movie popcorn is prole too. It’s even more disgusting if people are enjoying concession food, while watching a re-screening of Alien or just any horror film.

      Ok, what, who's this again?

      July 22, 2019 at EDT am

      • Horror as a genre is prole? I’d always thought of horror fans as nerds and sometimes goths, but I am a victim of prole drift so maybe I’m missing something.

        Horace Pinker

        July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

      • Horror isn’t literature. Books that are non-literature are prole.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

      • There are lots of literary horror authors. Thomas Ligotti is probably my favorite.

        Horace Pinker

        July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

      • Books that are non-literature are prole.

        Is scifi non-literature and prole?
        **
        Movie popcorn is gross. And concession food is always trashy whether it’s at a movie theater, sports game, amusement park, etc. It’s a conflict between people wanting to eat something because it’s there and everyone else is eating it. Versus the knowledge that only someone completely devoid of impulse control would overpay for something that is essentially a fried turd.

        Horror movies are boring and suck ass. Except for Wolf Creek (2005). How can they cram so much awesome into only one movie? They can’t! That’s why they made a sequel and tv series out of it. 🙂

        destructure

        July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

      • destructure, if you liked Wolf Creek you should check out Killing Ground (2016). Agreed that Wolf Creek was excellent, but I stopped watching the series halfway through season 1 because I found it boring.

        I love horror movies and also agree that most of them are crap, but movies in general are pretty terrible. ‘The Witch’ is easily my favorite horror movie and arthouse horror seems to be growing in popularity. Other recent standouts that come to mind are It Follows, The Eyes of My Mother, and Mandy (trippiest movie I’ve ever seen).

        Horace Pinker

        July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

      • “Horror isn’t literature”

        Tell that to Stephen King, who’s a prolific writer of the horror genre.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stephen_King

        Although he was an English Major at the University of Maine, it’s on the prole side of credentials.

        His family background isn’t much to brag about.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

      • Being a best selling author doesn’t make one a writer of literature.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

      • I didn’t think the 1st season of Wolf Creek was terrible. But it did drag a little. Season 2 really stepped it up, though. I just read that a 3rd Wolf Creek movie is in the works.

        destructure

        July 23, 2019 at EDT pm

      • Most “literature” being written today is unreadable and will not be well-regarded centuries from now. Meanwhile, much of what we consider classic literature today was what you’re calling “prole” (i.e., entertainment for the masses) in its time. Charles Dickens’ novels were originally published as serials in magazines.

        Hermes

        July 23, 2019 at EDT pm

    • Ligotti is good and quite literary. Good recommendation, H P. The Lion should read him instead of watching these teen age soap operas.

      Gozo

      July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

  5. She assumed most people were smart enough not to eat toxic sh*. She was mistaken.

    destructure

    July 22, 2019 at EDT am

    • The costco brand has no artificial ingredients.

      toomanymice

      July 22, 2019 at EDT am

      • It contains palm oil, which is not a “natural” ingredient. Does this sound “natural”?

        “After milling, various palm oil products are made using refining processes. First is fractionation, with crystallization and separation processes to obtain solid (palm stearin), and liquid (olein) fractions.Then melting and degumming removes impurities. Then the oil is filtered and bleached. Physical refining removes smells and coloration to produce “refined, bleached and deodorized palm oil” (RBDPO) and free fatty acids, which are used in the manufacture of soaps, washing powder and other products. RBDPO is the basic palm oil product sold on the world’s commodity markets. Many companies fractionate it further to produce palm oil for cooking oil, or process it into other products.”

        Yumm, degumming and bleached! Nothing says “natural” like “degumming” and “bleached.” Industrial seed oils (vegetable, palm, sunflower, canola, etc.) are all made using harsh chemical processes. They are not natural in the slightest and no human ever ingested them until the late 19th century when the chemistry to extract them was first invented. Avoid them.

        Compare to olive oil creation process: (1) gather olives (2) squeeze.

        peterike

        July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

      • Personally, I do not buy into the current vegetable oil demonizing hysteria.

        toomanymice

        July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

    • Seriously. And now total poison, like Soylent or that fake meat you see advertised everywhere, is being sold to naive chumps as the hip and “environmentally conscious” choice.

      The (as usual) irony is that it’s the “highly educated” who are the most prone to fall for these egregious Frankenfood substitutes because of virtue signalling.

      As the saying goes (and which explains all of contemporary America):

      Stupid people believe A.
      Smart people believe B.
      Really smart people believe A.

      peterike

      July 22, 2019 at EDT am

      • Have you ever bought a jar of pasta sauce for Wonder Bread proles known as Ragu?

        https://abc3340.com/news/nation-world/ragu-pasta-sauces-recalled-over-concern-they-contain-plastic

        Pure disgusting crap and the company is now sending a notice that some of the sauce recently sold at the markets might be contaminated with plastic.

        You will not find this problem with companies that makes sauces for the “virtue signaling” crowd.

        Ok, what, who's this again?

        July 22, 2019 at EDT am

      • Actually, I trust the food supply in the U.S., even prole food, this recall is surprising and unusual. It’s more common that SWPL food is contaminated with e coli.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 22, 2019 at EDT am

      • Related is the distrust of water in pipes. There’s nothing wrong with US municipal water supply. It tastes fine and it is fine. Andy Rooney, who I normally disliked as an uber Greatest Generation gasbag, had the best take on this in one of his 60 Minutes pieces. He noted that women HATE HATE HATE water that doesn’t come from a plastic container, and there’s nothing anyone can say or do to convince them otherwise. This mass female delusion is still with us and should be studied. It would be the first time sociology professors deserved a salary if they did it.

        Hydrator

        July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

      • This reminds me of one of Scott Alexander’s Less Wrong posts:

        https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/9kcTNWopvXFncXgPy/intellectual-hipsters-and-meta-contrarianism

        Also, the Impossible Burger is really good.

        Horace Pinker

        July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

      • “Also, the Impossible Burger is really good.”

        I don’t care what it tastes like. It’s junk. Let’s look at the ingredients!

        Water – ok, so it’s mostly water. Healthy!
        Soy Protein Concentrate – poison
        Coconut Oil – ok
        Sunflower Oil – poison

        So two of the three main ingredients are complete garbage that causes inflammation, weight gain and has numerous downsides.

        And the rest is random junk and a vitamin pill:

        Natural Flavors, 2% or less of: Potato Protein, Methylcellulose, Yeast Extract, Cultured Dextrose, Food Starch Modified, Soy Leghemoglobin, Salt, Soy Protein Isolate, Mixed Tocopherols (Vitamin E), Zinc Gluconate, Thiamine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B1), Sodium Ascorbate (Vitamin C), Niacin, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), Vitamin B12.

        Don’t eat one. Ever.

        peterike

        July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

      • I think the anti-soy stuff is mainly just a meme:

        https://notpoliticallycorrect.me/2017/10/28/no-soy-does-not-feminize-males

        Tom

        July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

      • “I trust the food supply in the U.S., even prole food”

        I trust the US food supply more than China or Africa. But I don’t trust it more than Europe or Australia. There are lots of chemicals that are banned in almost every country except America. The reason is that the FDA investigates new chemicals but pretty much ignores the older ones.

        There used to be such a thing as “whole food” until some grocery store chain stole the term for its name and prostituted it to SWPLs. It should be illegal to appropriate a common term for a brand name.

        destructure

        July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

      • Why do you trust Europe’s food supply over the US? There was a recent horse meat scandal in Europe where they were substituting horse meat for beef:

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2013_horse_meat_scandal

        There are shenanigans in the olive oil industry in Europe, including mafia involvement in the industry, such as cutting the supposedly pure olive oil with vegetable and other oils.

        The largest food fraud in US history was perpetrated recently by a German honey company that was importing cheap Chinese honey and relabeling it as coming from elsewhere:

        https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2013-09-19/how-germany-s-alw-got-busted-for-the-largest-food-fraud-in-u-dot-s-dot-history

        Tom

        July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

      • Food was grosser before they started using chemicals. The idea that the food industry was better before chemicals is a myth. Chemicals allow you to avoid doing even grosser things to food:

        https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/11/crushed-bugs-calf-brains-and-other-wholesome-staples-of-the-past/570793/

        When Milk Was Full of Calf Brains

        A very short book excerpt

        We tend to think of our 19th-century forefathers thriving on farm-fresh produce and pasture-raised livestock, happily unaffected by the deceptive food-manufacturing practices of today. In this we are wrong. Milk offers a stunning case in point. By mid-century, the standard, profit-maximizing recipe was a pint of lukewarm water for every quart of milk—after the cream had been skimmed off. To whiten the bluish liquid, dairymen added plaster of paris and chalk, or a dollop of molasses for a creamy gold. To replace the skimmed-off layer of cream, they might add a final flourish of pureed calf brains.

        Fakery and adulteration ran rampant in other products as well. “Honey” in many cases proved to be thickened, colored corn syrup, and “vanilla” extract a mixture of alcohol and brown food coloring. “Coffee” might be largely sawdust, or wheat, beans, beets, peas, and dandelion seeds, scorched black and ground to resemble the genuine article. Containers of “pepper,” “cinnamon,” or “nutmeg” were frequently laced with pulverized coconut shells, charred rope, or floor sweepings. “Flour” routinely contained crushed stone or gypsum as a cheap extender. Ground insects could be mixed into brown sugar, often without detection; their use was linked to an unpleasant condition known as “grocer’s itch.”

        Tom

        July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

      • Aside from the charred rope and floor sweepings, there’s nothing particularly wrong with any of those sneaky additives. They’re not toxic or dangerous. If you ate a LOT of chalk or gypsum then it might cause a problem because of the volume of it. But if they used that much they’d get caught. So while those may sound awful, it’s probably not as bad as what goes in foods today. I mean, pureed calf brains? There’s nothing wrong with that. I used to eat brains and eggs all the time as a kid.

        It certainly wouldn’t bother me to eat a horse. Why would it? Even so, that’s a one off just as the mislabeled honey is a one off. On the other hand, the US fish market is completely corrupt. Not only is most fish mislabeled, it could be coming from anywhere. The reason one should care is because some fish species have high levels of mercury. The US also uses a ton of antibiotics in livestock that wouldn’t be tolerated in Europe or Australia. In fact, a lot of US foods can’t be imported because it doesn’t meet their standard.

        I’m not an expert on this stuff. This is just general knowledge.

        destructure

        July 23, 2019 at EDT am

      • It’s still fraud. Nobody would buy the milk if they were told there’s calf brains in it. It’s one thing to eat brains and other offal as a separate dish or delicacy, it’s quite another to slip it into other foods.

        Regarding additives, that goes for chemicals today as well. The dose is in the poison. People today who freak out about gluten, soy, MSG, etc. in the ingredients lists would freak out even more about brains, chalk, sawdust, etc.

        Horse meat is a taboo in Britain, but generally eaten in the rest of Europe. It’s still fraud though to cut pure beef with horse meat obviously, especially since horse is generally a lower quality meat.

        Generally bigger fish higher up in the food chain have more mercury.

        As for antibiotics in livestock, there are risks to their use in terms of long term antibiotic resistance, but they produce healthier and bigger animals, and there’s no real evidence that they’re bad for consumers.

        Tom

        July 23, 2019 at EDT pm

      • Fraud happened then and fraud happens now. It happens everywhere. Some places have a lot others don’t. How would you know unless it’s caught? But I doubt there’s a big difference in the amount of fraud between Europe and America. So that’s not the issue.

        Do you know how they raise chickens and talapia in China? They put the chicken cages over the fish ponds. Then all the feed and feces that falls out goes into the pond for the fish to eat. They use the ponds until the bacteria count is through the roof. Then they pump the ponds full of antibiotics to keep the fish alive. That’s the talapia you’re getting in restaurants and grocery stores in America. I’d rather drink the chalk and calf brain milk.

        destructure

        July 24, 2019 at EDT am

      • We were talking about US farming in the past vs. now, not imports. BTW, as I mentioned above, the biggest food fraud was by a German company faking Chinese honey as being from somewhere else.

        You would rather consume the food from the past adulterated with all sorts of things, including brains which are going to harbor all sorts of bacteria, rather than US raised and produced food that uses antiobiotics and chemical additives to ensure cleanliness? I think you’re in the minority. I think if given the choice today, most people today would choose the ultra-pasteurized milk from US industrial farms over the stuff from the past produced in lukewarm temps cut with calf brains and who knows what else.

        Tom

        July 24, 2019 at EDT pm

      • “We were talking about US farming in the past vs. now, not imports.”

        I was talking about food in the US vs China, Africa, Australia and Europe. You’re the one who dragged the past vs the present into it.

        “You would rather consume the food from the past adulterated with all sorts of things, including brains which are going to harbor all sorts of bacteria, rather than US raised and produced food that uses antiobiotics and chemical additives to ensure cleanliness?”

        I would rather consume food that passed current EU and AUS regulations than USA regulations. I was merely pointing out that the additives you mentioned weren’t necessarily toxic.

        Of course, they have better regulations and processes today to ensure that foods aren’t contaminated with bacteria, virus, etc. But foods also have a lot more chemicals that people probably shouldn’t be eating as well. Now, those chemicals won’t kill you quickly like an outbreak of e coli or salmonella. But some of them contribute to cancer, heart disease, etc which will still kill a lot of people over time.

        destructure

        July 25, 2019 at EDT am

  6. Some crazies will probably introduce microwave popcorn bag tax at some point in future.

    My 2c

    July 22, 2019 at EDT am

  7. A lot of the worst additives in microwave popcorn were banned or otherwise phased out fairly recently. As in, around 2017-2018. So it took 20 years for anything to happen. However, I don’t know what they’re using instead — could be something worse.

    I ate the stuff for much of my 20s, not knowing how bad it was. It’s great bachelor food — cheap, tasty, easy to make, and we were told for years that popcorn is a healthy snack. Popcorn on the stove is very easy to burn.

    Wency

    July 22, 2019 at EDT am

  8. Person of Budweiser

    July 22, 2019 at EDT am

  9. Jiffy Pop (you throw away the “pot,” so no cleaning).

    Anthony

    July 22, 2019 at EDT am

  10. If it’s not sold in Whole Foods or an exclusive foodie store, then beware.

    Ok, what, who's this again?

    July 22, 2019 at EDT am

  11. Food quality is the highest from Walmart for the same reason that car quality is the best from Toyota. It is impossible to refine quality without manufacturing/selling large quantity due to limitations of statistical analysis.

    My 2¢

    July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

    • My observation (completely scientific) is that the happiest people drive Toyota Siennas. Don’t ask me why, but there it is. Another interesting fact about Sienna driver’s – you can’t find one who knows who Willie Horton was (either of them).

      Commercial-Residential

      July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

      • Horton is still alive and is a resident of Jessup Correctional Institution in Maryland.

        ScarletNumber

        August 3, 2019 at EDT am

  12. West Bend is still in business and still makes popcorn poppers.

    I’ve heard of businesses that prohibit making microwave popcorn in the employee break rooms because it smells so much.

    More popcorn trivia: Orville Redenbacher was a real person and looked a lot like the picture on the popcorn containers.

    Peter

    ironrailsironweights

    July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

    • > Orville Redenbacher was a real person and looked a lot like the picture on the popcorn containers.

      Yeah, no shit. He was in commercials. Why don’t you tell us that Colonel Sanders was real too.

      ScarletNumber

      August 3, 2019 at EDT am

  13. If you haven’t tried purple popcorn.. which isn’t microwavable… just try it… bye bye bad popcorn 🍿

    Becky

    July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

  14. It’s depressing to know that microwave popcorn is bad for you. There are so few snacks that taste good that aren’t bad for you in some way. On the plus side, I just lost about 22 pounds in the past 11 weeks. On the negative side, I still have a few more sizes to go. But I’ll get there, popcorn or no popcorn.

    OT: The popcorn discussion got me thinking about that new movie “Yesterday” when something happened so that only one person in the world remembers The Beatles. Can Lion review this movie for us? Personally, I don’t see that people of today would be so enthralled by the old Beatle songs and consider any composer of them to be a genius. A lot of Beatle music got dated. And some of it achieved iconic status largely because Beatlemania ended up surpassing the music itself.

    Maryk (the g-loaded guidette)

    July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

    • Here’s your review of “Yesterday .”

      A potentially cute film ruined by pro mudsharking propaganda. The end.

      Peterike

      July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

    • The 1st Godfather Movie was indeed a classic and it had an intellectual bent when it came to murdering your enemies. There was a mentioning of Michael Corleone heading off to Dartmouth College, an Ivy League school, and probably the 1st for anything IA related, especially dealing with mobsters. What really made it a classic and a trendsetter was its dark setting. It was mostly dark, antsy and/or brooding in the movie, which became a feature of other classic films of the 1970s like Star Wars and Alien.

      In an ironic sense, the only scene in the movie that was not too dark was the funeral procession of Vito Corleone in Queens. It was one of the few moments in the movie that was sunny, light hearted and genuinely peaceful, despite the mourning of his death.

      This scene was indeed the good ol’ days of Queens when everybody was a “White Ethnic” in a White borough!

      Ok, what, who's this again?

      July 22, 2019 at EDT pm

      • What I can’t understand is how Kay could have married Michael knowing who his father was. Didn’t she know that just by being Vito’s son Michael would always be in danger? And that as Michael’s wife she’d be in danger? Who would let their children have a mobster for a grandfather? Life is already complicated enough. A normal woman wouldn’t do this. I know Michael was sexy. But really…….

        Maryk (the g-loaded guidette)

        July 23, 2019 at EDT pm

    • “I just lost about 22 pounds in the past 11 weeks.”

      That’s awesome. If you don’t mind me asking, what did you cut out to lose it?

      destructure

      July 23, 2019 at EDT am

      • Basically, I had either oatmeal or oat bran with a mug of coffee for both breakfast and lunch. For dinner I had 4 ounces of canned tuna or canned salmon with cucumbers, either baked potato or rice with onions, and one other vegetable – usually carrots or zucchini. And later on an apple. Homemade lemonade with a little sugar replaced sugary soft drinks. I eat no bread at all. For some reason I just don’t miss it.

        Maryk (the g-loaded guidette)

        July 23, 2019 at EDT pm

      • May I critique your menu? Pleeeeease??? 🙂

        Oatmeal is the breakfast of champions. It’s nutritious and the fiber helps suppress appetite. But eating it twice for breakfast and lunch might be edging out other things you need.

        Fish is good. But tuna and salmon are high in mercury. So you might want to limit those. You could try sardines and kippered herring instead. They have much less mercury because they’re smaller fish at the lower end of the food chain. But not everyone likes sardines and herring. Other alternatives would be skinless chicken breast or beans. But you still need red meat once or twice per week to prevent anaemia and B12 deficiency.

        Potatoes and rice are fine. But they’re both carbohydrates. Complex carbs aren’t evil. So there’s nothing wrong with having both as long as you keep the total consumption reasonable. I’m sure you know that whole grain aka “brown” rice is much healthier than white. If you want to change it up, you could eat whole grain barley as well. It cooks the same as rice.

        Apples are high in fiber and low in calories, which is great for weight loss. I’m sure you’ve heard that eating a snack will “spoil your dinner”. That’s because it takes your stomach 30 minutes to tell your brain that you’re no longer hungry. But that’s good news. Because eating an apple 30 minutes before dinner fills people up so they eat less. Bananas are also great for weight loss. Plus, they’re considered a “super food”.

        Carrots and onions are also considered “super foods”. There’s nothing wrong with cucumbers and zucchini. But they’re mostly water. That’s why they’re good for weight loss. Because they’re mostly water and fiber. But, in spite of their green skin, neither are really “greens”. Leon will probably freak out over e coli, but I buy those bags of pre-washed baby spinach and eat it raw. Broccoli is also great. But, of course, you have to wash it.

        Miscellaneous. I guess lemonade covers citrus. But consider adding some nuts to the menu. Studies show that only two tablespoons of peanuts slows cognitive decline, especially dementia.

        You definitely need to stay away from bread, pasta and soda which you’re already doing. They’re so bad that eating them should be considered a sin.

        I’m sure this post was annoying. But my wife would say it’s even more annoying the 10th time you hear it. Not that she listens. For years, she refused to eat beans because she read that beans caused inflammation. It’s actually the opposite. Beans are one of the healthiest things to eat. And they’re great for weight loss, too. SC should remember that for later. She may brag about being thin now. But I suspect she’s not so much thin as pre-fat. She just doesn’t know it yet.

        Bonus recipe. Dump 3 cans of black beans rinsed, 2 packs of frozen corn, 1 jar of salsa and taco seasoning in your slow cooker. Cook 4 hrs on high or 8 hrs on low.

        destructure

        July 23, 2019 at EDT pm

      • Salmon are a low-mercury fish.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 23, 2019 at EDT pm

      • Destructure, thank you for the critique of my diet. It was not annoying at all. I knew when I started this that the diet was unbalanced. But I’m significantly overweight and needed to do something that I knew I’d stick with since I’d be dieting for a long time – even after the 21 pound loss I’m still about 60-70 pounds overweight according to the charts. I may limit oatmeal to once a day and have cottage cheese and a vegetable for lunch. I’m going to try to eat different vegetables. But beans and nuts are too high in calorie.

        Maryk (the g-loaded guidette)

        July 23, 2019 at EDT pm

      • “Salmon are a low-mercury fish.”

        You’re right. But the guidelines still say to restrict consumption of low mercury fish to no more than two to three servings (8 to 12 oz) per week. If she’s eating 4 oz every night then that adds up. There are also several kinds of mackerel, salmon, tuna, etc. And some are lower than others. For example, north atlantic mackerel is low but spanish mackerel is high. Canned-light tuna is low but white (albacore) tuna is high. So you’re right about salmon being low. But it’s confusing. So I ignore it and just eat a couple of cans of sardines and/or herring per week. Because they’re still the lowest.
        **
        Also it occurred to me that some versions of my recipe include chicken breast. If you add chicken breast then it needs to be cooked. But if you don’t then you can just simmer it on the stove for 10 minutes to heat and it’s ready to go. You can also brown ground beef and throw it in there for chili. I know it’s not much of a recipe. But it’s really good for how easy it is. It’s my go-to recipe for when I’m running late. And it’s saved me plenty of times. When my wife comes home from a hard day of shopping she doesn’t like to wait for her dinner.

        destructure

        July 23, 2019 at EDT pm

      • MaryK — Studies have shown that beans promote weight loss. They’re high in dietary fiber and protein. This keeps you feeling full longer so you eat less. The soluble fiber in beans delays gastric emptying, while the protein stimulates the hormones in your stomach that tell your brain that you’re full. You need to get beans on the menu ASAP.

        https://academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/103/5/1213/4569588

        destructure

        July 24, 2019 at EDT am

    • A lot of anti-Indian hatred on this blog so Lion won’t review that movie.

      GondwanaMan

      July 24, 2019 at EDT am

      • What movie is that?

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 24, 2019 at EDT pm

      • The new Beatles movies which i think is called Yesterday. The main character is Indian.

        GondwanaMan

        July 24, 2019 at EDT pm

      • They should make a movie about a Filipino guy who imitates Steve Perry from Journey!

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        July 24, 2019 at EDT pm

      • The only problem with Lion reviewing anything that contains Indians is that we’ll very shortlybe revisiting his “indian B.O.” topic.

        Maryk (the g-loaded guidette)

        July 24, 2019 at EDT pm

      • Was just in a Hooters (prole, i know) and “Dont Stop Believing” came on.

        Corny song.

        GondwanaMan

        July 25, 2019 at EDT am


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