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Bacon no longer takes a backseat to bananas

By Holly Martin

“I like fruit,” my youngest son said.

“Yes, you do,” I agreed after having just reached into a bowl that was filled with bananas and oranges just a couple of days ago to find it was empty.

“But I also like bacon,” he added.

“Me too, Lincoln. Me, too.”

I’m not sure whether they have been studying food choices in school or whether at age 8, he’s simply interested because he spends so much time per day eating to fuel his growth spurt.

This is the same boy who readily passes up other drinks for a glass of milk. He and his brother aren’t really all that high on sweets. I threw away homemade chocolate chip cookies the other day because no one ate the last few.

But one of the things I’ve been trying to teach Lincoln is that you can eat any food in moderation.

“Ice cream is good for me?” he asked incredulously. “Well, it’s better than a lot of things that don’t have milk and eggs in it—like candy.”

We talked about how having a bowl of ice cream was just fine—as long as the bowl wasn’t the size of the sink and that you didn’t eat it after every meal.

Eating bacon, or steak, or a hamburger all provides nutrition that simply can’t be replaced—and especially not in that kind of tasty package.

Just this week, I saw more than one news story about a new book being released this week called “The Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet, ” by Nina Teicholz. God bless her. It discusses how America’s obsession with fat has created a generation that relies on sugar. Consequently, our hearts aren’t any healthier than they were years ago before the “heart-healthy” craze.

All of the attention on the book is good news for livestock industries whose end products have been the whipping boys of the nutrition world over the last 50 years.

One article, written by the author in Wall Street Journal, outlines how the anti-animal protein movement began, including studies that were lacking scientific standards skewing the data. Consequently, generations of Americans have focused on low-fat diets, high in carbohydrates.

Carbohydrates aren’t bad, but neither is a burger. Eating in moderation is the key. Eating a balance of fruits, vegetables, grains, milk products and proteins is truly the key to eating and living healthy.

And isn’t it nice to know, all those years ago your mother was right. It turns out that bacon-and-egg breakfast she fixed before putting you on the school bus was as healthy as when she made you oatmeal with raisins.

Holly Martin can be reached by phone at 1-800-452-7171, ext. 1806, or by email at

Date: 5/12/2014


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