Fat Myth ?

As I was browsing through Discover Magazine’s January 2007 edition running through the brief outlines of the top 100 science stories of 2006, I was drawn to two topics that were of special interest to me. I’m still battling the bulge trying to close down two inches off my belt ; therefore, any knowledge that may help in understanding the ramnifications of diet on our bodies would be beneficial.

Here are the two topics :

53 Low-Fat Diet A Bust?

Everybody had been jumping on the low fat diet bandwagon believing that fat intake causes all sorts of problems, making people susceptible to heart disease, stroke and cancer. Apparently this is no longer true. The problem isn’t the fats we eat – it’s the getting fat that matters. They’ve narrowed down the villains as trans fats and saturated fats which have to be avoided whenever possible. The secret to a healthy life now appears to be avoiding becoming fat rather than worrying about eating fats.

38 Lab Cooks Up a Healthier Pig

I’ve been brainwashed to believe that omega-3 fatty acids found in fish is one of the best things you can feed your body so I make it a point to include a bit of fish in my daily diet. Pork had been unfairly characterized as full of fatty grease, hence bad for health. A reporter in the Pinoy local paper here once wrote an article about the 3 poisons in the Pinoy diet – tuyo, baboy and beer. The good news is pigs can now be genetically engineered to provide omega – 3, much like fish ! That’s great news to those who miss eating pork for fear that their arteries might be clogged with fat. It’s still a toss up whether the FDA will allow the generatically altered pig to be consumed by the public.

#53 and #38 are welcome news indeed.

Talking about genetically altered food, I once bought a dozen eggs. The price was more expensive than the usual one I’m buying but I shrugged it off. When I tried to make omelette for breakfast, I noticed that the egg was slightly bigger than the ones I normally bought. When I broke the egg, I saw two yolks. This was the first time I saw double yolk ( pardon my ignorance) so I thought this must have been an abnormal egg. When I was little we had a poultry farm and I know some eggs come out funny, in some kind of an elastic brown sac, minus the white shell. The second egg yielded the same two yolks. When I saw the packaging – it had the label – double yolk. I immediately googled the net to check if these eggs were genetically altered or something. I found that the double yolks are an indeed an aberration, in other words abnormal. Double yolks occur in 1 in a 1000 eggs. Boy , if they can come up with dozens of these eggs, they must have a real big farm πŸ™‚

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38 Responses

  1. Good news about fats. Now I can eat bacon without feeling guilty, huh? Hehe.

  2. Don’t worry big bro, this is also the first time I saw a double yolk egg. Wow!I wonder how they do that? Ano kaya ang magiging form ng manok kung tinuloy yan? I wonder…

  3. My doctor’s advice for me: gulay lang ! 😦

  4. Abaniko – yep, and how about eating lechon with complete abandon..and with beer? πŸ™‚

  5. Verns – first of all, you break lesser eggs and I like that πŸ™‚ They say the yolks will never form na manok kasi masyadong masikip sa shell πŸ™‚

  6. Sidney – you can never go wrong with gulay and I am a salad freak myself but as they say, variety is the spice of life πŸ™‚

  7. With our preoccupation with fat, we forgot that too much salt (sodium) and sugar are both as bad. maybe not fattening, but can cause more troubles to the fragile bio-system. Well, for me, everything in moderation most of the time and indulgence once in a while. results is the waistline is peak and valley..

  8. Vic – very true. A lean body does not guarantee it is healthy. I guess the baromoter of health nowadays is obesity, in line with “you are what you eat” thinking. I wonder how cigar chomping Winston Churchill and actor Orson Wells lived long lives despite their obese figures πŸ™‚

  9. Imagine my surprise to find a double yolk egg, but later on learned that it’s a common find here in Manila.

    Losing weight is not that all difficult. It’s maintaining the weight loss which is incredibly challenging.

    Some claim drastic reduction in rice and bread consumption helps to shed off some pounds. And of course, avoiding table sugar altogether.

    But worry not. You’re still young enough to easily lose those unwanted pounds.qgy

  10. Eric – dunno why people in this part of the world have time to worry about those things πŸ™‚ Methinks it has to do with ads we see on TV. My doc has something to do with it perhaps. I see a lot of young guys in their twenties trying to eat healthy.. man I feel like I gotta watch out too πŸ™‚ One one hand it is good to be conscious of what you eat πŸ™‚ I don’t think it has to do with vanity . The govt here seems to be promoting it too

  11. Here in Korea only the educated and well off seem to worry about dieting. It is a western fad.

  12. Ay buti na lang…kala ko kasi pag nabuo sha dalawa yung ulo hihihihi πŸ™‚

  13. Irrealis – you maybe right. Here the govt even ordered to remove pop soda from school vending machines ! At my kid’s day care, they cook only healthy foods to feeed the kids- no sweets just fruits πŸ™‚

  14. Verns – that would be a strange creature you can schowcase and make money at the town feria ! Pag nabuo ang dalawang yolk, baka lumabas parehong pandakekok na manok πŸ™‚

  15. Wow, lechon! Masarap yan kahit alang beer. But I like crispy pata still to go with beer. It’s not as oily and messy as lechon eh.

  16. Just the other day, I saw on Good Morning America that they were promoting this orange juice that has fat oils in it. So that you could get your daily dose of omega 3. And they said that it doesn’t taste fishy at all. No hint of any fish in the drink.

  17. Abaniko – crispy pata with spicy
    vinegar is totally irresistible. More so that you’re getting omega -3 oils πŸ™‚ Problem is, how can you be sure that pig that was roasted is the omega -3 variant ? LOL πŸ™‚

  18. Niceheart – hmmm, that’s news to me. I guess were are witnessing food and drink makers trying to bait the public with their supposedly healthier products πŸ™‚ It’s going to be a rat race i think.

  19. Why is it the more palatable the food is, the more it becomes a health problem? It is a sort

    of a cruel natural law. We can’t always get what we wanted.

    I like tuyo the most and I used to eat thru breakfast, lunch and dinner but after that I’ve

    developed some allergies from it and the doctor advised me to minimize on it. But if you ask

    me, I can’t really resist eating such.

  20. Major Tom – it’s really ironic if you think that the health of our bodies depend largely on what we feed it. Some people eat to live while others live to eat πŸ™‚ Sooner or later we will have a wonder drug that would provide all the nutrients your body needs, suppress your hunger, make you healthy and a lot live longer πŸ™‚ Would life be enjoyable this way? People sometimes forget that eating is a high, a fullfiling expreience much like sex πŸ™‚

  21. Ha! Genetically altered p-i-g is giving me hope to eat more krispy pata with toyo, gralic, kalamansi and sili!

    Aw, trans fats is big issue. No more fast food!

    What Eric mentioned about double yolk being common in Manila is true. I’ve seen one myself.

    Ay ang tuyo, I miss the tuyo! πŸ™‚

  22. huh? nawala yata comment ko lol magic!

    Anyway I was saying na pag ganun, it would definitely sell in the carnival πŸ™‚

  23. i didn’t know that tuyo is a poison.

    and how can they produce dozens of eggs if it’s 1 in a 1000? wow! πŸ™‚

  24. yehey! nasave na comment ko. hahaha. sorry ha. i just have to react coz i’m really happy πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  25. It is true that rather than the amount or kind of food that we consume, physical exercise is the more important parameter that determines how fat we become. I wonder if maybe somebody can invent a way where we can blog online while performing situps or sweating it out on the treadmill…that way we can keep doing what we want and not accumulate unwanted fat in the process…:)

  26. Ipanema – whew, that dipping sauce you mentioned made my mouth water πŸ™‚ Yes, the idea of consuming lechon de leche with fear would be amazing πŸ™‚

  27. Vernaloo – a Siamese twin chicken would be definite sell of course! Now there goes your enterprising skills in business πŸ™‚ Hmm.. gina pinsar mo na ang ginansya mo guro he he πŸ™‚

  28. Ipanema – ooopps.. shud be ” without fear “

  29. bw,
    your reply to senor enrique, you mentioned that our govt. is promoting healthy eating habit and I’ve heard junk foods are banned in school vending machines now. that is goof for us taxpayers, because in the long run, that’s a lot of saving in the health care budget and a healthy work force. And like everything, early childhood habit is hard to break.

  30. Tin – They should have real large poultry to farm these double yolks πŸ™‚ Tuyo contains too much salt and ok if eaten with extreme moderation. I can’t cook tuyo sa bahay kasi hard to get the amoy :)Great that you can finally post in my blog! so its now Starbucks and lunch.. promise.. ha ha πŸ™‚

  31. Kathy – I blogged about this exercise machine I blogged about a while back . Check this out:

    http://buffwings.blogspot.com/2005/11/high-price-of-health.html#comments

    Guaranteed results for 4 minutes a day use. Cost of exercise machine : $14,000 πŸ™‚

  32. Vic – very true and by starting in schools, you sensitize them when they’re young. But then, these fast food chains are sprouting like mushrooms πŸ™‚ Hoepfully we can all become smart in avoiding unhealthy junk food πŸ™‚

  33. What the heck?? What happened to my comment? I hate blogspot these days…

    Anyways, what I wrote in my comment was: I’m lucky to have been born with a fast metabolism. With the way I eat sometimes (including midnight snacks) I should have been around 200lbs by now. πŸ˜€

  34. Sngl – I thought Blogger woes are over but not quite it seems 😦

    Lucky you! I know a guy who eats a ton but remains as lean as a bean pole and I’m awed πŸ™‚

  35. hala! ga apir disapir akon comment..jeez hehe

    Anyway lol @ the “ginansha” labutaw hehe of course…I don’t want to run a charity or something but donchawori coz if you want to watch the show with your little girl, I won’t charge your little girl, ikaw lang hehe

  36. Verns – keep that enterprising spirit up ! I can see you becoming a savvy businesswoman in the future πŸ™‚

  37. interesting, nakakita na rin ako ng double yolk egg pero ngayon ko lang narinig na pinagsasama sama nila yung mga double yolk for a special price

  38. Iskoo – one dozen double yolk eggs was a treat to have. I had to break half the amount of eggs – call that conservation πŸ™‚ Yes, that amazed me too. They must have a huge farm to collect dozens of these abnormal eggs πŸ™‚

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