Friday, September 11, 2009
In 'Big Food vs. Big Insurance,' an editorial printed in the New York Times, Michael Pollan states that The Centers for Disease Control estimates that Type 2 Diabetes will afflict one in three Americans born after 2000.
Pollan says that the health care industry finds it more profitable to treat chronic diseases than to prevent them. He says that there is "more money in amputating the limbs of diabetics than in counseling them on diet and exercise."
In my quest to become a better runner and prevent breast cancer (my mom died of cancer when I was 20) I read online articles and books on nutrition. I have managed to cobble together a diet, but have never visited a nutritionist.
I'm not sure if visiting a nutritionist would even be the best choice. When I was in the hospital earlier this year for surgery, I was given a colored drink that was mostly high fructose corn syrup. I had to physically ask for a 100% fruit juice drink.
In another New York Times story, 'For Your Health, Froot Loops' William Neuman recently reported that, "A new food-labeling campaign called Smart Choices, backed by most of the nation’s largest food manufacturers, has chosen Froot Loops and Cocoa Krispies as two of their recommended products."
I understand that food manufacturers want to devise a marketing strategy to promote their products, but the President of the Smart Choices board is Eileen T. Kennedy, the dean of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University! How can she create a program that recommends a sugary cereal at breakfast, the most important meal of the day?
As a runner, food serves the role of nourishing me and feeding my muscles to enable me to increase my performance. I also enjoy the taste and texture of food, as well as the act of sharing food with others. I am attracted to bright colors, so having a meal with many brightly colored vegetables makes me feel happy.
What are your strategies for improving nutrition? Have you ever visited a nutritionist for a personal consultation?
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