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Spring 2010 English 108 Long Reading You Are Not What You Eat Jeffrey Steingarten [VOGUE/April 2008] Jeffrey Steingarten began his career as an attorney, having graduated from Harvard College and Harvard Law School in 1965 and 1968, respectively. In 1989, his career took a decided turn when he began writing for Vogue magazine, where he is currently the resident food critic. Steingarten also regularly contributes to Slate magazine and has written award-winning essay collections, such as The Man Who Ate Everything (1997) and It Must've Been Something I Ate (2002). As an internationally acclaimed food writer, Steingarten has traveled extensively and sampled offerings from all over the world, having tasted such rarities as deep-fried bamboo worms, roasted wasp larvae, and mashed pig's brains. On Bastille Day in 1994, he was made a Chevalier of the Order of Merit in France for his writing on French gastronomy. 1 And all this time, you've been walking around thinking, I totally am what I eat. It's why I look the way I do, whether I feel healthy or weak, how well I sleep, whether I'll get a cold or a stroke, how long I'll live, and how I'll die. And most important of all, how I look in a bathing suit. 2 Every one of these thoughts is more or less wrong. Because we are not what we eat. 3 Of all the warnings and urgings you've heard about food, very few of them are justified. No, eating sugar doesn't make children hyperactive. (That study was done at Yale.) Eating chocolate doesn't cause acne (National Institutes of Health). Eating salt won't raise your blood pressure unless you belong to the tiny minority of salt-sensitive hypertensives (Intersalt Study). Consuming lots of salad and other raw vegetables (which used to be called "roughage") will not lessen the risk of colon cancer (Harvard Nurses' Study). Your total fat consumption will not raise your blood cholesterol. And for many people, eating saturated fat will not raise their cholesterol (Harvard's Walter C. Willett, M.D., in N utritional Genomics, 2006). Most people who are actually lactose intolerant (probably two thirds of those who think they are) can drink an entire glass of whole milk without any discomfort--without reacting to it in any way at all (Massachusetts General Hospital study). And-get this!--exercise will not necessarily make you fit.(I'll explain that in a minute.) 4 All during the nineties, America was in the grip of an antifat obsession; everybody was bingeing on boxes of Snackwell's cookies-- high-carb, high-sugar, low-fat. The percentage of fat in the American diet decreased nearly every year. And yet Americans grew fatter and fatter and fatter. Some experts blame the low-fat diet itself: It seemed to encourage people to overeat carbohydrates. And get fatter. Thirty year ago 47 percent of Americans were overweight or obese. Now it's 66 percent, or two third. And--as I am always way ahead of the world's food trends--you can count me in. 5
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