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March 1st, 2011


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06:51 pm - Do burgers taste of grass?
I'm in the mood for a bit of a rant.

One of the fallacies that really winds me up is the "if you eat fatty foods you get fat" one. Seriously, how is this kind of metabolism supposed to work? You eat fat and your body extracts it and stores it on your belly (or hips)? I suppose when you eat protein it gets made into muscle, and any sugar you eat is spun into candy-floss and stored in your skull?

Burgers (supposedly bad because they have fat in 'em) are made of cow. Cows are made from a little cow and a lot of grass, recursively. Ultimately cows are made from a lot of grass and homeopathically small (bugger all unless you're really unlucky) amounts of proto-cow. Yet everyone knows that burgers don't taste of grass. Clearly, digestion and metabolism are more complicated than "store the appropriate bit of the food in the appropriate (or inappropriate) part of the body".

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From:tinycorvid
Date:March 1st, 2011 07:30 pm (UTC)
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I mentioned this the other day. Advertisers like to sell 'low fat' or 'fat free' food because a lot of people are under the impression that it won't make them put on weight. If you eat an excess of anything, it can make you fat. Likewise, if you undereat even with fatty foods, it's likely that you won't end up getting fat. It's more convenient for people to think of metabolisms that way, because the truth isn't what they want to hear.
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From:footpad
Date:March 1st, 2011 09:33 pm (UTC)
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I only recently noticed how, if you look at the actual energy content of "low fat" food, it's surprisingly close to the full-fat stuff. I think I saw only about a 20% difference between half-fat and full-fat milk.

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