Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Old Mother Hubbard's Bare Cupboard - Blame the Diet Experts

Old Mother Hubbard
Went to the cupboard
To get her doggie a bone,
When she got there
The cupboard was bare...

...that's because a 21st century diet expert had paid Mother Hubbard (who lived 100 years prior) a visit and tossed all the *unhealthy* stuff out of her pantry cupboard:

  •  Salt
  •  Butter
  •  Sugar
  •  Milk
  •  Bread
  •  Flour
  •  Eggs
  •  Meat
  •  Coffee 
 All that was left, it seems, were a few apples, not enough, even at the rate of "an apple a day" to keep the doctor away.

Seriously: If you went by what the modern diet experts said, very little would be left in the pantries from yester-year. The list of *healthy* stuff is shrinking fast.

(It's a pity the starving people in Ethiopia didn't have access to Old Mother Hubbard's Cupboard. The dieticians there would have a different mantra, I'm sure. Something like "It's all good")


  1. hi, you think a bipolar diet shouldnt contain all these unhealthy food? im bipolar and im vegetarian, i dont drink coffee, alcohol, meat, sougar, bread, ..i practice yoga and i think sattvic diet is good for bipolars...

  2. @revolt : I'm not linking this "diet" talk to bipolar specifically, and I'm not making any judgement calls. I'm just pointing out how, despite our great grandparents living fairly well, their staples were (if we are to believe many of the diet zealots) "very unhealthy" and how, if the trends continue, there will be very little left to eat that some "expert" is not saying is unhealthy.

  3. If Mother Hubbard was branded then our problems would begin. Multiple outlets of Mother Hubbard's cupboard! It is no coincidence that the cheapest, fastest food results in high obesity levels. Simply put, keep the fat, sugar and salt levels down, don't overeat, exercise regularly and you will find yourself a lot slimmer than me!

  4. Yea BPG, there are "experts" everywhere there's a buck to be had. Historically, obesity was a display of station; the fatter you were, the richer you were likey to be. Imagine the rotund hedonist in the toga being carted around by slaves while being fed grapes. It is the same really today, per your example. There aren't many fat Ethiopians but America has the most over-weight people on earth. Transfats and decadence are America's big hitters. (of coarse I myself, am eating a twinky as I type this!) I agree, if you need the calories and the cupboard is bare, eat whatever you can find. But if you can pick and choose, you could choose just able anything in moderation and to hell with the experts and be healthy. When these guys are doing their case studies, they mostly are only trying to prove or disprove their theory. They throw out all the other data. Hell, certain groups Eskimos are very healthy and they subsist almost totally on meat, fat, and fish. I should publish a dietary book on Eskimo cuisine, but getting the walrus blubber might be a bitch! lol. Great topic.


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