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    Forbes: The Best Worst Foods ...

    http://www.forbes.com/2005/08/03/nut...03feat_ls.html















    "Nutritionists are to food what safety engineers are to the auto industry: If they had their way, eating wouldn't be any fun at all.

    That's because for most people food is about taste first, and nutrition second. For nutritionists, unsurprisingly, it's the other way around. In fact, they'd be happy if most of us lived on bark and berries. Yet, as much as we might grumble about them, we should be grateful. After all, they are the ones who keep us from living exclusively on chicken wings, pizza and doughnuts.

    Even if we don't always eat smart, most people have a pretty good idea of the link between foods that are high in calories and fat, and the impact these foods have on our health. Fried foods, foods heavy in sugar or starch and foods covered in chocolate or grease are usually pretty easy to spot. If eating is like a videogame, avoiding Big Macs or Ring-Dings is like winning the first level; the more challenging adversaries are still to come.

    This is never more true than when dining at a good restaurant. Menus, particularly after a cocktail or two, can be hard to negotiate, especially when your appetite begins to cloud your judgment. Even if one doesn't know exactly what ingredients the chef used to create his Maryland Crab Cakes or signature Risotto Milanese, it pays to be on the lookout for potential hazards—or at least to know what they are—so that when ordering heart-attack hand grenades, such as sautéed foie gras, one can at least make an informed decision.

    For example, many well-heeled and normally calorie-conscious regulars flock to restaurants where the most popular dishes are often the least healthy. For example, New York City’s famed 21 Club sold almost 3,000 plates of its sinfully creamy chicken hash in 2004—no doubt to the horror of the diners' doctors. The reason is that its main ingredients—cream, butter, flour and cheese, in addition to chicken—are all fat.

    "That’s what makes it good," says 21 Club’s Executive Chef Stephen Trojahn, "Honestly, fat is the vehicle that flavor comes from. You need some sort of fat to make food taste appealing."

    See our delicious lineup of the best and worst foods.

    It’s a statement that can’t be disputed. The most commonly ordered meals are usually the heavy ones, and many chefs will agree that fat sells food. So while they bring on the flavor, your health is suffering the consequences.

    "Most Americans dig their graves with their teeth," says Dr. Jay Kenny, nutrition research specialist at the Pritikin Longevity Center in Florida, but "you have to eat badly for decades before it starts to show its damage."

    Heart disease and cancer are some of the worst results of diets high in fatty foods. Nutritionists say about 68% of Americans are overweight, and with such easy access to high-fat meals, it’s no wonder. The average diet should consist of only about 1,400 to 2,000 calories per day. Fat can make up a portion of the calories, but it should be the monounsaturated or polyunsaturated type found in food like avocados, nuts and fish. So, although a cheeseburger makes a quick fix for lunch, it packs in 1,000 calories, on average. If you add eggs Benedict with hollandaise sauce for breakfast and meat loaf for dinner, the total calories for the day will exceed 2,500. And that doesn’t include side items, like snacks and drinks.

    Oz Garcia, Ph.D., who was twice voted the best nutritionist by New York Magazine, says, "Eating healthy becomes a ticket to prosperity; the body can’t handle such a large volume of food after time. I’d rather be healthy enough to run, build my company and have a great sex life."

    Although it is OK to give your arteries a workout from time to time by digging into meat loaf or fried clams, many nutritionists say moderation is a good start to eating right. Still, most would suggest eliminating fatty foods completely to ensure your health. That’s why it’s up to you to make a good decision. You can indulge in a nice meal here and there, but keep in mind the long-term effects it will have on your future.

    Whether dining in or out, there are some foods that always set off our arterial alarm bells, no matter how good they taste. That's not to say one should never eat them, because, frankly, these foods are just too darn delicious to forgo forever. But don't say we didn't warn you."

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    Re: Forbes: The Best Worst Foods ...

    I would, as both a diabetic and a cook, argue with the statement "fat is the vehicle that flavor comes from".
    Have you tried using Mushroom Soy Ketchup, Oyster sauce, Abalone Sauce, Szechuan Spices, Cumin, Cardomin, Sun dried tomatoes, Worcester sauce, etc etc etc?
    Fat is the quick and easy vehicle, and a pretty mundane one at that.

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    Re: Forbes: The Best Worst Foods ...

    I was making shake'n'bake porkchops and I like to use a little bit of Greek Seasoning. Very good stuff. My shake'n'bake' coating smelled like Little Ceaser's Crazy Bread! All i had was bread-crumbs, garlic powder, parmesean cheese, greek seasoning and salt and pepper! Thought it didnt make my porkchops taste the same though [img]images/icons/frown.gif[/img] That would have been cool
    Never argue with an idiot, they bring you down to their level and beat you with experience -- Dilbert

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    Re: Forbes: The Best Worst Foods ...

    After nearly 4 weeks I finally cooked at home yesterday, packed some for lunch at work and didn't even eat it since everyone at work was like "cmon man, have it for dinner". Dinner turned out to be pizza and beer with the softball team. Same story today and already booked for Thursday and Friday. I guess I should plan going on a new trouser hunt soon.
    (I'm hiring Software Development Engineers in Test in Seattle, WA)

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    Re: Forbes: The Best Worst Foods ...

    If you are fry, grilling or otherwise preparing ground beef, then a little fat does at some flavor, but then so does a big old Portabello mushroom and some onions.
    I too am a diabetic and right now I'm following the South Shore routine. My blood sugar is normally now below 100 and I eat a lot of fat.
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    Re: Forbes: The Best Worst Foods ...

    As someone from Buffalo, I'm insulted my native food -Chicken Wings - aren't on the list!!
    "When you find a big kettle of crazy, it's best not to stir it" - Scott Adams

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    Re: Forbes: The Best Worst Foods ...

    All right, Joe! Go Bills. I grew up in the southern tier of western NY (Cuba-Rushford). You forgot to mention beef on weck and Sahlen's hotdogs.

    You know you are from Buffalo if:
    1. You've ever boasted about having a Buffalo Sabre as your next door neighbor.
    2. You've ever totaled your Acura by crashing into a deer.
    3. You think a 150,000 square foot supermarket is small.
    4. You watch the Bills on TV with the sound turned down, and the radio turned to the game.
    5. Rosie O'Donnell really doesn't seem fat to you.
    6. You ask "so, what are ya?" or "So, what is that?" when someone tells you their last name.
    7. You think the idea of "California pizza" is as sacrilegious as cheering on the Miami Dolphins.
    8. You take real chicken wings and pizza back with you after a visit home to Buffalo.
    9. You add an apostrophe-s to the names of most businesses - Blockbuster's, Rite Aid's, Olive Garden's (not that you would at there), Wal-Mart's, and so on.
    10. You don't let a blinding snowstorm stop you from driving 70 MPH down the Thruway during rush hour.
    11. While living out of town, you've said to your friends ...
    "back home, you could get a case of Labatts for twelve bucks!"
    "back home, this house would go for only 80K!"
    "back home, the bars close at 4:00 AM!"
    "you call this snow?"
    "you call this cold?"
    "you call this a supermarket?"
    "you call these wings?"
    "you call this pizza?"
    "you call this Italian food?"
    "you call these taxes high?"
    "they're closing the schools for this?"
    "no, I didn't forget to wash my face - haven't you ever heard of Ash Wednesday?"
    12. You've never been to New York City.
    13. One of your friends claims to have known Ani DiFranco or a Goo Goo Doll from high school.
    14. You go to Niagara Falls for the outlet shopping and the Italian food, not the scenery.
    15. You spend hours planning drives to avoid toll booths.
    16. You've nearly gotten into fights over topics like ...
    Malecki vs. Sahlen vs Wardynski vs. Shelly vs. Redlinski (hotdogs)
    Anchor Bar vs. Duff's (chicken wings)
    Bocce Club vs. Leonardi's (pizza)
    Tops vs. Wegmans (supermarkets)
    the fastest way to drive to Washington, DC
    17. You have gotton frost bitten and sunburned in the same weekend.
    18. You bake with "soda" and drink "pop".
    19. You not only know what the terms "snowbelt" and "lake effect" mean - you use them on a daily basis.
    20. You like to order beef on "weck" and are always surprised when someone doesn't know what "weck" is.
    21. You drive over 70mph on the Thruway and pass on the right.
    22. Paying $5 to park all day downtown is robbery.
    23. If you drive a foreign car you feel a little guilty and constantly explain "Its made in Ohio".
    24. You know several people who have hit deer more than once.
    25. You've used your back porch or the trunk of your car as a fridge/deep freeze.
    26. You know how to pronouce, Scajaquada, Cheektowaga and Depew
    27. You think nothing of crossing an international border for Chinese Food.
    28. You don't get a coughing fit from one sip of Vernors.
    29. You know what Vernor's is!
    30. "Gridlock" means driving home from a football game.
    31. You wince when someone uses the abbreviation "OJ" .
    32. You watch reruns of the Paul McGuire Show on the Empire Sports Network ... in May.
    33. You know the lyrics to ...
    "You Know We're Gonna' Win That Cup"
    The Bills "Shout" song
    Any song by Rush
    "Talkin' Proud"
    The Tops "Tops never stops saving you more" jingle
    34. You don't really think there's anything wrong with Pat Gambino Ford commercials.
    35. Your next door neighbor has a huge sign on their lawn reading "Abortion is Murder."
    36. You think it's quite acceptable to take a day off work on ...
    Dyngus Day
    St. Joseph's Day
    St. Patrick's Day
    St. Stanislaus Day
    Ash Wednesday
    the Monday after a Bills victory
    37. You go "hshhhhhh" whenever a story about a fire or the Bills appears on the news.
    38. You've ever bragged about your driving time to Toronto
    39. You use the word "the" before the numbers of expressways, like "The 290," "The 90," "The 400" and so on.
    40. You save Canadian coins ... to use at toll booths and parking meters.
    41. The second most asked question in a restaurant after "Smoking or non-smoking" is "Is this coupon any good tonight?"
    42. The third most asked question is " Are there free re-fills on the pop?"
    43. No one outside of WNY can make decent wings
    44. You've held a "waveathon" at four way stop intersections ("No, you go ...")
    45. You flinch when you hear the words "wide right!"
    46. You know that Canada is actually to the west, not to the north.

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    Re: Forbes: The Best Worst Foods ...

    4 more Darrel...4 more... go for it.
    (I'm hiring Software Development Engineers in Test in Seattle, WA)

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    Re: Forbes: The Best Worst Foods ...

    47. When traveling, you've threatened to sue a restaurant for false advertizing when they have something on the menu called "buffalo wings".
    48. You don't put your winter clothes away "for the summer".
    49. You've had to turn on the furnace in July.
    50. You listen to the local radio station and it is broadcast in Polish.

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    Re: Forbes: The Best Worst Foods ...

    Woo Hooo!
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