Why individuals "just saying no" to Big Food isn't enough
There's no need to get snippy, Fidel - my point was, from my perspective, that advertising and peer pressures to eat junk is given more weight than I really think it has. Lagatta is right in that it's the education about food and what to do with it that lends itself to better eating habits overall. Eliminating ads targeted toward kids (which are actually banned or limited - Treehouse, for example, is a TV channel for young kids that carries no advertising at all, although YTV, aimed at older children does) will only go so far - it's the adult attitudes to junk food that have to change first.
How? Don't know. Overly earnest government programs don't seem to be working.
I think, Timebandit, that TV plus packaged and processed food was a marriage made in hell since the 1950's. I think Joe Goebbels never dreamed of the propaganda potential for broadcast TV and now the internet. And I think broadcast TV and the overall electronic and print media are a must for western election campaigns tainted by money. Biggest war chest wins as a general rule, and that same theme carries over into marketing and brainwashing them while they are young.
Capitalists want their souls and while still in the cradle if possible.
Look Fidel, eat whatever food regimen pleases you; as I said, I don't care.
But trying to tie it to a single political ideology is nonsense. Since you mention the Nazis you might be interested in their connection to the occult back-to-the-land Artaman League, also big on vegetarianism, pure food, teetotaling, abstaining from sex, and healthy living.
And those Imperialists? Well there's a reason why time in Her Majesty's Prison system was called "doing the porridge".
Me, I don't have a problem with vitamin and mineral supplements, but I do tend to opt for less processing, and I prefer to get as much of my vitamins as I can from the original source. I get my vitamin D from the sun, and from fish. And I don't have a problem with meat in moderation - even processed meats - so long as they are well-made.
Back on topic, one of the things that alarms me is how many foods are promoted as healthy when they are in fact processed to death, and loaded with corn sugar and salt. As well, the rampant misconceptions about fats and oils. As it happens, I was talking with a friend this weekend who mentioned that a can of Campbell's soup in Britain has about one-third the amount of salt as a Canadian can.
I have sardine sandwiches every month. I use canned sardines, drain them out of the can, mash them up, add some green relish and mayo, and spread it on bread.
One of my favourite African hot sauces is just chili mixed with anchovy. Absolutely delicious.
I've read that sardines are “health food in a can.” They are high in omega-3's, contain virtually no mercury and are loaded with calcium. I like them in sandwiches as I mentioned in an earlier post.
Promote Heart Health
Sardines are rich in numerous nutrients that have been found to support cardiovascular health. They are one of the most concentrated sources of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA, which have been found to lower triglycerides and cholesterol levels; one serving (3.25 ounce can) of sardines actually contains over 50% of the daily value for these important nutrients. Sardines are an excellent source of vitamin B12, second only to calf's liver as the World's Healthiest Food most concentrated in this nutrient. Vitamin B12 promotes cardiovascular well-being since it is intricately tied to keeping levels of homocysteine in balance; homocysteine can damage artery walls, with elevated levels being a risk factor for atherosclerosis.
Promote Bone Health
Sardines are not only a rich source of bone-building vitamin D, a nutrient not so readily available in the diet and one that is most often associated with fortified dairy products. Vitamin D plays an essential role in bone health since it helps to increase the absorption of calcium. Sardines are also a very good source of phosphorus, a mineral that is important to strengthening the bone matrix. Additionally, as high levels of homocysteine are related to osteoporosis, sardines' vitamin B12 rounds out their repertoire of nutrients that support bone health.
Speaking of bone health...
Another thing they sell at the Asian markets - a huge crate of pork and beef joints (you know, the stuff ordinarily sold for dogs in regular groceries, if you can find it at all) left over after all the meat is cut off. That stuff doesn't get ignored; If you aren't there on the day of the week it is put out, it is gone.
Many other so-called "ethnic" groceries also sell bones (used to make soup stock, of course).
Pasta with sardines (and wild fennel, but you can use other, local herbs) is a common Sicilian dish, and in Morocco, they make a tagine (spicy stew) of sardine balls (duh, I mean like meatballs, not sardine testicles, which would be very small indeed...). Gourmet sardines can be very expensive, but I found a lovely kind here at a Kosher bakery that also sells tinned and smoked fishy things, tinned in olive oil, for a very good price. Things tinned in olive oil should be used for salads and such (sardines are common in salads in the Mediterranean, like anchovies).
I just like sardines in sandwiches - mashed up with some green relish and mayo. I've been eating these for almost 60 years.