Thank you! Fat is right. When you cook every single morsel from scratch, sometimes the effort of making something that is totally extraneous just isn't worth it. I don't want to hear about how rats forced to eat six Big Macs a day died. - to a nonfat selection in the same brand. Fry up that chicken, and enjoy! Usually the fat free stuff is so laden with chemicals that it is slowly killing the person eating the stuff. I would say that there are no more than 25 (generous estimate) items in my store that are completely corn-free and it's a large Kroger. I'm so tired of everyone getting excited about "sugar- free" and reduced sugar products when it just means it's loaded with aspartame and other chemicals. You made me laugh as well. It is hard to come by, but can still be found if you look hard enough. The quick litmus test is to check the nutritional info for trans-fats; there shouldn't be any. Just make sure you choose a safe variety for bunnies to eat, such as romaine, and never give iceberg lettuce to your furry friend. The five healthiest types of lettuce that you can eat are listed below. When you purchase living lettuce it will still have its roots attached. They also tend to bump up all the tasty stuff - fat, salt, sugar - to un-balanced levels. ...'N waffles... with real butter... n' real maple syrup... n' some booty kick'n beverages! Too much fat makes you fat. I do love that you use lettuce as an example, however. Steve The high levels of iron in spinach and Swiss chard are great for bringing oxygen to your muscles, and kale is loaded with vitamin C and calcium. Lettuce wilts as it begins to go bad, becoming increasingly limp and shriveled. 0 shares. No fat people in our immediate family. Please check back soon. As for fried chicken, the best I ever had was in East Denver in the run-down section of town. If this is only just starting to occur, you're jonesing for a salad and it's the only lettuce you have, it's still safe to eat. Stocking up on lettuce is never a good idea. To argue that fat is bad for you is akin to arguing that homemade chocolate chip cookies or apple pie is bad for you. I'm thinking of learning to make soap. A random article, out of the blue, I shouldn’t even [...], [...] post on the hidden health hazards of lettuce and the no nitrites added [...]. Essentially, the work comes before you suffer through symptoms, in … I’ve heard some people say that it has no nutritional value and that you’d be better off eating cardboard. My two teenagers and I are allergic to corn. The film was called A Beautiful Truth. If you liked this post on Lettuce the Silent Killer, check out these other links: © 2012 Michael Ruhlman. I actually just got some WIC vouchers for the first time & part of the nutritional assessment includes weighing in and talking to a dietitian. Without it, we'd die. You may wonder if you can freeze lettuce. Normal lettuce is typically a light-green or yellow color, although varieties such as Red Coral have purple leaves. I still have not found any corn-free wild caught salmon, bacon or cream cheese. Please, let’s stop repeating the thoughtless mantra that fat is bad. Lard...? dietary regimen. Lettuce is one of our favorite garden vegetables because it is far superior—in both taste and vitamin A content—to the store-bought alternative! Here's another point to think about for all those "low-fat" gurus......low-fat foods and vegetable oils would not exist without GMO corn. I'd look into making it myself, but my wife just had a baby and so I'm operating on a limited quantity of Creative Cooking Points. Eating a whole bag of Doritos is what makes you fat. NO, just eat fat in moderation! They say it has 70%-80% fat and I shouldn't give it to the kids. Vitaminwater Zero. It has comparatively fewer nutrients than other greens you may find in salads and other foods. Because the media bombards us with the simplistic message that Fat Is Bad For You, and it pisses me off. We like to add them to our salads and sandwiches. Its not as rich in nutrition as many other greens, but it does provide some benefits. But for just a moment there that dilemma became so tellingly amusing. Look for the lard in the refrigerated section as opposed to the shelf-stable variety sold near the vegetable shortening. Most fats are fine. Yes, it is about balance and about the discipline to eat a balanced diet. But yes, you can freeze lettuce if you plan to use it for cooking soup or casseroles and flavoring uses. Brilliant! So, go ahead and sear that chicken skin-on in bacon grease, but leave off the breading. to the animal fat demonization people out there. Yup, 'Anything will make you sick' if you eat enough of it. It’s so easy to work healthy foods, like lettuce, into your diet on a daily basis. Red leaf lettuce is nutrient-dense, meaning that it’s high in a … Now, did I mention that we eat whatever we want to cook (and can find the ingredients) and we all lost weight when we removed corn from our diet? What could be bad about it? Desserts are an occasional treat simply because we are not up to making them every day.......it works for us. If you’ve somehow missed the huge warnings so far, we beg of you: Do not eat romaine lettuce. Lettuce often provides the base for the rest of the salad and you may not often give much thought to the type of lettuce that you use other than how it tastes. it has a wonderful smell. Lettuce is not bad for you, but e.coli is, and some lettuce has been contaminated. Maybe that's why researchers at the National Cancer Institute have labeled iceberg lettuce a winner against forms of breast and colon cancer. Americans, and maybe the rest of the world, try to limit their "thinking" to the work environment and difficult situations. I have traveled a great deal, and have never heard the phrase, "That (food item) is bad for you". It can lead to dangerous malnutrition, grave weight loss, and in women, infertility. It is the upper epidermis of the lettuce leaf. You are choosing to be ignorant. Secondly, iceberg lettuce doesn’t do much for your body. il y a 1 décennie. If you’re stuck on the mild taste of iceberg lettuce, I would recommend you switch to romaine. Thank you! Well, I'm here to make you wise. Thanks, Michael, for lending your voice to emphasize something that really should be obvious to all. Whoever you heard this stuff from was either giving you misinformation because they're a jerk, or was grossly misinformed. It is almost impossible to find a packaged product that doesn't have some form of corn in the ingredients or in the packaging or manufacturing process (the last two don't have to be labeled). Thanks for the big F.U. Michael, I always want to talk about fried chicken. Check with a good butcher for fresh, rendered lard or at least for pork fat that you can render yourself very easily at home. So, when will people learn "How" to eat? Brown or pink lettuce and food poisoning aren't directly linked, but toss discolored lettuce that is also slimy, smelly or expired to avoid getting sick. But good health is not about being fat-free! the only way it can be bad for you is if you eat SO much that you DON'T eat anything else, or don't eat enough of other important foods (grains, fruits, other vegetables, legumes, nuts).. Lettuce, obviously, has alot of good nutrition, but not everything you need!!! I'd actually prefer pan-fried chicken, but whichever's good... plus, lettuce is now being coated in plastic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=Vv-upmzkiHk Photo © 2012 Donna Turner-Ruhlman. Amen! To know if lettuce has gone bad, the first thing you notice is that its leaves will lose its vibrant coloring and turn brown, gray or black. Been a month since the lsat one. Yes, it’s calorie dense and yes, for some people, eating a lot of fat can raise their blood cholesterol—not me apparently, thank you mom and dad, grandpa and grandma—which is linked to some serious stuff, heart attacks and strokes. Drives me crazy. Thanks for this post, because it pisses me off, too. No, iceberg lettuce is not bad for you. Hells yeah, let's talk about fried chicken! Nothing tastes better than crisp lettuce straight from the garden. I think it's called a salad. Thank you. Thank you Michael, I've been saying the same things for decades! Dry your lettuce thoroughly. Putting away a couple of pints of Rocky Road every night, that probably is. According to the Calories-in-calories-out people, they should be thin. They're probably referring to the percentage of calories from fat in whole milk, whereas the 3% refers to the physical quantity of fat in the milk. It referred to great food cooked with rendered fat as “early-grave food heaven.” Why do people say stupid things like this? Didn't stop to look at the sugar content. THe darker, leafy lettuces are better for you and have more minerals and vitamins and even more fiber, less water, than iceberg. Fat is good for you. You waited until the last spring frost and quickly sowed the seeds for your lettuce bed. For us to buy it I consider you getting head lettuce versus chopped, if you have goats or chickens consider giving them browning stuff. That's not plastic. It's just not scientifically accurate to imply that all things are okay in moderation, especially if that diet includes processed grains and sugars. Yeah, remember the Snackwells debacle? And I love the line at the end. If all you ate was lettuce, lettuce would be bad for you. It also turns brown and dries out, starting at the edges and the base of the leaves by the stem. Thank you for this; the whole cholesterol BS drives me crazy. I came out a lil skinnier than anticipated. Steven is the guy behind SmallPetJournal. I personally never touch the stuff as the add so much stuff along with gluten. Awesome, just awesome post. That does it, next up: Fried chicken. YES!!!!! It's these carbs that are fattening (not butter or coconut oil), and eventually lead to obesity and diabetes. Sorry, but that's just fucking lazy. Love it! The best are a rainbow of vitamin-rich veggies and provide metabolism-boosting lean protein, non-starchy carbs, and a dose of healthy fat. (It probably has the fat break-down on the nutrition info label.) Maybe you could do a post on 'Real Conch Fritters'. I agree wholeheartedly and I have some compelling anecdotal evidence to back it up. Wrap the lettuce in a dry paper towel and place it in a plastic bag or storage container. I am not terribly skinny but weigh less then b4 I had my baby, due to the demands of breastfeeding. Lettuce happens to be one of the major ingredients in most salads and burgers, and when you consider how nutritious lettuce is, you’ll understand why. The answer to this question is currently being written. It's freaking ridiculous how many people I know personally who will eat any crap in any package that says low fat or fat free and think they are doing something. You made my day. But she also notes that one of the problems of lettuce is that it served raw; cooking kills bacteria, which is one reason we do it. Recently Published. (and if food companies took more social responsibility instead of profit). Within weeks, the head lettuce was ready to be thinned and the loose leaf varieties were ready for their first gentle harvesting. Or anything else, for that matter. Be professional. Well said on every count. WhyCenter.com. I will now re post this everywhere. > I hate it when people say that eating healthy is hard. Amen, and thank you! It resonates with me on a personal level as I routinely get into the argument with my mother who condemns all things "fat" in favour for eating plain lettuce. While it might look unappetizing, you can still eat it safely. But with two dead and many more sickened in the United States and Canada, major health organizations are advising you avoid the stuff.This all began in December, when the Canadian Government warned consumers to avoid romaine … And of course whatever it says in big, bold, neon letters on the package that our brought-to-you-by-Monsanto food comes in. Mostly eaten raw, it imparts a wide variety of nutrients that give the consumer a laundry list of health benefits. IT is good fiber. Accordingly, you should avoid giving it to your pet entirely. Select lettuce that looks fresh (not wilted), since it will taste better and last longer. Dousing a steak with butter is a sure way to make it tasty but it's also the easy way out, and oftentimes the death of creativity. If you can find a grass fed butter like Kerrygold or Organic Valley (no natural flavors listed in ingredients! We need carbs, just like we need fat. Compare the label of full fat yogurt - if you can find any in your store! Second, the food, more than America, is natural. I've been eating more vegetables, and smaller portions of meat, but still drinking wine and eating fried chicken and such. When it’s problematic, it may be due to an intolerance, an allergy or an underlying medical condition. And since our bodies need fat to process the vitamins and minerals, as well as for insulation and energy, it's safe to say that this vital nutrient does indeed directly contribute a health value. Because lettuce is grown in the dirt ,which can be fertilized with manure containing intestinal bacteria such as E. coli, if the lettuce is harvested improperly or not cleaned well, the bacteria can cause you to become ill. For this reason, it is important to thoroughly wash all the iceberg lettuce you eat, even if the label states it has been pre-washed. If lettuce is the only thing you eat, you will get sick, you're going to have serious health issues. James: 10/15/08 10:11 AM: I know it's basically water and not much else but am I better off eating it anyway? Moderation and smart choices are the important thing ... and there is no such thing as too many fruits and veggies ... Coming of age in the 90s, the message was fat-free is good, eating too many caloric fruits and veggies is bad. If it doesn't look right, don't eat it. Do the offending allergens survive the metabolic process of the cow, pig, or chicken that eats the corn? A good source of dietary fiber, manganese, potassium, biotin, vitamin B1, copper, iron, and a range of other vitamins, lettuce is most definitely a staple of a healthy diet. "Fat isn’t bad, stupid is bad." Thanks. Here is a list of veggies you can enjoy without fear of intestinal discomfort: Bell peppers, Carrots, Green Beans, Potatoes, Squash, Tomatoes, Lettuce, Spinach, and Zucchini. I started a weight loss program about a month ago. Yep. I had to remind myself that is probably only a detox diet that is not meant to be a way of life. When stored improperly, lettuce wilts and rots quickly. I LOVE this post. (You might go and find plenty of items that appear to be corn-free but they will contain hidden corn from the manufacturing or packaging processes like baby carrots washed in citric acid, apples coated with corn wax and cheese dusted with cornstarch so it won't stick to the package. There are easy ways to work healthy lettuce into your diet. OM Gosh, just called and caught hubby at the store and told him to add some "curly" leaf lettuce to the list for my dinner. Yes, it's moderation. So while small amounts in proportion to a healthy diet are fine, they do not directly contribute any sort of health value themselves. While I don't think humans should have ever started eating grains and processed vegetable oils, the best article on the goodness of fat (lard, specifically) was written on Dr. Mary Dan Eades blog. Lettuce isn't bad for you. Pertinence. 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