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Now You’re Cooking: The Calorie “Conspiracy”

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By mia bolaris-forget

I was recently watching one of my news programs and the topic at hand was how people, were/are coping with a “chaotic” economy. Well, many people are still doing what they’ve always done, like eating out, only less often and in much more moderation. And, some suggested that they are moving their family or friends nights out to a night in. And, for many that means eating more takeout (at least you avoid the “per glass” cost of wine and the tip) or getting creative about cooking and mealtime. Still, everyone, including it’s generally more cost effective and you know what you’re getting; or do you? Some suggest that along with more and more women in the workforce, there are less and less who can be as “professional” in the kitchen, which means taking their culinary cues from cookbooks. And, while there’s nothing wrong with “that” per se, there is when you consider that, according to experts, our modern palatable pleasures contain about 40 percent more calories per serving and about an extra 77 calories per serving than they did a “mere” 70 or so years ago. And, that in part, is due to a variety of factors including larger portion sizes, and, despite the economic “crisis”, our overall ability to afford not only food, but more food, and more of the foods we love and those that add inches.

According to experts, back in the 1930s money was more sparse and food not as “comparatively” affordable, so recipes kept it simple and the ingredients to a manageable and affordable minimum. And, this also tended to keep calories down, especially when many would substitute beans and legumes in place of (fatty) meats, and that’s what’s “causing” such as significant and potential unhealthy caloric increase.

The solution: Well, according to experts, it’s quite simple. Remember to “read between the recipe lines” and keep in mind that the original ingredients were meant to serve twice as many people, making it perfectly fine to reduce your ingredients by half or to put less of what you make on your plate.




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