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Hodgepodge Thursday

Today I have several topics, from the class warfare of fitness to arsenic in rice, and my own personal fight to be fit.

people exercisingThe 1%

In the realm of fitness, I am seeing a larger gap than the economic gap that has everyone in such a tizzy. The people in the gym work hard to outdo each other for levels of fitness and “cleaness” of eating, while the much of the world languishes in ill health. It seems that there is a dichotomy of those who try their utmost and those who don’t do much of anything, with a very small “middle class” of those who are moderately fit. Is it that once you head down the fitness path, you want to keep going? Is there some sort of all or nothing mentality at work? Then I heard about this study showing that, unless we change our ways, we will become heavier and heavier as time goes on. Two obese peopleWhat is it? Why is it? I think it is simply the abundance of tasty food. Ask most people “Would you like oatmeal for breakfast, or a doughnut?” Unless they are attuned to the effect on their bodies of that choice, they will pick the doughnut. There are so many obstacles to overcome- treats brought into work, meals eaten in restaurants, the lack of everyday exercise, portion creep. All of it adds up. To get it off requires diligence and commitment. So unless something drastic happens, the same gap that has occurred economically will continue to grow between thick and thin.

bowl of rice

Arsenic in Rice

Rice is one of my favorite foods. I checked out the reports on Arsenic in rice, wondering if it  was as serious as it sounded. Apparently it is. Both inorganic and organic arsenic have been found in rice. Why rice? Apparently it needs silica to grow, and arsenic is chemically similar enough that the rice absorbs that instead.

What Have I been telling you?scroll showing the law of unintended consequences Let me quote from Consumer Reports: “When the rice initially planted in some of those former cotton fields produced little grain due to that pesticide residue, farmers solved that problem by breeding a type of rice specifically designed to produce high yields on arsenic-contaminated soil, according to Andrew Meharg, a professor of biogeochemistry at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.”

Wh-wh-what!?!?!? Do I need to say more? What did they think would happen if they got something to grow in arsenic?

Here is my answer:

my jars of picklesGrow your own, can your own, freeze your own. Granted, we can’t do that with everything, I’m not going to put rice paddies in my back yard. I will limit my rice consumption, and rinse it thoroughly before cooking. I do try my best to know where my food is coming from and how it is grown. What about you? Any thoughts on how to not bump yourself off before it’s time?

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