Thanks for participating in my poll.? You guys didn’t do so bad.? Here’s the low down.

1. It is better for you to eat:

a) a diet fully devoid of fats
b) a diet containing just a ?pinch? of fat

the answer would be B.? Fat is essential for human survival and therefore you need at least a small bit of it in your diet.? I could go on and on about fats, mono-unsaturated, poly-unsaturated, transfat and the like, but you might get pissed and try to mug me for that chocolate cake.

2. If you were stranded on a desert island with nothing but water and unlimited quantities of one other food, which would be best for your survival?

a) corn
b) alfalfa
c) hot dogs
d) milk chocolate
e) bananas

I apologize for not including the other 2 choices that appeared in “In Defense of Food.”? Those would be peaches and spinach.? And to be totally honest it is alfalfa sprouts not the stuff the cows eat.? I was at the church when I wrote that post and couldn’t remember exactly what was on the list.? In the example in the book 42% chose bananas as the healthiest, 27% selected spinach, 12% corn, 7% alfalfa sprouts, 5% peaches, 4% hot dogs and 3% milk chocolate.

71% of you guys picked bananas, 14% picked corn and 14 % picked milk chocolate.? Ladies, most of you will be happy to know that the best answers were milk chocolate and hot dogs.? I do like me a good Hebrew National.? Reason behind it is fat.

So next time someone strands you on a deserted island ask for the good stuff.

And the chocolate cake photo.? Interesting answers.? Of course Willow had to come up with some kind of photography thing.? And Carrie, honestly.? I don’t like cake either, but I could force myself to snarf down a piece or twelve of chocolate cake.

I asked that one because when Americans were shown a photo of chocolate cake most said something very similar to Jenny, “guilt.”? When French people were shown the same photo most said, “celebration.”? An interesting observation on our food culture don’t you think.

7 Comment

  1. Sandy says: Reply

    I was debating about the hotdogs… but there’s so much more you can do with corn… and it does have corn oil.

    The guilt aspect of the cake never occurred to me… but I prefer fats to sweets. Ask me again when I’m recovering from my triple bypass.

  2. Lena says: Reply


  3. kate says: Reply

    How did all of that happen from them time I read your blog yesterday? (Note to self: stop sleeping so you can be current on elle’s blog.)

    I said, “Yum!” for number three.

    I would have answered #1 correctly and #2 incorrectly (corn).

    I guess they think you can grow your own veggies but you can’t grow your own fat. Of course, if it was a desert island and not just a deserted island, you wouldn’t be able to grow anything. Which begs the question: “Can an island be deserted if no one has been there previously to desert it?” Hmmm…

  4. I got #1 right, but missed #2. The thing is that I get enough fat in my diet without having to plan for it. It just comes into my life somehow. Like for instance- the take out pizzas we bought for my kids sleepover party. Ya well they had left overs. And that really good price for chocolate cream pie that was marked down at the bakery. Those kinds of things are never on my shopping list or on my diet plan, but there you go.

    P.S. I am now more equipped to get stranded on a desert island with a food selection plan. Thanks.

  5. mom says: Reply

    Can I borrow that book?

  6. Carrie says: Reply

    Ah well, I only get to eat 1200 calories a day so when I splurge (and I do!) I want something I LOVE not just something I could eat if it’s put in front of me. Now put up a picture of a dark chocolate moose and you’d have me drooling!

  7. elle says: Reply

    Carrie, you’ve been living in Alaska too long. I’m going to go with you mean mousse not moose. BIIG difference.

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