|This is where it all started...|
As a Seinfeld fan (my dream is to teach a health promotion course based upon episodes of Seinfeld) my only understanding of "the Twinkie Defense" came from him (pretty much everything I know about history came from him...kidding...really). That was, until I watched the movie "Milk" (highly recommend it - Sean Penn - brilliant). Note: spoiler alert! This historical overview details his life and death in politics. In the end, his assassin (and lawyer) blamed a diet rich in junk food as a reason behind his murderous rampage - this came to be known as the "Twinkie Defense".
Based upon recent discoveries, it may not be as ridiculous as we once thought. This study is suggesting that eating trans fats including margarine will make you angry. So THAT's why I've been is such a bad mood for so long (kidding....sort of). It appears we are launching into a new (and exciting) realm of research; studying the emotional influences food may have. We know that chocolate can make us happier (and certainly a few glasses of red wine can make the world a better place), eating proteins before bed may keep us awake, and carbohydrates lull us into a coma (not that I would know anything about that) so it should come as no surprise that trans fats could piss us off.
|I wonder if this will ever be revisited |
in the courts. Perhaps, one day, junk
food will be found guilty...
The trend towards low-fat or no-fat foods over the last 20 years could be the culprit behind our obesity rates and our increased cancer rates...I'm just sayin'. This food is chemicalized and unnatural - in my humble opinion, it shouldn't be consumed. I've always been a proponent of choosing natural over chemicalized. For example, if you are craving yogurt (I don't know who would crave yogurt but that's just my own crazy hangup) reach for the whole Greek-style stuff over the rest. Check out the ingredients list and you will know what's chemical rich and what's not. Craving chocolate? Go for the good stuff. Craving hot buttered popcorn or ice cream? Avoid the non-fat and get the whole food. That is Real Life Health eating....and it's good for you.
In the meantime, I may try my own experiment; eating a chocolate covered Twinkie and seeing if they cancel each other out (will I get angry, happy, or really moody?). Kinda like tying a piece of buttered toast to a cat and dropping it out the window of the first floor (of course)...how would it land?
I'll keep ya posted.