A common sense article in this week’s Guardian exposes one of the great food police lies of our time, that red meat and eggs are bad for you.
Life has taught me to be a contrarian. That means as soon as something becomes the established ‘truth’ my natural scepticism kicks in, especially when such ‘truth’ pushes hard against common sense and logic, especially when such ‘truth’ requires me to stop trusting in my own judgement.
I’m egotistical enough to believe I am the best judge of what’s good for me. That means disregarding a great deal, but not necessarily all, of what I’m told to do by well meaning folk who have my best interests at heart. In reality people tend to have their own best interests in mind when they dish out well meaning advice, so I take it with a pinch of salt.
When governments, of any shape or colour, wade in and legitimise well meaning advice is when I really start to take real exception, especially when it’s from well know lobby groups. Therefore I take the greatest of pleasure when their well meaning advice turns out to have been absolute baloney all along.
And what a lot of baloney has been talked over the years about red meat and eggs. I like red meat and I like eggs. I like fat, it’s what gives food flavour. I’ve never subscribed to the theory that saturated fats are bad for your heart. I’ve never given up eating natural butter in favour of unnatural margarine. I’ve never given up eating meat and eggs. I enjoy them.
I stopped giving money to the Heart Foundation once they started making money by giving their ‘tick’ to all and sundry in exchange for a pound of flesh.
Now comes a common sense article in this week’s Guardian - Why almost everything you've been told about unhealthy foods is wrong.
It exposes one of the great food police lies of our time, that read meat and eggs are bad for you.
Here’s the guts of it.
Take this with a pinch of salt if you like but to a contrarian like me it’s all a beautiful piece of common sense as well as being delicious Schadenfreude. Enjoy.
Once upon a time, many moons ago, I used to write a food and wine column for the Waiheke Marketplace under the title ‘Tubby Twosome’. Hence my car’s number plate ‘Tubby2’ in case any newer locals have wondered why the quirky rego. I used only to review Auckland restaurants. This was because bad reviews of local restaurants could be too damaging for many struggling businesses.
My new policy is to write about good experiences on island and elsewhere, reserving any bad reviews for those that deserve it on the mainland. Anyway, most eating and café experiences here are good and it’s nice to say so.
Last weekend I enjoyed an evening meal at 4th Avenue Eatery and Bar (the revamped Beachfront Café) in Onetangi. My choice was the ‘Sticky Asian Pork Belly’ which came on a bed of fennel, apple and coriander with a citrus palm sugar dressing. The pork was succulent, the Szechuan spices not overpowering yet suitable sticky, the portion ample. There was a mild wasabi mayo to accompanying the dish which added piquancy to the delicious meld of flavours. Fabulous value at only $26. This was washed down with a half litre glass of Tiger beer at the reasonable price of $9.80.
I can’t say why, but I’m enjoying beer more and more. Maybe this is because of the more extensive offerings at restaurants or because of the summer heat, or just wanting a change from wine. Then again it could be because NZ is brewing some exceptional beers. Yes, I know ‘Tiger’ is a Singapore brew, but travelling through the east has given me a taste for their beers.
We dined on the terrace overlooking Onetangi Beach and the Gulf on a warm summer’s evening. Great view, food and beer - it doesn’t come much better than that.