Almanac

Viewpoint - July 6, 2011

Letter: A weighty matter

Who would have thunk? Meat and potatoes, basic staple of the American diet, now held responsible for our growing obesity epidemic.

A federally funded Harvard University analysis of data collected over 20 years from more than 120,000 Americans found that meat and potatoes were the main culprits in weight gain, while fruits, vegetables, and nuts prevented weight gain. The analysis was published in this week's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

So much for the meat industry's claim of high-nutrient density for their product. It's more like high-weight density.

So, the next time the fast food clerk asks if "you want fries with that," tell him to hold the greasy hamburger and give you a nice salad instead.

Miles Barney, Sharon Park Drive, Menlo Park

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