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Film explores African-Americans´
unhealthy ´soul food´ habit

Reuters, by Harriet McLeod

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Posted By:earlybird, 12/29/2012 11:27:59 AM

After interviewing food historians, scholars, cooks, doctors, activists and consumers for his new film "Soul Food Junkies," filmmaker Byron Hurt concluded that an addiction to soul food is killing African-Americans at an alarming rate. The movie, which will premiere on January 14 on U.S. public broadcasting television, examines how black cultural identity is linked to high-calorie, high-fat food such as fried chicken and barbecued ribs and how eating habits may be changing.

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They take this all the way back to slavery and blame guess who? for what has befallen the hapless blacks, victims of food preferences that ended up part of their DNA - and of those pesky food deserts brought about by the behaviors in their communities that make it difficult for chain markets and independent stores selling fruits and veggies (that keep white folk so healthy) to survive.

Article dated December 27, 2012, posted with permission of LCom Staff.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: earlybird, 12/29/2012 11:29:44 AM     (No. 9088648)

Leading the way through this film, which will probably be viewed on PBS by only bleeding heart white Progressives (not entertaining enough for anyone else) is Prof. Lamont Hill, self-styled Expert on Everything and Racialist Extraordinaire.


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Reply 2 - Posted by: Velox, 12/29/2012 11:41:09 AM     (No. 9088668)

I eat ribs and fried chicken and am normal weight.
It´s not the fat in their diet that makes them and white people fat.
A 32 oz soft drink is many more time a problem than ribs and chicken. Processed junk for is the problem.
Chips, Doritos , twinkles, moonpies and mountain do with skittles makes them fat.
That´s also why all of our young are fat also.
Greens and black eyed peas are good for them.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: zzzghy, 12/29/2012 11:41:32 AM     (No. 9088670)

So that´s what´s killing black Americans.

Got it. And here I was, thinking it was self-inflicted bullets and a culture that inveterately embraces crime and perpetual victimhood.

Thanks, bro. As long as you provide someone else to blame other than the ones causing the problem, you´re doing your job. And don´t you worry -- we´ll pick up the tab, for everything.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: pearlyjo, 12/29/2012 11:41:46 AM     (No. 9088672)

Well, that just sounds racist to me.
Could it be our black brothers and sisters eat those foods (fried chicken, BBQ, etc.) because they are really tasty foods? By the way, they steriotypically like collard greens as well. That´s one of the healthiest foods you can consume.


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Reply 5 - Posted by: TakeBackAmerica, 12/29/2012 11:48:30 AM     (No. 9088681)

It´s their voting habits that are giving us all some indigestion.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: mean Gene, 12/29/2012 11:49:01 AM     (No. 9088686)

I had a friend who invited me to dinner an made her regular food....soul food.
Salty greens cooked in fat.
Beef short ribs cooked in a dish that kept the fat in.
Salt pork with a few beans in it.
Pecan pie with a lard-based crust.
Whole milk.
Her children always complained of tummy aches.
I cannot imagine why.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Udanja99, 12/29/2012 12:05:29 PM     (No. 9088718)

All things in moderation. It´s not the food, it´s the quantity of food and lack of self control. Plus lack of exercise. If you spend your life sitting on the couch watching Oprah and grazing all day long, you´re going to get fat. The only exercises these people get are going out to pick up a new EBT card and shopping. These days they are taught that they are entitled to that lifestyle. Now that zippy has removed the work requirement from welfare, look for the obesity problem to get worse.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: FLCracker, 12/29/2012 12:41:06 PM     (No. 9088756)

FTA: "The origins of the diet lie in the history of American slavery..."

No, the origins of the diet lie in what hard-working people of the region were eating - what was available, didn´t cost much, made as tasty as you could get it.

Yeah, y´all quit eating it and we go back to calling it what it really is: "Southern food."

Grits, BTW, comes from Americn Indian soufkee - ground hominy gruel. Indians ate it with bear fat and meat. White folk added butter and bacon. Yankees attempted to add milk and sugar.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: lakerman1, 12/29/2012 12:42:24 PM     (No. 9088761)

I used to drive past Central H.S. in Erie Pa each morning, and observed that many students (most of whom were black) standing outside of the school, were drinking two liter bottles of Coke, Pepsi, or Mountain Dew, eating potato chips, donuts, and smoking cigarettes.
Central H.S. offers free breakfasts, by the way.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Grambo, 12/29/2012 12:49:19 PM     (No. 9088771)

If you want to look like an Olympic athlete, live like an Olympic athlete. If you want to look like Roger Moore…

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Hairy Eyeball, 12/29/2012 1:05:39 PM     (No. 9088797)

Roger Moore? Don´t you mean Michael Moore? Jeez....

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Reply 12 - Posted by: zoidberg, 12/29/2012 1:10:25 PM     (No. 9088802)

Sir Roger Moore looks great for his age.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: BuckeyeRon, 12/29/2012 1:11:41 PM     (No. 9088805)

Sounds like a film pushed by the Michelle Obama food police...eating habits change over generations and in the mean time, it is the individual who is responsible for diet and exercise...I´m more concerned about the lack of outrage voer 600,000 Black babies being flushed down the toilet via abortion each year.

Now let me get back to my fried chicken as I lay out the fixins for the New Year traditional first meal my folks enjoy...corn bread, pork, black-eyed peas, rice, collard greens, and some peach cobbler...

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Reply 14 - Posted by: mackrand, 12/29/2012 1:22:53 PM     (No. 9088824)

No wonder my GrandPa had such health problems. His second wife cooked like this and it did him dirty as he got older. Still he lived to 85 so now I´m not so sure. Maybe it´s a genetic thing.

As another posted, if you work like a horse you have to eat like one. Otherwise, not.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Coy860, 12/29/2012 1:25:09 PM     (No. 9088827)

Over the past few decades, there has been far too much emphasis on "other peoples´ eating, salary, lifestyle.
We have turned into a nation of buttinskies.
We´d be better off if we minded our own business, and were allowed to be individuals.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: mre, 12/29/2012 1:25:32 PM     (No. 9088828)

If you ask him to dinner, you´re gonna feed him:

Watermelon
Hominy grits
An´ shortnin´ bread
Alligator ribs
Some pig tails
Some black eyed peas
Some chitlins
Some collard greens

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Reply 17 - Posted by: vinegrower, 12/29/2012 1:37:03 PM     (No. 9088852)

My paternal grandparents were from Arkansas.
They were poor farmers and ate this same diet. My favorite dish as a kid was greens cooked in bacon fat served with pepper juice. When my grandparents came to San Francisco to work in the shipyards during WWII their diet changed and we had food like this mostly for Sunday dinner. I still remember in the 50´s we ate alot of mashed potatoes and nobody was heavy in fact everybody was skinny. But we never ate chips and very seldom drank soft drinks. This has nothing to do with slavery and everything to do with geography.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Conservativegirl, 12/29/2012 1:41:50 PM     (No. 9088858)

You´re right #4. That is, until you pour bacon grease and fatback all over it.



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Reply 19 - Posted by: hicksvillekid59, 12/29/2012 1:47:54 PM     (No. 9088861)

Can congress ban soul food?

It´s for the children.



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Reply 20 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 12/29/2012 1:52:24 PM     (No. 9088864)

FTA: Hurt says the government can help by increasing urban access to quality food and requiring calorie counts to be displayed on restaurant menus.

If there was demand for fresh fruits and vegetables then the marketplace would rush to fill that demand. Who thinks calorie count labels will slow-down anyone going for the buttered ham hocks?

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Reply 21 - Posted by: LoneStarLarry, 12/29/2012 1:58:31 PM     (No. 9088871)

Abortion is the biggest killer of black people.
On average, 1,876 black babies are aborted every day in the United States.
13 million since 1973.
I wonder how many of those babies would have grown up to be great inventors or doctors...

That is black genocide, not BBQ ribs.


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Reply 22 - Posted by: mitzi, 12/29/2012 2:20:59 PM     (No. 9088885)

I just knew we would be reading something like this about now!

Get them all dependent on food stamps and then put restrictions on what food can be purchased.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: Grambo, 12/29/2012 2:29:35 PM     (No. 9088891)

Oops.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: enemyofthestate, 12/29/2012 2:46:59 PM     (No. 9088910)

Is this going to result in another entitlement program for parasites? I can hear some congresscritter (Jackson-Lee or Waters-type)now: "Congress must DO something about this."

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Reply 25 - Posted by: bpl40, 12/29/2012 2:59:33 PM     (No. 9088925)

Chitlins. collard greens and black eyed peas.. Isn´t that what they serve at the White House when there are no guests?

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Reply 26 - Posted by: hershey, 12/29/2012 3:19:57 PM     (No. 9088963)

Weeeelllllll, I´m sure they don´t serve pork in any form....

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Reply 27 - Posted by: navybrat, 12/29/2012 4:04:50 PM     (No. 9089005)

Right on, #15!

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Reply 28 - Posted by: KingBubo, 12/29/2012 9:16:49 PM     (No. 9089308)

2 things
1. Blacks were left the food that the slave owners did not want and had to improvise.
2. The book White Liberals and Black Rednecks by Thomas Sowell sheds light on "soul Food and other issues.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 12/29/2012 10:57:43 PM     (No. 9089355)

Everyday you get up and make choices.

It´s not big bones, it´s all in the wrist to mouth action.

How many twits will have a breakdown over being told how to eat ?

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