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Monday, November 12, 2012

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The Healthy Lazy

"We are now living in a yogurt-and-snack-bar world," writes E.J. Schultz for AdAge, "where the fastest-growing foods are those that often require little or no preparation." For more fun with food and infographics, here's one about milk. It's yogurt's and snack bars' world; we just live in it.

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Derevkova

Mmm, Luna Bars. Ew, yogurt. I really can't stand the texture at all.

Megasus

@Derevkova Not even thick, creamy greek yogurt?

Beatrix Kiddo

@Derevkova And what about the smell? Gross.

parallel-lines

@Derevkova Yeah...I don't get the appeal either. You have to stir in a bunch of sugar to make it semi-edible.

Don't even get me started on that filthy lying whore:frozen yogurt. You're not ice cream and I'm calling you out as a phony balony!

entangled

@parallel-lines I am totally horrified by yogurt, to the point where I cannot even look at it. ugh.

parallel-lines

@entangled When you open the lid and there's that liquid on the to that you're supposed to stir in, I'm like NO, not doing it.

Whatever Jamie Lee Curtis, if I need to poop I'll just drink coffee...

fondue with cheddar

@everyone This is why, when I do eat yogurt, I eat the blended kind that is sweeter and uniform in consistency and doesn't smell or taste as much like yogurt. Even then I go through phases where I eat it for awhile because it's healthy, and then I realize how gross it is and have to stay away from it for like a year.

leonstj

@Beatrix Kiddo - FINALLY someone who agrees with me. The smell of the chobani is one of the worst smells in the world to me! I just cannot do the yogurt thing.

Megasus

@leon s Oh, well Chobani is literally the grossest yogurt known to man, so no wonder you think it's gross.

Ophelia

@Megano! Seriously. I eat the Fage stuff like it's going out of style, but Chobani makes me gag.

City_Dater

@Ophelia

Isn't Chobani a fake "Greek yogurt" which is actually thickened with cornstarch or something? I have no idea where I read this, but since I can't abide the stuff but will happily eat Fage, I assume it is true.

leonstj

@City_Dater - How is fage pronounced? I have come up with the following candidates, but because I am basically a child, I have never heard this word said aloud.

"foggy"?
"Faye" as in "Dunaway" + "Age" as in "Rage?"
"Fah as in "fossil" plus "jay" as in "I had learned to play some rhythm guitar, I was underage in a funky bar, so I stepped outside and smoked myself a jay"?

(I'm not even kidding, I have no idea how to say it)

Ophelia

@City_Dater Huh. I wonder! That would maybe explain the smell? Some reaction between the yogurt and whatever else is in there?

(I just googled around, and it does seem legit, but whatever, it's still gross).

@leon s it's pronounced "FA-yuh" (they have a pronunciation key on the carton)

smidge

@City_Dater Chobani is one of the real ones, as is Fage. I think there was an article on npr.org on July 19, 2012 (I'm bad at links) called "High-Tech Shortcut to Greek Yogurt leaves purists fuming." Companies like Lucerne and Yoplait were adding the fake stuff.

shantasybaby

@Derevkova I am usually such a texture freak so yogurt has always been hard for me BUT I recently found the one yogurt I can enjoy...it's Chobani Champions Vanilla Chocolate Chip. Is it embarassing that I'm a 30 year old eating "the first Greek yogurt made for kids!"? Do I care? I tried some gross thing where instead of chocolate chunks there was honey which was just a texture nightmare for me.

hieropants

@Derevkova I don't really know why you would eat yogurt on its own, but it's delicious when added to sauces or soups.

Mmmmm, Indian food...

Nicole Cliffe

I, for one, completely forgot about the existence of peas.

Lisa Frank

@Nicole Cliffe I think I'm the last person on earth who likes peas.

mittens blum

@Nicole Cliffe I think the only time I've purchased peas in my adult life was when I had my wisdom teeth pulled and it was easier to tie a bag of frozen peas into my hoodie than to hold ice packs on. And then didn't think about them at all in between then and now.

Ellie

@Lisa Frank Frozen peas are one of my all time favorite foods (others being chicken noodle soup and dry Cheerios; I am basically a preschooler). I'm doing my part in an apparently losing battle!

fruiting body

@Ellie I'm with you. I always have a giant bag of peas in the freezer so I can add them to whatever leftovers or boring carb I'm eating for dinner. They're my favorite lazy-eating vegetable!

OhMarie

@Ellie Yes, I have peas multiple times per week. They are great. So easy and delicious!

Ophelia

@Lisa Frank I love peas! And seltzer. Clearly I am living in another time.

parallel-lines

@Nicole Cliffe I had a British roommate who would haphazardly put peas in everything like that was an okay thing to do. Making mac & cheese: why don't you add some peas and tuna! Making Hamburger Helper--throw a can of peas in that biz. It was so, so horrifying.

Ellie

@fruiting body Yeah, I add peas (and often baby) to soup ALL THE TIME. They're kind of the generic candidate of vegetables and they go with pretty much everything that benefits from a vegetable. I also always add them to Annie's mac and cheese. And to any leftovers to make them enough for another meal; I think they go with basically any variety of ethnic food. And taste good with butter and/or olive oil. Or with goat cheese mixed in. So versatile!

Ophelia

@parallel-lines but...but...peas GO with mac and cheese! (as does broccoli. mmmmmm.)

OhMarie

@parallel-lines Ok, a CAN of peas is horrifying, but I definitely do this with frozen peas. Some peas in your leftover indian food? Hell yes.

fruiting body

@Ellie I was on the same page with you until... peas and BABY in your soup?!

mangosara

@fruiting body adding peas to Annie's mac & cheese makes me feel like I'm eating a "balanced" "meal"!

Ophelia

@mangosara This, exactly.

frigwiggin

@mangosara Right? Peas, the last refuge of the lazy cook in my house. (Plus, fettuccine carbonara just isn't carbonara without their sweet little pops.)

professionalmess

@mangosara It's totally healthy, because it's organic!

Judith Slutler

@parallel-lines AHHH one of my current flatmates has started doing this with capers. Now she offers me food and I am just like "uh, no thanks". :/

ironhoneybee

@Ellie One of my favorite dinners is a creamy tomato soup with a pile of cous cous and peas in the middle. So good! And pretty.

SarahP

@Nicole Cliffe I find this so hard to believe! I love peas!

The only use for canned peas, though, is pea salad.

olivebee

@Lisa Frank Joining in on the pea love! My husband and I add peas to almost everything. They are always a good addition to pasta dishes.

fabel

Yep, peas make penne vodka & pasta primavera extra tasty! But that is pretty much the only time I think to use them.

fondue with cheddar

@mangosara Mac & cheese with peas and bacon salt. MMMMM.

I'm allergic to or grossed out by most vegetables, so frozen peas are my go-to food addition when I want to pretend I'm eating healthy.

Lucienne

@Emmanuelle Cunt Capers are awful. You are right to distrust anything your flatmate offers you. (Ugh, I am imagining how capers taste now, whyyyyyyy.)

BUT, peas are great! I once improvised a pasta sauce with peas and tuna and butter and it was quite yummy. It doesn't sound yummy when I describe it, so you'll just have to believe me.

HeyThatsMyBike

@Ophelia I also love seltzer! I wonder if that counts in the infographic given that it is a carbonated drink. I feel like somehow, people have recently started getting more into sparkling water, but maybe that's just because I have and am noticing it more.

leonstj

@Ellie - Yes peas forever! My go-to generic meals are usually a single serving of like, couscous or quinoa mixed in with a RIDICULOUS quantity of peas, and then a piece of fish on a giant pile of spinach.

It works with basically any seasoning / flavoring combo on earth, is totally healthy, and if you shop at Trader Joe's, actually not expensive.

Hellcat

@Ophelia I am a crazy person with the seltzer. I'm not kidding, six cans a day at least (the generic supermarket kind because I am not filthy rich)!

Ophelia

@Emmanuelle Cunt You're right, capers are revolting.

@hellcat My sister got us a soda maker for christmas a few years ago, and it has fueled my seltzer obsession.

dtowngirl

@Nicole Cliffe
I am actually eating peas right now for lunch. I love peas.

happymisanthrope

@parallel-lines The mac & cheese w/ tuna plus peas sounds like the best tuna noodle casserole ever!

HeyThatsMyBike

@Hellcat Yes! Kroger brand lemon lime seltzer is the bomb. I also down those 1L bottles from Trader Joe's like they are going out of style.

Hellcat

@HeyThatsMyBike And, ugh--I had to drink ginger ale (the least offensive to my delicate soda-hating sensibilities) with my food* today at work because the machine with the seltzer in it hasn't worked since we came back to the office after Hurricane Week!

* The obviously unhealthy Wendy's bacon-mushroom cheeseburger (or cheese-ish-burger, as the case may be.

fondue with cheddar

@HeyThatsMyBike I don't understand how seltzer can not taste gross to people. I wish I liked it because I love carbonated beverages but soda is so bad. But I just can't do it.

grizzle_bees

@mangosara We call that dinner "Mac and Peas" in my house.

lalaladododo

@Ophelia I'm not sure how I would get by in this world without selzter. It's all I drink!

Hellcat

@lalaladododo Darn tootin.

lalaladododo

@Hellcat You'd think for all the seltzer drinking I do I'd be able to notice that I spelled it wrong. Oh well.

Dirty Hands

@Lisa Frank I LOVE PEAS! Frozen peas with sour cream; peas from a can; fresh peas off the trellis; peaspeaspeaspeaspeas. Everyone eat more peas!

KeLynn

@happymisanthrope - OMG that casserole occurred to me while reading this too and it sounds *wonderful*. Seriously, peas forever. I eat them just about every other day.

Ellie

@Ellie BABY SPINACH. What a weird typo/omission

EpWs

@Ellie NOPE it's babies now. Babies forever. Babies and peas.

Charlsie Kate

@Nicole Cliffe What about wasabi peas? With alcohol? Heaven.

JanieS

... and I'm eating yogurt this very minute. With a Kind bar on deck for lunch. Mmm, delicious conformity.

parallel-lines

But are people drinking less carbonated milk?! http://www.foodbev.com/gallery/a-history-of-carbonated-milk-drinks

Judith Slutler

@parallel-lines **shudder** I picked up some carbonated abomination by accident this summer while trying to buy regular ayran, and I almost spit the first drink of it out on the subway! Carbonated milk drinks: WHY.

The Lady of Shalott

@parallel-lines Oh my god ew

parallel-lines

@parallel-lines (oops, I didn't realize some of those are super NSFW so proceed with caution, especially if you're one of the poor SOB at work today like me).

Jinxie

@parallel-lines Dude, what? Carbonated milk? D:

Megasus

@parallel-lines Oh my God my ex used to be obsessed with this Korean one called Milkis. I absolutely refused to drink it.

harebell

@Megano! Actually, I really enjoy Milkis, too. It's not just carbonated milk -- it's also citrusy. Impossible combinations that somehow work! There is a Japanese version as well.

coconuts

@parallel-lines I feel silly for being grossed out by this because it's actually really common amongst Indian people to mix cola and milk or cream soda and milk. It's weird but it kinda works.

KeLynn

@coconuts - I want to say "cola and milk, that sounds disgusting" but then I remembered that ice cream in cola is magnificent, so carry on.

EpWs

@harebell CITRUS+MILK? Curdle-y abomination.

I'm not even going to talk about this whole carbonated milk nonsense.

The Lady of Shalott

I don't want to say how much of our fridge space is taken up by milk and pop. But suffice it to say "the entire bottom shelf, usually."

fondue with cheddar

@The Lady of Shalott We call pop "soda" where I live, so I first read your comment as "milk and poop".

Decca

@The Lady of Shalott Where I come from, we call them "fizzy drinks" which only know is striking me as dumb.

Decca

@Decca *only now, ahhhhh

Ophelia

@Decca I grew up calling seltzer "fizzy water" but now I don't say it unless I'm at home, because I've had too many people look at me funny.

Decca

@Ophelia ...I call it fizzy water too.

brooklebee

@The Lady of Shalott my roommate and I have a Sodastream (which, btw, best thing ever) and somehow we started calling the fizzy water "sparkles". As in, "Could you get me a glass of sparkles?"

Which would be all fine and quirky if we kept it in the house, but I have found myself asking various waiters and friends for "sparkles", which invariably gets me blank looks and giggles.

Ophelia

@brooklebee Careful:

http://thehairpin.com/2011/05/i-was-like-%E2%80%98dude-what-you-want-a-sparkler/

@Decca, clearly we are right, and everyone who side-eyes the word "fizzy" is wrong.

Verity

@Decca Fizzy drinks is PERFECTLY REASONABLE. They're fizzy, and they're drinks! It makes sense!

Hellcat

@brooklebee I was wondering about this Soda Stream thing! Like I mentioned, I am all about the seltzer all the time but it makes for a lot of recycling and the need for straws, which I always forget to buy (not to mention half-drunk cans left in the strangest places around my house--I just put them down and forget, I guess). Maybe I should get a Soda Stream too!

brooklebee

@Hellcat oh yeah! If you're already a big soda water drinker it is pretty economical. And fantastic! You have to find a source for the air canisters (a lot of grocery and hardware stores carry them now, but you can also order them online). We go through one every 6 months of so, and I drink a lot of soda water. If you can manage the initial investment, it is so worth it! Doooooooo it.

Hellcat

@brooklebee Hmmmm... this could be a plan. And I will never again experience the heartbreak of running out of seltzer!

questingbeast

How is it possible to not have milk in a two-week period? No tea or coffee? No cereal? No scrambled eggs?

Judith Slutler

@questingbeast Maybe more people are buying soymilk?

LurkiLoo

@questingbeast I'm guessing more soy milk/rice milk/almond milk etc. use. I haven't had cow's milk in the last 2 weeks, but I've had lots of almond milk!

Ellie

@questingbeast Yeah, I could probably go vegan with relatively little effort but I HAVE to have milk for tea or coffee. I'm always happy to see your username by the way!

Tuna Surprise

@questingbeast

I drink coffee black and eat cereal (if I ever eat it) dry. You can make scrambled eggs with water. I just don't like milk that much and as a single person, if I bought it, it inevitably went bad. So I would go months at a time without milk.

fruiting body

@questingbeast It's easy! coffee: black, tea: with lemon, oatmeal with peanut or almond butter instead of processed cereal, and I've never understood the purpose of adding milk to scrambled eggs.

I never intentionally cut out milk, but I never liked the taste and would refuse to drink it even as a toddler... I do buy it for tea sometimes, but a pint will last me for two weeks or until it goes bad or whatever.

Ophelia

@questingbeast I'm sure it's POSSIBLE, but I don't want that life.

Blushingflwr

@questingbeast I am usually WAY too lazy to get up early enough to make breakfast before I leave the house, so no cereal. When I do make scrambled eggs, I don't add anything (well, maybe cheese). I hadn't heard of adding milk to eggs till I was in college, and it confused me so much. I do like milk in my tea, but I often cheat and make it at work and use the company provided half&half
I can never make it through a whole thing of milk before it goes bad, so I've stopped trying.

But I do love chocolate milk and buy the shelf-stable single-serving packs of it, which are wonderful.

SarahP

@Ellie I've been vegan for 7 years and the only thing I miss milk for is putting it in black tea. When I was sick as a kid, my mother would make me really weak, milky black tea, and no non-dairy milk can ever come close to that. :(

Hellcat

@questingbeast Easy--very bad things happen to me if I indulge in milk (though "indulge" is the wrong word because it turns my stomach anyway).

oboe-d-amore

@Tuna Surprise I eat cereal dry too! And always have, it is totally good that way.

questingbeast

@questingbeast There are so many amazing things I read about on the Internet and I just shrug, and yet this conversation about milk habits has really opened my eyes. The world, it is so rich and varied.

ImASadGiraffe

@questingbeast Wait, people use milk to make scrambled eggs? I've always just used...eggs.

Rock and Roll Ken Doll

Can someone give me a phonetic spelling for 'Chobani'? In a conversation over the weekend, a friend and I realized we have no idea exactly how to pronounce it.

wearitcounts

@Rock and Roll Ken Doll i always thought it was cho-BAH-knee.

Ophelia

@Rock and Roll Ken Doll I think @wearitcounts is right. There were a lot of commercials for it during the Olympics (they were apparently a sponsor of the US team), and the ads pronounced it cho-BAH-nee.

Ellie

I find the milk infographic a little hyperbolic . . . humans are omnivores. That said, I actually have become lactose intolerant relatively recently. Except I still get hot chocolate at Starbucks all the time and just throw away halfway through when I start feeling sick.

On a different note, not sure "Yemmie" is going to happen.

Poubelle

@Ellie I'm lactose intolerant, too, and I just buy the lactose-free milk and discovered once it's cooked or made into a hard cheese, the amount of lactose is low enough it's not really a problem.

I'm from the Midwest, and you can pry my dairy from my cold, dead hands.

(Also, I would love to know if that ovarian cancer stat is based on milk itself or milk with growth hormones.)

Ophelia

@Ellie Yeah...I'd like the see the same infographic with organic (non-hormone-treated) skim or 1% milk, and THEN we can talk. I'm also a bit skeptical re: the allergy claim. If we ACTUALLY knew what caused allergies (it seems to vary from "exposure to X makes you allergic to X" to "not being exposed to X makes you allergic to X"), then there would actually be prevention protocols, not just treatment ones.

planforamiracle

@Ellie the calorie comparison to soda pop in that info-graphic really pissed me off.. sure, but it's not a fair comparison! Milk contains things our bodies need (either naturally or fortified) and pop is just high-fructose corn syrup. argh. I find the whole chart really oversimplified.

ohmy

@Ellie Yeah, it really bothers me that they point out that milk has the same calories as soda, but don't point out that milk actually has nutritional value whereas soda is wasted calories.

Bittersweet

@Ellie Even the 2% issue I find a little alarmist. My daughter is underweight, so she is supposed to drink 2% or whole milk every day, for weight maintenance.

(Yes, I'm a little jealous of her metabolism.)

Amphora

@ohmy The same amount of calories as soda, sure, but soda is all sugar! Then it starts talking about how this means milk contributes to diabetes? What?

Hellcat

@Poubelle And thank god -- because intolerance to milk or not, I am not getting rid of cheese from my life!

Elsajeni

@planforamiracle Ugh, yes. It may be a legitimate point to say "Hey, you know, even the 'healthy' things we eat and drink can cause problems if you eat too much of them," but the approach of [ITEM] HAS CALORIES AND FAT IN IT, STAY AWAY! seems to miss the point that we need calories and fat to live. (And you see it not only with milk, but also with, like... fruit. Starchy vegetables. Basically anything that isn't kale or ice water.)

Ophelia

@Elsajeni Exactly. I'm not going to stop eating apples because they have sugar. If I want to cut back on sugar, I'll stop drinking soda and eating candy.

cherrispryte

@Elsajeni I was put on a diet once that forbid bananas, because of the high sugar content.

Ophelia

@cherrispryte that is just, well, bananas.

This is my new username

@Bittersweet I am really glad that is was brought up. When I was a kid I was a also super skinny and kind of picky about a lot of things and I think milk was one of the things that kind kept a reasonably nourished.

That infographic can just suck it. As an adult I still think milk is delicious and I personally find that drinking milk with my meal also helps me feel a bit fuller sooner and stay fuller for longer, particularly when I am something a bit less calorie dense. Also I live in Canada where dairy farmers cannot hormone/anitbiotic up their cows and sell it for consumption. Also I drink alllllll the lattes.

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

@This is my new username Seriously. What a load. Why do those infographics hate milk so much? If milk gives you diabetes, why are rates of diabetes probably higher now than they were before everyone bought processed or sugary foods? I'm lactose intolerant and would probably be in terrible shape if it weren't for yogurt and lactose-free milk. VITAMIN D, PEOPLE.

As for the bananas thing: I've seen that too! "Bananas are carbs!" Bananas are probably not complex carbs like a serving of fries or something, and don't tell me that I should be eating some random 100-calorie pouch of something or other with "chocolatey drizzle" on it. I'd rather eat something that's actual real food and keeps me feeling full.

Hellcat

@Rookie This is what I will never understand! I just cannot get my head around anyone trying to tell me that an ordinary fruit salad made of all sorts of good stuff is somehow worse for me than some crazy-ass, cardboard-tasting bar of whatever the hell...

In fact, I need to do the grocery shopping; I want that fruit salad!

coconuts

Why does everyone have it in for milk? I could give up a lot of things but I will never give up milk! It's delicious and I'm pretty sure it's the reason everyone in my family has such great bone density.

olivebee

@coconuts I don't drink milk anymore, ever since I went veg (now it's just rice milk for me). But I am definitely proof that dairy milk is good for bones/nails/teeth, because ever since I stopped drinking it a few years ago, my nails went from never ever breaking or chipping to becoming brittle messes, I broke my first ever bone, and I came thisclose to having my first ever cavity (luckily, it didn't get that far). I don't know if there is a direct cause and effect happening here, but I am thinking I should start taking calcium supplements.

Judith Slutler

@olivebee I had really brittle nails back when I used to drink my coffee black. Now they are all strong and tough and I'm pretty sure it is because of the milk I put in my coffee!

coconuts

@olivebee Yikes, that sounds pretty bad. Calcium supplements may be helpful. I actually drink too much milk and I'm trying to cut back but it's so hard!

EpWs

@coconuts I'm sorry, too MUCH milk? Is this a thing? I am doomed.

TARDIStime

@coconuts Dark green veg! With Almonds! You need magnesium to absorb calcium, and the almonds supply the magnesium while the dark green veg (spinach, beans, peas, broccoli) provide the calcium.

coconuts

@The Everpresent Wordsnatcher I'd like to say no, but it actually counts for a lot of calories. I hate to get into calorie talk but really, if I drink say 7 cups in a day that's about 770 calories so I know that I should cut back. I'm trying to lose weight for health reasons.

mangosara

Personally, my favorite part of this is imagining some high-level pea executives holding a series of intense, stress-filled meetings with marketing about how to "make America fall in love with peas all over again."

Ophelia

@mangosara now that I'm thinking about it, co-branding them with mac & cheese probably couldn't hurt.

christonacracker

@mangosara "high-level pea executives" = day made. Thank you.

SuperGogo

@mangosara Looks like the pea farmers are sensing the zeitgeist and backing the lentils and chickpeas instead (HUMMUS!).
http://www.pea-lentil.com/

Megasus

@Ophelia that is mostly how I get peas into my mouth

frigwiggin

I love milk! Although I actually HAVEN'T been using it as much lately, mainly because I wake up too late to eat breakfast at home in the morning. So I buy the teeny-tiny little jugs because it's inevitably a disaster when I just omit it from the shopping list, but a lot of it has been wasted lately and I feel like a jerk. I should buy it and just drink glasses of it like I used to. GLASS O MILK PLZ

Ophelia

@frigwiggin I find I drink more milk when I make sure that my chocolate chip cookie supply is continuously replenished.

noodge

@frigwiggin milkmilkmilk! I have a complete love affair with whole milk, which just seems better than skim or 2%. I mean, IT'S WHOLE! COMPLETE! I have a glass every morning, and I use it as a glycemic index buffer if I'm eating something that is sweeter than I should be. Mr Teenie and I go through a gallon every 5-7 days.

MILK!

Bittersweet

@frigwiggin When I was nursing my daughter she had some gastric problems and the pediatrician asked me to give up chocolate and dairy for 6 months. The chocolate wasn't a big deal, but no dairy was wicked tough.

frigwiggin

@Ophelia Oh my god, why didn't I think of that? Making some cookies pronto and then eating them for dinner (WITH MILK).

@teenie I tend to find whole milk throat-cloggingly rich these days (although I used to do those little half-and-half coffee creamer things like shots when I was a kid), but I used to drink a glass of 2% with dinner every night when I was little and I should get back on that wagon. I also used to stick a mug of milk in the freezer and slowly eat the frozen crust off the top until the whole mug was gone, but I may not start doing that again.

coconuts

@frigwiggin Yay, I'm not the only one! I drink so much milk that I actually get teased for it. In Canada we have bags that come in 4 litres and I can usually drink one of those in about four days. I probably shouldn't be drinking a litre of milk everyday though.

theotherginger

@coconuts that's how my brother drinks milk. milk doesn't do the best things to my stomach, but when i stopped doing dairy my nails/hair/etc were sad, so now I just eat cheese.

DandelionTacy

@teenie I could have whole milk all day, every day if I allowed myself to do so. I have eve shamefully bought whipping cream to eat on cereal- the creamier the better!

coconuts

@theotherginger My brother is really gross when it comes to drinking milk. He'll have it with pizza or burgers, which in my opinion is going too far.

frigwiggin

@highfivesforall "I'm sittin' on the damn stoop! You're the one who turned it into a war and a musical!"

KeLynn

@coconuts - Wait what? Why can't he eat it with pizza or burgers? I don't actually drink much anymore, but growing up it was just my dinner beverage so I'd drink it with whatever I was eating and I guess the idea of a milk + food pairing "going too far" confuses me and now I don't knwo what's gross or not gross ahhhhh

Kulojam

@teenie Wait, what? Glycemic Index Buffer? I just googled it but got nothing - does it help? I find that if I eat cake or pie or something super sweet I don't feel really great for a while afterward - shaky and lightheaded. I'm not diabetic, so could it be I am just missing a buffer? A cold, delicious glass of buffer?

Ellie

@coconuts Pizza with milk is actually weirdly good. I never drink milk along with pizza on my own, but I lived with someone who did and I always enjoyed it a lot when we did it.

KeLynn

@Kulojam Maybe that's why you're supposed to drink milk with cookies! (I actually have no idea)

EpWs

@teenie I am somewhat ashamed to say that I go through a gallon of milk every 5-7 days by MYSELF. I drink...a lot of milk. Add the boyfriend into the mix and we can go through a gallon in two days, depending on what we eat.

CALCIUM.

noodge

@kulojam yes! Apparently one can combine high glycemic index foods with low glycemic index foods and they average out. Whole milk is a good way to do this because of its fat and protein content.

coconuts

@KeLynn Well, growing up my brother and I drank so much milk already that we usually had water or pop with dinner so now the idea of having milk with dinner just grosses me out. To each her own, though!

Kulojam

@teenie Thanks so much! *runs away to eat all the cake and pie with milk*

SarahP

Ha ha ha ha someone has been emailing me like once a week to try to get me to run/link to that milk infographic on my (vegan) blog and I keep ignoring them because it seems so militant!

I mean, I don't drink milk, but eating cereal dry? That's asking a lot of me.

olivebee

@SarahP Yeahhh...I don't drink milk either (same reason as you), but dry cereal sounds mind-bogglingly horrible to me. The drymouth you would get from that! Plus, I like rice milk in my cereal because it's so neutral that it doesn't take away from the flavor of the cereal.

SarahP

@olivebee The only way dry cereal is acceptable is if I'm eating it with chocolate chips. Like gorp, but with only two tasty ingredients.

Amphora

@SarahP I associate eating dry cereal with having stomach flu or food poisoning. Not something one does for fun!

entangled

@Amphora I have eaten my cereal dry my whole life (I hate milk...ew). Sometimes I chop up fruit and add that and/or nuts, but the dryness really doesn't bother me. I've done this so long I am so confused that people want to pour liquid in their cereal.

coconuts

@SarahP Dry cereal is pretty depressing. When I was a kid I had to go without milk for two weeks to see if maybe I had a dairy allergy. My lactose intolerant nana told me that I should pour orange juice over my cereal because it's "just as good!" It was not just as good. It was terrible.

oboe-d-amore

@entangled Yeah, I've also always eaten my cereal dry, and...I like it that way? It's nice and crunchy!

Ellie

@SarahP I LOVE dry cereal. Love, love, love. I don't eat it for breakfast though but as a snack (or for dinner. According to my eating habits, I lead a pretty sad, single person, wine and dry Cheerios for dinner sort of existence). When I was a kid I ate Crispex with milk for breakfast every single day, without fail, but now I find cereal with milk way too filling, even first thing in the morning. Also when I got older (as I mentioned upthread) I became more lactose intolerant. It took me forever to figure this out until I finally realized that I had stopped drinking anything with milk in it without really noticing.

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

@coconuts I once did that, because I couldn't find any milk. (Or did I dunk my cookies in OJ? I forget.) And I agree that it was not the same.

Lyesmith

The only reason I eat healthy is because I'm lazy. Yoghurt, coffee, fruit, and vegetables take far less effort to prepare (or don't need preparation at all) than most other foods. That's why I mainly get my protein from bean salads and eggs.

KJZ
KJZ

Whatever dude, I still eat hella peas.

City_Dater

But peas are so good! I always have a bag of frozen peas, hanging out, waiting to be dumped into a soup or something. And people might be drinking less soda with sugar, but what about seltzer, which now comes in 10,000 flavors?

Ophelia

@City_Dater Further proof that we are the same person, simply divided into two bodies.

City_Dater

@Ophelia

Oh my god, you're right. We're sitting around, yelling at our dogs for spilling our seltzer, through mouthfuls of greek yogurt.

Poubelle

I have clearly spent too much time in Minnesota, because I keep thinking "bars TOTALLY require preparation! Somebody had to bake those!"

Also, speaking of Minnesota cooking, if you want more peas they fit very nicely into pretty much any hotdish. Non-Minnesotans could try peas in casseroles.

City_Dater

@Poubelle

That "hotdish" is one word has always made me insanely happy.

BosomBuddy

The only bars for me are solid chocolate bars. The rest are a total waste of space and contain only empty calories.

BosomBuddy

@BosomBuddy My chocolate bar consumption is rising, though.

Dirty Hands

@BosomBuddy I need solid chocolate bars, I didn't even know it, thanks for the reminder!

BosomBuddy

@Dirty Hands Anytime!

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

@BosomBuddy In case you didn't hear: Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert just released their own chocolate bar. It's expensive and pretentious (it's called "Good and Evil." ffs) and costs $18 but I want it so much.

anachronistique

There's a bag of peas in my freezer and I cannot remember if I bought them or my roommate did. My life is super hard, you guys.

Dirty Hands

@anachronistique Mix them in your Ramennnnn, peas are so gooood!

Ophelia

@Dirty Hands If you're going to doctor up some ramen, add some cottage cheese...it's surprisingly good, once you get over the fact that it's cottage cheese.

Kulojam

@Ophelia chiming in to say yes! cottage cheese and noodles = delicious.

darklingplain

That infographic is ridiculous. 60% of all adults are lactose intolerant? A lot of my family is actually lactose intolerant, and I guarentee that if most people actually couldn't digest lactose at all, they would know it, because they'd have stomach cramps and be farting all the time. And while only 13% of adults may have sworn off milk entirely, that doesn't mean the remaining 87% are gulping down liters of poison, it means that they probably put a little milk in their coffee or in their cereal.

Verity

I was under the impression for a few moments that the second thing we're eating more of is bears. Fond as I am of bears, I'm a bit disappointed now.

Hellcat

I'm curious: what is everyone's stance on vitamins--in pill form, I mean, not just from food? My sister told me that her doctor told her they are completely unnecessary. I was skeptical so I asked her if the doctor said more or, you know, qualified that statement somehow, like with, "...if you eat a 100% perfect diet every single day of your entire life." and she (my sister) said no... but she's notorious for only listening to fractions of what people say, or retelling it so that she's right in the argument (or, making an argument where there really isn't one, but that's another story...).

TARDIStime

@Hellcat I tried the whole multivitamin thing... it doesn't work for me. My stomach is a precious and special little snowflake and I think the pills don't break down properly in my system.
I much prefer to just make sure I have a really good diet. :-)
I think if vitamin pills were so awesome we'd just be chugging them and eating whatever we want and be really healthy anyway but there is no-one I know who does that. It would be an interesting experiment...

Hellcat

@TARDIStime I'm kind of half-and-half with my eating habits; not terrible, certainly not great. Less great when I run out of groceries and kind of order out for a week or so before I finally do the boring food shopping and load up on the fruit and kale and Chobani (sorry, yogurt-phobes, but that pineapple is the best! It's so summery!) and all the cheeses! No soda, not too much in the way of meat, probably way too much salt and coffee... So the vitamins I take are with the food, not in place of it (my stomach reacts badly to them too unless I eat first).

yeah-elle

Ugh I eat way too many bars. Those Clif Builder's Bars? They're like candy bars but I can't stop myself. A lot of the time I have a 20 minute break at work to eat dinner, and I can't eat anything too big or rich or I just feel sluggish...but I still need a good dose of protein and carbs to feel alive. Bars it is.

GreatMedia

"We are now living in a yogurt-and-snack-bar world,"
completly true

dennishobson

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zion

The doctors are smart, and the science really is that good if the cancer survival rates are any indication. But it's not as if all Americans benefit from that good science because the drugs and treatments are so expensive, and no one gives a shit about preventative medicine.
Chiropractor

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