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Posted by: 90sRetroFan
« on: March 09, 2023, 05:25:09 pm »


Another one:

A major food influencer is under fire for misappropriating an Asian dish for the second time, as she's now accused of deleting comments
Tieghan Gerard, the cook behind the popular food blog Half Baked Harvest, is under fire for misappropriating a Vietnamese recipe. This is not the first time Gerard has been accused of misrepresenting Asian food.

On March 7, Gerard shared a recipe for "25 Minute Ginger Sesame Banh Mi Rice Bowls" to her Instagram account of 5.2 million followers. Quickly, commenters pointed out that Gerard's "Banh Mi Rice Bowl" was an oxymoron: In Vietnamese, bánh mì (pronounced "bun-mee" and was mispronounced by Gerard as "bon-my") means bread.

"The concept of a Bánh Mì rice bowl simply doesn't make sense," one commenter wrote. "Why not call it 'Vietnamese-Inspired Rice Bowl' or 'Sweet and Spicy Rice Bowl'?"
Commenters asked Gerard to "acknowledge the mistake" and employ a "growth mindset" to cultural sensitivity, nodding to her 5.2 million followers: "You have a platform, make it right."

I ask Gerard to voluntarily refrain from reproducing. Not that she will listen. Which is why we need state control over reproduction.

Gerard has yet to publicly address concerned comments, and her followers have grown frustrated by her silence.  Some said they unfollowed Gerard because they feel she lacks self-awareness and accountability. Comments are also pouring in that accuse the influencer of deleting their critical comments.

Criticism can also be found underneath the original recipe that she first shared to her website on March 1 where Gerard seems to be only responding to positive feedback. One fan wrote that she is "ignoring the comments of Vietnamese followers even as [she] peddles their culture."
Two years later, as Gerard's Instagram account has grown by more than 2 million, it's uncertain how Gerard will face these new accusations of cultural appropriation. So far, Gerard has made no public acknowledgment. Gerard did not immediately respond to Insider's request for comment.

In other words, it's OK for influencers to be "white".

Gerard also looks like what we would expect:

Posted by: 90sRetroFan
« on: February 27, 2023, 08:13:29 pm »

More visibility at last:

reports have shown that Black people are leading the numbers in vegan and plant-based eating. In the past 10 years, reports have shown that Black Americans were nearly three times more likely to follow a vegan diet. In 2021, a Gallup poll reported that 31% of nonwhite respondents cut back on their meat consumption within the year prior compared to 19% of white respondents. And a 2015 survey conducted by the Vegetarian Resource Group found that 8% of Black Americans reported never eating meat, fish, or poultry, compared to 3.4% of the overall population.

Rooted in history

Advocates and Black vegans themselves are not surprised by these numbers. As a counter narrative to exclusive, coastal, and expensive options at retailers like Whole Foods or Erewhon, veganism and plant-based options have been ingrained in predominantly Black communities for much of the 20th century and beyond.
The roots of Black veganism and vegetarianism go through many subcultures of Black America and the diaspora: from Rastafarianism, the Nation of Islam, and early hip-hop culture.
Black vegans are taking to social media to provide guides and recipes on how to prepare fresh foods once they're in the hands of those who need it. Collectively, vegan chefs and influencers alike have amassed millions of followers connected to vegan and plant-based cooking.

"I have seen how specifically Black communities, for example, are using the internet and social media to advocate for, and promote, their vegan food options and businesses in a way that didn't exist even 15 years ago," Dr. Harper said.  "I think of how Tabitha Brown, Brenda Sanders, Tracye McQuirter, Kai Nortey, and Badass Vegan have used cyber technology to create a more diverse way to narrate and promote veganism."

Celebrities have also advocated for veganism. In 2019, Beyoncé and Jay-Z offered fans the chance to win tickets to their concerts for life if they incorporated more plant-based meals into their diets. Venus Williams has spoken about how a raw plant-based diet helped her manage an autoimmune disease.

The deeply-rooted cultural significance of plant-based and vegan alternatives remains the key to the often overlooked popularity within Black communities. Dissecting it from continued trends and promoting its connection to issues related to individual well being, environmental health, and generational community development remains at the core of the Afro-Vegan Society's mission.

"We must divorce the idea of plant-based alternatives from trends, from the idea that it has to be expensive, or that it somehow runs counter to our culture," Afro-Vegan Society founder Sanders said. "There are so many different problems that can start to be addressed by this one change.

We are not surprised by these findings either:
Posted by: 90sRetroFan
« on: February 18, 2023, 11:53:59 pm »

Indians should discuss diet using Indian concepts:

Sedative foods, also called static foods, or tamasic foods, are foods whose consumption, according to Yoga, are harmful to both mind and body. Harm to mind includes anything that will lead to a duller, less refined state of consciousness.
Static foods stimulate and strengthen the lower two chakras, but will not assist in beneficial development of the higher chakras. In fact, they are usually detrimental to the advancement of the higher chakras.

Such foods sometimes include: meat, fish, fertilized eggs, onion, garlic, scallion, leek, chive, mushroom, alcoholic beverage, durian (fruit), blue cheese, opium, and stale food.
Posted by: rp
« on: February 18, 2023, 11:35:56 pm »

Indian Turanist complains about Indian diet:
Indian vegetarian diets without eggs and meat are absolutely horrendous for getting adequate protein. They're simply stuffed with carbohydrates and fat. Unless you are drinking liters of milk daily, and even then it maynot be enough.

Eat eggs or meat.
If you like it eggs thats fine. Go and advocate for it But please don’t spread the false propaganda that vegetarian diet isn’t good for mental/physical health.

In my observation good that kids receive in Government school is often far better than in American schools

"Muh protein" "muh carbs"

Posted by: SirGalahad
« on: January 21, 2023, 08:21:04 pm »

Good riddance. Modern vegetarianism annoys me in a way unique from normal meat eating. The “veggie” option on menus is almost always loaded with cheese or some other form of dairy. With the way meat eaters and even vegetarians talk about cheese, you’d think that it’s an edible form of crack. An infallible god among food. I resent the western obsession with cheese, because it really is an obsession. Almost every single excuse that vegetarians give for not being vegan boils down to “I just can’t give up cheese. I love it so much!”

While I don’t eat out all that much anymore unless I pass by a place that serves exclusively plant-based food, this is well deserved if it ends up being true. Vegetarians can eat vegan food, but vegans cannot eat vegetarian food
Posted by: guest78
« on: January 19, 2023, 10:46:37 pm »

Somewhat good news:

The Death of the Vegetarian
Vegetarians outnumber vegans by almost two million in the UK, but they’re in danger of being cancelled by a plant-based takeover of the nation’s menus.
Not long ago, if you wanted a vegetarian meal, most restaurants offered at least one option – as long as you weren’t in a tiny village or France. If that veggie option involved cheese, then all the better. If it involved a bean burger, well at least you knew roughly what you were eating.

Today, vegetarians are starting to get annoyed. The once trusty meat-free option, they say, is being replaced by a vegan one. The Vegetarian Society has been receiving complaints from members who are peeved to find veggie dishes containing dairy and eggs are often absent from menus, jettisoned in favour of plant-based vegan burgers or vegan chilli.

Richard McIlwain, the society’s chief executive, says it’s “interesting to see how the eating out experience has changed”. But “interesting” is not how some of his members would describe what is on offer. “There’s always been a drive to replicate the meat experience, which is good and will encourage more people to give up meat,” he tells the Telegraph. “But it’s been to the detriment of more traditional vegetarian dishes, and we do get fairly regular emails from our members asking if can we raise this. It’s not to say the options are bad, but the vegetarian dishes seem to be either not on the menu or you have the option of cheese pie or a cheese sandwich. And it’s always Cheddar.”

Others scoff that where Cheddar is concerned, the chance would be a fine thing. When vegetarian entrepreneur Vicky Borman was filming last week, the on-set caterer offered either meat or an option that was both vegan and gluten-free. “I said to them, ‘I’m not vegan, I’m vegetarian. Where’s my cheese and cream?’”

The caterer made sure to bring her some cheese the following day. But, says the 43-year-old from Cambridgeshire, owner of CBD Angel, obtaining vegetarian food can be even harder in restaurants.
Entire article:
Posted by: 90sRetroFan
« on: January 02, 2023, 08:50:14 pm »

Smoking was nonexistent in Aotearoa prior to the colonial era which turned it into "New Zealand". Now we are turning it back into Aotearoa:


The German movement was the most powerful anti-smoking movement in the world during the 1930s and early 1940s.[1]
Adolf Hitler's personal distaste for tobacco[17] and the Nazi reproductive policies were among the motivating factors behind the Nazi campaigns against smoking.[18] The Nazi anti-tobacco campaign included banning smoking in trams, buses, and city trains,[1] promoting health education,[19] limiting cigarette rations in the Wehrmacht, organizing medical lectures for soldiers, and raising the tobacco tax.[1] The Nazis also imposed restrictions on tobacco advertising and smoking in public spaces, and regulated restaurants and coffeehouses.[1]
The term "passive smoking" ("Passivrauchen") was coined in Nazi Germany,[5]

No wonder Iadarola doesn't like it.
Posted by: 90sRetroFan
« on: December 23, 2022, 06:19:13 pm »

The colonial-era Western tradition of eating turkey for Christmas:

In the 15th century, Spanish conquistadores took Aztec turkeys back to Europe.[9]

Turkey was eaten in as early as the 16th century in England.[10]
While the tradition of turkey at Christmas spread throughout Britain in the 17th century,[10] among the working classes, it became common to serve goose, which remained the predominant roast until the Victorian era.[12]

used to be ridiculed back in the Counterculture era:

What is Western civilization? Answer: a civilization that eats a lot of meat to celebrate the birth of the founder of a vegan religion.
Posted by: 90sRetroFan
« on: November 24, 2022, 07:25:04 pm »

I have always been annoyed by the Western-led brown rice fad:

Surprise! White Rice May Be Better for You Than Brown Rice

If you've ever been on a health kick or wanted to lose weight, you may have switched from eating white rice to brown rice. Brown rice is often touted for it's health benefits, while white rice has been demonized in many health-conscious communities. But is brown rice really healthier than white rice? The answer may surprise you.

The Rice Debate

There are a few reasons that brown rice is often considered the better option. The main argument is that it's a whole grain. The difference between brown rice and white rice is that brown rice is in its unprocessed, whole grain form. White rice, on the other hand, has had the bran and germ removed during processing.

As has been done since the Neolithic era. Were the Golden Age Aryans morons who put all that extra effort into pounding rice for no good reason? Of course not:

Whole grains are considered to be healthier because they contain more fiber. Fiber is a nutrient that's known to lower cholesterol, control blood sugar, and regulate digestion. It's true that brown rice contains more fiber than white since it is unrefined, but the type of fiber is important to note.

There are two types of fiber: soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber absorbs water to soften your stools in the digestive tract, making them easier to pass. It slowly forms bulk and triggers peristalsis, which are intestinal contractions that help waste move through your system. Not only that, but soluble fiber also ferments in the digestive tract to help promote a good balance of bacteria in the gut! On the other hand, insoluble fiber does not absorb water or ferment. Since it doesn't get broken down at all, it forms hard bulk in the intestines. When consumed in large amounts, it can actually cause inflammation, discomfort, bloating, gas, and more.

Brown rice contains insoluble fiber, and as naturopathic medicine doctor Liz Carter explains, this can take quite a toll on your gut. "Brown rice is high in harsh, irritating insoluble fiber. White rice is not," she says. "I have seen brown rice be very difficult to handle for my patients with gut issues. It’s better to focus on soluble fiber foods that feed your gut health." If you struggle with digestive issues like constipation and want to consume more fiber, consider adding more foods with soluble fiber to your diet.

Arsenic and Phytates

Two more reasons you may want to forego brown rice: phytic acid and arsenic. Brown rice contains phytic acid, which is known as an antinutrient because it actually blocks your body’s ability to absorb certain nutrients, like iron, zinc, and calcium. Eating large amounts of it can ultimately lead to vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Brown rice is also higher in arsenic, which is a toxic heavy metal that, when consumed over time, could increase your risk of diseases like cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. Yikes!

We're often told that eating anything "white" that has been processed is bad. But in this case, processing the grain actually removes the inflammation-causing fiber (which makes it easier to digest) and lowers the amounts of phytic acid and arsenic, making white rice a healthier choice!

My tongue had always told me white rice was better.

The Bottom Line

All this being said, white rice does have a slightly higher glycemic index than brown rice does, meaning that it could elevate blood sugar levels more. If you already have type 2 diabetes, prediabetes, or high blood sugar, it's best to manage your portions when consuming carbohydrates in general.

STFU. We have:

The real bottom line:

As the wisdom of ancient eating traditions in India and China have long pointed out, white rice is a hearty, filling starch that's easy to cultivate, prepare — and to digest. So before you forego the white rice and choose brown rice, consider all the factors. White rice may be the more healthful addition to your plate after all.
Posted by: 90sRetroFan
« on: November 23, 2022, 12:30:21 am »

Our message is spreading!

DECOLONIZING YOUR DIET has become somewhat of a social movement.

On Instagram, there are more 15,000 posts carrying the hashtag #decolonizeyourdiet.
What is a decolonized diet?

For many Indigenous people, decolonizing their diets means removing western European influence entirely.

Indigenous food often includes fruits, vegetables, and herbs from one region. From supporting local farms to shopping for traditional ingredients, there are plenty of ways to decolonize your diet.

Decolonizing your diet involves learning how to connect with the land, find native ingredients, and prepare ancestral dishes. It involves a deep appreciation for the land you live on, and the food that comes from it.
“It's just understanding Indigenous histories and cultures where you might be living. Then, it's understanding how we build modern Indigenous foods, and how we create a philosophy doing that,” says Sherman. “It was invisibility of Indigenous perspective. There were hardly Native restaurants. There were barely any books on the subject. We're attempting to create a support system to bring this into the mainstream. People are starting to normalize Indigenous foods on a larger scale.”
Posted by: 90sRetroFan
« on: November 13, 2022, 08:46:48 pm »

How the watermelon stereotype came to be weaponized against Black Americans
The origins of watermelon can be dated back approximately 6,000 years ago when it was domesticated throughout Sudan, Egypt, Ethiopia, Libya, and Kenya.

Watermelon is an Aryan food, period. But fast forward to the colonial era:

Around the time of the Civil War, negative descriptions about African American watermelon-eaters started becoming more prominent.

According to researcher William R. Black, enslaved people would sometimes negotiate informal contracts with their owners to cultivate and sell their own crops on designated plots of land on the plantations they worked on. As watermelons were easy to grow, they became a popular choice. Black quotes one former enslaved person as saying, "We never had our own gardens, but we had small watermelon patches."
Post-emancipation after the Civil War ended, newly freed African Americans continued to grow watermelons and sold them to generate income for themselves.

"Newly emancipated Africans employed their farming and entrepreneur abilities to produce and sell items like watermelon and the like," Howard University Afro American Studies lecturer Dr. Jo Von McCalester told Insider. "Personal gardens and their ability to sell its goods after completing their obligations, fostered a taste of freedom driven by their own efforts and on their own terms."

However, this new economic model upset some former slave owners in the South, who were angered that formerly subjugated African Americans had carved out a lucrative business niche for themselves and were enjoying the fruits of their labor.

"This air of freedom among those formerly enslaved further humiliated Southern whites," Dr. McCalester said. "The sheer audacity for Freed Africans to persevere in spite of  their deplorable action, caused the concerted effort and sharp response of Southern whites to create a racist trope around the fruit and freed Africans."
Throughout the Jim Crow era, smear campaigns involving African Americans eating watermelon began to be spread, partially as a form of bigotry, but also as an attempt to squash African American businesses. Ads and ephemera used images of African Americans "stealing, fighting over, or sitting in streets eating watermelon," in an effort to "shame Black watermelon merchants," according to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Degrading African Americans by way of watermelon also acted as a ploy to derail Black people from gaining and sustaining positions of power.

"By associating the fruit with ideas like ignorance, uncleanliness, and laziness, refusing to accept their participation in society, politics, business, etc., is viewed as justified," Dr. McCalester said."Their consumption of watermelon was an outward expression of their inward inferiority."

The result?

"The stigma associated with dark skin, oversized smiles, and red lips eating watermelon, has caused so many to socialize younger generations to steer clear of the fruit, Dr. McCalester said. "The backlash and perception of being associated with the fruit can even be seen contemporarily, even if Black People don't fully understand the historic implications of consuming the fruit."

Anyone who likes watermelon (I do) should be proud (I am) of our superior taste:

especially compared to those who like Turanian foods such as dairy products:
Posted by: 90sRetroFan
« on: October 11, 2022, 07:40:46 pm »

The tax would be the world’s first on animal emissions, including those from burps and urination, which contribute to rising global temperatures.
As a byproduct of their digestion, livestock such as cows and sheep release methane — a greenhouse gas that causes 80 times as much warming as carbon dioxide in its first 20 years in the atmosphere. That includes methane in flatulence and manure, but the single biggest source of methane from animals is burps. Globally, methane accounts for 20% of greenhouse gas emissions, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Livestock accounts for 14.5% of total global emissions, according to the United Nations.

A largely rural, agricultural country, New Zealand has 5 million people and roughly 10 million cattle and 26 million sheep. According to government data from 2019, 37% of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions were from methane, and 88.4% of its methane emissions came from livestock. About three-quarters comes from cows, with the rest coming from sheep.

Woke comments:

just stop eating beef. Problem solved.

simple solution..go vegan....

Did you know that cows and sheep never lived in Aotearoa prior to the colonial era?

Mammals introduced by Europeans
Cattle   1814
Sheep   1773

We should be trying to return Aotearoa to being a land without cows, sheep, etc..
Posted by: 90sRetroFan
« on: September 12, 2022, 07:33:39 pm »

Note also the subhuman face shape of the random barbequeuer (from your link):

"At one time, Taiwan was a place where one would find the vegetarian diet quite common among its population due to Buddhist influence."

We should remind people of that time using its vegetarian Buddhist Counterculture icons:
Posted by: acc9
« on: September 12, 2022, 02:23:11 am »

It just came to my attention that people in Taiwan no longer like to celebrate the significant Mid-Autumn Festival (Moon Festival) the traditional Chinese way i.e. lighting fancy lamps and eating mooncakes and fresh seasonal fruits while appreciating the luminous full moon on the 15th day of the Eighth Lunar month. Instead, the most popular celebration now is to have a BBQ party that night, with special emphasis on grilling MEAT!

At one time, Taiwan was a place where one would find the vegetarian diet quite common among its population due to Buddhist influence. How sad!