Bittman at Yale

March 31, 2010 at 6:37 pm Leave a comment

Mark Bittman gave a talk at Yale today as part of a seminar series sponsored by the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. Mark is the author of the new(er) book Food Matters as well as several cookbooks and writes a column called Bitten for the New York Times. A self-proclaimed “food person” Mark has a great knowledge of what we eat and what it’s doing to us as a society. His talk today focused on soda. Evil, evil soda. One statistic he mentioned is that in the US 7% of our total caloric intake each year come from soda. That’s a higher percentage than any other food source alone. He is an adamant supported of taxing not just soda, but all processed food or UFOs (Unidentified Foodlike Objects) along with subsidizing healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables. Another fact he threw out is that by taxing sugared beverages 1¢ per ounce it would result in a 15% overall decrease in consumption. Write your congressmen people!

Bittman also spoke about how as a society we have learned how to “uncook”. There are tons of families out there who think heating up a frozen dinner is cooking. It’s true that today more than ever time is an interfering factor. Which is why I think it’s important that we all become educated not just in good vs bad foods, but that we begin to change our whole way of thinking about food on the most fundamental level. The more time and effort that goes into preparing a meal the more one is able to appreciate and celebrate it. I’m a huge advocate of bringing dinner back to the table. This means cooking more, eating better, and taking enough time to sit down with family to enjoy it all.  BUT, back to the talk – it was inspiring to say the least. Add him to your google reader, get his books, listen to his thoughts. You won’t be disappointed.


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