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Sep 24, 2007 11:21 PM

NFL rookie has good chow sense

A recent article from the NYT:
describes Adrian Peterson's dedication to his home town of Palistine, Texas. Also applies to food according to his brother, Derrick:

"Yet Derrick Peterson insists that money has not changed his brother, as evidenced by his steady diet of sardines, Vienna sausages, Spam and ramen noodles.

“He’s still country,” Derrick Peterson, 22, said in a telephone interview. “He’s keeping it real.”

I admire Adrian as a now and future football star and wish him well; I like his brother's recognition of diet as an indicator of non-corruption by money; I can make sense of the diet; and ask fellow CHers what they think.

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  1. I wish him well and say he should eat whatever he likes!

    It says some interesting things about what those around us think. I don't think diet has all that much to do with corruption by money. Couldn't he suddenly decide he wants expensive sushi once a day and still be a good guy with his values intact? What if he decided to switch to healthier foods? He could probably do that without spending any more money, but then would he still be "keeping it real?" Would his family or friends think so?

    As someone without a lot of money who likes to eat really well, I can say that my diet probably wouldn't change much if I suddenly got rich. Might eat out more, though. Does corruption (or in this case, failure to "keep it real") really have anything to do with what we eat?

    1. So what does it mean if the opposite applies? Because I have damned expensive tastes when it comes to food, despite the fact that my bank balance would make a grown woman cry (that grown woman being me).

      That's right.. I'm keeping it UNreal. :)

      1. I don't see sillingness to try something new is evidence of corruption by money. I am surprised, though, that sardines and ramen noodles are considered down-home country fare in Texas. I think more of bluegills and grits.

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        1. re: mpalmer6c

          Food has always been something that seperates class lines. Taste is socially constructed and food and dining habits have often been used as a test for the upper class.