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If all foods were nutritionally equal would you change your diet?

kpaxonite Jul 23, 2011 03:14 PM

In this magical world bacon is equal to pomegranates and so on .... would you change what you eat?

  1. janethepain Jul 23, 2011 03:25 PM

    Yes, there would be a lot more ice cream in it.

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      AnneMarieDear Jul 23, 2011 03:49 PM

      Good God, yes.

      More cheese, butter, bread, pastry, potato chips, peanut butter, Coca-cola, cream...

      Cheese and butter are probably tops.

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        escondido123 Jul 23, 2011 04:18 PM

        More bacon, more chocolate cake, more Roquefort would be at the top of the list. Oh, and more pastas in cream sauces.

        1. arktos Jul 23, 2011 04:33 PM

          More like a permanent goodbye to kale, tofu, salmon, oats and broccoli.

          Makes me so mad everything that's good for you tastes crappy and everything that tastes good will eventually kill you. Genetic DNA engineers need to take notice!! Forget about increasing our I.Q.s or life spans, make it so that we can live on bacon, nachos, salt, deep-fried things and cake.

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            ediblover Jul 24, 2011 05:02 AM

            I'm more with arktos' sentiments. I already eat everything I want to eat, but eat a lot of stuff that I'd rather not eat so often. It's not limited to vegetables. I like berries and have them just about every day, but if they weren't so beneficial I'd cut down to maybe 1-3 times a week. I love variety. If everything was nutritionally equal, then that would mean I get to have an entirely different diet day to day.

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              sisterfunkhaus Jul 24, 2011 09:18 AM

              As a vegetarian who subsists mostly on veggies, I can tell you that they do start tasting better once you stop eating the other and focus on veggies. Then, when you try to eat something fattening and crappy, you feel sick and awful and vow to never eat crap again. Your taste buds and body get used to the veggies and that becomes the good stuff.

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                Klunco Jul 25, 2011 08:42 AM

                +1 Glad to hear this isn't just me. Some of my friends think I'm a weirdo because I have no desire to eat deep fried or super processed foods, but honestly they aren't as satisfying to me. My body craves veggies and fruits and if I eat the other foods now I feel awful.

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                cowboyardee Jul 24, 2011 02:06 PM

                "More like a permanent goodbye to kale, tofu, salmon, oats and broccoli."
                Go figure. That's all stuff I would eat even if it wasn't healthy. Though I've been known to dump a good bit of browned butter on my kale, to wrap my salmon in bacon or serve it with a nice rich cream sauce.

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                  arktos Jul 25, 2011 10:56 AM

                  The only way I can eat kale is Brazillian style, with the hard centers of the leaves cut out, the leaves stacked on top of one another and then rolled into a cigar shaped cylinder. It's then cut chiffinade-style into 1/8" ribbons and sauted in plenty of bacon fat and some garlic. It's really quite good!! and much better than the aweful stuff you get from people who cook it as if it was spinach.

              3. Karl S Jul 23, 2011 04:40 PM

                Well, that could just as easily mean pomegranates equal to bacon - in this sphere, if things were equalized, it would more likely be that everything was nutritionally equivalent to, say, ghee.

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                  kpaxonite Jul 23, 2011 04:49 PM

                  The point is every food gives you the same nutrients and calories ....nothing is more or less healthy than anything else.

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                  ptrichmondmike Jul 23, 2011 04:50 PM

                  No, because my diet already consists largely of "forbidden" foods. I've never given one thought to healthy eating, and I never will. I know what tastes really, really good. " if it's also healthy, that's fine, but not the deciding factor.

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                    Veggo Jul 23, 2011 06:33 PM

                    Same here - my diet is everything my heirs would like it to be.

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                      iluvcookies Jul 24, 2011 05:53 AM

                      Veggo, your post is the perfect place for a "like" button. Because of the humor in it.

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                        Janet Jul 24, 2011 03:16 PM

                        I too would love a like button.

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                        ptrichmondmike Jul 24, 2011 09:11 AM

                        I'm healthier than my one and only "heir," sadly. I eat anything I want, just not too much of it. I weigh about what I did in high school 45 years ago. He eats what he wants, and is verging on obese. Exercise helps, of course.

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                      noodlepoodle Jul 23, 2011 05:11 PM

                      No more guilt and deep thinking about balanced menus every day. One day my tired harried friend asked her DH how he felt about ice cream, popcorn and soda for supper and he cheered. You know, it probably wouldn't kill us or shorten our lives if we we actually did that once a week.

                      As for me, ice cream and pasta and lots of pie crust.

                      1. babette feasts Jul 23, 2011 06:18 PM

                        Yes. Nachos, french fries, bacon, butter, cheese, cheese, cheese. And more carnitas.

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                          Pixie Muse Jul 23, 2011 08:42 PM

                          I would be tempted by fattier, and possibly sweeter foods but then the problem would be that I would feel far fuller with much less. I hardly ever eat past that comfortable feeling, because I like it when my tummy feels just right, and and so maybe I will keep my current diet because it gets me more food on my plate. Good question though : )

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                          Laurenjo28 Jul 23, 2011 08:45 PM

                          Homemade cinnamon rolls would be in the oven daily ;)

                          1. grayelf Jul 23, 2011 11:22 PM

                            If this were the case, I would test empirically and exhaustively my theory that *anything* deep fried tastes good.

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                              pegathaismyname Jul 23, 2011 11:42 PM

                              Assuming that this also means that I'm not allergic to anything, then yes, my diet would change. The thing is, I still ENJOY fresh fruits and vegetables, and would still eat them, just because they taste good to me. I would, however, add in some whipped cream and cake and such, and perhaps end my love affair with Splenda :)

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                                givemecarbs Jul 23, 2011 11:46 PM

                                Ha ha ha ha! Did I mention that I was experimenting with raw vegan this summer? HELL YES. What about you kpaxonite?

                                1. TheHuntress Jul 24, 2011 05:43 AM

                                  I'm happy to say that I wouldn't change my diet at all. I eat exactly what I want, when I want (as long as time/logistics permit - a 2am night shift craving for wonton soup is likely to go unfilled) and am quite happy doing so. I eat and enjoy a wide variety of foods, so I think that's probably why my weight stays in check. I don't eat or avoid anything in particular just for nutritions sake, however I am certain that I ought to include more calcium in my diet.

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                                    FrauMetzger Jul 24, 2011 08:36 AM

                                    The first thing I would do is stop feeling guilty for preferring white rice to brown! Then I would go on a fried foods spree, eating all my favorites until I was absolutely bored of them. As if that were possible!

                                    On the other hand, the fact that my health problems lead me to avoid excess fat has led me to be far more creative in my cooking and has led me further afield in eating out. So, as much as I think nutritionally equivalent foods would be a utopia for me, I don't regret that it isn't the case.

                                    1. jmcarthur8 Jul 24, 2011 01:38 PM

                                      I know I'd be eating a lot more homemade macaroni and cheese.
                                      And have an egg cream every afternoon.
                                      And I'd probably try out a new cheesecake recipe every week.
                                      And I'd still eat my broccoli.

                                      1. mcf Jul 24, 2011 01:46 PM

                                        My diet already consists of most of the stuff other folks think is unhealthy (Ignoring how obese and diabetic the population has become since restricting fat and protein and moving to grains and fat restrictions), and I love my diet, but if they weren't so harmful to my health, I'd eat pizza and bagels, only occasionally. I don't miss them terribly, but they're still the only two things I ever miss since giving up starches.

                                        And I live in NY, where the best ones are! :-(

                                        1. cowboyardee Jul 24, 2011 02:11 PM

                                          I'd definitely eat more pie and drink more beer.

                                          1. crowmuncher Jul 24, 2011 02:31 PM

                                            Assuming my bowel movements or mood won't be affected (yes, I know it's make-believe) i would switch to white instead of brown bread, rice, pasta,etc. I would also eat brownies and chocolate cake (made with enriched white flour of course) everyday, preferably 3x/day

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                                              visciole Jul 24, 2011 07:02 PM

                                              Why bother to enrich the white flour?

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                                                crowmuncher Jul 24, 2011 09:56 PM

                                                Good point-it's already nutrionally equivalent. I don't know what i was thinking...

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                                                escondido123 Jul 24, 2011 09:31 PM

                                                And thank you for that image.

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                                                  crowmuncher Jul 24, 2011 09:57 PM

                                                  my plesasure ;)

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                                                jamieeats Jul 24, 2011 03:22 PM

                                                absolutely! i love to eat foods that are nutritious because i feel great when i eat healthy. if all foods were healthy, i would of course eat the "junk!" however, i do really enjoy the textures and flavors of a lot of very healthy foods so i wouldn't want to give up the foods i like.

                                                if you could make chocolate cake with the same nutritional value as broccoli...

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                                                  brooklynkoshereater Jul 24, 2011 07:23 PM

                                                  To quote the wonderful Ms. Child "fat gives things flavor". So, all things being equal, my diet would consist of wonderfully warm breads and flaky pastries with butter; fresh-baked croissants oozing chocolate; thick and creamy mushroom-barley, beef, and french onion soups; crunchy thin-crusted pizzas topped with cheeses and veggies, paninis with cheese, tomato, basil, and olive oil; and of course - ice cream: hot chocolate brownies with french vanilla ice cream, warm apple crisp with ginger ice cream, and a bourbon-chocolate mousse with chocolate ice cream.

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                                                    tastesgoodwhatisit Jul 24, 2011 11:51 PM

                                                    More bacon, deep fried food, ice cream, coconut milk, pastries and other things like that. There isn't anything I eat now that I would stop eating, but I'd have the treats more often.

                                                    1. meatnveg Jul 25, 2011 12:17 AM

                                                      Maybe, yes if there was someone who could make me proper lasagna everyday. Otherwise, probably not.

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                                                        pj26 Jul 25, 2011 03:16 AM

                                                        Yes, I would live on cheese, and French butter!

                                                        1. alliegator Jul 25, 2011 08:26 AM

                                                          I would probably eat the same things, but fill my plate a bit more. I don't avoid any food, but I do use a fair amount of portion control. I rarely "stuff my face". So maybe I would completely pig out on some of my favorites. Things dripping in butter and cheese come to mind first.

                                                          1. Peg Jul 25, 2011 10:31 AM

                                                            Cheese with cheese on top. But I think it would make cheese seem very dull very quickly, so I think I prefer keeping cheese as a treat.

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                                                              gator28 Jul 25, 2011 11:13 AM

                                                              Yes. I would incorporate a lot more peant butter, ice cream, crackers, chocolate, and croissants into my diet.

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                                                                AussieBeth Jul 25, 2011 06:58 PM

                                                                a lot more butter, many more cheeseburgers, and more coca cola than you could possibly imagine! I pretty much eat what I want now, within reason, but if there was no reason for reason (becuase everything was nutritionally the same) this is what I would want more of!

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                                                                  mahlzeit_yumyum Mar 20, 2012 12:30 PM

                                                                  Eat more fried food!

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                                                                    seamunky Mar 20, 2012 01:56 PM

                                                                    I would eat a lot more white rice. with lots of salty fatty caramel braised pork. And a lot of rice noodles. And more white bread. And lots of more dishes would end up with cheese melted on top.

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                                                                      Will Owen Mar 20, 2012 05:57 PM

                                                                      Yes, seamunky, and noodles in general and mashed potatoes. But I'd still love fish and all of the cabbage family.

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                                                                        visciole Mar 24, 2012 07:21 PM

                                                                        I love mashed potatoes, and make them with low-fat milk, olive oil, and with the skins on. Still not super low calorie but allows me to eat them more often. Added bonus: they are great cold and do not congeal the way the ones with butter do.

                                                                        But then again maybe you're low carb, in which case it's the spuds themselves....

                                                                    2. Perilagu Khan Mar 20, 2012 01:58 PM

                                                                      Hell no. I don't alter my diet even when foods are nutritionally unequal.

                                                                      1. Caroline1 Mar 20, 2012 02:23 PM

                                                                        Throw me in that briar patch Go on! I double dog dare you! ....chocolates .....cream puffs ....truffles, both sweet and fungi .....foie gras ....Chateau d'Yquim by the bucketful ...

                                                                        Oh, shit.

                                                                        Wait a minute!

                                                                        Nobody said anything about all food being nutritionally equal AND the same price!

                                                                        NEVER MIND.

                                                                        1. danna Mar 20, 2012 02:27 PM

                                                                          Are you familiar with the Courtney Love lyric "I want to be the girl with the most cake"?

                                                                          Me too.

                                                                          1. eastofnevada Mar 21, 2012 06:00 AM

                                                                            If that also meant that I wouldn't suffer from any *ahem* internal distress from anything, then yes.

                                                                            I would eat more potato chips for sure. A whole lot more fries. Croissants, cheese, use a lot more butter, loaves of bread in one sitting....
                                                                            I would also continue eating a lot of the healthier foods I eat now, I genuinely like the taste.

                                                                            1. KayceeK Mar 21, 2012 08:21 AM

                                                                              I probably wouldn't workout as often, but eat relatively the same! :) Maybe I would drink homo milk instead of 1%. I'd probably indulge in more treats and sweets.

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                                                                                mpjmph Mar 21, 2012 11:24 AM

                                                                                Absolutely. Cake, cookies, baguettes, croissants, crappy holiday chocolate, ice cream... There are a lot of foods I limit/avoid because they have little redeeming nutritional value. I could quite happily live on bread and chocolate if I didn't have to worry about weight gain or malnourishment. On the other hand, I already refuse to eat foods just for health benefits - if I don't like it, I'm not eating it, I don't care how good it is for me (I'm lookin' at you, oatmeal). So my mostly healthful diet is at least full of foods I like, some of them even among my last meal level favorites.

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                                                                                  laliz Mar 21, 2012 11:46 AM

                                                                                  omg yes. I'm diabetic.

                                                                                  chili cheese fries, ice cream, steak and prime rib, IN
                                                                                  freshly baked Italian bread IN
                                                                                  Hot Fudge; Hot Caramel IN
                                                                                  Baked and Mashed potatoes IN
                                                                                  Macaroni and cheese; crispy thin crust pizza IN
                                                                                  Spaghetti and Lasagna IN
                                                                                  Bagles w/cream cheese; long john cream filled doughnuts; jelly filled doughnuts IN
                                                                                  butter, mayonnaise, cream cheese, sour cream, creme fraiche, IN IN IN

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                                                                                    mcf Mar 21, 2012 11:54 AM

                                                                                    I'm diabetic and I eat butter, mayo, cream cheese, creme fraiche, etc... but no bread, little fruit, and no sugars. Plenty of full fat cheeses and yogurt, though, grass fed meat and dairy, wild caught fish. My diabetes is tightly controlled in non diabetic numbers this way, without meds. But...

                                                                                    If it didn't matter, I don't think I'd change the way I eat at all, I've come to love my protein and veggie diet. The only things I ever miss are fresh hot NY pizza and bagels, but not to the point of craving.

                                                                                    If I ever find out I'm terminal, though, I'm going to eat a slice of pizza with the crust. :-)

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                                                                                      laliz Mar 21, 2012 01:47 PM

                                                                                      the butter etc. is because of weight control, I know they are low carb. But, thanks for pointing it out ~~ I just love people who like to make others look wrong or like they don't know what they're talking about.

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                                                                                        mcf Mar 21, 2012 01:53 PM

                                                                                        That wasn't my intention, and I'm sorry if it made you feel bad.

                                                                                  2. pinehurst Mar 21, 2012 12:11 PM

                                                                                    I'd eat lots more butter! But seriously, in terms of content, what Caroline said....my diet would change the most if a lot of the stuff I and my family love became more affordable to cook and serve en masse. Then I'd stock up on expensive-in-the-Northeast tropical fruit and berries instead of bananas, and serve lots of lean beef and lovely fish instead of beans, etc etc.

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                                                                                      riversuzyq Mar 21, 2012 02:02 PM

                                                                                      Heck yeah.....! It would be all sweets, butter and snack foods whenever I wanted and as much as I wanted!!! What a wonderful world it would be....<day dreaming>......

                                                                                      1. Monica Mar 21, 2012 02:09 PM

                                                                                        not really. I basically eat what I want right now but I rarely eat junk food or fast food because I simply don't find them tasty and usually ruin my appetite for real food. I also try to avoid processed food...so yeah...my diet wouldn't change so much even if all the foods were nutritionally equal.

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                                                                                          electricfish Mar 26, 2012 02:37 PM

                                                                                          Assuming costs remained as they are now, probably not too much. My family enjoys lots of stereotypically "yucky" vegetables, so there aren't many we'd want to jettison. There would be some more bacon and animal fats in our diets, but probably not many more processed foods. We like to cook, I don't see that changing.

                                                                                          1. chefathome Mar 26, 2012 03:02 PM

                                                                                            Without question. I have celiac so would implement a great many changes if it were possible.

                                                                                            1. LA Buckeye Fan Mar 26, 2012 03:15 PM


                                                                                              I would pour chocolate milk on top of my Lucky Charms Cereal to get my daily fiber.
                                                                                              Banana Split for my fruit points.
                                                                                              My most eaten vegetable would come in sour cream and onion, barbeque, and cool ranch flavors.
                                                                                              My spinanch salad with warm bacon dressing would only have a pinch of spinach in it.
                                                                                              And dinners would be math centric. Think 3.14. And never ending. Margherita, Blueberry would be first on the list of pi.

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