Letter writer: Swap nuggets for lentils to become ‘Fit City’

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I think of Asheville as being a healthy city with people eating well and getting their exercise.  Sounds like that isn’t the case if our obesity levels are shockingly high as stated by Ms. [Kate] Lundquist [“Fat City: Looking for Solutions to Asheville’s Obesity Problem,” May 4, Xpress].

We can blame poverty, lack of nutritional education and kids needing to try healthier foods.  But the big (really big) problem is with the $38 billion that our federal government spends yearly to subsidize the meat and dairy industries. (Sadly, it spends 0.04 percent of that amount to subsidize fruit and vegetable growers.)

[In the article], Dr. Robert Swoap, professor at Warren Wilson College, bemoans the fact that cheap food makes us fat. Fast food is cheap because it’s subsidized by the Department of Agriculture. If the real cost of cheap food reflected the damage it causes to human health and environment, it would be at least eight times more. That is not to mention the inherent violence in animal raising and slaughter that no one can begin to calculate.

If we substituted more lentils, kale and almond milk for nuggets and shakes, we’d soon become “Fit” City instead of Fat City.

— Zia Terhune


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2 thoughts on “Letter writer: Swap nuggets for lentils to become ‘Fit City’

  1. James

    A lot of people in our country simply prefer the taste of chicken nuggets, burgers, fries and soda to that of tofu, lentils and coconut water. This does not make them ignorant due to poverty. It does not mean they have a lack of education when it comes to nutrition. They simply have food tastes that differ from the sustainability crowd. The sustainability crowd needs to respect diversity and accept the fact that not everyone wants to be like they are.

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