13 February 2012

Let Us Eat Cake (For Breakfast)

Normally, we’re loathe to comment on the calorie wars. Because we aren’t dieticians, nutritionists, or doctors. And because it’s easier to find two economists who agree on anything than it is to find two public health experts who agree on how best to lose weight. So we tend to default to our standard view that everyone should have access to an affordable, well-balanced diet.

But the story that researchers at Tel Aviv University in Israel found that people who indulge in sweets before noon have a better chance of reducing pounds, was a little too much to let pass. Researchers found,

In the study, obese participants who ate a breakfast high in protein and carbohydrates that included a dessert were better able to stick to their diet and keep the pounds off longer than participants who ate a low-carb, low-calorie breakfast that did not include sweets.

Seemingly, these conclusions seem to be the antithesis of everything we stand for at the Market, where proteins and leafy greens are strategically placed just far enough apart to give Marketeers a chance to walk around and mingle with neighbors. Or maybe we were just ahead of the curve. I know this makes TV’s Ron Swanson shake his head in sadness, but my favorite breakfast food is bread pudding, the neologism carbtacular doesn’t do it justice. Bread pudding and a cup of coffee, well enough said. And I’m not the only one who enjoys a little non-traditional breakfast, out friend Aaron Gilbreath, the hardest working man in Arts & Letters, fuels his work with the best kind of pie, the breakfast pie.

As long as we have you attention – 2 more episodes of our Winter Market, a few weeks off and then the 2012 season kicks off at PSU on March 17th.