Volume 96, Issue 92
Tuesday, March 25, 2003

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Talk, but don't touch

Re: "Believe it or not I talk to my food," Mar. 19

To the Editor:

I have to agree with the fact that food is a fine art, but I found it quite disturbing to read that someone could be obsessed with food to this extent. It is great to read that someone loves to eat, but when it comes down to it, you have to think about your health. It is one thing to enjoy eating, but holding your opinions over those who do not share in your obsession the way you do is simply not fair.

Some people count calories for a reason, whether it be to control their portion sizes, to lose weight or to just stay healthy. People who are vegetarians may chose this lifestyle because they support animal rights differently than those who do eat meat. They may have different beliefs than you have, and there is nothing wrong with that. These lifestyle choices do not necessarily mean that these people do not enjoy a good meal – they may just do so on a more moderate basis.

If everyone supported the diet that you speak of, most of us would die from a heart attack. Substituting lighter products such as apple sauce for butter, like you mentioned, is a healthy alternative and may in some ways add flavour that butter otherwise wouldn't.

It is always nice to indulge from time to time, but it is wise to remember that we eat to live, we don't live to eat.

Melissa DeBrouwer
Sociology III

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