I’ll Take My Rose Hips Deep-Fried

by Anne Bennett on April 28, 2009



What better way to launch Hungry Poodle than to talk about foods we know
are good for us but that we skimp on more than any other? That would be, no
surprise, Fruits and Vegetables. As a Weight Watcher leader, I’ve never met a
person who said he or she got fat eating too many Fuji apples. In a deep-dish
pie, perhaps, or a flaky strudel, but not as nature made them.

For those of us who struggle with our weight, (Is that, like, 99 out of 100 people?)
eating too much of almost any food is pretty easy. One Krispy Kreme glazed
donut leads to another and another, until half a dozen have disappeared. They
virtually dissolve in your mouth. And at five Weight Watcher points per donut,
that’s a total of 30 points, or more than a whole day’s worth of food for many

Oh yeah, eating too much is easy, except when it comes to the above-
mentioned F & Vs. What is it about them that makes them almost impossible to
overeat unless they’re saturated with either fat or sugar or both?

I say it’s their pesky crunchiness, their unwillingness to effortlessly slide down the
throat, their un-donut-like quality that requires vigorous chewing. What fun is

Turns out there’s some research to back this up. Richard Wrangham, an
anthropologist at Harvard, has written a book titled, “Catching Fire: How
Cooking Made Us Human.” He studied chimpanzees in Africa and found that
they eat whatever fruits and vegetables they can find in the wild. Since there
often isn’t much choice, they eat things like rose hips, which they have to chew
for a full hour! They spend most of their days finding and chewing their food
because it’s so fibrous and raw.

Along came humans, who learned how to harness fire and cook their food, and
not too many steps later came Krispy Kremes and Weight Watchers. (I’m fast-
forwarding here.)

Soft, easy-to-chew cooked food made us human and fat. But at least we know
how we got to this point and what we can do about it. We should also be
thankful that there are many more F & V choices out there than rose hips!

Hungry Poodle will feature lots of delicious recipes based on fruit and
vegetables. I encourage you to contribute your own ideas as well. Many of you
are better cooks than you give yourselves credit for. And if you don’t fancy
yourself a chef, just follow the recipe. It’s not rocket science.

In the meantime, try the recipe for Shrimp and Vegetable Creole. The zucchini
may not be authentically Creole, but they add an extra dimension to the dish,
and because of them you get a huge portion.

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Susan in Westwood April 26, 2009 at 1:14 pm

Great blog! When you start selling dog food, let me know. Dotty is hungry, too!

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Healthy Diet Lets Woman Lose Thirty Pounds in Thirty Days April 30, 2009 at 8:02 pm

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