WOW – what a response to my email about “China Fat.”
Here’s one reply forwarded to me that I will answer in
a surprising manner. – MJF
Just thought that I’d throw in a comment. I’m in my
seventies now and in good health. I’m often flattered
by people who comment that I look much younger
than my age. Some refuse to believe that I’m over
seventy. But re: the Kamikaze Diet. I was recently
talking with one of my four sons (all former wrestlers,
2 in college) and we were discussing physical condition-
I cracked him up when I said: “When I was your age
any person who weighed over 300 lbs could get a job
with the circus or carnival and people would pay a
quarter just to look at them.”
Now days anywhere you go you see men and women who
must weigh 400lbs. And they are usually stuffing food
into their mouths.
In my younger days as an Army Paratrooper I spent a
total of 44 months in Asia. I learned to love the people
and the food. (When they weren’t shooting at me).
Nowhere in the Orient did I encounter SUGAR in any
of the food. That was in the 1950’s and 60’s. There
was no candy except that which the GI’s gave to the
kids (and girlfriends).
Now, here in the good ol’ US of A with a great proliferation
of Chinese Buffets, Japanese and Korean restaurants, I haven’t
been able to find a single one that doesn’t load their food up
I have mentioned this to some of the owners, waiters cooks etc.
Often in their own language, None of them are willing to discuss
the matter at length. What I sense from their demeanor and
brief comments is that they have embraced the American craving
for sweets. And are quite happy to add sugar to their traditional
recipes. They see it as a flavor enhancer. What a shame.
I was wondering, in your trips to China, do you find the use of
sugar in the traditional foods. I expect that China now imports
a great deal of sugar from Cuba and other sources.
MJF: Love the analogy about the 300 and 400 pound human
walruses running around our country. Today’s human being
makes William “Refrigerator” Perry – (remember him) look like
Slim Jim. I think most circuses today would consider these
people too fat to employ.
Regarding your question on sugar in China. Let me put it to you
this way. I go to a coffee bar each day to work. It’s not a Starbucks.
Instead it’s a full menu coffee bar with fresh fruit and vegetable
I get a private room, away from all the smoking and loud, loud
chatter. And I order a watermelon juice, or a carrot and celery
juice – maybe even a kiwi juice at times.
Anyway, a couple years ago when I got my carrot juice, it tasted
funny. I said, “This isn’t the taste I am used to when I drink carrot
Guess what I discovered. In China, when you order fresh squeezed
fruit juice, you better say, “Bu yao jia tang.” This means: “Do not
add sugar.” If you don’t say this – don’t be surprised if your juice
tastes sweeter than normal.
I just finished talking to my brother-in-law over lunch. I told him
that it’s important to eat as many colors from the food chain as
possible. I mentioned eating greens, oranges, reds, purples, yellows,
and so on.
Then I said: “In almost all cases, anything white you put into your
mouth is devil’s food.”
This includes sugar, artificial sweeteners – including Aspartame,
MSG, milk, creams and so on.
Many are surprised when I lump “milk” into this group – but you’ve
got to be the dumbest of the dumb to believe in advertising slogans
like “milk does a body good.” Cow’s milk, esp. in the U.S. – is so bad
for you that the slogan I just mentioned was stricken a long, long time
ago – and now we have the simplicity of “Got Milk” with a movie star
attached to it.
Well, guess what they’re drinking in China these days.
Milk. Lots and lots of milk.
With added sugar – of course.
Gotta get that calcium, you know – just like those ‘mericans who
weigh 400 L-Bz.
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