I don’t usually burden others with my problems, but I have to tell you about a recurring nightmare I’ve been having.
I guess it’s because I’ve read so many good health-good nutrition articles over the past years.
In my nightmare, the setting is always the same. I find myself in a strange, surreal, fog-covered area, next to a large building.
Then it begins. A person who’s wearing a white coat – looking very much like a medical professional of some kind – emerges from the building and begins shouting at me.
I am of course asleep, so I can’t understand all that well but what he shouts seems to have something to do with almonds.
“Eat almonds!” he cries. “Almonds are IT! They make you live longer and happier. They’ve got protein and things like that.”
But as he’s shouting, he is brusquely shoved aside by another white-coated chap who hollers even louder: “No, it’s walnuts! Don’t listen to this guy. Walnuts are better because they contain both zinc and boron!”
At this moment, another individual, also wearing a white coat, emerges from the building, pushes the two men aside and then he too begins yelling at me:
“It’s blueberries! Here in our lab we have demonstrated conclusively that blueberries contain nutrients and nutriments – both of ‘em! So blueberries are all you need. Blueberry jam, preserves, any kind of blueberries.”
Sleepy though I am, I happen to notice there’s a quiet, kindly-looking gentleman off to the side who looks like he wants to say something too.
“Forgive me for mentioning it,” he says, “but I’d like to put in a word for Brazil nuts. They contain riboflavin.”
“YOU contain riboflavin,” one of the other men says in a rude tone, “and a lot of it.”
“Stop the presses! Hold the front page for replate!” shouts another guy who has just rushed out of the building and who has perhaps seen too many 1930s newspaper movies. “What you’ve got to eat is: acai! Acai is a miracle berry from the Amazon and it not only tastes good it will actually cure every disease you’ve got, including some you don’t have yet.”
At this point, I wake up from my nightmare, exhausted.
And quite confused. :-)
1 year ago