Now that I have your Attention, Read on... As we dive into our discussion on Improving our health, there are going to be A LOT of opinions on what will be "good" for us. Most of this information will be based on our reading various Studies, Ethnic or Religious Traditions and just plain Preference! It is unfortunate that "Studies" reflect the opinion of who ever is PAYING for it! In the '60's and '70's, Saccharine (Sweet 'n Low) was "A Miracle Our Health Conscious Nation" until the Aspartame (Equal) folks come along in the early '80's and a "Study" reveals Saccharine causes Cancer! Thirty years later we are, still, Gulping Gallons of Diet Pepsi and the Little Blue Packet is on every table and low and behold... "Studies indicate Aspartame can effect Diabetic individuals, Break down into a Chemical that causes Brain Cancer and is linked to Depression, Mood Swings and Hyperactivity in Children." Enter Sucralose (Splenda) in the '90's, wonder who paid for the Aspartame Study!?!...Now Truvia (Stevia) is here and is a "Miracle, All Natural Sweetener, for an ever increasingly Health Conscious America!"... The same thing has been going on with Lard and Butter verses Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil and Margarine...Not to mention all the studies touting the health benefits of Olive Oil and Canola Oil, indicating they are the Only Fats that should be used in our cooking... This is an interesting read. http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/uncategorized/add-lard-to-your-larder/ Bottom line...Moderation is going to be the key to correcting all the Abuse we have given our bodies for so many years...The exception being those that are already suffering the consequence, requiring Doctor monitored Diet and Medication...Up until now I didn't alway practice what I preach, you had to see the look on my students faces having a Fat Chef teach Nutrition, but that will change... I will endeavor to give accurate information, to the best of my knowledge, and know all of you will too...I'm looking forward to participating and learning as much as possible from all of you. Let's enjoy the experience and not beat each other up, Diet and Lifestyle change is hard enough!...JJ Disclaimer: I paraphrase a lot, I don't have time to give every source I use, so you will have to Trust Me!