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Reply to "We need more of this...."Community-Led Cooking Classes In African Cuisine Are Helping People Lose Weight, Eat Healthier""

This is a great idea, especially the "free" part.  

 

Black people used to always eat healthy; and "Soul Food" really got a bad rap by the spread of so much untrue and exaggerated Propaganda against the African American diet.

 

Most of the foods included in the "Soul Food" diet were foods that were good for you:

 

Okra

Green Beans

Pinto Beans

Blackeye Peas

Crowder Peas

Field Peas

Lima Beans

Speckled Butter Beans

Sweet Potatoes

Collards

Turnip Greens

Turnips

Rutabaga

Cabbage

Yellow Squash

Green Squash(Zucchini)

Pumpkin

Corn

Green Onions

Yellow Onions

White Onions

Tomatoes 

Cucumbers

Vegetable Soups

Rice

Potatoes

Chow-Chow

Salmon

Countless other Fish

Varied Seafoods

 

Apples

Oranges

Bananas

Grapes

Blackberries

Strawberries

Blueberries

Peaches

Muscadines  

Plums

Figs

 

Pecans

Walnuts

Peanuts

 

Sage

Red Pepper

Black Pepper

Cinnamon 

Allspice

 

 

 

 . . . [Just to name a few]

 

 

Since African Americans have gotten addicted to the mainstream [Western/American] diet or eating habits, too many of us are now overweight and/or obese, have health problems that used to be unheard of in Black people, or at least very rare, and we are suffering asurge in mental illnesses [most of which used to be non-existent in African Americans or extremely rare], and an extreme increase in dental problems.  

 

African Americans really need to go back to the "Soul Food" diet, a more healthy diet, where any dishes and favorites that are/were unhealthy, only were because of choice of ingredients, which could be improved by switching to healthier ingredients, like cooking with Olive Oil instead of unhealthy lards or oils, using Organic Fruits and Vegetables when ever possible, and either eliminating the salt or at least changing to Sea Salt and less salt.   

 

 

 

 

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