Most Americans Don’t Know Beans and It’s Getting A Little Nuts
By Karel, The Planted Host
Charles Karel Bouley II
Americans, especially young ones, obviously don’t know beans, particularly when it comes to nutrition. And I mean that quite literally, as well as figuratively; because if they did, then day after day, story after story about how things are going the wrong way wouldn’t be appearing.
But they are, like the one on December 4, 2019 that told American adults, again, how they are failing the youth. According to a study in the Journal of American Medicine one in five teenagers are prediabetic; one in four young adults under 21. And that’s just sad. Because when you combine those with the other numbers, you know the pesky facts from the CDS about childhood obesity:
The prevalence of obesity was 18.5% and affected about 13.7 million children and adolescents. Obesity prevalence was 13.9% among 2- to 5-year-olds, 18.4% among 6- to 11-year-olds, and 20.6% among 12- to 19-year-olds. Childhood obesity is also more common among certain populations.
Wow. Basically 14%. Of kids from two on are obese, with the number growing, literally, as they do. I was one of them, trust me. I kept going to 310 pounds at 55. At 195 now, all I can say is these numbers are so wrong because they are so fixable. But, when you combine the prediabetic numbers with the number of kids that are already overweight, obese, morbidly obese, even candidates for weight loss surgery now (as a recent study suggested we start mutilating our children’s digestive tracks for weight loss) (See the story here)…combine all those numbers and you have more sick kids than healthy. That’s right. American youth, by the numbers, are now either sick, or about to be in more numbers than not.
And I thought of that while fixing black beans for my three bean salad for lunch. Because I had red beans already, cooked; I had cooked chick peas or Garbanzo beans; but I didn’t have a third bean and thus the dilemma. So, I got out the Cuisinart Pressure Cooker (or Instapot if you must) and in under one hour total I went from unsoaked black beans to wonderfully tasty beans ready for my salad (which I served with a Field Roast burger, topped with grilled onion and Daiya nondairy cheddar and Brussels sprouts roasted in Maple Dijon sauce in nine minutes from start to finish in my Brava wonder oven).
And I wondered, how many people have seven types of dried beans in their pantry? Or even canned? How many kids that could tell me every Poke Person would know the difference between a Lima, a Great Northern, a Kidney or Butter (I know, I’m being tricky)? And why don’t they?
In my video for my show, I go on about how we do not teach children anything they truly need in school. But we don’t teach them in reality, either. And we can.
I have a BFF who loves her nephew, as does his mom and dad. I saw some photos of him, and I’ve seen him grow up. Well, I had to say it…he’s 11 and, well, getting a little big. But instead of criticizing I suggested they put him in charge of his food, period. He gets to decide what he wants to eat, so long as he cooks it. He has to go shopping, He has to learn to bake cookies and snacks that he loves. He needs to understand what food is, that he is in control of it, and what real food looks like. He needs to know about calories, how many you need and how many are too much. And he needs to learn that now, at 11. Yes, in the kitchen, at 11. In the grocery store. Put down the VR, the Occulus, the PS4 and pick up a spatula.
She completely agreed, was already ahead of me, as was dad and mom. And I expect a great turnaround in a short amount of time in the nephew, because when you know what you are eating, where it comes from and how much you are supposed to be eating, when you can tell a pinto from a pimento (bean v. Olive) everything changes, especially your relationship with food. When you can recognize beans for the marvelous superfoods they are and always have been, then, well, you know beans. Forget mandatory sports or PE, cooking and shopping, eating and calorie counting should be mandatory for all school age children. More than exercise even, food, and understanding it, should be one of the most important things a human learns.
There’s not going to be a huge governmental push to make us well, to help the children; they’ll be a big push to get them on a health care plan and on medications, to make them clients. You, me, your family and the kids themselves are going to have to take matters, and food, back in to our own hands; or watch our life expectancy keep moving backwards as it did again this year.
And it’s so easy. In fact, once you figure it out, to eat any other way, to let anyone control your food like a corporation appears nuts. Oh yes, nuts. Don’t get me started. How many do you have in your home right now? How many do you eat daily? Nuts, that is. Yes, I’m asking. How many nuts do you put in your mouth every day and in what variety?
The average American consumes a little under five pounds of nuts a year, mostly in other dishes or high caloric trail mixes. In 2018, according to the FDA, the average American consumer ate 222 pounds of meat, fish and poultry. I ate zero. But I ate over 70 pounds of nuts in 2018, as I eat over five pounds a month. And maintain my weight loss. High protein, good fats, vitamins, fiber, there’s no down side.
Did you know most shelled nuts aren’t? That’s right, Chestnut, nut. Hazelnut, nut. Almond, Walnut, Cashew, not nut, drupes or seeds. A nut has an unbroken continuous shell, anything with a seam, a drupe. The cashew is the seed of the cashew apple.
To me, not knowing that is, well, nuts. But so is most of what is happening in the news right now. It’s why I find myself in the kitchen more and more. I’d rather make peach tea then watch Impeachment hearings. And while they fiddle, Rome burns, in the form of a nation’s health failing under a toxic food supply and a population that knows nothing about real health and nutrition.
We can do better. Our kids need us to do better, now. For the climate. For their health. It’s all related. Better diets mean better food choices which mean plant based. That means better planet health as well. Win Win.
If you know a young adult, make sure they know about food. If you don’t, start your education. We’re dying, like our planet, and like our planet, we don’t have time to wait.
Karel is a daily broadcaster with Karel: The Planted Host seen daily at youtube.com/reallykarel as well as at https://reallykarel.com There are four seasons of the Free Speech TV Show Karel: Life In Segments available at the website as well. The daily audio is available on all streaming services from Spotify to iTunes, Spreaker to Deezer, iHeart and more. There is a dedicated Karel.Media / Karel Cast app available at all app stores at at the website reallykarel.com