Response to “Soul Food Junkies” – Deciphering Fact and Fiction



The first reported heart attack in the United States was in 1912, and has steadily increased in the past 100 years.  By 1950, about 30% of American Deaths were due to Coronary Heart Disease and it had become the number one cause of death.   And the numbers have skyrocketed since then. The cancer rates are very similar. Cancer is now tied with Heart Disease as the number one killer of all Americans. Some estimations say that Cancer deaths are 1 in 3 Americans. These are very high rates, and despite what some may try to argue, it was NOT always like this.  So, is Black American Soul food really to blame?  People were not this sick 100 years ago and they certainly were not eating Raisin Bran and Skim Milk, Almond Milk or Rice Milk. They surely were not eating turkey bacon and skinless, boneless chicken breasts and microwaved food.  And they certainly weren’t drinking soda or kale juice.  So, let’s really take a closer look at the nutritional and culinary properties of Afro American Soul Food and the “Soul Food” from other parts of the Black World.

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