The article seems disingenuous to me. At least, if I understand Atkins and criticisms thereof properly: nobody ever argued that Atkins' plan didn't work. Eating only protein and fat and no sugar or starch will indeed enable you to lose weight -- I can't remember anyone ever denying that. The major criticism was always that eating nothing but protein and fat is really, really unhealthy.
Is it an effective weight-loss system? Of course. Nobody's arguing that. But it's phenomenally unhealthy. You can drop fifty pounds on Atkins, but you'll end up with liver disease or heart failure.
The article presents a false dichotomy in high-fat vs low-fat, claiming that The Man has been telling us low-fat is good, high-fat is bad but that the reverse is actually true. Ask any registered dietician and nine out of ten will tell you it's balance that's healthy. Low-fat and high-fat diets are unhealthy. "Diets" in general are nonsense. Balance, not some crazy gimmickey plan, is what's healthiest.
The article also uses "health" and "weight" interchangably in a very disingenuous way. "Atkins does help you lose weight, The Machine has been lying to you; Atkins isn't unhealthy at all!" The two are quite separate. You can be any weight within reason and be healthy, you can be any weight and be unhealthy. The "weight = health" paradigm is an insidious one that unfortunately pervades my culture (American). And there's ten score feminist reasons it's bullshit, too.
And I hate to break out the chorus, but correlation is not causation. "Low-fat diets, obesity and diebetes have risen together. Gasp of Gasps! You've all been fooled by The Establishment!" Diabetes and obesity are rising among Americans for a dozen reasons each, and I don't think low-fat diets are on either list.
Everyone who says "this specialized diet is the way to be healthy and thin!" is a crackpot, whether it's Atkins or the AMA, because people are biologically individual. There is no diet that would be healthy and safe for anybody and everybody, that's patent nonsense. The only good general advice is "balance." That and maybe "cut back on processed foods." Eat fat, eat starch, eat carbs, eat sugar and eat to your fill. Just make sure that those fats and starches and carbs and sugars are, as much as possible, basic foods that you've cooked yourself. Snack foods, fast food and prepared meals aren't unhealthy because they've got fat or starch or carbs or sugar; it's because there's barely any food in them whatsoever; they fill you up with empty calories while giving you little in the way of nutrition.
But yes, I love bacon. Don't get to eat much (see my Introduction topic), but when I do, I love it.
I've found a really amazingly delicious way to cook bacon, by the way, and I've just gotta share. First off, you need thick-cut bacon. Take enough rashers to crowd the bottom of a pan, and cut them in half (so you have shorter rashers than what comes packaged), then go ahead and crowd that pan. Put them over the very lowest possible heat your stove's capable of, and leave them there - uncovered - for twenty minutes. They shouldn't take any color or make any sound during those twenty minutes. If they do, your stove is too hot, so maybe put an extra pan or two underneath the pan to diffuse some of the heat.
Careful not to poke the strips, flip them after those twenty minutes, and let them go for another twenty. They should basically still look completely raw - just paler, but not at all browned or crispy.
After the second twenty is up (they should be paler and opague, but basically still look raw), flip them one last time and turn the heat up just enough until they start making noise. Let them sizzle for ten minutes, then serve.
By using thick-cut bacon and spending a long, slow time heating the rashers through and rending out a lot of the fat, then finishing by searing them, you'll end up with bacon that's crispy on the outside, and meltily fatty on the inside. It'll crunch like porkskin, but have the body and unctousness that only pork fat can deliver. In a word -- heaven.
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