A Cowboy’s Faith: Enjoy cheeseburgers and fries

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“Don’t eat bread or potatoes; they’re harmful to the health.”

Just wait a minute. The human race has lived on those two foods likely since the beginning of time.

They’ve done pretty well all things considered. History studies indicate that’s about all there was at certain times, and it sure beat going hungry.

Yet, opinionated eating hazard philosophy has been going around for some time now, too.

Just think how good a piece of bread with peanut butter and jelly tasted after school. Bread with butter and thick sugar spread on it also hit the spot. Those kids grew up just fine.

So what are people supposed to eat these days? The advice heard last week was quite contradictory to nutritionists’ information not really that long ago either.

“Eat lots of meat and it’s okay if there’s fat on it.” That’s good news for red meat producers.

Remember when fat was supposed to be bad? Well cattle and hog breeders got their livestock too lean. Not only were the animals too skinny to efficiently produce, but their meat was tough without appetizing flavor.

Fat really is an important part of meat. Now nutritionists as well as livestock growers seem to have come to senses of that fact.

Eggs have had their share of bad rap through time as well but now get praise for nutritional eating. Vegetables are perfect eating complement it’s proclaimed. “Oh corn is so good.” Nope corn is a grain; that’s bad, ugh?

Green beans, peas, lettuce, cucumbers, cauliflower, spinach, carrots all seem to get dietary raves.

Fish and chicken have seldom been downgraded, and they apparently fit most people’s taste buds.

Yet there are limited cowboys who get an achy belly with thoughts of poultry at mealtime. No matter what definition for the so inclined, chicken is fowl; easy for the persnickety to proclaim that “foul.”

So what’s one to do? First and foremost, it is mutual agreement: “Don’t eat too much” of anything.

And: “Don’t eat too fast” whatever one’s delicacy.

Eat what fits the individual palate. Cheeseburgers and French fries will stay on this plate.

Reminded of First Timothy 4:5. “They’ll tell you not to eat this or that perfectly good food God created to be eaten heartily with thanksgiving. Nothing is to be sneered at and thrown out.”


030615-franksmug2Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a radio marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.


One Response to A Cowboy’s Faith: Enjoy cheeseburgers and fries

  1. Awbw says:

    Amen, Cowboy, amen !

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