Yvette Carnell explains why Stanley Crouch’s approach to the soul food issue is sad and just a wee bit igorant.
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Different types of food are issues all by themselves. An ethnic heading is not required. Yvette is correct, different types of food will do the same thing to bodies regardless of the origin. I hear and see people in the media constantly saying, parents who are less educated tend to have the poorest diets and do not push healthy eating in their families. Then all the supporting video shows minorities (US). It is all to often steering. It is ridiculous. What they are leaving out is the fact that healthy eating is more expensive. When you have young people on fixed incomes, just trying to make it, they have to make choices for abundance, which is far less expensive. I could go on, but this is the just of it. It is not always they do not want to be healthy, a lot of it is, healthy is not affordable.
I don’t think it is more expensive to buy healthy foods.
I don’t believe that healthy foods are more expensive.
If food is considered “the staff of life” then a lot of Black folks are dying prematurely from “staph infection.” Eating healthy does not in and of itself mean eating expensively. Ask yourself this question: “How much is continued life worth to you?” Too many Black folks are dying at a younger and younger age which can be traced to their lifestyle which includes what they are eating or not eating to maintain personal health. We can equivocate and deny all we want in the end it is the Grim Reaper who will win out, not Stanley Crouch, who I have problems with some of his writings too; but not this one, he is right on point. Stanley had a heart attack and bypass surgery too so he does speak with an air of personal authority. Let’s all watch what we eat and get exercise, better sleep, and quiet time as needed too. Peace and God bless. Happy New Year!
My comment regarding the cost of healthy food is as well something I am familiar with. I run an organization that feeds the elderly, we have a garden so we grow quite a bit of vegetables. Tomatoes, grapes, apples, oranges, bananas etc… are much more expensive than can foods, such as beefaroni, or snacks such as cookies. Natural fruit juices are much more expesive then pop and koolaid. I am not advocating eating the junk, I am simply saying that for a young family, financially challenged, healthy food is more expensive.
Healthy food is more expensive at a fast food place. But it’s not really that expensive for example I live in utah ; a bag of potatos is 2.30 , a bag of apples (anykind) 3.50, 5 bananas cost 1.09., and what i buy to keep healty is a 7 big cans of either tomato or vegetable juice and each can cost a $1.17. I buy this becuase I don’t like eating vegetables, well anyway. So Healthy food is expensive depending where you go buy the food.
Healthy food is more expensive at a fast food place. But it’s not really that expensive for example I live in utah ; a bag of potatos is 2.30 , a bag of apples (anykind) 3.50, 5 bananas cost 1.09., and what i buy to keep healty is 7 big cans of either tomato or vegetable juice and each can cost a $1.17. I buy this becuase I don’t like eating vegetables, well anyway. So Healthy food is expensive depending where you go buy the food.
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