Monday, May 23, 2011

Coconut polenta cupcake, Chocolate Cream Cheese and Coffee is Good, Soy Milk is Bad

Coconut polenta cupcake with vanilla custard sauce
Food Diary (May 22, 2011)
Breakfast: Missed
Lunch: Pasta with mushroom sauce
Dinner: Boiled mixed vegetables, rolled oats

I consumed lots of sweets today, probably more than I should. In the last few blogs I have been consistently discussing health effects of certain foods and today I indulged in sugar. On a positive note I don’t feel really guilty!

Pasta with mushroom sauce

Today's Favourite Photo
Chocolate Cream Cheese Peanut Butter Bars

Today’s Favourite Blog
Source: care2
There are many conflicting studies relating to whether certain foods are healthy or not. And I have been guilty of adding of confusion. In my recent blogs I have quoted documentaries which conclude that ice cream and chips (French fries) are not that had. And now to add more confusion. Care2 has an article titled “Coffee is Good, Soy Milk is Bad: Which Foods Are Really Healthy?”.  I have seen few studies concluding that coffee in moderation is good but soy milk being bad is a first for me. Tests done on animals suggest that eating large amounts of soy estrogen-mimicking compounds might reduce fertility in women, trigger early puberty and disrupt development of fetuses and children.

The care2 article concludes by saying “Perhaps the takeaway lesson is, all things in moderation? (Except maybe anything that's deep-fried.)”

I am not sure if I agree with the bits in brackets. Surely deep fried in moderation is should be fine, especially since few days ago I referred to a documentary which concluded that French fries in moderation is OK. Is it getting too confusing?

We can draw parallels to the finance sector. Analysts analysing company stocks come up with different recommendations, some recommend buy while others recommend sell for the same shares. It is the same situation with nutritional research. For stock analysis there is no right answer, we will only find out in future which was the good recommendation, and in some cases it is too late! In the meantime we rely on our 'trusted' analysts and our own judgment. I suppose the same considerations apply to nutritional research.


  1. I like that you don't feel bad about indulging in sweets. As long as it's not everyday, your enjoyment is worthwhile!

  2. I love that coffee is good haha

    As an equities analyst myself, I find your parallels very interesting haha oh well, and since I'm on the buy side, my recommendations are immediately 'proven' via the profit and loss report everyday lol

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  4. Polenta cupcakes, well thats really intersting. I never had tried any of those before. Looks delicious specially with that sauce

  5. From what I can tell, feeling guilty just isn't worth it! Much better to indulge and enjoy. These look delicious!

  6. I have already heard coffee is good for digestion, but have only recently discovered how necessary it is to wake up my brain too ;-)
    A friend of mine, trying to get pregnant, stopped eating tofu and drinking soy milk, that is how I discovered apparently both can lower fertility... It was a big surprise to learn soy milk can be bad for you!
    The vanilla custard looks yummy...

  7. I'm a believer, all in moderation and balance! I won't deny myself an indulgent treat, but I will only have a few bites! In fact, I'd like a few bites of that cupcake!

  8. Mmm that custard sauce on the cupcake looks divine!

  9. I've been SO off track with the over indulging, too! It's a new week...let's see what happens :) I still plan to bake...maybe that's the problem~

  10. I guess it's hard to decide what's good and bad I just take everything in moderation. I try to convince myself that's the only way I can actually enjoy life without feeling too bad... :-) I just got a huge craving on your pasta with mushroom sauce. It's passed 1am and I think I'm getting hungry and wanting for some warm comfort food. :-)