Today’s NPR news feed includes a story I’d call “news-ish”. That’s my term for what the news/entertainment industry calls “human interest stories”. Such stories get more viewers/listeners/social media likes, and therefore they’re replacing solid news. But who am I to complain? I sell wine for a living, and what could be more “Human Interest” than that? Despite the wine industry’s unique internecine squabbles, we rarely make headlines outside the “human interest” category.
This particular article reported on how women (not men?) who actually COOK the recipes they see demonstrated on TV’s cooking shows tend to be 11 pounds heavier than the women who simply WATCH the shows. For the record, correlations have also been found between the number of people who drowned in a swimming pool in a given year and the number of films Nicholas Cage appeared in during that year. That’s the thing about statistics – it can be tricky stuff.
The writer thought this finding called into question the wisdom of cooking at home to obtain healthier food, and even called into question the writings of food proponents such as Michael Pollan. But in the end, the story concludes on a note of common sense.
When asked how she can cook such high-fat dishes on her show and still maintain her trim figure, celebrity chef Giada di’Laurentiis replied “I eat a little bit of everything and not a lot of anything. Everything in moderation.”
And that’s just sound advice whether putting food on your plate or wine in your glass.
Dave the Wine Merchant