Why is it that what used to be eaten by people long ago is bad for us now?

@TriciaW (2441)
United States
May 27, 2007 2:54pm CST
This actually got brought up in a topic I posted on foods from the past that I wouldn't give my kids. The topic turned to this so I wanted to get more views. Why is it that sugar was ok when we were kids and it is so bad now? Also fat and lard is so bad now but my grandpa was as healthy as could be and he ate lard all the time. There are so many things we did back then that now your doctor would have a heart attack over if we did now so why do you think that is? Do you have any ideas on this?
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• United States
27 May 07
I remember all the wonderful snacks I had growing up and they weren't "healthy" by any means! But they were so good! I think a lot of the problem nowadays is that we had a lot more exercise than kids of today. After school we couldn't wait to get outside and run around. Now, kids are either on the computer, in front of the TV, sitting with their music stuck in their ears, or talking on their cell phones. There is very little exercise advocated in schools and even the sports are all so regulated that I don't know how anyone just has fun anymore! We used our imaginations and had fun as a neighborhood. People don't even know their neighbors anymore. Farmers many years ago would have huge breakfasts of eggs and steak and butter and biscuits. And many of them were healthy, thin and lived very long lives. Now, in this country, we're fat, lazy, unhealthy, and need someone to tell us to exercise. Not a good sign for a country as a whole. Thanks for the question!
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• Singapore
28 May 07
It's just that we supposedly know more and more things as technology advances. So last time, we didn't know that sugar in excess is bad. Know we supposedly know. 50 years down the road, sugar may be discovered to be the cure against AIDS. Then we will be encourage to swallow sugar for breakfast then.
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@deebomb (15323)
• United States
27 May 07
This is an interesting subject for me. I have learned a lot about the different foods that are not good for you. Take sugar as you suggested. When I was young sugar consumption was way below what it is today. Over the last 20 years consumption has gone up from 26 to 136 lbs per person per year. Sugar is found in almost every thing in one form or another. As far as your grandfather being healthy You may not have known if he had high Cholesterol or other problems that could have shortened his life. We know so much more today than we did 20 years ago. We also have a lot more additives in our food. We have changed the way we cook. We use a lot of prepackaged foods with preservatives in them. I think that Dr.s know so much more today than they did 20 or 40 years ago.
@carolscash (9501)
• United States
30 May 07
I don't think the problem is so much the food that kids these days eat as it is the problem that they won't go outside and do the things that we done. I remember jumping rope for hours and I don't think many kids remember jump rope now. I think that our grandparents were healthier as they didn't have the stress that we have now days.
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@slaveeva (213)
• United States
30 May 07
I don't think it is any worst now for you then it was then. The difference is that it is not taken in moderation and we are less active. With less physical activity and larger portions and no self controll it has caused problems for some of us. Personally, I still eat regular and don't skip on anything. I enjoy living and my food. I just have to walk a little more and dance my little booty off.
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28 May 07
As scientific knowledge advances we are told things that seem to contradict previous understandings. This is not always such a good thing as we spend too much time worrying - sometimes ignorance is bliss.
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• Canada
30 May 07
The reasons why foods that people used to eat are considered bad for us now, is because we have learned more about them. Remember in the 1950s and 1960s when smoking was considered cool? At that time they were not aware of the health risks they are aware of today. Same with certain typos of food.