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Film Which Explores African-Americans’ Addiction to Artery Clogging Soul Food Makes TV Debut

Filmmaker Byron Hurt interviewed everyone from activists to chefs to health experts for his documentary “Soul Food Junkies”, and hesoul-food1 was left with the conclusion that African Americans’ addiction to soul food is k!lling them. His film explores this addiction and will premier January 14 on U.S. public broadcasting television.

It seems that the cultural identity of African-Americans is linked to greasy and fatty foods, which African-Americans call ‘soul food’, and although ‘soul food’ may sooth the soul, it slowly kills the human body.

In the film, Hurt deals with the death of his own father, who died of pancreatic cancer. One of the leading causes of pancreatic cancer is the consumption of fatty foods.

“My father went from being young and fit to twice his size.”

Even so, Hurt says he never “really questioned what we ate or how much.” Hurt says he grew up on a soul food diet made up of foods like fried chicken, pork chops, macaroni and cheese, potatoes and gravy, barbecued ribs, sweet potato pie, collard greens, ham hocks and black-eyed peas.

“The history of Southern food is complex,” he said. “In many ways, the term soul food is a reduction of our culinary foodways.”

Why do blacks still have a diet high in saturated fat?

“There’s an emotional connection and cultural pride in what they see as the food their population survived on in difficult times,” he said.

But Hurt says our emotional connection to these foods is sending African-Americans to an early grave. Tradition and poverty are the main reasons blacks aren’t eating a nutrition rich diet, and are twice as likely to die of stroke before age 75 than other population groups.

 

 

 


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  1. Dire que je ne connaissait pas ce site, vous voila bookmarker !

  2. I eat “soul food” in moderation but I have changed some recipes to make them much healthier & I don’t eat pork anymore. Simple things like sauteing collards (or any greens you like) with spices & bell peppers is much healthier, very tasty & requires no meat or fat. You have to learn to manipulate your recipes. I also learned to prepare oven fried chicken & cauliflower mash in the place of mashed potatoes. It’s easy & very tasty – our diets are killing us – literally. I do want to point out that it’s not just black people with the soul food addiction, it’s southerners in general, but I applaud his efforts in spreading the message because heart disease is killing black people.

  3. I eat “soul food” in moderation but I have changed some recipes to make them much healthier & I don’t eat pork anymore. Simple things like sauteing collards (or any greens you like) with spices & bell peppers is much healthier, very tasty & requires no meat or fat. You have to learn to manipulate your recipes. I also learned to prepare oven fried chicken & cauliflower mash in the place of mashed potatoes. It’s easy & very tasty – our diets are killing us – literally. I do want to point out that it’s not just black people with the soul food addiction, it’s southerners in general, but I applaud his efforts in spreading the message because heart disease is killing black people.

  4. The slave diet. The bible say, If u know better u do better. We still don’t know any better and when u attempt to tell us that this slave diet is not good , we come up with the following; my parents ate it, I like the food, I’m not concern about my health , in some many words , let me continue to kill myself . Always being a good slave. I don’t eat the waste and when I hear people taking about eatting the food , I shake my head and ignorance is the #1 killer in the Black community . We have no one to blame but ourselves . “Eat to live “!

    • go to a black church and you would see all kinds of obesity. a lot of black
      people have no control in controlling what they eat,what they feel,what they
      think,a lot of them just go solo without standards that define a healthy
      life,crime free communities,social unity amongst blacks that is positive in
      difficult moments.all of this based on positive discipline that a lot of blacks
      refuse to master,but a lot of us are very religious people by words,but not
      by discipline.for a people to survive there must be postive control.and
      discipline on every level in a society of that community,without it,it leads
      into obesity,crime,division,desperation,and selling your soul for a few
      peanuts. Morals,standards,honor,and principles have to be set in place in order for a race to survive,without the above i just mentioned,a nation of
      people will be in mental shakcles to themselves and will be vulnerable to other races that live by these principles.black people need to stop calling men and women fine,and attractive when they are obese and out of shape.big and strong does not equate healthy on no liveing day,and as far as soul food,you keep messing with it and thats all your going to have is a soul.

  5. I am so sick of people saying that soul food is unhealthy. Any food can be unhealthy, if its cooked in an healthy manner, like most black folks cook their food. Too much salt, deep frying, and pork.

  6. it may have something to do with work verus none work….constantly move using energy…muscle power that burns fat or or the stuff they say that clog up….same thing….just worded different.

  7. It also depends on what kind of personally you have—your digestion and absorption—— PEACE!!!

  8. It also depends on what kind of personally you have—your digestion and absorption—— PEACE!!!

  9. There are people who have eaten soul food and lived to be 80, 90, 100+years. People have to understand that there are laws that govern everything. If you are going to consume a diet in high fat you must have a life that is very active so your body can burn that fat base on the amount of fat you consume every day. Too much of any thing is not good. there must be balance. There are people who don’t eat soul food and die young and also get sick. It takes every thing, your mental, spiritual, physical, psychological. If you are going to eat fried chicken and you say to yourself that it is bad for you you are telling you body that you are poisoning it and there for the food is going to affect your body negatively. There are people who smoke, take drugs, drink and live long lives, why because when they did those things they enjoyed it and there fore the effects was positive. The mind is very powerful.

  10. When are our people going learn the truth and deal with it. All my years I keep hearing Soul Food is bad for you. Really? My knowledgeable awareness of the Black/African people here in US of America and this problem is the expression "Soul Food" and it come from. All Peoples have soul food(s) no matter what land your from. Africa, Asia, the so-called American Indian, even Europeans maybe minus the Brits. Frying food do not make any food or dish, soul food. Seasoning is what play the most important role. Think about this. The Maafa/Enslavement of The Peoples of Africa came about over the Europeans wanting, to get to the Spices of Asia. They had food. It had no taste, mainly that reach deep down and touch a persons soul. They are just to survive. No Spice of Life. So here is another way getting to under/over stand this point better. Ever notice someone you know closely or ever you, yourself can tell if something is wrong (depression, abused, sick, just can not get it together day) and the comments come forth," This not Big Mamma Chicken!" "Man! This fish taste like shit! It's not like the fish you hooked up, last Friday" See not that oil of any kind. It is all about Seasoning and one more thing how the person cooking, baking feels. Get rid of bad foods, most meats mainly. Or cut down on meat eating. Soul food, Soul Music is about touching the inner core of the Spirit. we have to instill in our children the right meaning of what is being said so they do not get things so twisted. Soul Food for People for Al Peoples!

  11. You can still eat soul food…..just watch your intake in small portions drink a lot of water, walk or exercise an hour a day to help burn some of your high calories intake and you will do just fine whatever you eat. #ADr.OzGoodAdviceWorksForMe

  12. When people say they great grandmother lived to 90 eating soul food I laugh. Here is the difference your great grandmother worked hard her whole life as a maid, sharecropper, etc. You on the other hand sit at a desk all day.

    So you are not sweating out any of that poison you are taking in. (I must also add on top of your soul food diet you are also eating fast food for lunch every day. GG was not eating that on top of her soul food.)

    • LOL @ GG!! That's what my nephew calls my mother. Jason you must do comedy on the side. LOL

    • I would but I don't have timing! lol. Get me on stage and that is what I am missing ;)

    • Exactly!!! Plus the food she ate was was not full of pesticides, hormones, and not in the portions we eat. Black folks irk me with that excuse!!!

    • Oh the portions part is a big difference. One soul food plate today would have feed the whole family at dinner time. They were not all eating love like that

    • Thats rare… facts r life expectancy has risen consistently over the decades. People are living much longer now

    • yeah but no in the black community. people still off of here by mid 60's

  13. black folks think we in the 20, s.

  14. That emotional attachment to the culture is a complicated piece, and it's passed down from generation to generation. My father grew up poor in the South, and the pig was one of the most affordable types of food. But after my family moved up out of that stage, they still held on to those dietary traditions.

    Unfortunately, they continue to teach their kids to eat EVERYTHING on their plates, and those old school parents tend to feel offended if you don't want to eat pork, fat or grease. Yet, they have high blood pressure!

    I remember going down south every summer, and my grandmother would give us biscuits and pork sausage EVERYDAY for breakfast. On the other hand, my family worked the fields –my grandparents had a farm and acres of land, and my grandfather was a sharecropper — so, they were always moving. They weren't sedentary, like our current generation(s).

    Anyway, I definitely want to see this documentary.

  15. You need both. You can't say because I excercise I can eat whatever I want. A person's life should be "Eat To Live" and not live to eat. No more cat, rat, and dog known as swine for me. Soul food equals death food. You need a living food for a living body. One Love

  16. What about exercise? As long as you exercise, you can eat whatever you want..

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