betty crocker says

13 Nov

Installment two of “Wise Words of Wisdom from Betty”…

I’d be doing you a disservice if I didn’t record Betty’s mid-20th century version of the food pyramid. Broken down into seven categories, here it is:

Green and Yellow Vegetables: One or more servings a day. Necessary for normal growth [what’s that?], good skin condition, and to prevent night blindness [?????].

Oranges, Tomatoes, and Grapefruit: One or more servings a day of any one of the citrus fruits, tomatoes, raw cabbage, or salad greens. Essential for healthy connective tissue, strong and elastic blood vessels, and to prevent bleeding gums [I’d never heard that one before.]

Potatoes and Other Vegetables and Fruits: Two or more servings a day. Necessary for growth and normal function of the body.

Milk and Milk Products: Milk may be skim or whole, dry or liquid, evaporated or condensed [ew.] Builds strong bones and teeth.

Meat, Poultry, Fish and Eggs: One serving of meat, poultry, or fish daily. Liver once a week [ew double ew.] Occasionally dried beans or peas can be substituted for meat [but only occasionally!!!] At least 3 or 4 eggs a week per person. Better to have an egg each day. Normal rate of growth and repair of body.

Bread, Flour, and Cereals: Three or more servings a day. Energy and normal growth, healthy nervous system and skin, stimulate appetite [HAHA. I don’t know many folks who need their appetite stimulated.]

Butter and Fortified Margarine: [Yes, this is an actual FOOD GROUP.] Use for a spread and in cooking. These fats contribute food values other than calories. [They do??? What are the other food values they contribute?] Promotes growth [width-wise, I’m guessing?] Builds resistance to disease. [That’s it people! I just discovered the cure to this flu epidemic. EAT MORE MARGARINE!]


3 Responses to “betty crocker says”

  1. Jackson November 13, 2009 at 8:33 pm #

    Well, I like liver. There are two reasons why I don’t make it. Unfortunately it’s best with bacon and onions and not really a healthy dish. Also my husband and kids do not care for it or the smell of it when cooking.

  2. Fav Sista November 14, 2009 at 8:20 pm #

    I still have nightmares about when mom would make liver and onions for dinner. Made me gag. Never have I made my children suffer through a liver meal – have never made it. I figure let them grow up and as adults they can make that decision. Seriously, liver is the nastiest thing – the texture, how it is slippery when raw, the smell, the taste (if you can call it taste) – huge EW!


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