Disclosure about almonds: I finally faced up to my fat and switched to a whole foods diet of fruit, raw vegetables, surimi & shrimp and yes...almonds! They're salted, smoked and expensive even at Costco.
I have lost about 35 pounds in 24 weeks and plan to lose more. My weight is now in the normal range on a BMI chart. I weigh myself daily and keep a log. I observe that my digestion is much better when I eat a modest number of almonds.
I also power-walk for 50 minutes each day in Balboa Park. My aerobic condition is the best it has been in a long time and I feel good walking around in a much lighter and thinner body. It is good for my old heart and new knees. My body does not feel like one that is soon to be 82 years old.
After my personal experience and reading the following article maybe we need to give almonds a better break in the media. The drought is a complex subject but my experience with the media regarding something as straightforward as water-conserving sub-irrigation leaves me underwhelmed about the objectivity and skill of our press.
Selfish as this may sound; I say bring on the almonds and boot the alfalfa.
We have seen the real cause of the California drought, and it’s one crunchy inch tall. One gallon of water to grow a single nut? BAN THEM ALL, writes everyone. But almond outrage is misplaced. We shouldn’t stop eating any fruit or vegetable due to how much water it takes to grow it. Especially when there actually is a crop that’s stealing California’s water.
After the announcement of the tougher mandatory water restrictions (which followed the wimpy voluntary water restrictions), there was much outcry that these measures were still not enough, your dead lawn/more efficient dishwasher/refusal to shower for a month won’t do a damn thing because 80 percent of California’s water is consumed by agriculture.
And—as your favorite Facebook friend likes to keep reminding you—a full 10 percent of California’s water is used to grow almonds. You know, ALMONDS, THE DEVIL’S NUT.
It seems like a simple mathematical equation: Less almonds=more water. But should you really stop buying and eating almonds if you want to help the drought? While I can’t answer that question for you personally, I think there are ways to measure the societal and economic value of the food we grow with our water: Does it benefit the people of California and does it benefit the state of California? Read more...