Best Foods.

By Ezra Klein

The New York Times’ health blog is trolling for links with a list of “the 11 best food you aren’t eating.” And it’s, uh working. Check out #6:

Dried plums: Okay, so they are really prunes, but they are packed with antioxidants.
How to eat: Wrapped in prosciutto and baked.

Come again? Why not wrap the prunes in prosciutto, deep-fry the suckers, melt some cheese on top, and serve the appetizers with a heavy helping of herb butter?

4 responses to “Best Foods.

  1. Because what you suggested wouln’t taste good?

  2. I think you’re missing the point. “Good for you” doesn’t have to mean “low fat, low cal”.

  3. Besides long-term weather predictions, there is no news item less reliable than what sorts of foods we are supposed to be think of as healthy. Scratch any of these lists and you’ll find a pool of lobbyists.

    On another note, people aren’t eating cinnamon? Really, NYT?

  4. RoboticGhost: Well, many people probably aren’t eating real cinnamon. And I doubt fake cinnamon has those healthy properties they’re touting (not to mention being less tasty)

    And was anyone else horrified at their suggestions for prune preparation? What a horrible thing to do to prosciutto! Baking it unprotected, especially on something like prunes with no moisture, would cause the prosciutto to lose its silky texture and become extremely dry and salty. Maybe bake the prunes first and then wrap them with prosciutto, but I’d really rather have prosciutto with fresh fruit (prosciutto with melon is classic; with figs, it is truly divine)

    And a final note (re: Eddie Lakin/end of post): prosciutto really isn’t all that fatty (especially since it’s generally eaten in fairly small quantities); and the fat you do eat justifies itself by being delicious. You get a high flavor to calorie ratio.

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