Has Black America Changed its View of Soul Food?
Growing up, many of our parents and their parents had frequent family gatherings where what is known as "Soul Food" was considered a requirement or even a sacrament to have at every get-together; whether it was a Sunday Family Dinner or outing, a BBQ Cookout, or an Outdoor Fish-Fry. However, with the coming about of the "Information Age" and the rising awareness among citizens about the Food and Drug Administration and the food manufacturing industry, many African-Americans (as we are called) are leaning towards a more meatless diet with little or no animal by-products.
Toldeo Blade states that many well-known black people such as athletes Hank Aaron and Carl Lewis; Hollywood's Cicely Tyson, Angela Bassett, and Vanessa Williams; entrepreneur Russell Simmons, and musician Lenny Kravitz have all taken meat out of their diets.
As many of us know...meaty diets were passed down through generations of enslavement in America. So, why are so many black people in America seeing such a necessity to make a serious change to their eating habits? What is it about animal by-products or non-plant-based foods that concern those who have made a change in their diet?
Chyana Hall, a Certified Personal Trainer and Owner of Fit. Fine. Flawless, stated the following in a previously published article:
Diabetes is 60% more common in black Americans than in white Americans. Blacks are up to 2.5 times more likely to suffer a limb amputation and up to 5.6 times more likely to suffer kidney disease than other people with diabetes.
African-Americans are three times more likely to die of asthma than white Americans.
Deaths from lung scarring -- sarcoidosis -- are 16 times more common among blacks than among whites. The disease recently killed former NFL star Reggie White at age 43.
Despite lower tobacco exposure, black men are 50% more likely than white men to get lung cancer.
Strokes kill 4 times more 35- to 54-year-old black Americans than white Americans. Blacks have nearly twice the first-time stroke risk of whites.
Blacks develop high blood pressure earlier in life -- and with much higher blood pressure levels -- than whites. Nearly 42% of black men and more than 45% of black women aged 20 and older have high blood pressure.
Cancer treatment is equally successful for all races. Yet black men have a 40% higher cancer death rate than white men. African-American women have a 20% higher cancer death rate than white women.
Afiya Magazine recently published an article on "National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day" which states, "African-Americans are currently the group that is most disproportionately affected by HIV and account for nearly 59% of all new HIV infections among adults and adolescents. Black women have a 1 in 32 chance of acquiring an HIV infection."
After considering the following stats, one can assume or conclude that the the rise in meatless diets among black people is a direct result of the rise of awareness about malnutrition in the black community. Just over 2 years ago, according to MSN.com, the FDA admitted that over 70% of chicken in the USA contains cancer-causing Arsenic. There has also been reports and speculations about meat causing clogged colons and parasites. There have also been concerns about dairy products from cows & chickens causing the body to produce an excess amount of mucus, making the body prone to being sickly. Dr. Sebi, who was a well-known Health Practitioner that ended up 'mysteriously' dead during a period of time where many other Practitioners like him also died very unexpectedly, was highly revered by many people of African descent and he taught that the presence of mucus makes the body susceptible to common diseases such a diabetes, high blood pressure, and even HIV/AIDS; all diseases of which he was known for curing.
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