May 08, 2008

Irony of the Day: Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer


This morning on the news I saw a story about pastry chefs around Boston offering special desserts that you can buy to support breast cancer. Or rather, to support breasts, um, to not have cancer. Awkward. Anyway.

So haven't I been reading that sugar feeds cancer? That a diet full of processed foods actually can cause the problem in the first place?

Wouldn't a better message be to donate money to the charity every time someone ordered, say, kale? Or an unusally tasty bean dish? Why perpetuate the myth that diet and health are unrelated? This Mother's Day, sons and daughters will be visiting some of Boston finest restaurants, treating Mom to some lovely charitable cannolis, with every bite creating a greater likelihood of their own disease. Maybe I'm being overly dramatic but come on people! Use this opportunity to inform, not distract! Then maybe we really will help the cause.

3 comments:

Marisa L. B. said...

You're so right but many people don't want to believe that the food they eat contributes to the greater risk of getting cancer, heart disease, etc.

So funny that you're getting married the day before me!

Jill - GlossyVeneer said...

I recently participated in a local Race for the Cure. They had a "Survivor's Cafe" before the race, where breast cancer survivors and one guest could have breakfast before the race. Since my mom is a survivor, we wandered through but neither of us got more than a bottle of water because they were serving a very sugar-laden/refined feast: muffins, bagels, pastries, etc. It frustrated both of us.

Just found you via the Gaiam message boards. Interesting site, I need to browse it some more! :-)

Michelle said...

man, those walks drive me crazy. all that TV and 4-color print advertising sucking dollars away from the cause. and according to John Robbins, the main company sponsoring Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the producer of carcinogenic pesticides. i wish i could remember the name of the company right now...have to look it up.