Latin American Diet Pyramid
I generally agree that people would eat closer to home and their individual ethnic backgrounds, but September’s "Latin American Diet Pyramid" should have mentioned two important, absolutely critical and related issues.
In this country, eating Mexican-style beans generally means refried, the vast majority of them made with lard. Even hard-working farm hands are better off with other, healthier fats in their diets. Nobody needs lard.
Also, the tortilla, beloved by Mexicans and others north as well as south of the border—and made the ways their ancestors crafted them—is falling alarmingly by the wayside, due in large part to unscrupulous North American agribusinesses that call corn "king" at the expense of its roots and insinuate wheat flour into Mexico because the latter is cheaper. Some Mexicans now prefer tortillas made from corn flour—fluffier perhaps, but which lacks critical micronutrients and minerals.
Maja RamirezMaster gardener, Master food preserverChicago
Single parents of kids with autism
"On Their Own," the article about Eric Behrenfeld losing his wife and his becoming a single parent really touched me!
I am a 33-year-old single parent of a son with autism and "boy" is it interesting ... but I feel that we were sent the children that we have because it was known that we could step up to the challenge.
I hope to start the gluten-free casein free diet soon in hopes of giving my son the best chance of having a successful future. I want to say thank you to Mr. Behrenfeld for sharing his inspiring story. I want to also say thank you to Sittercity.com for helping parents like Mr. Behrenfeld. It’s wonderful to know there are people out there whom are helping parents and children with autism.
I wish Mr. "Maddy" Behrenfeld and Owen continued success in the fight for our children.
Tamara L. HardingChicago
Flu shot dangerous for some
Thank you for your article, "What’s New With the Flu?" in your November issue.
You might want to point out to your readers, though, that not everyone can have a flu shot. My 5-year-old daughter was recently diagnosed with a severe egg allergy, and therefore, can never have a flu shot because the flu shot has egg derivative in it.
Just thought that you might want to know.
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