Let’s talk about A Date with Zoe, a fantastic book.

What are the biggest obstacles people have to eating healthy ways?

Availability

Availability is one obstacle, and I don’t think people really understand how deleterious sugar is.

People are trying things like the work of Michael Moss, who wrote Salt, Sugar and Fat. Then, there are people like Dr. David Kessler, who wrote The End of Overeating.

There are people out there that are trying to tell people that sugar is really not good for you. It’s linked to every single disease, from heart disease to Alzheimer’s, cancer, to tooth decay. I think people are so addicted to the white death that they just can’t imagine life without it.

It’s been years since I’ve worked in the restaurant that to do whole natural desserts using things like dates, but dates aren’t all that prohibitively expensive.

Compared to white sugar, they are, so can companies do it?

First of all, do they know how, do they have an interest? Sugar is very, very cheap.

It’s subsidized, because the chefs that cook with it already know how to cook with it. There’s a learning curve. You can’t just take your favorite carrot cake recipe and replace two cups of sugar with two cups of dates; you’ll need to learn how to alter the recipe appropriately, so availability is one of the biggest obstacles.

People Love Sugar

There’s also the addiction factor. The addiction factor is the simple fact that people just love sugar. The addiction factor is never talked about and it is everywhere.

People put salt on everything. They put it in diet soda.

When a mother is unable to breastfeed, the formula had fructose corn syrup.

They get you from the cradle to the grave, with geriatric formula full of sugar.

I get so angry. I don’t know if any of you have read a book called Sugar Books.

It was written in the ’50s. It’s not like this information doesn’t exist.

People Don’t Want To Know

Dr. John McDougall has a saying: people want good news about their bad habits.

They don’t want bad news about their bad habits.

How can I justify my addictions and make it that I can keep on doing them? Everybody else is doing it.

That’s why it doesn’t seem like an addiction. It seems like it’s normal

It’s everywhere, it’s pervasive, and it’s non-stop. From the moment you wake-up to the time you go to bed, we have commercials about one more thing with mass amounts of salt or sugar.

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