Vultures Row: Toast


We here at Vultures Row enjoy toast, especially when it is cooked to a golden brown and lightly buttered. Toast is part of the perfect breakfast. It has a long history and in fact the recipe was included in the 1863 White House cookbook. The popularity of toast took of in 1491 when a French Inventor created the toaster, so in a way all toast can be called French toast.

Toast has some detractors. Some claim that it is the essence of evil in nutrition. It is loaded full of carbohydrates, and most Americans place margarine on top of it, not light butter. The margarine is full of polyunsaturated fatty acids and preservatives.

“Research shows that trans fatty acids may tend to act more like other hardened fats (mostly saturated) in affecting cholesterol levels. The replacement of naturally occurring fatty acids with trans fatty acids can lower concentrations of high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL) as well as increase low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL). Trans fatty acids may also adversely affect platelet function, consequently predisposing to thrombogenesis.”
Dr William Willett – Harvard University

The detractors claim because no one in their right mind would eat dry toast and that most Americans place margarine on their toast so therefore toast is bad for you.

But we here at Vultures Row, say neigh, toast is indeed good for you. It provides a good source of fiber and it is filling, tasty and portable. Toast is perhaps one of the better things you could take with you on you morning commute. When stuck in traffic, you can lift your toast up take a small bite and it would hardly impair your view of the road at all.

Toast does have a lot of carbohydrates, so limit your intake. Do not eat seven or eight slices at a time, instead have three or four.

And Remember to fight the anti-toast forces out there, debate them on the merits of toast at every turn!


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