Magazine article USA TODAY

Putting an End to Food Fights

Magazine article USA TODAY

Putting an End to Food Fights

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Irreconcilable differences in the kitchen are becoming commonplace as health-conscious and meat-and-potatoes types battle it out to maintain their respective turfs. "Today, more and more, we're. seeing people with very definite opinions of what they want to eat who also are wanting to control what others around them eat," explains Kay Stanfill, assistant professor of clinical dietetics, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. "Five to 10 years ago, there wasn't much proof that eating healthy' could prolong your life or make you feel better. But since we now have all this information, people have started feeling responsible and judgmental about what they--and others--eat."

The health/junk-food gap is the most common food dichotomy in marriages. The female usually is the more health-conscious, while many men still adhere to the consumption of "macho" foods heavy in fat and calories, such as chicken fried steak, biscuits and gravy, and fried chicken. While some men may perceive foods such as broiled fish and fresh vegetables as healthy, they also may regard such dishes as "effeminate."

There is nothing wrong with meat and potatoes, she points out, but such "hefty" meals can be made a bit lighter through simple alterations. …

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