January 31st, 2011
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While we were twiddling our thumbs, waiting for US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to announce the new 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, our managing editor opted to ransack her vintage cookbook stash for tidbits of health advice.

The purported benefits of a gelatin, milk and bacon-based diet abound in the gallery above. If you dig what you see, let us know and we'll dive into the collection on the regular.

By the way, the USDA sez you should halt the salt

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  1. moshesharon

    Most often the things we never see are in front of us all the time. Health Secrets from the Seventh Heaven by Moshe Sharon does a great job of revealing a part of ourselves that is always there within us and always escaping our attention. Once you read this book you realize that the solutions to your existing or potential health problems are so close to you that all you need to do is to become aware of them. More at http://moshesharon.wordpress.com

    March 29, 2011 at 11:11 pm |
  2. Alex

    Most of the information in the cookbooks listed above is correct and accurate in its health evaluations. Most of this information is available today through the Weston Price Foundation. Saturated fat IS healthy for you. All your hormones, most of your cell walls and most of your brain and nervous tissue is made up of saturated fat, like the bacon indicated above. Without EATING saturated fat how to you make healthy tissue? you dont? and your fertility and cells are greatly compromised, along with your heart and your brain in later life. It is a statistically proven fact that the current health and diet advice is BAD for your health. Eating fat is good for you. Gelatin, an easily digested protein is good for you-jello, a combination of sugar and foood coloring is not. WHOLE foods that have not been processed are good for you-foods that have been concentrated and processed are not. If you look at your own grandmother's cookbooks and ate from them, you would be healthy wealthy and wise. I would love to see this feature on a regular basis and will be sharing it with my readers on my thoughts on friday at a moderate life because they all know this stuff is good for you. All the best. Alex

    February 2, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
  3. Jean B.

    Hi! I collect antique and vintage cookbooks, recipe booklets, and related ephemera. I absolutely MUST get anything that contains interesting archaic advice on nutrition, so I found these tidbits to be delightful. I concur with the others who would like to see this become a regular offering.

    February 1, 2011 at 7:39 pm |
    • Thinking things through

      I agree, I'd love this to be a regular offering.

      June 12, 2014 at 8:56 pm |
  4. rx1

    useful on this site

    February 1, 2011 at 3:13 am |
  5. Sarah

    Hilarious! Keep 'em coming. Old Southern Living and Cordon Bleu Gran Diplome cookbooks also have some great throwback recipes with interesting if not outdated advice.

    January 31, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
  6. MyKayla124578

    You spelled says wrong

    January 31, 2011 at 7:06 pm |
  7. Peter

    This is fantastaic, I would love to see moreof these. I suppose i need to eat more Star Bacon now because according to this i am malnourished.

    January 31, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
  8. rosie27

    agreed- great little glimpses into past american homemaking

    January 31, 2011 at 2:40 pm |
  9. Lisa

    Really cool stuff from long ago. Aren't we suppose to be learning from our elders? from the past? And when it comes to nutrition are we truly more scientifically advanced than some of our ancestors? I think they had it right since way back..."In the beginning".

    That's what I enjoyed most from this article...not so much about the jello b/c I never really cared for it.

    Look forward to seeing more!

    January 31, 2011 at 2:13 pm |
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