Cooking Oil and Indian Education

Recently, the New York Times ran two articles about Indian education. The first presents it as the envy of even Japan, while the second highlights its weaknesses. It’s an interesting study in contrasts.

Also in the New York Times is this article about the rising price of cooking oil. Apparently it’s oil (of one sort or another) that makes the world go round.

This post refers to:

Fackler, Martin. Losing an Edge, Japanese Envy India’s Schools. New York Times. January 2, 2008.

Sengupta, Somini. Education Push Yields Little for India’s Poor. New York Times. January 17, 2008.

Bradsher, Keith. A New, Global Oil Quandary: Costly Fuel Means Costly Calories. New York Times. January 19, 2008.

Go ahead. Eat what you want.

It seems we really don’t know very much about nutrition. For one thing, it appears that limiting the fat in one’s diet doesn’t really have many benefits. It doesn’t appear to prevent breast cancer, colon cancer, or heart disease. In addition, trying to make school food more nutritious doesn’t appear to reduce their levels of obesity.

The good news is that you can probably eat what you want. Unfortunately, I can’t say whether that decision will have long term consequences or not.

This post refers to:

Kolata, Gina. Low-Fat Diet Does Not Cut Health Risks, Study Finds. New York Times. February 8, 2006.

Kolata, Gina. Thinning the Milk Does Not Mean Thinning the Child. New York Times. February 12, 2006.