(CA) Real men drink chai
- You know that times are changing when you ask your daughter's
boyfriend what he'd like to drink and he replies "A soy chai latté."
In fact, when I started writing this column, Stefan said he would go
on record as a construction and oilrig worker from Fort MacMurray, and
former bouncer, who now drinks soy chai lattés.
I am accustomed to women being interested in and downright
enthusiastic about health-promoting foods and beverages. In droves,
females avoid alcohol and animal products, know the latest about
transfats, and keep nutrition books handy as their favourite reading
material. But men? Surveys indicate that about one-third of
vegetarians are male. Yet for many of us, the "real man" stereotype
includes the image of a gun rack in his half-ton truck, drinking
coffee until noon, followed by beer or whisky for the remainder of the
day, and when asked what he'd like to eat, he selects from the short
list of chicken, pork, or beef, with nary a mention of a vegetable.
Has there been a significant shift over the last decade? Are men's
perspectives on diet undergoing a transformation? Has the interest in
nutrition, on the part of women and some men, caught on and spread?
Are all of those teenagers that suddenly insist on being vegetarian
creating a ripple effect? Are a great many of us affected by the
heartbreaking evidence of the deaths of loved ones, from cancer and
heart disease, deaths that are clearly related to diet and lifestyle
choices? Are the occasional documentaries that we see on mainstream
television about the environmental damage and animal cruelty implicit
in factory farming having an impact?
Readers, I'd like to hear your stories and your views on this topic.
Are you seeing similar changes as well? Please email
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