Oreos definitely not contributing to a longer life

07/17/2013 09:42:00 AM
Tom Karst

Be sure to check out the eye-popping U.S. health map featuring county level statistics from the Washington Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation. For a complete listing of counties and states, use this link.

I have never seen anything like this collection of data before. The stats shows that males in Johnson County, Kan. – where I reside - have a life expectancy of 74.3 years, up from the state average of 72.3 years and the national average of 70.4 years. Except for the ones that ate Oreos, I bet.

 Like recent research linking longer life to greater fruit and vegetable consumption, this study confirms our intuition about the food we eat. Baby peeled carrots are better than glazed donuts. Apples are better than rock candy. Just about anything that grows is better than an Oreo cookie.

On the bright side, we here at The Packer headquarters did receive an awesome delivery of fresh dark sweet cherries from Stemilt yesterday. It is possible that the cherries did more good than the Oreos will do harm. I'll bet my life on it.


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