A “Lil Positivity”: Black Cardiologist Wants To Get Churches To Cut Out The “Slave Food” To Get African-Americans To Eat Better [Video]

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Dr. Akinboboye

We gotta do better people….

According to NY Daily News:

Dr. Ola Akinboboye and his Association of Black Cardiologists wanted a video that would link African-American lifestyles to the heart disease epidemic ravaging the community. They found it. “Before You Eat The Church Food Watch This Video,” is the film, and Akinboboye, 52, the Rosedale, Queens-based president of the 2,500-member international ABC, hopes it will help decrease the alarming health issues afflicting the African-American communities many of his members serve.

“The average black man lives 68 years, while the average white woman lives to 85,” Akinboboye said. “African-Americans have heart attacks, high blood pressure, diabetes, kidney failure and dialysis at rates that are 20 to 30 percent higher than whites. That is the frustration for cardiologists, trying to eliminate these disparities.”

While some of those differences may have genetic origins, most are lifestyle issues, many traceable to the way African-Americans historically use and prepare food, he said. Akinboboye believes another traditional African-American stalwart, the black church, can be used to create more heart-friendly menus in African-American households. Change the church menu, you change the home one as well.

“If you look at the eating habits of our forefathers during slavery times, you see their food reflects a creative and adaptive response to racial oppression and poverty,” Akinboboye said. “If you look at it objectively, it is actually slave food. Slaves did not have access to choice cuts of meat. They had to make do with the less desirable parts, like intestines, or chitlins, and hamhocks.” Much of that food is high on the glycemic index, meaning once eaten they can raise blood sugar levels fairly quickly. Muscles convert this sugar to energy. Any excess is stored in the fatty tissue.

But slaves worked hard on backbreaking jobs, burning off most of the sugar in their bloodstream. “The high sugars are what they needed at the time to deal with what they needed to deal with,” Akinboboye said. “They were cultivating large portions of land, and needed large portions of food and the energy it provided to do that work.” It is one of the blessings of progress that modern African-Americans generally don’t work as hard as their ancestors. But with eating habits learned from their ancestors, many African-Americans still regularly chow down on high calorie “soul food” without getting anything close to the exercise their forebearers did. “We have been dealt a different set of cards but are playing the same game,” Akinboboye said.

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