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Fry bread, that fluffy concoction American Indian women lovingly make in their kitchens and people line up for at powwows and western fairs, has come under attack as a hazard to health.

http://ap.tbo.com/ap/breaking/MGB1BMZ4MCE.html

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How often are people eating this fry bread? If everyday it probably is helping the diabetes problem, if once a month or so, maybe not. I mean that guy that boasts eating 12 pieces in one sitting, good gravy! That's over 8000 calories, in one sitting, or enough calories to sustain a full grown man for 4 days. I like funnel cakes and beignets but I am not eating a platefull of them on a regular basis. Moderation people, moderation!

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I don't see why there can't be a comprimise. Make it out of whole grain flour, cook in vegetable oil, and top with fresh fruits or vegetables.

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I have a family recipe for Indian Fry Bread, but its a less sweet version, like you'd dab a little butter on and have with supper. I don't make it very often, and sometimes, to sweeten it up, I sprinkle cinnamon-sugar on it. But I wasn't raised with it being part of life- it was just a treat from a great-grandmoter I never met.

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I can see how this is a very fattening item, but I have a hard time understanding how it's any worse than a donut, or elephant ears, etc. There's not some huge cultural outcry against Krispie Kremes.

If you were eating one for breakfast every morning, yeah that's a problem.

ETA: am I the only one who read that article thinking they were talking about people in India and not Native Americans?

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quote:
Originally posted by Soviet Kitsch:
...I have a hard time understanding how it's any worse than a donut, or elephant ears, etc. There's not some huge cultural outcry against Krispie Kremes.

In fact, fry bread is pretty much exactly the same thing as a donut or elephant ears or funnel cakes or sopapillas. It's fried dough. What you put on top of it is up to you, of course.

I almost never had the "sweet version" growing up in New Mexico. We either ate Indian tacos or just had the fry bread by itself.

I would cry if there were a widespread movement against fry bread.

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quote:
Originally posted by Soviet Kitsch:
I can see how this is a very fattening item, but I have a hard time understanding how it's any worse than a donut, or elephant ears, etc. There's not some huge cultural outcry against Krispie Kremes.

If you were eating one for breakfast every morning, yeah that's a problem.

Yeah, I have people come into my store everyday to buy handfuls of the 25 cent Little Debbie cakes. Any given one is as bad as this fry bread is, but in smaller packages. I'd not crazy enough to try to start a movement against THAT, though.

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Sounds like a good treat, but not an everyday thing. I think I'll have to make it to a powwow so I can try the fry bread.

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Best use of fry bead ever-tacos.
Clearly not the swwet bread though.

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every year around these parts, in mid september we have a fair, where there is a similar fried dough item named "elephant ears". You get a pretty large portion on a paper plate with whatever topping you want, but i really wouldn't want the stuff more than once a year, you can see the fat drip through the plate, i usually just try and swipe a piece from somebody(if my hand doesn't get bitten off!)
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I bet that stuff is actually less bad for you than the funnel cakes and elephant ears you get at fairs... If nothing else the portions are probably smaller? Most elephant ears/funnel cakes I've had are bigger than the plate they're served on!

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quote:
Originally posted by Xia:
Most elephant ears/funnel cakes I've had are bigger than the plate they're served on!

That's about the size of the Indian Fry bread I have seen.

Soviet kitsch, according to this site
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Officials believe that genetic markers, dietary patterns, obesity and sedentary lifestyles are responsible for the near epidemic rates of NIDDM among American Indians. Obesity, diet and exercise have been targeted as factors that can be changed and controlled to prevent or at least delay the onset of diabetes and, once it has set in, to reduce its complications.
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I thought this was going to be a thread about dosa ('Doe-Say') - wrong Indians, wrong fried bread [Wink]

I have to say though, this, like many other food items, comes down to portion size. As has been mention, a doughnut is fried bread and nobody is going to point at you for eating one with your morning coffee - but eat too many?

Dosa is incredibley bad for you in itself - a dinner sized dosa easily tops 1000 calories before they fry the damn thing - a heavenly treat once in a while though...

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