I went to the doctor today.  After she ran all her tests and took some of my blood, she asked me if I was eating right.  Yes, I get a lot of healthy vegetables, nuts and seeds, and fruit.  She then asked me if I didn’t eat any cars.….. wait a minute!!!!  After I recovered, and understood that she meant “carbohydrates”, I paused for a moment.  Okay, since English is not her native language, and since even some people who are native speakers are mightily confused as to what carbohydrates are, I patiently explained that vegetables are carbohydrates, that food breaks down to three basic groups: protein, fats, and carbohydrates.  She wouldn’t hear it.  You have to eat grains, she told me.  I promised her I would run home and sprout some wheat.  I told her that, if anything, my diet might be low on protein, but certainly not on carbohydrates.   Okay, so wherever she studied medicine, they did not cover nutrition very thoroughly.  She doesn’t even know the full word “carbohydrates”, it seems.  I think I will go to the kitchen now and eat some more cars.


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