Published On October 18, 2017 | By Raphael Baker | Lifestyle
Is Oprah trying to kill us? Yes, you heard me correctly. The Super Soul Sunday Queen of All Media may be trying to kill us. Dead.
Oprah Winfrey has been looking out for our best interest for decades. She is beloved by many, including me, and we all look up to her. She has given us sage advice about our minds, body and souls. She has introduced us to all types of self-help gurus and spiritual leaders. She even got Iyanla to fix our lives. Oh and let’s not forget that she has even given us cars. “You get a car. You get a car. Everybody gets a car!”
Oprah has successfully created a media empire. She left her groundbreaking, award-winning show to create her own network. She has a leadership school in South Africa for girls. Ms. Winfrey has several successful enterprises, but with her latest venture, she is trying to send us to Glory.
A few months ago, Oprah launched “O, That’s Good!” It Is touted as a comfort food line of soups and sides, with a nutritious twist. The twist is that some of our favorite foods like mashed potatoes have vegetables mixed in. Oprah said, “It’s real, delicious nutritiousness you can share with your family.” Great idea, right? WRONG.
Oprah’s soups and sides may be full of vegetables, but they are also full of sodium. For example, her Three Cheese Pasta has 850 milligrams of sodium for one serving! Let’s put that into perspective. A McDonald’s cheeseburger has 680 milligrams of sodium, so O’s killer pasta has 170 more milligrams of sodium than a burger from a notoriously unhealthy food company.
According to the USDA’s nutritional guidelines, people should consume no more than 2,300 milligrams of sodium daily. For African Americans and those over 50, that number drops to 1,500 daily. Many of Oprah’s supporters are black and/or over 50, so why would she allow her food to have so much sodium?
Research has shown that African Americans are more susceptible to having hypertension. According to the American Heart Association, even one gram of salt could raise blood pressure as much as 5 mm Hg. According to the CDC, more than 410,000 deaths included high blood pressure as a contributing cause. High blood pressure is known to cause strokes, heart attacks and also contributes to kidney failure.
Bottom line is that O, That’s Good! Could be O, So Deadly! Regardless of the butternut squash and cauliflower mixed in to Oprah’s soups and sides, the dishes are unhealthy. I encourage you to think twice before consuming something that could be detrimental to your health. And Oprah, I encourage you to have your people revamp the recipes to make them legitimately healthy. I don’t believe you are intentionally trying to kill us, but I’m going to need for you to do better. For us.