To think its reasonable to choose cake over mung beans

(57 Posts)

I've just had a very odd conversation with an acquaintance (she wants to sell me personal training )

She's massively into health and fitness obviously and was wittering on about how people will only live to 80 if they eat refined carbs but that they could have a shot at a 100 if they ate mung beans and wheatgrass.

I said I'd rather take 80 and the cake confused

She was utterly shocked by that and couldn't believe it.

Who's with me?

Who's with her?

lifecolour Fri 22-Nov-13 15:22:27

Cake or death?
I choose cake but am willing to eat the beans provided they are in a nice stirfry.

runes Fri 22-Nov-13 15:22:42

Clearly 80 and cake, as long as there's wine too.

JammieCodger Fri 22-Nov-13 15:22:49

I'm with you. What's the point of those extra 20 years if they're not full of cake.

Giraffeski Fri 22-Nov-13 15:22:50

Cake every time. Who wants to end up like Sir Cliff anyway?

BenNJerry Fri 22-Nov-13 15:22:52

I'm with you, but then my diet is shocking anyway. Had 4 custard creams with my cuppa this afternoon. I'd rather enjoy the years I have wink

I'm with you.

I'd be happy to 'only' make it to 80 in exchange for a lifetime of cake. grin

Maybe you don't actually get the extra 20 years if you live on mung beans, it just feels like it!

enormouse Fri 22-Nov-13 15:24:52

I thought of Eddie izzard too lifecolour.
Cake obviously. Is it even a contest?

lottiegarbanzo Fri 22-Nov-13 15:27:04

Can we all irritate her (and my scientific sensibilities but hey, it's Friday) by sharing stories of our GPs who lived to 97 on a diet almost exclusively of refined carbs?

But frankly, the dementia made it very little of a 'life' after 85 and has she thought through the consequences of making the body longer-lived than the mind? (She's going to tell me vascular dementia is diet-related isn't she, darn it).

I fully intend to live to 95 perfectly mentally intact though, so many mung beans, some cake for me. No wheatgrass because I suspect it's not nice and just an expensive way of getting nutrients found in cabbage.

GingerPCatt Fri 22-Nov-13 15:28:53

My granddad is 98 and regularly eats steak and chips and fried foods. He loves chocolate. He eats bacon and eggs most mornings and has never touched a mung bean in his life. I'm gonna try his diet and see how long I get wink

Thistledew Fri 22-Nov-13 15:39:32

Both my DM and DMil have been vegetarian for most of their lives and have eaten healthy, well balanced diets. My parents are almost self-sufficient from the food they grow organically in their garden. Neither DM or DMil drink alcohol or caffeine. They both led active lifestyles and are healthy weights.

Both developed horrendous thyroid problems in their early 60s and have been quite unwell.

DMil, who has far more of a sweet tooth and loves her cake, biscuits and chocolate, is currently doing better than DM.

custardo Fri 22-Nov-13 15:40:35

80 and cake all the way baby

squoosh Fri 22-Nov-13 15:42:25

I'll plump for 85 please with a diet featuring both cake and vegetables.

Minty82 Fri 22-Nov-13 15:43:26

80 and cake sounds like a pretty good deal to me! 100 sounds pretty grim even with cake, but without…no thanks.

BackforGood Fri 22-Nov-13 15:45:06

No desire to live past 80 if there's no fun involved. Personally I'm not that bothered about cake, but if we are talking chocolate, wine, Baileys..... I'd be prepared to go at 75 grin

Pascha Fri 22-Nov-13 15:47:56

Considering my Dad's side of the family all died quite early, lots in there sixties, I'll take cake and live to eighty and feel I've done quite well really.

NoComet Fri 22-Nov-13 15:48:01

SAving made a mentally and, except for her eyesight, pretty fit 91 on truffle and port (and normal Northen food)

Pascha Fri 22-Nov-13 15:48:15

Fuck. *their

DIYapprentice Fri 22-Nov-13 15:48:30

I'm sure it will just FEEL like you're living to 100 on the mung beans!

Cake all the way!

NoComet Fri 22-Nov-13 15:49:11

Oh forget it
Great aunt and trifle

Kerosene Fri 22-Nov-13 15:49:33

Can I split the difference and die at 90 if I eat carrot cake?

lifesgreatquestions Fri 22-Nov-13 15:51:14

They're both good, in what kind of horror film would one have to choose between the two?!

48th Fri 22-Nov-13 15:52:09

I think the years between 80-100 look more like a threat in many cases. I eat the cake and a few mung beans. My friend of a super virtuous mung bean life died in her mid thirties and yet the local pubs are full of old shrivelled men in at 11 am and only out for a fag. Unfair, all we can does stack the odds a bit cake isn't going to be the scale tipper.

TheWitTank Fri 22-Nov-13 15:53:43

Fuck me, mung beans or cake? Bring on the Black Forest gateau and die happy! This is from a very healthy gym have to have a bit of bloody nice stuff!

Mamafratelli Fri 22-Nov-13 15:56:32

Cake every time. Having seen the last 5 years of my grandfathers life I don't want to live past 90 at all.

tombakerscarf Fri 22-Nov-13 15:58:56

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MyMILisfromHELL Fri 22-Nov-13 16:08:42

Cake please! grin

AlwaysSnoozing Fri 22-Nov-13 16:32:39


SirChenjin Fri 22-Nov-13 16:35:12

Cake. My life would be utterly devoid of meaning without cake.

I like Kerosene's suggestion - perhaps because carrot cake is one of the best cakes anyway. 90 it is then, with a few years shaved off to take account of the wine - I'd be happy with a fun and wine and cake filled 80!!

JsOtherHalf Fri 22-Nov-13 16:52:06

Cake and 80 for me too. Dad's lifestyle isn't brilliant, and he is 80 this year...fingers crossed I get his genes.

My granny is 96, still lives alone in her house without any support. Goes out most weekday eves to Bingo, Whist, etc. Comes to stay with parents every second weekend to do the garden.
She loves cake.

CerealKillerMom Fri 22-Nov-13 16:59:13

As a veggie, I'd take cake every time. Just thinking of my (mung) carbon footprint ...

Bettercallsaul1 Fri 22-Nov-13 17:03:36

Hell, I'm going to plump for 80 and cake - live fast, die young!

AndHarry Fri 22-Nov-13 17:04:46


Properly old old age doesn't look much fun, sorry.

I might change this choice when I reach 79 grin

IslaValargeone Fri 22-Nov-13 17:05:12

100 years without cake.
Bugger that.

AndHarry Fri 22-Nov-13 17:06:14

P.S. I thought this was going to be a pre-school child in Waitrose thread.

PurplePidjin Fri 22-Nov-13 17:33:15

My 92yo fully marbled up independent living gran lives almost exclusively on her own homemade lemon drizzle cake and banana bread hmm

Can I swap my cake for ice cream and sweets? I'll take living to 70 if that's a fair compromise?

Actually I ate some strawberries today, so I'll have until 75. Cheers.

ConferencePear Fri 22-Nov-13 17:39:19

Supposing you give up cake and then die young anyway ? Tell your friend there are no guarantees.

CecilyP Fri 22-Nov-13 17:39:25

Cake for me! All my aunts and uncles were very partial to cake and lived till their mid-80s. Anyway what is a mung bean?

Bogeyface Fri 22-Nov-13 17:40:20

Its like the old joke. If you dont drink, dont smoke, and dont eat any crap you could live an extra 20 years. But if you dont drink, dont smoke and dont eat any crap, why the fuck would you want to?!

Thistledew Fri 22-Nov-13 18:44:56

All this talk of cake and beans is making me think of those Japanese sweets and deserts made of red beans. This.

It sounds quite worthy, but done right they are utterly delicious. I wonder how many years you would get for cake made of beans? Do you get a mean of the two, or is it cumulative? grin cake

Topseyt Fri 22-Nov-13 18:52:06

I have never had a mung bean in my life as far as I know.

Cake, cake and more cake for me.

It is food of the gods, and one of life's great pleasures. I'd rather die in my 80s having eaten cake and enjoyed it. Sod the mung bean brigade.

ShowMeYourTARDIS Fri 22-Nov-13 20:00:21


Lots of it.

TiggyD Fri 22-Nov-13 20:04:07

I don't really think that 80-100 are the best years of your life. I'd be happy to skip them for more cake.

I don't understand the appeal of living forever if you're bloody miserable doing it

100 yrs of mung beans? no thanks.

MurderOfGelth Fri 22-Nov-13 21:11:40

Cake cake cake cake cake cake... hmm.. no cake in the house, noooooo!

Why am I not surprised it's a unanimous 'YANBU'?

If one must be healthy with cake then these are quite good grin grin

DanceWithAStranger Fri 22-Nov-13 21:53:53

Cake. MIL is 93 and a fab baker (and she does eat her own cooking - delicious blueberry muffins are the speciality), and she is in amazing nick for her age.

lisianthus Sat 23-Nov-13 11:04:08

Cake, definitely, although now Thistledew has reminded me of red bean oaste buns, I want those too. They are GORGEOUS.

CherryColl1ns Sat 23-Nov-13 12:02:23

Doesn't have to be either or does it?

Unfortunately you don't live to 80 and eat loads of cake a day and then just keel over nicely and quietly. You spend years being fat and having obesity related illnesses.

So I'd choose what I do already. I eat healthily 6 days a week and take loads of exercise. And one day a week neat whatever I fancy. Which includes cake.

Ifancyashandy Sat 23-Nov-13 12:10:36

Controversial I know but I prefer mung beans to cake.

I'm gonna live till I die!

Caitlin17 Sat 23-Nov-13 12:21:17

What the hell are mung beans?

Maybe I'll feel differently when I'm 70 but I don't want to live until I'm 100. 80 sounds fine.

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EndoplasmicReticulum Sat 23-Nov-13 13:04:30

80 and cake here too. All my grandparents have lived / are living to 90, and the last 5 years weren't good.

MaryZygon Sat 23-Nov-13 13:19:51

I am forever hopeful that they will discover some really nasty harmful something in mung beans. The are more than revolting.

And I don't want to live to 100. My parents are in their 80s now and still going strong. But (though I dread them dying) they have deteriorated a lot in the last ten years and I presume will do the same at least in the next ten sad

Lemongrab Sat 23-Nov-13 14:18:47

If living to 100 means eating mungbeans and wheatgrass and looking like Gillian McKeith, I'll take the cake please!

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