As a teacher of cooking (and nutrition... blech! )I am often in the position to explain why we prepare food using certain techniques that appeal to the masses. Of course, nutrition being important to many appearance-conscious consumers, I often provide healthy alternatives. My students, predictably, will ask about my own consumption practices and why my physique is less than Adonis-like. I quip that I, indeed, posses a very developed six-pack of abdominal muscles and that those rock-hard abs are kept warm and protected by an inch or two of Oreo-induced insulation.