I really think that this kind of "OH GOD THIS ONE THING (fat, sugar, carbs, trans fats) IS EVIL AND BAD FOR US!!!" diet advice is bull. Honestly, you need to follow the most recent advice from nutritionists. "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants." Don't go out eating processed stuff, and you should be okay. Honestly. Remember the Snackwell cookies.
This is the best article on the topic I've read.
Also, keep in mind that Lustig is a doctor that deals with children who are facing problems with obesity and diabetes. He's obviously going to be upset about sugar, as its bad for his patients, and I get the feeling that he cares for their well-being very much. Taubes is a science writer who really has no solid background in nutrition, and so I think that he has the tendency to be worried about science. Nutrition is so ruled by doctors, and there is very little focus on nutrition in medical schools, so their advice tends to be slanted to their specialty.
Not to say that excessive sugar isn't bad, but I mean, read the Katz article. Are we going to say that breast milk is evil? It has way more sugar than soda. It's important to keep things in context.
Not to mention, the food industry is going to use this video and come out with equally unhealthy snacks that have big colorful "NO SUGAR" labels on them now. And people will binge on them, continue to become more and more obese, and then we'll find a new thing to call evil.
I feel like it is unfair to say that ALL tamales in Texas are skimpy. First of all, you should never buy tamales from just anywhere, and never pre-made from a grocery store, because that is just ridiculous. The best bet, if you live anywhere near a high school with a good Hispanic student population, is to see when the various high school clubs are doing fundraisers. Inevitably, someone will be selling homemade tamales. The reason tamales in restaurants are so skimpy is because they are very labor intensive, and the owners want to make money for the effort put into them. So I would suggest you go find a local high school, get some delicious homemade tamales, and stop disparaging my home state for being stingy on something that is impractical for restaurants to serve anyways.
Also, FYI Chico's Tacos is a purely El Paso thing. It's ONLY in El Paso, and it will likely only ever be in El Paso. You can't make a judgement of Tex Mex based on a highly localized thing.
So, I'm not certain any of the supposed Texans actually live in Texas. If you did, you would know that EVERY YEAR! Central Market does a Hatch Festival in August. Which is glorious btw, go and try all of the delicious hatch foods that they create, especially hatch sausages.
Also, (and I say this as someone who's tried Mexican food and variations all over the place, Chicago, New England area, California, Florida, Texas, and some of the border towns in Mexico) your interpretation of Tex Mex doesn't do the cuisine justice. I will admit that Tex Mex is less healthy than Cal Mex, and quite frankly, that's the way we like it. Also, your interpretation of tacos is inaccurate. If we're going to talk real authentic tacos, then we've gotta talk street food, because that's what real Mexican tacos are. They're made on soft corn tortillas, almost always homemade, and have only the meat filling, chopped raw onion, cilantro, and a dash of lime juice. Maybe there will rarely be cheese.
In that sense, the Cal Mex taco is definitely a healthy reimagining of that, and the Tex Mex taco is a bigger, fuller version.
I feel like Tex Mex evolved out of a plentiful supply of red meat and cheese, whereas Cal Mex reaps the bounty of the land, especially with regards to the vegetables. Neither is really better or worse. The flavors of Tex Mex, in my opinion, are more bold, spicy, explosions-in-your-mouth, whereas I find a more subtle flavor in Cal Mex cuisine, with multiple, harmonious flavors come together.
That being said, I'm a kick in the mouth flavor kinda gal, and I'll take Tex Mex over Cal Mex any day of the week, hands down.