Food, Fads and Freedom

In the Telegraph today, the Prick is taking on the latest anti-meat fad diets – and no, a cheeseburger is not as bad for you as a pack of smokes:

Anyone with a degree of skepticism and a memory longer than that of a goldfish will be forgiven for suspecting that this suggested low-protein diet will go the way of the high-protein diet, which not long ago was trumpeted as the sure-fire way to weight loss and a long, happy life.

Because beyond just playing with our protein intakes, we have in previous years and decades seen all manner of food fad, each one touted as the solution to all our woes, filling not just the bellies of their adherents but also a need for some sort of guiding hand as well.

Many diets demand cult-like adherence to a set of dietary rules as complicated as any faith, providing nearly the same assurance of rewards for sticking to it and punishment (including a fair bit of guilt) if one strays from the path.

Yet from fruitarianism to celebrity diets to best-selling diet book authored by “expert” doctors (who have no trouble contradicting one another) the programs keep on selling. One recent fad, the eat-like-a-caveman Paleo diet, has taken off wildly with cafes and cookbooks launching weekly to explain how our Neolithic ancestors had it all over us in the health stakes. Oddly, however, few of the diet’s adherents are willing to live like a caveman, hunt like a caveman, enjoy caveman-style healthcare, or date like a caveman. Wonder why?

The news came in too late for press time, but the science appears to be settling in this direction:

Fatty foods such as butter and bacon may not actually increase the risk of heart attacks, a comprehensive overview of health research has concluded.

NHS guidelines urging people to eat less “unhealthy” fat might have to be reviewed, say scientists who found no link between saturated fat and heart disease. 

 Thank Christ for that. Now, if someone could just tell Michelle Obama:

White House executive pastry chef Bill Yosses is resigning after First Lady Michelle Obama fundamentally changed his job duties to focus on healthier food.

Yosses is leaving the White House in June to work on a new project focusing on “food literacy” and The New York Times says Michelle is “partly to blame.” The openly gay chef was hired by Laura Bush in 2007 to make his trademark cookie plates and sugar sculptures. Mrs. Obama took over in 2009 and ordered Yosses to make healthier plates in smaller portions.

Yosses began replacing butter with fruit puree and sugar with honey and agave. But Yosses was never fully committed to the new policy.

“I don’t want to demonize cream, butter, sugar and eggs,” Yosses said.

Good man. Listen to the chef. The science has spoken.

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5 Responses to Food, Fads and Freedom

  1. Free Advice says:

    Nutritionists are like Town Planners. They don’t know anything and are proved completely wrong decade after decade. Their industries wouldn’t exist without government regulation so they’re heavily into rules and new laws by definition. They both pop up year after year preaching the new fads and conveniently forgetting they were banging on about the opposite previously. They have no shame and no integrity or credibility. In the last 20 years they have been variously anti dairy, meat, oil, salt, sugar, carbs, fat, wine, frying, cooking, beer, chilli, bread, pot, coke, cheese coffee, tea and lately even fruit!

    Do not pay them any attention whatsoever. In fact tell them and their profession to get stuffed.

    The only thing to avoid is too much processed food. If you want skim milk, put some water in fresh milk.

    Mind you I do think there is merit in the Grandfather diet. If your Grandfather wouldn’t recognize it, then don’t eat it.

  2. palmersaurus says:

    You can’t take the Nebraskan (Cornhusker) out of a boy:
    skepticism
    God bless America, and deliver her from dictatorship.

  3. Stan says:

    Why do governments spend so much money on “public health” when (i) we all know it is not effective, (ii) they are wrong at least half the time, and (iii) governments are desperate to save money? What is so f*cking hard about abolishing all of the agencies?

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  5. bmacky says:

    Fatty foods such as butter and bacon may not actually increase the risk of heart attacks, a comprehensive overview of health research has concluded.??? Is this true and reliable? Somebody answer me please

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