Food politics and food propaganda is making us sick. From the early days of margarine in the 1950’s to the paleo diet of today, we are being lead by astray by food propaganda.
An article by Margaret Wente (May 17 2014) in the Globe and Mail points out the absurd logic upon which our food decisions have been made.
Saturated fat has been seen as evil for generations. Avoid the marbled steak, the butter and the cheese. This has been stamped into our brains from birth.
Now an article in March 2014 in the Annals of Internal Medicine found that saturated fat does not cause heart disease or raise cholesterol. So much for that food myth. Enjoy the barbeque this summer.
The next evil is salt. Fear of too much salt has been drilled into us from the time we were in kindergarten. Health Canada limits us to 2,000 mgms per day and the American Heart Association says 1,500 mgms per day.
A study published October 2013 in JAMA Internal Medicine concluded that low sodium intake under 2,300 mgms per day is NOT recommended. We seem to be hard wired to consume between 3,500 and 4,000 mgms of sodium per day.
Vegetables and raw foods have been promoted as ways of decreasing the incidence of cancer. But according to Harvard’s Walter Willett diet and cancer are a very complex issue. It is not certain that raw foods will prevent cancer.
By following the advice of food promoters like Ancel Keys in the 1950’s, many people replaced red meat, eggs, butter and cheese with vegetable oils, pasta, grains and potatoes.
This shift to carbs may have resulted in the obesity epidemic and the resulting increase in type II diabetes and heart disease. It is clear that too many carbs make you fat and can make you sick.
This confusing mess of advice has resulted in skepticism about nutritional teachings. And when combined with the politics of food, it has lead to a move back in time to growing local and eating local foods.
So skip the food politics and pass the manure. I want real food from real farms including meat, butter and cheese.