DailyDirt: Eat This, Don't Eat That…

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Fad diets and diet recommendations seem to change every few years. Whole eggs were bad for you, but now they should be considered as part of a balanced diet. What makes a diet balanced? More carbs? Less Fat? Maybe you should just walk every day to your nearest Subway and only eat sandwiches. Or maybe you can just track your calories and eat whatever you want. Or not.

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Anonymous Coward says:

For many years the manufacturers of margarine and shortening relentlessly touted their laboratory-created products as healthier alternatives to the saturated-fat rich natural products they simulated, butter and lard. But the transfat they contained (previously categorized as “unsaturated”) turned out to be far unhealthier than saturated fat. So, ironically, the people who made extra efforts to “eat healthy” were actually killing themselves, while the so-called “conspiracy kooks” who didn’t trust Big Science had some major “I told you so” moments.

art guerrilla (profile) says:

Re: Re:

as a k-k-k-konspiracy kook, thank you…
besides, butter just tastes better…

had some seaweed flakes the other day, took some bbq chicken and 3-4 ribs to get that horrid taste out of my mouth… i didn’t claw my way out of the ocean and evolve limbs so that i could still eat seaweed…

not looking forward to our soylent green future…

(‘soylent green is long pig ! ! !’)

Lawrence D’Oliveiro says:

It Was Never About The Cholesterol In Food, But About The Fat

I can remember back in the 1970s a brief time when it was thought eggs were bad for you because of their high cholesterol content. However, this was soon debunked, when it was realized that your body broke down all ingested fats into their components before building them up into different kinds of fats, including cholesterol. So the amount of cholesterol building up in your arteries bore little or no correlation to the amount of cholesterol per se you were eating—it was more to do with the total amount of fat.

That’s why I’m surprised to see this chestnut keep popping up so often.

SirWired (profile) says:

On thing gets lost in the War Against Carbs

Except for a few scattered societies with little access to plant-based foods, and relatively recent times with access to cheap meat and dairy, THE staple food for EVERY society since the Dawn of Agriculture thousands of years ago has been a cultivated starch. Corn, potatoes, wheat, rice, yams, yuca, most legumes, barley, millet, oats, plantains, teff, soybeans, etc. While each has different properties and nutritional profiles, every single one is primarily a carb.

Yet, for some bizarre reason, they are only making us fat and killing us NOW, even though we, as a species, have been rather successfully eating them as a primary source of caloric intake for thousands of years. Even the idea that an agricultural society could possibly shift caloric intake to primarily fats and proteins is quite new, as it’s quite expensive to do so. (Not to mention eating primarily protein is environmentally unsustainable.)

The answer, of course, is that there is a lot more to the story of carbs besides their very existence in our diet. Dispensing blanket advice of “carbs have proven negative health effects” is irresponsible, at best. Yes, there are ways you can consume carbs and have them help hasten your demise, just like the same could be said for protein, fat, or just about any macro or micro nutrient consumed to excess.

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