The Food Nannies, led by Willett and Ascherio of Harvard with their nonsense on fats, have caused the FDA to act.
Food Nazis reign, and propose to make sure the stomach and intestines are never insulted by the foods that have been eaten for so many centuries.
Imagine, these advocates of natural are banning natural and not so natural food–they can’t stop and won’t until we eat some form of ground up gruel.
Here come the high steppers with their imperatives on what’s healthy.
And then here comes a devastating and still pertinent commentary from the great Milloy.
There was never a bit of reliable evidence that butter was bad, saturated fats were bad, and the meddlers moved on to unsaturated and such, but now they are convinced that trans fats are bad.
And the evidence is so convincing–the problems with any food study is the lag time, and the recall info but more importantly the silly exercise of making “correlations” into a disease, when we all know it would be faithful to the principles of Bradford Hill to try to do the associations, make sure the magnitude of the associations was robust, and eliminate the alternatives, but also attempt to FIND A PLAUSIBLE MECHANISM TO EXPLAIN THE ASSOCIATION.
In the new world of food fights, plausible mechanisms are not a factor, just associations, because associations is all that people like Ascherio and Willett can do–think they get down in the blood vessel adn find out how some ingested substance, fat, protein, carb, makes a beeline to a blood vessel and causes a plaque?
The Human intestine and liver don’t really give a rat’s behind what the source or original molecular structure of a fat, protein or complex carb like a polysaccharide. The process is not intelligent and so the body just digests what’s edible and burns it or builds with it. . When the breakdown of food is complete, the bod doesn’t know what the original stuff was and the basics, sugars, amino acids, simple fatty acids, don’t have little flags on them that say–”came from bad food.”
The only people who care about bad food/good food are the politically motivated and agenda driven researchers. The intestines are very accepting and thoughtless and just digest and transport.
Isn’t it a contradiction that people who come from an elite group that promotes tolerance and non judgmentalism have so many silly opinions about food??? Unowadimeen?
I had a wonderful friend who always talked about eating right. Eating right is overrated and in the realm of cultist talk–vegetarians only risk nutritional gaps, and any other eater who is obsessed needs to take a pill and a deep breath–stop listening to the charlatans. Nutritionists and health food stores are full of ideas about what’s good and what’s bad. Nonsense, cookies are good to everyone but a nut case. So is good red meat that has all kinds of important elements of a balanced diet.
The Good Eater nut cases are proof of what Schumpeter said–the first casualty of idealism is the truth.
This really in depth effort by Milloy on margarine is worth a review. Margarine isn’t bad, butter isn’t bad, carbs aren’t bad, so assume that food is good, and variety is good. Milloy takes on the panic and shows that there aren’t any magical or evil and diabolical foods. His essay is good today as it was in 2009. Trust me, the food nannies don’t have anything new, just a lot of anxiety and a high opinion of themselves.