3 thoughts on “Stop The Food Fear Mongering”

  1. Dr. Curtis once again nails it.

    It’s sad that the ABI would use Zoe as a voice of reason. She’s the antithesis of everything Dr. Curtis just explained.

    Dr. Booren, the North American Meat Institute’s VP of Scientific Affairs, had a fun response to the IARC monograph classifying red and processed meat as a cancer hazard: “Red and processed meat are among 940 agents reviewed by IARC and found to pose some level of theoretical ‘hazard.’ Only one substance, a chemical in yoga pants, has been declared by IARC not to cause cancer,” said Dr. Booren.

    “IARC says you can enjoy your yoga class, but don’t breathe air (Class I carcinogen), sit near a sun-filled window (Class I), apply aloe vera (Class 2B) if you get a sunburn, drink wine or coffee (Class I and Class 2B), or eat grilled food (Class 2A).And if you are a hairdresser or do shiftwork (both Class 2A), you should seek a new career.”

  2. The major reason that nutritional health warnings turn out to be bad advice is because food has virtually nothing to do with health or disease. Anything remotely resembling a balanced diet will do. Even the most primitive peoples have managed this task without “expert” advice. I’ve said this before but it bears repeating. The processes of food digestion and absorption are some of the most thoroughly worked out and best understood mechanisms in all of human physiology. All foods in the three major food groups (carbohydrates, fats, and proteins) are broken down to essentially the same elemental molecules before they can be absorbed into the body and distributed to the cells. The original source of these elemental molecules is irrelevant. Food is fuel. Food cannot cause disease. There are deficiency diseases brought about by diets lacking in essential nutrients. Some people suffer from anatomic or physiological disturbances that prevent them from properly absorbing or metabolizing certain nutrients. The virtual elimination of the deficiency diseases in the developed world has led to the current mania for trying to show that excesses of certain nutrients are harmful and that there are toxins lurking in our “processed” food just waiting to do us in. The advocates of this hysteria over food employ the worst kinds of junk science to justify their fears. They deserve all the scorn and ridicule we can heap upon them.

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