Oh. My. God. Can people just shut the ‘eff up already???
Bacon is not the devil. Tofu hot dogs are more likely to kill you. Yeah, there, I said it – and I’m speaking as a former vegan!
Here’s an idea! How about~ ALL THINGS IN MODERATION?
You wanna know what made us fat? Low-fat and fat-free. Cutting out all animal products, especially animal fats. Give it up already! Animal fat bad. Monosaturated fat good. Blah-blah-blah. So full of it.
When food producers cut out fat, they replace fat with processed carbohydrates. PROCESSED CARBOHYDRATES. Might as well just shove one spoonful of white sugar after another into your mouth. All day long.
Quit demonizing animal products. You know why we have big brains? Animal protein and animal fat and cooking. (See Richard Wrangham, Catching Fire: How Cooking Made Us Human.)
When white men first encountered the Plains Indians, guess what? Their were struck by their incredible good health and longevity (lack of small pox immunity notwithstanding). The Plains Indians, along with the Eskimos, both of whom traditionally ate a diet based upon fat and fatty meats, did not suffer from any of the white man’s diseases, including tooth decay. No tooth decay. No heart disease. No diabetes. No cancer. No obesity. How do you like those apples? These observations were noted in the literature of the time.
Cured meats have been consumed in European countries for centuries – like for a couple thousand years at least. And despite the fact that Europeans smoke more than Americans, they have lower rates of cancer. When we were in France, what did we eat? Cured meats, cheese, foie gras, whole chickens with skin, fatty beef and lamb, duck fat, cream, whole milk, olive oil, olives, meat, pasta, bagettes. We lost weight. Vegetables, you ask? What about vegetables? Not a single restaurant served a salad, let alone a side of vegetables. Oh sure, there were farmer’s markets and we bought vegetables, but even when we ate home cooked meals in the homes of our French hosts, we were served no vegetables except potatoes. And the French are not fat. I did not see a single fat French-person in the countryside. You may have read that obesity is increasing in France. Yes, perhaps, but only in places where the French have replaced their traditional high-fat high meat meals with processed foods- like Americans.
If you can find them- and believe me, they are hard to find- studies indicate that while vegans and vegetarians may have a slightly lower risk of cardiovascular disease, they have a slightly higher risk of cancer.
Here’s what I say:
Kale is not the superfood you think it is.
Smoothies are not the answer. For oh-so-many reasons.
Animal fat is not the enemy.
Meat is not the enemy.
Potatoes are not the enemy.
I love milk chocolate and I will not apologize.
Excessive sugar, processed carbohydrates, and polyunsaturated vegetable oils may well be the enemy. As in, avoid low-fat and nonfat diets and foods fried in vegetable oils like the plague they are.
Another read and I cannot recommend this book enough: The Big Fat Surprise, Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet, by Nina Teicholz.