Tuesday, January 18, 2005

The food police speak up again

With new 'dietary guidelines'. And since they are being cheered on by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, you know it's crap.

Just in case there's any doubt, the CSPI is nothing more than a lobbying group with political stands it pushes; and the fact that so many news organizations take their press releases and read them as though they were confirmed fact without any investigation, is another reason I don't trust so much of what we hear in the news.

So far, with some exceptions for people with odd metabolisms, the formula seems to be don't eat too much, and get some exercise. Not 'nine servings of fruit and vegetables' a day and all the other PC crap.

You want to be a vegetarian? Go ahead, just don't bitch at me for eating meat. Oh, and don't forget to take the supplements you'll need to replace the stuff your diet loses by cutting out meat.

Eating healthy doesn't mean you have to turn into a rabbit.

Update: more specifics on these 'guidelines' at Tech Central Station. Key quote: "They're not just advising "eat a healthful variety of foods, enjoy everything in moderation and get some activity each day that you enjoy." It's a DIET -- and an extreme one at that -- masquerading as "healthy eating." "

Ref my comments on vegetarians above, a friend of my daughter's was following a vegan diet for several years. She'd had some health problems that worsened- drastically- the last couple of years. She finally went to a doctor and had a full checkup. Final verdict was basically, "if you don't start eating meat again, you're gonna die". Rather drastic sounding, but he ran through everything as to why he said so. And she started eating meat & milk products again. And her health improved, dramatically. You want to eat vegan and feel morally superior, go ahead. I think I'll broil some chicken for dinner.

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