Food Wars

"Starch, starch, starch: beans, rice, pasta and be careful not to eat many nuts or avocados and absolutely no fish or meat or dairy products and no oils or margarines of any kind."  Dr. John McDougall

"Meats with fat; almost all fish; oils, butter, eggs, dairy, cheeses are all good for you." Dr. Atkins

"Whole foods, plant-based.  Absolutely NO dairy, meats, fish.  Avocados and nuts are good, as well as whole grain breads." Dr. T. Colin Campbell

"NO Grains or starches."  Dr. Joseph Mercola

"Eat lots of real dairy products, grass-fed beef, fish, organic fruits and vegetables from local farmers, and real chocolate."  Nina Planck

It's all so confusing.  I feel a little like Joseph Smith must have felt when he listened to preachers talk about religion.

There are two areas where nutrition gurus do seem to agree, however.

1.  Avoid  SUGAR
2.  Corporations and Government have led us down the wrong path for many years.  Money rules.

Both RAH and I are trying to eat better, but I don't even really know what that means!!!!!!!!!

Should I be eating nuts? not according to Dr. McDougall.

Will that glass of milk be okay with my breakfast?  Yes, says Ms. Planck and Dr. Atkins; no say the others.

Never eat another chip or pretzel or cracker!  Except they are on the DO eat list of Dr. McDougall!  

Of course, there has to be some common sense in all this; they, in general say fruits and veggies, but again, they do not agree on ALL fruits and ALL veggies; some are on the do-not-eat lists of each health guru.

So, it's all contradictory; all confusing, all consuming, and all mysterious.

But, we'll just keep trying......


jeremy said...

Confusing indeed.

I think there is wisdom in these words

" 11 Every herb in the season thereof, and every fruit in the season thereof; all these to be used with prudence and thanksgiving.

12 Yea, flesh also of beasts and of the fowls of the air, I, the Lord, have ordained for the use of man with thanksgiving; nevertheless they are to be used sparingly;

13 And it is pleasing unto me that they should not be used, only in times of winter, or of cold, or famine.

14 All grain is ordained for the use of man and of beasts, to be the staff of life, not only for man but for the beasts of the field, and the fowls of heaven, and all wild animals that run or creep on the earth;

15 And these hath God made for the use of man only in times of famine and excess of hunger.

16 All grain is good for the food of man; as also the fruit of the vine; that which yieldeth fruit, whether in the ground or above the ground—

17 Nevertheless, wheat for man, and corn for the ox, and oats for the horse, and rye for the fowls and for swine, and for all beasts of the field, and barley for all useful animals, and for mild drinks, as also other grain.

jeremy said...

Also, it is confusing because experts say things, but expert testimony doesn't make it science.

Recently, scientists discovered that cankers are caused by milk proteins.

Recently, it was shown that eating nuts decreases your chance of dying.

Finally, one of the largest, if not THEE latest trial on nutrition showed that pescatarians (vegans that eat fish) live longer than any other diet type and are more healthy.

What I like about TC Campbell is

jeremy said...

What I like about TC Campbell is his reference to real science.

jeremy said...

One more comment.

It is interesting to note that Joseph Smith revealed to eat meat sparingly and better to eat it not at all.

150 years later, TC CAMPBELL showed very clearly in his lab that animal protein intake over 5% of total caloric intake was harmful, but if you stuck with 5% or less, you are fine.

jeremy said...

Interesting website with sources to scientific papers. For example, did you know sweet cherries have stronger pain fighting effects than ibuprofen?