Thanksgiving is here*! So there are only two things anyone is allowed to talk about for the next 35 days: food and shopping for gifts. I don’t want to give away what I got you this year, so that leaves us with food… which is a topic worthy of the skeptiest of skeptics.
Earlier this month, California voted down a proposition to label all “GMO” foods as such. And that’s good news because… I think, genetically, all foods are modified somewhere somehow, right? Or we’d all be eating the same amoeba? And health claims abound. Fat is bad, carbs are bad, some fat is good, some carbs don’t count, white foods are evil, processing is the worst, raw is the only thing that won’t kill you, natural is better than everything else, unless it’s gluten, which is natural but terrible.
It’s so much… so so much to keep up with… and almost all of it is crap. Most of the time, I can tell where the bullshit probably is in my food… but sometimes I’m not sure. I can’t even begin to parse through the whole high fructose corn syrup information. But even if I could figure it out, food is such an emotional topic, it would be hard to convince anyone of anything anyway. And don’t even get me started on fitness information. I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT MY BODY DOES.
So let’s talk about food.
What food claims drive you crazy? What claims do you wish you understood? Do you ever get involved with food fads? Is your diet balanced? How do you even measure “moderation” on “bad foods”? Are you eating an all organic free-range vegan unprocessed casein-free turkey this weekend?
(*only valid in the US and some parts of England)
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