Underneath the surface of the American food industry is a sickening pattern of large companies lobbying to promote highly addictive, unhealthy foods. Consumers beware - we must fight back and take back our health.
A Real-Life Horror Story
When you can't even trust Harvard food scientists
It was a dark and stormy night…
Inside a castle on a hill, with lightning flashing across the sky, an evil conglomerate of sugar corporations met to discuss a recent challenge they were facing.
“Master, master,” the servant-slave Igor proclaimed, “People aren’t buying as much sugar anymore. They say it makes them fat and sugar is to be avoided! What do we do master? At this pace, we may not have enough money to keep the fireplace lit through the winter!”
“Simmer down, Igor,” the Sugar Meister chided, “Gentlemen! We have seen a recent drop in sales due to a changing public perception. We’ve sat around this table for weeks trying to figure out what to do about this problem, to no avail. Well gentlemen, I finally have an answer.”
“You see,” he went on, “Everyone has a price, even Harvard academics. And after some work behind the scenes, I’ve figured out that price….”
Fade to black.
Ok, so it probably didn’t go exactly like that, but after reading this recent article from the New York Times, it sure seems like that.
Basically what happened is that in the 1960’s a nutritional war was raging between fat and sugar. People weren’t sure which nutrient was leading to a rise in heart disease.
Worried about their profits, the sugar conglomerates funded Harvard professors to downplay the dangers posed by sugar, and play up the dangers of fat.
This worked, and the course of American nutritional policy was changed for the next half a century.
The high-sugar diet that the American population adopted has been a major contributor to an incredible rise in obesity and diabetes of epidemic proportions.
It is time for us as consumers to get informed and take action in straightening out our diets to balance out the corruption that has induced us into unhealthy diets and lifestyles. The good news? It is never too late to get informed and make healthy changes.
Cutting through the noise
It’s a confusing nutritional world out there. Not only do the experts disagree on the truth, but there are outside forces trying to manipulate research and public perception.
We do our best at BestMe to cut through the noise to the truth, but it’s notoriously hard to draw conclusions from nutritional studies.
This article from Vox does a great job of explaining why, but it boils down to a few things
- It's not practical to run randomized trials for most big nutrition questions
- Instead, nutrition researchers have to rely on observational studies — which are rife with uncertainty
- Many nutrition studies rely on (wildly imprecise) food surveys
- More complications: People and food are diverse
- Conflict of interest is a huge problem in nutrition research
Getting informed and smart
For now, check out this useful and fascinating article from the NY Times, which shows you which foods are considered healthy by nutrition experts vs. the general public.
Some of the data is normal, but some is quite shocking.
Take a look and educate yourself!