One man’s poison diet is another’s pleasure

The Ecclesiastes (18:5) said, “man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry.” But modern food science and research, much of it sponsored by vested industry interests, has reduced eating and drinking to a veritable crime.

Or as Barry Glassner, a University of Southern California sociologist and author of the forthcoming book The Gospel of Food: Everything You Think You Know about Food Is Wrong)”, the gospel of food has become “the gospel of naught.”

“We have come to believe that ‘the worth of a meal lies principally in what it lacks. The less sugar, salt, fat, calories, carbs, preservatives, additives, or other suspect stuff, the better the meal’.”

Glassner quotes the former editor of the New England Journal of Medicine, Marcia Angell, who says: “Although we would all like to believe that changes in diet or lifestyle can greatly improve our health, the likelihood is that, with a few exceptions such as smoking cessation, many if not most such changes will produce only small effects. And the effects may not be consistent. A diet that is harmful to one person may be consumed with impunity by another.”

Read the full article here: Eat, drink and be merry

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