Food for ThoughtTuesday, July 6, 2010
The mainstream media (!) is persisting in its campaign against lowfat while advocating for real food and good fat. Believe it! From an interview with Michael Pollan in the Guardian:
Michael Pollan, tall, fit, not quite skinny but very definitely lean, is holding a fruit yoghurt in one hand and a bottle of Coca-Cola in the other.
“So,” he says, “which do you think, per 100 grammes, contains more sugar?” The Coke, I reply. Duh. “Wrong,” he says. “The yoghurt. And look, it’s low-fat. Isn’t that great? We’re getting fat on low-fat food.”
Another terrific paragraph from the story:
So why are we all eating ourselves to death? Because for big food manufacturers, the Western diet is payday, every day. “The more a food is processed, the more profitable it gets,” says Pollan. And that status quo is not challenged by modern food science, which is all about identifying the “good” and “bad” nutrients in processed foods and tinkering with them – by lowering the fat, for example, or boosting the vitamins – rather than questioning the value of processed food products in the first place.
Pollan is indeed heroic, in spite of the fact that he advocates government healthcare “reform” and intervention into the food industry via taxes and regulation. We can only hope that he becomes educated as to who empowers and enables the gigantic food interests he often tears down. Over time, he may catch up to the truth.