I am not a ‘fan’ of dietary sensationalism.
A can of Mountain Dew made with high fructose corn syrup once a week is not going to kill you.
Megadoses of various vitamins and minerals is not going to ‘cure’ you.
People who demonize or canonize food annoy me.
Funny enough, we have examples of both today, from ‘pop’-news (har har) sources!
Raw milk is not a panacea. Its full of bacteria that make you sick, stupid!
Yes, those are actually anti-food-woo articles in USA TODAY and CBS.
The rate of outbreaks caused by unpasteurized milk (often called raw milk) and products made from it was 150 times greater than outbreaks linked to pasteurized milk, according to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The study included 121 dairy-related disease outbreaks, which caused 4,413 illnesses, 239 hospitalizations and three deaths. In 60 percent of the outbreaks (73 outbreaks) state health officials determined raw milk products were the cause. Nearly all of the hospitalizations (200 of 239) were in those sickened in the raw milk outbreaks
Hmm. No, I think I get it! You know how back in the olden days, they used to use leeches to bleed the sickness or whatever out of you? Maybe the raw milkers think that enteric bacteria in raw milk make you poop the sickness out. Its just pooping instead of bleeding. I totally get it now.
‘Gluten-free’ is a fad, not a science.
We have a close family friend with Celiac disease. If you do have Celiac disease, gluten is most definitely a demon. If you dont have Celiac disease? ‘Gluten-free’ is just another stupid dietary fad. And while I am sure my family friend appreciates how the ‘gluten-free’ fad has gotten her more options at the grocery store, it pisses me off to hear some dingbat say “OH I CANT HAVE THAT! IM SENSITIVE TO GLUTEN! IT MAKES ME FEEL FAT AND BLOATED OMNOMNOM GLUTEN FREE CUPCAKE LOL ITS HEALTHY!!!” or assholes like Jenny McCarthy declare that a gluten-free diet cured her kid of autism.
Actually, we *know* what happens if you are allergic to gluten. YOU HAVE CELIAC DISEASE. What does going gluten-free do if you dont have Celiac Disease? Nocebo.
From the second link:
They suggest that non-celiac gluten sensitivity may be a perceived sensitivity, and one caused by the nocebo effect of gluten ingestion or wheat. Nocebo effect is a negative placebo effect, as may occur when somebody takes a medication and experiences unpleasant side-effects which are unrelated to the pharmacological action of the drug. The nocebo effect is linked to the individual’s prior expectations of a side effect.
The researchers give examples of patients who strictly abstained from gluten, and believed their gluten-free diets helped reduce their symptoms. However, very few of them had ever undergone a proper diagnosis procedure.
They believe doctors should think about performing open or single-blind gluten challenge tests on those with non-celiac gluten sensitivity – at least until a valid biomarker for non-celiac gluten sensitivity is found.