Here are my thoughts on the general subject…
Dear Nutrition News,
I am breaking up with you. We’ve had a very long relationship, but as you know, relationships are built on trust. I just can’t trust you any more. I’ve been faithful, for the most part, but I’ve had my doubts over the years. Back in 1964 my mother sent me to the store to buy a pound of butter. I did what she asked and got in trouble because I bought a pound of butter, not the margarine she passed off as butter because you told her it was healthier. I tasted real butter for the first time and never wanted to eat margarine again.
You always spoke with such power and knowledge, quoting facts and figures to back up your demands. I shunned what you told me to shun, hoping that by obeying your commands I would avoid the horrors of heart disease, cancer and obesity. But in the back of my mind, it seemed so strange that you never pointed your bony finger at sugar and refined grains. I took it upon myself to eat whole grains and limit processed foods. I know I wasn’t supposed to think for myself, but I just couldn’t eat a package of Snackwells and think it was a healthy snack.
Our relationship really hit the rocks when the news about trans fats came out. I should have been doing the butter shopping full time, way back when. Your deceptions and lies just keep piling up. Saturated fat is no longer the evil force you railed against for so many years. You had me believing that anti-oxidents would keep me young, then slapped me with the news that they helped spread cancer throughout the body. What? Really? After I ate all those blueberries? I don’t really even like blueberries. I’ve had my suspicions for years that you’ve been in bed with the vitamin industry. As if humans lasted all these years without dietary supplements.
In an attempt to get to the truth, I took a nutrition course from a prestigious university. You had us all believing that the facts you presented were science based. I felt like such a chump just a few weeks after getting my “A” to have half of what I learned be refuted. Refuted by you, Nutrition News. Are you a pathological liar? It seems you are unable to tell truth from fiction these days. You keep spewing out attention getting headlines and expect me to just forget what you told me last month and embrace your newest dictums.
I’ve been thinking about breaking up with you for a while now. It kept getting more difficult to listen to you without shaking my head in disbelief at your contradictions. I won’t be your puppet on a string any longer. I’m going to go with what my common sense tells me. Eat fresh food in season. Have an understanding of where my food comes from and buy it from a source I like and trust. Be moderate, yet joyful in my consumption. You’ve lost my trust, my interest, and my desire to believe anything you say ever again.
I’m going to have breakfast now. I will drink my coffee without wondering if it’s the newest thing to either kill me or cure me. I made some bread yesterday with grains that I ground and I’m going to toast it without worrying if the toasting process is toxic. And, yes, I’m going to put some butter on it. Real butter. And I’ll be happy.