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"The case for eating steak and cream"

The Economist. When you think about it, we're carnivores; we evolved to eat meat (and at least in most of the West, dairy products, although we haven't been eating butter as long as we've been eating fat). So how likely is it, really, that fat would be harmful? (Except in rare cases....)

I hate wandering around with the nutritionists... Because I'm never sure what's science and what's anti-science. Michael Pollan had it right: "Eat food.* Not too much. Mostly plants." So pass the fat. But have plenty of greens.

NOTE * As opposed to food-like products.

Comments

Submitted by Dromaius on

You have the right approach on all of that. The scientists are full of it, the nutritionists are full of it. Everybody has an agenda.

"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly what makes you feel good."

Submitted by hipparchia on

we're carnivores; we evolved to eat meat

oh? compare a picture of human teeth to pictures of horse teeth and wolf teeth...

more to the point, since there are examples of both meat-eating humans and vegetarian humans living long healthy lives, the evidence suggests that we're really more omnivore than carnivore and that we evolved to eat a very wide range of foods. the fact that we can eat, and thrive on, such a wide range of foods means the subject of nutrition for the human species is going to an inherently complex one.

So pass the fat. But have plenty of greens.

actually, you need a certain amount of fat in your diet in order to absorb some of the important nutrients in your greens.

Submitted by hipparchia on

as in pass the butter

I know. and now you actually have (some) nutritionists' permission to put butter, or olive oil, or salad dressing with some kind of fat, on your greens, or cook them with a bit of bacon or salt pork. just use moderation.

there are problems with our present-day high-fat meat-based diet that weren't such problems only a couple of generations ago... we're much more sedentary now (going to the grocery store for our food requires a lot fewer calories and effort than growing it from scratch, or chasing it with spears, for instance), and we have warm clothing and efficient central heating in our houses (some of us more so than others), so most of us don't really need nearly as much of the high-energy, high-protein, high-fat diet that we evolved to be able to eat.

not to mention the awful diets that we feed our meat animals in factory farming - so probably a present-day meat-based diet is lacking in nutrients and has more pollutants that it might have in days of yore.