I came across an article last night.
Normally I don't bother reading anything about diets or food fads but for some reason I read this one. It was interesting to say the least.
I am no expert in nutrition and prefer to rely on logic and experience when it comes to a debate. They can scream that carrots will make my toes fall off but I won't believe 'em no matter how much they have spent of their "research". Experience tells me that my toes are safe so I just ignore the so called "experts".
So what are my memories of a fatty diet as a kid? Well, I didn't take any interest in fat levels and no one else did either. I do remember we always had streaky [as distinct from lean] rashers. I remember my fondness for roast pork with loads of crackling, which remains to this day. I remember "dripping toast" which was toast covered in the fat from roast meat. I remember the fights in the household to grab the cream off the top of the milk bottle to pour over porridge. I remember there was always a block of lard in the larder either for baking or for frying in. So all in all, I seem to have eaten quite a lot of stuff that would be a mortal sin these days.
My diet then was pretty much the norm. I would imagine it was the same in every household. But one thing I can tell you – none of my friends or acquaintances was fat. We were just normal kids and the word obesity was rarely heard. There was talk all right about Tuberculosis and Polio, but people rarely mentioned Cancer or Obesity.
I have continued ever since. I still much prefer fried sausages and rashers to grilled ones. I do use back rashers but only because Herself doesn't like the streaky ones. I still enjoy a good fatty roast pork. Unfortunately lard and the cream at the top of the bottle seem to have been consigned to history. I will grant that I am spreading a little – my 32" waste has ballooned to a 34" over the years but at over six foot, I think that's reasonable?
So taking into account evidence and logic, I would tend to believe that article. It rings true that the whole "fat" thing is just a fad, or in this case a social experiment. It also rings true that the experiment "is full of skullduggery, threats, suppression of evidence, men with monster egos and bad outcomes", which seems to be the standard procedure in "research" these days?
In fact I can readily think of another branch of so called public health that is "full of skullduggery, threats, suppression of evidence, men with monster egos and bad outcomes"!
Makes you think?
Food for thought?