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The Assault on Food

Stephanie62 Wrote: Apr 25, 2012 12:02 PM
Yes, people ate meat, but they were not eating the amounts of meat we consume today. If you look at different cultures from around the world, those who eat a lot less meat have much lower rates of heart disease and cancer. Cholesterol, one of the main culprits of heart disease is only found in animal products. Plant based foods contain all the nutrients that help prevent many diseases. We definitely consume far too many of them.

Instinct tells us to fear poison. If our ancestors were not cautious about what they put in their mouths, they would not have survived long enough to produce us.

Unfortunately, a side effect of that cautious impulse is that whenever someone claims that some chemical -- or food ingredient, like fat -- is a menace, we are primed to believe it. That makes it easy for government to leap in and play the role of protector.

But for every study that says X is bad for you, another study disagrees. How is a layman to decide? I used to take consumer...