Eating Ourselves to Death Essay

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In the words of French author and social critic Francoise La Rochefoucauld, “To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art” (“Food Quotes” 1). Perhaps this is why science seems to have failed us in defining what exactly intelligent eating is. If indeed it is an art, it would be far more fruitful to ask an artist (in this case a chef or a gourmand) what constitutes a healthy diet. But this is the 21st century, and we look to dieticians and nutritionists to tell us what to eat. The problem as I see it is they can’t seem to agree on anything or make up their minds for any length of time. On the other hand, most chefs and connoisseurs would probably agree that a healthy diet begins with quality whole foods and an emphasis on…show more content…
Atkins, are often pictured in crisp, white lab coats, and are given just as much authority and respect as any real scientist when it comes to dietary advice. Not only are dieters influenced by this unscientific propaganda, but the general population is, as well (Cray et al. 1). As stated in the above mentioned Time magazine article, “A diet is more than a fad. In fact, it’s more than a diet—when skinny people are on it. Yet there they are, jogging into Noah’s Bagels in Santa Monica, Calif., proudly ordering bagels with the innards scooped out, disposed like toxic waste and replaced with full-fat cream cheese” (Cray et al. 1). The problem, warns Cameron Woodworth, author of Green Cuisine, is that critics say “these fad diets may cause more health problems than they solve” (1). One major critic, the American Heart Association, has formally “declared war on fad diets,” saying that many of them, including “the recent and infamous cabbage soup diet—can undermine people’s health” (“The American Heart”). Not only are people staying fat following these diet trends, they are also putting their health at great risk in other ways. The latest of these diet trends, “the low-carb revolution,” grew out of a need generated by the last great diet craze/epidemic of the ’80s, which taught people to eat as much fat-free food as they wished. As it turns out, highly processed foods like frozen yogurt and SnackWells, which are full of sugar and refined carbohydrates,
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