I love it when the traditional medical community tries to comment on nutrition.
I mean who are they kidding? Take one look at the devastating epidemics of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, and cancer and you know immediately that they just don’t have a clue.
So when I came across an article with the headline, “This food will kill you, that food will save you,” you better believe I had to take a look.
Here’s everything you need to know about the misguided nonsense they’re spewing now…
Hot dogs and sesame seeds?
I have written here before about the misguided obsession America has with demonizing one food while worshipping another. Such as fat, salt, carbohydrates, eggs, fiber… the list goes on. Some are perceived as “good,” while others are labeled “bad,” and many have switched places on that list more than once over the years.
But here are the two foods this recent article cited that made me chuckle: Hot dogs and sesame seeds.
Apparently, eating a single hot dog will cost you 36 minutes of healthy life… but a single portion of sesame seeds could increase your life by 25 minutes.
This author used the Nathan’s hot dog eating contest winner—who has competitively eaten 1,089 hot dogs over the years—as an example.
Apparently, those hot dogs subtracted 27.2 days from his life. But by the logic above, if had he eaten them with buns containing two portions of sesame seeds, he would have extended his life by 10.6 days.
I trust you can see how absurd this “conclusion” is. And how ridiculous it is to assign a specific value (negative or positive) to any specific food. So I struggle to understand why scientists get so stuck on examining a single foods’ impact on health.
Sure, some foods are naturally more nutritious than others. But a healthy diet is more than just the sum of its parts. And given the thousands of different foods we eat, in thousands of different combinations, it’s nearly impossible to tease out one effect from all the rest.
The one exception to the rule
It would be great if good nutrition were as simple as choosing foods that would lengthen your life and avoiding the ones that don’t. But the reality is far different. (Nothing is every that simple, folks.)
People’s diets change over time for a lot of reasons—and of course, we, as individuals, are all different. (People who live off of wings, soda, and hot dogs probably have very different lifestyles than people who eat walnuts, fish, and avocado.)
When it comes to health and nutrition, there are a lot of factors in play beyond individual foods. But there is an exception to every rule. And in this case, the only food that deserves to bear the full brunt of the blame for chronic disease is… you guessed it… sugar.
That isn’t to say that one can never eat sugar. But we certainly don’t need 33 teaspoons of it per day. So to me, the idea of consuming it in moderation isn’t just misguided—it’s potentially lethal.
The associations between sugar and death and disease are just too strong. But unfortunately, until science gets serious about how they perform their nutritional studies, that’s all we’re ever going to see—associations.
My questions have always remained the same: What are they so afraid of? Why are they scared to shift the paradigm? And what would they uncover if they designed their studies with a view to exposing true causality?
Hopefully one day we will find out. Until then, I will always try to steer you in the right nutritional direction—toward the right foods, in the right combinations.
Simply put: Choose fresh, whole foods and avoid processed, junk foods. Focus on lean protein, fresh produce, and nuts specifically—as outlined in my very own A-List Diet. Not only will this help you live a longer, healthier life… but you’ll feel better along the way, too.
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“’This Food Will Kill You, That Food Will Save You.’” Medscape Medical News, 08/31/2021. (medscape.com/viewarticle/957533)