… We could not have said it better than Andy Bellatti’s recent article at Grist where he discusses “dietary tribalism.” I’m always a little wary of the advice dieticians and nutritionists offer these days- so many patients in my private practice have arrived to visits telling me of some lame fad diet these advisers have offered. My back ground in food science coupled with a lifetime of “eating real food” kicks in and I often hear myself saying, “forget about dieting or joining a food cult- eat real food because it tastes good and is healthy for you.” As an experienced grower, food science researcher and practitioner of endocrinological and immunological matters, I know that what we stuff in our faces is everything. Food is at the heart of who we are. So, when I hear about the fads, I can’t help but roll my eyes because let’s face it, I’ve seen allll of them come and go. The “rules” to eating are fairly basic, I’ve discussed them here time and time again.
But back to Andy- he’s different and you’ll sense this when you read his article. Andy is an advocate for the people, and you all know how much I love that! Beyond offering advice directly, Andy is up on food politics, making others aware of how the food industry likes to dupe the public. As you’ll read, Andy clearly points out,
“Americans need to eat more plant-based foods and less processed food, and to be more mindful of where their food comes from, how it is grown, how the people who grow it are treated, and how our dietary choices affect the environment. Instead of these core messages sinking in, dietary tribalism is rampant these days. You have – just to name a few — the Paleo folks, the vegans, the raw vegans, the low-carbers, and the fruitarians. And while there is certainly something productive and empowering about engaging and connecting with like-minded individuals, these groups often turn into echo chambers where everyone agrees and, occasionally, points out how one or more of the other tribes has it all wrong. Meanwhile, Big Food continues churning out a litany of highly processed junk, young children are developing Type 2 diabetes (once known as “adult-onset diabetes”), genetically modified crops — and the pesticides they’re engineered to resist — are seemingly everywhere, and food support for the poor is seriously threatened.”
Read on here. Then, come back to tell us what you think. And, tell us why you think the way you do. Your personal experiences are so helpful to the greater Garden Eats community!