by Brad Nelson 5/6/14
Someone had sent me info the other day on this issue. Now I see that Mona Charen has a column on the subject. Apparently saturated fat (animal meat) isn’t the killer that one old study says it was. In fact, the diets we have substituted for them (carbohydrates and sugar) might be worse.
Like you, I’d like to know what’s good to eat and what is not. Common sense says that making a diet only of meat is a bad idea. Eat your veggies. Your mother was right about that.
On the other hand, this issue is about pseudo-science that more and more is coming from, and contained in, science. Whether the scientists who supposedly found that saturated fats are harmful had a political bias is not yet known. But his study surely did find traction because it gave a reason for eating fewer of our fine furry and feathered friends (although there surely was a holocaust of chickens caused by the turn away from red meat…unintended consequences once again for the Chicken Little crowd).
Anyone who has watched the madness of this culture driven by Cultural Marxism and a media of inbred and poorly-trained “journalists” has probably secretly smiled at the ping-pong warnings. One day alcohol is bad. The next, wine is a health food. There has been so much bad reporting, pseudo-science, and sensationalism that if you’re planning your menu via the media, you ought not to buy too far ahead. What is good today is considered bad tomorrow, and vice versa. As Mona humorously notes:
Now, the Annals of Internal Medicine declares that beef, butter, and cream do not cause heart disease. Women whose total cholesterol levels are high live longer than those with lower levels.
This is not just reminiscent of Woody Allen’s 1973 movie Sleeper — it’s nearly word for word. In the future, Allen joked, wheat germ and organic honey would kill you but “deep fat, cream pies, and steak” would be regarded as health-enhancing.
Some say that this is that natural outcome of a media driven toward sensationalism rather than the result of political bias. And I’m sure sensationalism is a large factor. But I think it also reveals that today’s “journalists” haven’t two brain cells to rub together. We commonly give deference to people on TV. But there is mounting evidence that journalism is a profession for those who couldn’t do anything else, such is the poor state of education today.
Another factor is the secular culture. Do you suppose that William Wallace (Braveheart) was uber concerned about his fat intake? His life was lived for something more than just longevity. Yes, it’s a good thing that we moderns (I guess) have extended our lives by eating well compared to our forebears. But we are in danger of taking this to an extreme. No one is going to live forever, facelift as they will. And for the secular culture, there is nothing else but to try to live forever.
One can be corrupted toward the opposite pole (like Islam) and suppose this life is so meaningless in the scheme of things that it’s more than okay to strap on a bomb vest and kill a market full of civilians. It seems there are hazards to viewing life as either too cheap or too precious. Too cheap and we are no longer human but mere animals. Too precious and we swing full circle on the spectrum and become animals again with little to live for but rutting like beasts and eradicating every wrinkle as it appears. Man’s purpose then becomes shallow, dull, and stupid (certainly mirroring the mainstream media).
Science itself has never been free from bias, mischief, or just honest mistakes. But more and more the truism of which Dennis Prager often speaks intersects with science: Everything the Left touches it makes worse. And so it is with science which is often politically driven. And a truth that contradicts Cultural Marxist (aka “Progressive”) beliefs is reason for hysteria, censorship, and dishonesty as with the global warming scam that one can view as either a scam or a zealous religion (or perhaps both).
Those who have watched the various food scares come and go have probably also sat back and chuckled at the Left who view themselves as beholden to “reason” while their archenemies (conservatives) are thought to be the superstitious sort, hobbled by their various myths. But what we see today is exactly the reverse.
So it is definitely time to get out the barbie and put a few red steaks on the grill. Enjoy. And remember that PETA stands for “People Eating Tasting Animals.” Or so I’ve heard. • (1963 views)