Tue, 9 December 2014
Almost everyone thinks they’re an expert when it comes to food and diet.
In fact, we all know people that have crossed the line, and it’s almost become a religious conversation.
In today’s Book-Of-The-Day, “Diet Cults” by Matt Fitzgerald, we delve deep to try to find the truth.
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What is the diet that we should all be following?
I talked about this a few days ago on my new live Book-of-the-Day TV show that airs every day at 11:30am PST on TaiLopez.com.
When I was at Joel Salatin’s, it was fascinating. Thousands of people would come in from all around the world, each of them with their own opinion on diet - whether they were Vegan, Paleo, Low-Carb or Atkins.
And most of them came there extremely confident in their beliefs.
The interesting thing about a farm is that you’re so close to the earth that you actually get insight on biological processes that the average city person never gets.
If you ask most people in the city how many grams of protein, sugar, or carbohydrates they should be getting every day, they have no idea.
But a farmer knows exactly how much protein a one- week-old chicken should have, and how much they should be eating at six and eight weeks as well.
It becomes a science. And of course, you’re experimenting on the best testing ground possible (the livestock you’re raising, because there’s no placebo effect).
There is no one diet that works for everyone:
Adaptability is the hallmark of man as eater. For us, many diets are good while none is perfect.
We know this to be true. It would be an impossible environment for humans to live in without adaptability. The problem with something like the Paleo diet is that in Paleolithic times, not all people lived in the same part of the planet. Some people lived in rainforests, some lived in savannahs. Even though there is truth that there is a genetic predisposition that some foods are probably more nutrient dense than others, it’s not an absolute black and white fact.
"Scientists are discovering that the extreme responsiveness of gut flora to changes in diet are a major contributor to humans’ dietary adaptability."
You must search for disconfirming evidence:
“My friend Richard did a lot of reading on the science of veganism and came away believing that veganism was the correct way to eat. But this happened only after he had already given up animal foods. And, of course, he cherry-picked his sources, ignoring experts like Walter Willett at the Harvard School of Public Health and going straight to gurus like Caldwell Esselstyn, a man who could never get a job at the Harvard School of Public Health.”
You see, you have to disprove your own theory.
Because whether you’re Vegan, Paleo, Atkins or Macrobiotic, there’s evidence to the contrary of what you believe if you’re willing to open up your eyes and not see this as such a black and white conversation.
Agnostic healthy eating is the plan Fitzgerald recommends.
"I claim only that you will find agnostic healthy eating to be the easiest way to eat for maximum health if you’re turned off by diets that claim to be the One True Way."
Fitzgerald says that what we need to do is have an agnostic approach, meaning whatever works is what we should gravitate towards, instead of trying to be a part of a certain group and getting our identity from that group.
So it's up to you to “ask, seek, and knock” for that diet that's adaptable to not only the environment in which you live (which is different if you live in the North Pole compared to if you live in Africa), but once you do this search, set up a series of experiments and do it at the same time with top experts and doctors.
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