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Grocery Store Diet

October 25, 2015

So, you are on a new diet.  You’re feeling really good.  You’re feeling energized as never before.  You are so happy, you’re telling everybody.  It must be good for you.  It must be good for everybody.

Slow down a bit.  “Feeling good” may be completely without meaning.  Read this article: What ‘Feels Good’ Isn’t Necessarily Good for You.  Saying that you feel better with a particular food, diet, or medication is not proof that it’s effective.  If you really want to feel good, there are lots of things that will do that.  Take alcohol or illegal drugs, for example.  You will certainly feel good, but they won’t be good for your health.  If you want more energy, eat sugar and caffeine.  They won’t be good for you either.  If you want to lose weight, you have to eat less calories.  There is no other choice.  Exercise alone won’t do it.  To eliminate 1000 extra calories, you’d have to exercise all day.  Nobody’s going to do that.  You have to eat less.  Sometimes it’s only the change in diet that makes you feel good.  In any case, it’s never proof that the diet is healthy and good for you.

Every food product that you buy has been inspected by a government agency.  In Canada, it’s the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.  They certify that all food products in the grocery store are safe to consume, at least for acute disorders.  All these foods, natural or not, are free from poisons, toxins, or harmful organisms.  They generally don’t provide the same guarantee for chronic disorders.  Because of the inspection, any foods that you choose will be healthy.  Of course, producers also make sure that their foods are healthy.  Consequently, good health is not a proof that a diet works.  All diets will be healthy because the foods that make it up are all healthy.

Everything that we eat, fruit, vegetables, cereals, milk, and meat, have been domesticated.  Nothing is wild anymore.  Domestication means selective breeding, done by selection and cross-breeding.  In general, people have used this technique to make the products more attractive to consumers.  Apricots, for example, were domesticated 1000 years ago in China.  The wild stock is still there, but domestic apricots are so much better that nobody would eat the wild ones.  Fruit is typically selected for sweetness, meaning high sugar content.  Some apples now contain as much sugar as a cola beverage.  Vegetables are selected for high quality of the edible portion.  Cereals are selected for high quality and high yield.  Animals are selected for maximum meat and milk production.  Even though one popular diet is based upon what our ancestors ate, there’s no reliable evidence for their diet.  People in pre-agricultural societies didn’t tell us about that.  Even if they did, we can’t reproduce their diet with today’s domesticated foods.

Fortunately, our bodies are very adaptable.  We can live and be healthy on practically any diet, provided that we get enough of it, and not too much of it.  Sure, you can be feeling good on your new diet.  Somebody else can be feeling good on a different diet.  This is all good, but not a proof of anything.

 

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