In my article this month for The Washington Post, “The totally unsexy path to healthy eating (and why we’re not following it),” I touch on an unfortunate fact about nutrition science. Namely, that more often than not it’s not exactly groundbreaking.
I was checking my email and raised an eyebrow at one of the subject lines: “This harmful ingredient lurking in everyday foods!” After, “How in the hell did I get on this woman’s email list?” My next thought was, “What is this alleged harmful ingredient, and how irritated will I be when I find out what it is?” Allow me to debunk this nutrition pseudoscience.
There are certain Mediterranean dishes that just scream “summer” and ratatouille is one of them, although honestly this dish will work any time of year, even if the staple ingredients—eggplant, zucchini and tomatoes—are not in season. I enjoy making a big batch that I can eat for days, especially when it’s too hot to want to cook every evening.
One of the unfortunate side effects of living in a dieting, weight-centric culture is that much of the value of eating well and being active gets wrapped up in the question, “Will this help me lose weight?” Our bodies are complex things, and there is never any guarantee that positive inputs (nutritious food, regular movement, adequate sleep, self-care) will lead to weight loss.
The reaction to my latest On Nutrition column, “Has your diet become your religion? How to balance your food choices,” has been interesting, as I suspected it would be. I’ve had some lovely emails, and a few that were, well, less lovely. Not surprising, since food and religion are both hot-button topics for some.
Happy Friday! I’m not trying to do links posts every week, because honestly there are weeks when I don’t find enough links that I want to share. This week is different, and I noticed as I was putting it together that it has a strong anti-pseudoscience bent. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.