Anti-Science is Killing Americans
This showed up in my social media feed today. It's enough to make a doctor want to pull her hair out. (more in a future report about hair loss). We try so hard to help educate people to stay healthy, reduce their chance of heart attack, strokes, Alzheimers, cancer and diabetes. But sometimes it feels like pushing a bolder uphill.
I'm trying to figure out who is against science facts about nutrition and why they would be. Is this becoming a red vs. blue issue like climate change and gun legislation? (Both public health issues also). There is no controversy from nutrition experts about the fact that plant based diets are the best for weight control, preventing disease and maintaining energy and health. There are occasional articles (usually sponsored by the industry that makes it) that butter won't harm you or eating eggs doesn't cause heart disease. There may be controversy about how harmful to the environment animal grazing is vs. the water it takes to make plant based meats. BUT THERE IS NO CONTROVERSY THAT EATING A PLANT BASED DIET LEADS TO BETTER HEALTH AND LONGER LIFE.
The graphic that says people are being duped by science is ridiculous. Plant based means unprocessed and natural. Sugar cereals? Cocaine? Hardly natural and unprocessed.
It's hard enough to counteract the massive food industry and the well-funded associations that affect legislation, research, dietary guidelines and public messaging. Agribusiness has affected government funding to the detriment of good nutritional guidelines. If you don't believe me, just watch TV and see the yummy ads for saturated fat, high caloric, empty nutrition foods.
Definition Plant Based Diet: Consists of minimally processed fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts, whole grains, herbs and spices. It does not mean vegan or even vegetarian.