Oh they do, do they?
And it's really the best they can do, now, whenever The Caveman Diet gets any press. Of course, Chicago Tribune reporter, Anne Stein, does what your typical reporter reporting on things she's ignorant of does: she goes out for quotes from rent-a-experts, such that she, and by extension them, can maintain the silly little illusion that they know a single fuck about anything worthy of dietary attention.
They're worse than ignorant, really. They're merely pathetic excuses for the status-quo bullshit we see every day, have seen for decades, and have see the results.
Oh, get this:
Dr. Joanne Slavin helped devise the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Well I don't know about you, but if I were Dr. Slavin, I certainly wouldn't be so slovenly about bringing up such a miserable and total failure, one that's directly at the root of obese and diseased America. And it's lackeys like Slavin and this guy, Dr. Keith Ayoob, who are the very root cause of this sort of thing. From that link, Denise Minger:
Are you as excited as I am? Can we live without bread yet? Leave the fat on our dairy? Ditch the rancid vegetable oils? Gobble down butter and coconut oil without fearing imminent death? By golly, has the USDA finally pulled its head out of the soybean fields and given us something useful, emerging as a reliable authority instead of a food industry puppet?
Yea, nah. Not with the Whores of Conventional Wisdom like Slavin and Ayoob around. Just get a load of the same, tired, miserably failed dietary dogma.
...dietitians argue that eliminating entire food groups is a mistake.
The notion of "food groups" is utterly arbitrary. It's all just various forms of plant and animal foods...and processed derivatives. What they're not interested in recognizing is that Paleo cuts out the processed "food group." The entire fucking disaster of it. Ayoob:
In particular, whole grains and low and nonfat dairy are inexpensive sources of nutrients that are essential to good health. They point to the Mediterranean diet, which emphasizes grains, along with fruits, vegetables, fish, lean dairy and limited amounts of meat, as a proven way to decrease the risk of certain cancers and heart disease.
There are tons of different kinds of whole plant and animal foods that are "inexpensive sources of nutrients that are essential to good health." What's not essential is getting those nutrients from any particular food, such as grains -- which of course raises the question of why the emphasis. Slavin:
Grains are really cheap, and for the average teenage boy it would cost a fortune to do this (Paleo) diet," ... "Animals are a really inefficient way to get calories, and you don't need that much protein."
Oh bullshit! Anyone who says that "Animals are a really inefficient way to get calories" is simply a fucking moron worthy of immediate summary dismissal for life. Animal foods are the most nutritionally dense foods that exist, and because they contain natural fats as well, they are efficient for both caloric energy and pack the biggest punch nutritionally, ounce for ounce. It doesn't take a rocket scientist, but it clearly takes a lot more than a dumbshit nutritionist.
Ayoob argues that there's "a mountain of evidence for eating low-fat and fat-free dairy. People who eat dairy have better bone density..."
Nonsense. Flat out lie. Western countries that consume the most dairy have much higher rates of osteoporosis and hip fractures than do Eastern countries where dairy consumption is very minimal. So, who paid for this "mountain of evidence?"
Also, said Ayoob, people who eat grains enriched with folic acid have reduced risk of neural tube defects, including spina bifida. Fortified grains "are cheap and there's no downside," he said.
Don't you love this emphasis on cheap? Yea, that's what we need. Priority number one: let's eat "cheap." After all, it's only our bodies and health we're talking about.
At any rate, if you want folic acid, why eat something that has to be "fortified" (that's euphemism for "it was a weak pile of shit to begin with") when you can simply eat real whole foods rich in folic acid: liver, giblets, kidney, eggs, nuts, potato, sweet potato, spinach, beets, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, asparagus, banana, oranges, peaches. Du-uh?
Eliminating beans is another bone of contention. They're a cheap source of protein and have so many good qualities that it would be foolish to give them up, said Joan Salge Blake, a Boston-based dietitian and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association.
"Americans are only coming in at 14 grams of fiber, and we need 25 to 30," she said. "Beans are a great way to add fiber and protein at the salad bar and in pasta dishes.
Again: cheap, cheap, cheap. She's cheap. You want a good source of fiber and quality protein as well, in a "cheap" package? Potatoes & sweet potatoes. There you go, and you don't have to soak and sprout them to mitigate all the anti-nutriens.
And they don't stink up the room. Hasn't it ever occurred to anyone ever that the fact beans are so effective at creating flatulence...that they just might not be such a "super food" after all?
The bottom line is that you don't need to eat any of this stuff: grains, dairy, or legumes. And in fact, there are plenty of whole, real food sources that are far superior. This is all just the typical whoreing ploy to get you to keep buying industrially processed crap-in-a-box. That's what they want, and it's why they do what they do.
We know better.
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