According to Conrad

It turns out that conventional wisdom about the health effects of saturated fats, like those in lard, is being overturned

'Health' foods

An interesting if sad conclusion is that much of the so-called health foods are far from it. Avoid:

  • Muesli - see grains
  • Yoghourt - see dairy
  • Health bars - full of unfermented grains overheated in bad fats
  • Soy foods. The literature is mixed about the use of unfermented soy products. I am suspicious firstly because of the level of phyto-oestrogens, sex hormones being a scary thing to play with for either sex. Secondly, asians over the millennia of developing their culinary practices only ever eat fermented soy products. I'm inclined to trust this learning rather than advice from start-up soy salesmen. If you need a third, soy is one of the most genetically engineered crops. I won't continue my own research on this, as I have no desire for unfermented soy products anyway (apart for the occasional edemame, of course), but I advise soy users to study it. Particularly worrying is inflicting soy products on infants, by well-meaning but ignorant parents.
  • Whole grains - see grains
  • Fruit juice. Surprisingly. Most have much added sugar, and for those that don't you're still much better off eating the whole fruit - juicing just concentrates that the fructose. I've stopped using my juicer, or considering that orange juice is a healthy alternative.
  • Low fat products. Not only is good fat good for you, the fats are placed in low-fat products, typically be sugars and flavoring. And I dread to think of the damage done in the process of fat extraction.
  • Vegetarianism. A philosophy, perhaps a fine one, but not wise nutritionally for homo sapiens.
  • Being duped by advertising hype like 'natural' or 'healthy', which have no legal meaning, or images of trees or dolphins.

My take:

  • Don't trust marketing ('healthy' and 'natural' etc.), or government nutritional advice. Be wise, not gullible.
  • Organic produce - Ideally one would buy everything organic, but availability and cost constrain it. Nevertheless there are some items that are routinely more contaminated then others and thus especially beneficial to buy organic:
    • Meat and diary, as cows and other mammals accumulate the poisons in the grass or whatever they eat, including insecticides, or are fed, including hormones and antibiotics
    • Apples, celery, sweet bell peppers, peaches, strawberries, nectarines, cherries, grapes, spinach, lettuce, cucumbers, blueberries and potatoes (see
    • If you think insecticides are harmless for mammals, bear in mind that the nerve gas we developed as an insecticide, and recent gene research has demonstrated how far back our genes go - many of them are shared with insects.
    • Organic is good but if they've travelled distance and time then you have not only air miles to worry about - the product itself will have leached much of its nutrient value. Buy fresh, seasonal and local.
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