May 5, 201409:48 AMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
Chocolate cake isn’t just for breakfast anymore
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Ate a good, healthy breakfast of smoky links, eggs, and cheese this morning.
No more groats and raisins. Not after The Wall Street Journal finds a “Questionable link between saturated fat and heart disease.”
Politics in science? In the 1950s, one Ancel Benjamin Keys of the University of Minnesota got himself on the nutrition committee of the American Heart Association to promote his theory that animal fat would kill you. The USDA canonized that opinion with its food pyramid. Now, the WSJ reports that Keys violated several basic scientific norms in his study.
Too much institutional energy and research money had already been spent trying to prove Dr. Keys’s hypothesis. A bias in its favor had grown so strong that the idea just started to seem like common sense ….
Too much whole-grain oatmeal for breakfast and whole-grain pasta for dinner, with fruit snacks in between, add up to a less healthy diet than one of eggs and bacon, followed by fish. The reality is that fat doesn’t make you fat or diabetic … carbs do.
Woody Allen played a character in the movie Sleeper who had been a health food purveyor who is brought back to life after being cryogenically frozen. He returns to a future world to find that the healthiest food is chocolate cake.
|The USDA food pyramid||
The CrossFit food pyramid
This cholesterol phobia illustrates the principal progressive error: unexamined certitude — the Stalinist presumption of politics deciding science and declaring the debate over.
The obvious parallel is the “science” of climate change, né global warming.
Not all that long ago at all, science thought the universe was contracting. No, it’s expanding. Much less is it fixed, as was thought a century ago. Human evolution was supposed to have ended when Homo sapiens left Africa. No, it continues to this day, we now are told. Science is never settled.