Nutrition Advice Gone Awry

It can be hard to follow along with all the nutrition advice out there. Eggs good or bad? How many glasses of wine? This fish or that fish? And that’s not even counting the moral choices of free-range, free trade, etc.

Even if you know that diets don’t work and have long given up calorie counting or fat-restricting (or better yet, never even started), it’s still hard to ignore advice telling you that this food or that food is better or worse for you. Maybe it does make sense to limit HFCS in your food, for example, or maybe you’d feel better if you drank more water. Fine. I can understand tweaking your food here and there when you get new information.

Then I ran across this in a magazine the other day:

In case you can’t read it clearly, the mini-article talks about research involving produce diets high or low in antioxidants and the benefits of eating foods high in antioxidants. Then in goes on to categorize fruits and veggies into either “eat less of these” or “more of these”.

What should you supposedly be eating less of? Apples, bananas, melons, pears, white grapes, carrots, celery, cucumbers, eggplant, french beans, leeks, lettuce, potatoes, radishes, and zucchini.

Um. What. The. Fuck. Antioxidants or no antioxidants, anyone who tells you to eat fewer carrots and apples is just making shit up. You want to cut down on your soda intake or watch the baked goods? Great. Leave the fruits and veggies alone, though. Good grief.