Tuesday, February 11, 2014

"Why Nutrition Is So Confusing"

Tomatoes were, after all, once widely believed to be poisonous

New York Times journalist and bestselling author Gary Taubes succinctly tells us why.

What Taubes doesn't say, however, is that our current nutrition and agriculture policies are heavily influenced by these "hypotheses treated as facts." (They're also heavily influenced by industry lobbyists, but we'll leave that for another post.)

Why nutrition and agriculture need to be so political in the first place is way beyond me. The law of unintended consequences alone suggests that we should be very careful about creating policies to govern either field on the basis of tentative science, even if there is a scientific consensus established in support of a particular hypothesis.

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