Some Americans (for the environment and your health) want to persuade everyone to give up meat, while other Americans (for the environment and your health) want to persuade everyone to eat more meat. But no matter which side of the fence you sit on, you’re probably wrong (according to the World Health Organization’s official dietary guidelines).
America has long been politically divided. But now people also live in different nutritional universes. On the one hand, there are skinny left-wing vegans who eat bugs and tofu and take B12 supplements and promote globally coordinated efforts to save the planet, on the other hand, right-wing right-wing ‘conservative anarchists’ with purple faces and guns are ripping up liver and deer. testicles (and TRT) and slander against ‘globalist’ monoculture agendas.
But the funny thing is that as people increasingly confidently go to extremes, fewer and fewer people will follow WHO dietary guidelines if this is actually happening. And what do these guidelines say? Basically: vegans, keto dieters, and carnivores are all wrong, and for most people, you want a little bit of everything (surprise, surprise) for optimal health.
The problem is, balance is boring, as Alex Thomas, founder of the Sports Nutrition Association, told DMARGE.
“It’s human nature, we want to look for this magic pill, we want to look for this one thing we cut, and everything is perfect. We don’t like the idea of consistency and moderation.”
“Someone sends us the obscene idea that if you eat bull testicles it will increase your testosterone and make you really muscular and burn fat, it’s much more appealing than saying ‘you should probably start learning what’s in your food and start weighing what you eat.’ and think, then think about what you’re going to eat 2-3 months from now.’ Boring as shit.
Alex says the WHO dietary guidelines are a good starting point for most people, and that it’s not because countries like Australia and America are going through diabetes and obesity crises because of a “big grain” conspiracy or because the guidelines are wrong, most people don’t follow the rules.
So: why do people trust icons on the internet instead of the World Health Organization? In part, it could be political.
“It’s a moral, political, global observation of how we interact as a society… We rely on people for the weirdest things – people trust an influencer more than a formal organization, and it’s unfortunate. It can be really good at something impressive, But as soon as they gain our trust on that subject, we listen to them on other subjects as well.”
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Alex wishes influencers would be more willing to put disclaimers on their bullshit and be happier to admit when they’re wrong or when research emerges that changes their perspective on a topic.
Regarding the “big grain” conspiracy, Alex said: “There’s definitely confirmation bias, everybody wants to attack the current system, but… the problem with current government-approved guidelines isn’t that there aren’t too many vegetables, carbs, or fats – there’s none of them. it sticks.
“All these allegations are being made very sensationally, and it’s a straw man context.”
“[These people are saying] “big grain and big carbs lie to you and spread all those lies” and all that stuff and it’s like… nobody follows these guidelines.”
“Like everything WHO’s recommendations aren’t perfect, it’s part of a flawed system but pretty good. I don’t look and say, ‘I would definitely change that much.'”
“All changes (which you as an individual must make to the guidelines) depend on individual submission… this is more important than teaching individuals how to be effective within these guidelines and principles,” Alex told DMARGE.
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If you want a simple, easy-to-remember message, Alex’s best advice is: “Try to eat protein 3 times a day and exercise hard 3-4 times a week.”
“If you want ice cream/chocolate, first eat a meal with a good serving of protein and herbs, then see how you feel – then you’re less likely to eat it.”
Food for thought…