Written by Tommy Wood MD, PhD
Oct. 28, 2016
New reports suggest that the public have finally figured out that diet and nutrition “experts” have no idea what they’re talking about. As a result, people are becoming increasingly polarised about what goes in their mouths, and are shouting about it (and at each other) with zeal.
Next door neighbours and fellow househusbands Kevin Eto and Colin Arbo have found themselves on opposite sides of the debate. “My wife lost three pounds when she went low carb.” says Kevin. “Ketogenic diets are the Future. After the kids go to school I spend most of my time shovelling bacon into my mouth and telling anyone that will listen to stop eating bread. Don’t they know that carbs kill?”
Colin disagrees: “People that live to be over 100 eat mainly beans. Saturated fat clogs your arteries and causes heart disease and cancer. I’ll be standing over Kevin’s grave with a kale smoothie in my hand sooner rather than later”.
When asked about research on healthy diets, the two manage to find common ground: “Scientists spend all their time messing around with mice and expecting me to think that their results tell me something useful about how I should eat.” Says Kevin. “Diet experts can’t agree on anything either, so I stick to the sources and people I trust.”
Colin nods. “Just because you wear a white coat and drape a stethoscope around your neck doesn’t mean I should listen to you.” He says. “I try to find articles that I can back-fit to my current world view, and then I promote them on social media as much as possible.”