The Other Side of the Pork Chop

There is another side to the food debate I touched on in my last post. Jackie sent me a link to a critique of The China Study and Forks Over Knives. It’s a lengthy post by health blogger Denise Minger. She agrees with the general direction of these documentaries but questions the science behind some of the conclusions:

I believe the “plant-based diet doctors” got a lot of things right, and a diet of whole, unprocessed plant foods (i.e., Real Food) can bring tremendous health improvements for people who were formerly eating a low-nutrient, high-crap diet. Especially short term. But I also believe this type of diet achieves some of its success by accident, and that the perks of eliminating processed junk are inaccurately attributed to eliminating all animal foods. So the goal of this critique is to shed light on the areas where the “plant-based science” is a little, um, wilted.

Minger contends the authors oversimplify the evidence and that their conclusions are too sweeping. After all, as Homer Simpson points out, “You could use facts to prove anything that’s even remotely true.”

Vegetarians and vegans have their own issues.
Animal products may not all be anathema.
All things in moderation.


4 thoughts on “The Other Side of the Pork Chop

  1. Much the same as theologians form a variety, and often contradictory dogmas with “spiritual truths”, so nutritional scientific facts can be used to form various “constellations” to make the facts appear a certain way….Is that what Homer Simpson was saying?

  2. Facts schmacts. That’s one of my favorite Homer Simpson quotes. I find myself quoting it quite frequently, especially during an election year. 🙂

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