Ok, so I was eating at my parents house and I see a small tub of "Benecol" (my mom uses it, my dad refuses, he uses butter). It's a vegetable-oil based butter substitute if you're unfamiliar. It's "supposedly" a miracle cholesterol reducer. It's mostly canola oil and soy oil.
So anyway... when I saw it, I couldn't help but to tell my mom how bad it was for her. I've been telling her little things here-and-there about eating less grains and more animal fats, etc. But I guess this time she took it as more of an attack. (Ooops...)
So we started to argue over the fact that so many doctors say sat. fat is bad and cholesterol is bad and fiber from grains is good, etc, etc. VS. what I've been telling her and these other people that say the exact opposite. She's convinced that modern science can *create* food that's better for us than nature can.
Also, she says that her mother and grandmother used to cook with lard, use full fat milk, etc. and all her relatives ended up with high cholesterol and various sicknesses - but she refuses to consider that it might have been the grains they also ate, or the alcohol they drank, or lack of nutrients (she grew up in an area that didn't exactly have lots of fresh fruits and veggies at the time).
I think my case was also a bit weakened by the fact that I previously ate a vegan diet, and, at that time, expounded on the evils of eating meat and pointed out all sorts of articles supporting THAT view.
So basically, I wonder how it is that we can really KNOW that this primal way of eating is the "right" one. I'm not questioning it myself. I can't think of anything else making more sense. Even while a vegan, I had "internal questioning" going on since I had known about the paleo diet years before going vegan - and although thinking I was being "morally" correct by eating vegan, I wasn't so sure it was really the best for my health.
I guess I'm just venting more than anything else. What can you do right? Dealing with this stuff is just like dealing with someone's religion.