So I picked up a book down at the local library the other day called "The World is Fat: The Fads, Trends, Policies, and Products That Are Fattening the Human Race" by Barry Popkin.
I knew something was wrong when, within the first 20 pages, I saw the following quotes:
In discussing paleolithic humans, he said, "The basic diet-which varied across the seasons-came from the seeds of grasses, tree nuts, roots and tubers, fish, and aquatic mammals. People living at this time consumed no grains and no dairy products other than breast milk."
I wondered how long it would take to gather an amount of "seeds of grasses" that would be worth eating, and I wondered where in hell was the meat? I'm not so sure that paleo humans on the savanna had much access to "aquatic mammals" either. Oh well, at least he got the no grains and no dairy part right.
However, only 10 short pages later, I found the following quote: "But while we know that whole grains are very important..."
So somehow, even though he acknowledges that humans evolved on a grain free diet, whole grains are also "very important". Who gave this guy a professorship?
The book goes on to explain the changes in the ways that food is produced and the ways that humans eat and move. It does an okay job of showing what has led up to such a huge percentage of the world being overweight and obese.
There are perhaps 75 or 80 pages left to read, but I decided to close this piece of garbage and return it to the library when I came to this quote, out of a chapter discussing the work of John "An Enema a Day" Kellog, inventor of corn flakes and other crazy bullshit. While Popkin criticizes Kellog's and other cereal companies for changing from their original formulas to all the sugar coated, highly processed stuff on the cereal isle today, he goes on to say, "Even so, Kellog's, Post, and the other ready-to-eat cereals are a lot healthier than most breakfast alternatives such as bacon, sausages, and fried eggs".
He's saying that Captain Crunch is better than eggs. This bastard is saying that COOKIE CRISP is better than bacon. If I owned this book, I would light it on fire and throw it in a corn field. Ain't nobody gonna badmouth my bacon like that. This thing goes back to the library ASAP.
Anyone else read anything good lately?