Do you think twice before eating a donut? Ever wonder if the extra-large buttered popcorn at the movie is really a substitute for dinner? Then you’re in the majority of Americans who have concerns about their daily diet. Despite concerns about food choices, a number of states, including Indiana, had an adult obesity rate of over 30% last year. My colleague, Deborah Sherwood, writing for the July 17, 2015 edition of the Southeast Missourian, shares some insights on the changing landscape of “food science” and how a spiritual approach to food choices might be an answer for you. Here’s Deborah:
An article I read recently, entitled “Why butter and eggs won’t kill us after all: Flawed science triggers U-turn on cholesterol fears,” really got me walking down a memory lane depicting my own changing views about food’s impact on health, and my resulting eating habits. It also prompted me to ponder how, in this world of ever-changing food theories and advice, we can make the right choices, and feel and be healthy.
The article recalls that we’ve been advised to stay away from high-cholesterol foods since the 1970s — the same era that most of us in the U.S. were newly enamored with fast food drive-thrus, treats like Twinkies and Ding Dongs, and eating TV dinners while watching The Brady Bunch, Donny and Marie, or Wide World of Sports. I don’t remember knowing any better; I don’t think we were deliberately choosing to make poor eating choices.
Other headlines about the same recent cholesterol discovery read “your doctor lied!” and “…but sugar might kill you!” A host of questions rush at us:
– How do we know who and what to trust?….