We are not carnivores

Published 1.15.2019: The Angry Chef, aka Anthony Warner, has a go at those who would pretend that humans are carnivores. The piece starts off bemoaning vegans who think taking a B12 supplement is optional, (something I've gone about in the past) but the true topic is so-called "carnivore" dieters who choose only to eat meat.

Why is that bad idea? Well, apart from being boring and socially excluding, it puts the eater at risk of scurvy. Humans can't make their own vitamin C, we have to get it from fruits and vegetables. Seeds and grain don't have vitamin C either, it's not just meat that lacks it. Scurvy is a terrible disease, and one that shouldn't exist. Even my veggie and fruit phobic son eats enough plant life (potatoes) to get his needed vitamin C.

This Angry Chef entry is mostly devoid of his usual swearing and "talking to himself" schtick, making it a lot easier to read. I'm not a prude, but profanity just because you can has never impressed me. My mother used to say that profanity is a feeble mind trying to express itself forcefully, and as I've aged I think she may have had a point. I can swear like a long shore man (as can my children), yet except in rare instances I do not because it's not needed.

So-called carnivores can get their needed vitamin C from supplements of course, and I have to say that based on my reading, many low carbers do seem to hork down quite a range of supplements for one reason or another. However, Warner doesn't think that many of them are doing that, and promises to explain all in the next installment. And define which diet shlls are the worst— presumably a contest between vegans and low carb/keto folks.

My opinion of supplements is unchanged:

A healthy diet should require no supplements

Supplements are useless. Supplements (which includes vitamins) are a path to expensive pee. However, my damning of supplements is stronger than that. I don’t just think they are useless or the components of expensive urine, I actually think they are harmful. Excess vitamins and minerals are not good for health.

Not everyone is an Angry Chef fan, but that's hardly surprising. Warner works in the food business, developing recipes for large manufacturers. I'm with the Angry Chef on this one. I don't think that food companies are to blame for obesity. No one is forced to buy processed or packaged food. The products don't jump into your cart on their own, nor do they enter your house unless you bring them in. Kids eat what their parents put in front of them, so if you don't want your kids to eat processed junk food, then DON'T BUY IT.

Sundry other links

So when I started the offline business, my intent was to still publish here on a regular basis. No clue how long this will last, but this entry is my attempt to keep my once a week streak of publishing going. I'm working through my list of saved interesting links— at least interesting to me.

This is the kind of study Marion Nestle likes to bang on about. The egg council funds a study looking at the benefits of consuming more choline because eggs are a good source (not the best, but a source) of choline. Eat eggs if you like them, but choline is found in many other meats and even plants such as legumes and cruciferous vegetables. If you eat a variety of foods, chances are your choline levels are fine. Eat real food, mostly plants, not too much. Michael Pollan's quip still encapsulates the best advice in my view.

To the extent that IF is beneficial, it’s because it cuts calories. Artificially restricting when you can eat means you have less time to eat and typically means eating a bit less. Claims of longevity etc don’t have the evidence yet to support those hypotheses. But if it helps you eat less and it doesn’t make you miserable, then have at it. The most important aspect of any diet (or eating plan or lifestyle change or any other term you want to use) is maintenance. And someone isn’t going to maintain a regimen that they don’t like or that makes them miserable. And yet, to lose weight, you have to find a way to eat less than you expend. I found what works for me, but what I do and how I do it might not work for you.

A final aside: I end my sentences with prepositions occasionally deliberately. I learned at some point that the "rule" that sentences couldn't end in prepositions was made up by a monk centuries ago. English teachers continue to teach that it is wrong, but language is not static. What could be arbitrarily established can be arbitrarily eliminated. I know full well how to construct a sentence that doesn't end in a preposition (or include contractions for that matter). I choose not to do so.

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