Makes My Eyes Roll
Headline in my e-mail from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:
"Pasta consumption may lead to weight loss, lower BMI, according to study"
What the Media Will Say
"Eat all the pasta! It's a GOOD food now, say the experts! Oh happy day for all of us pasta lovers! Let's head to Olive Garden STAT!"
Would like to point out here that Pixie is not a Registered Dietitian. This is her eating pizza and pasta on her About Me page:
Another one just for fun:
Investigate, Investigate, Investigate
My very first thought when I read the headline was "Who paid who to do this study?" More specifically, who paid Laura Chiavaroli. Her last name alone sounds like a pasta brand.
In all fairness, I didn't read the study. It's 11:17 p.m. and I'm a stay at home mom now. I have Netflix shows to catch up on. Besides it wouldn't address the point I'm trying to make.
I scrolled ALLLLLLL the way down to "Competing Interests."
1,122 word novel about Chiavaroli and all the other authors' competing interests.
Conflicts on Conflicts
1.) Chiavaroli has served as a research coordinator for Barilla.
I have nothing against pasta. I do not support teaching "good" versus "bad" food. Food is food.
I do, however, teach that some food is alive and some food is dead. This is as simple as I can get it.
Pasta is a dead food.
If eaten in moderation alongside a diet consisting of a majority (80ish%) of LIVING foods, it's fine. Whatever.
What I really, really dislike, is the media taking research funded by big food industry and trying to make it our truth. It's just so confusing for everybody.
"But Sarah what the heck do you mean by living food?"
Close your eyes and think about a food, any food. Now open them so you can read this.
Can that food die? Decompose? Turn wretchedly stinky in a relatively short period of time?
Yes? It's alive. Think: fresh salmon, sliced apple, guacamole, strawberries, spinach, etc.
No? It's already freaking dead. Dead food can't die. It's already dead. Think: Twinkie, PASTA, anything in a Lunchable, donuts, Velveeta cheese, potato chip, etc.
Got questions? I may have answers. Reach out anytime, and remember - don't believe everything you read!!!