The Pasta Debate

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"

 WTF

WTF

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!"

 Yes, everyone. The answer is to just eat everything that tastes good and makes you HAPPY!

Yes, everyone. The answer is to just eat everything that tastes good and makes you HAPPY!

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:

 I'm 100% positive that if I met Pixie in real life, I would love her. I am by no means suggesting she's a phony. I am pointing out here that even the "experts" are sharing very confusing messages with the general public.

I'm 100% positive that if I met Pixie in real life, I would love her. I am by no means suggesting she's a phony. I am pointing out here that even the "experts" are sharing very confusing messages with the general public.

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.

 Click on this to check out a PDF of the research for your light reading pleasure.

Click on this to check out a PDF of the research for your light reading pleasure.

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.

 Yes, I literally copy and pasted into Word and counted the words.

Yes, I literally copy and pasted into Word and counted the words.

Conflicts on Conflicts

1.) Chiavaroli has served as a research coordinator for Barilla.

 And I'm stopping with #1 - do I really need to go further?

And I'm stopping with #1 - do I really need to go further?

In Summary

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!!!

- Sarah