The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
Like my PJ colleague Liz Shield, I dislike government nannies of any kind. Yet, I can’t help but be pleased with the latest recommendation from the Feds: “A dietary pattern that is higher in plant(s) … and lower in animal-based foods is more health promoting and is associated with lesser environmental impact.” And it has nothing to do with the quantity of methane in cow farts.
The reality is that a plant-based diet is better for your health. Note, I did not say vegan, nor vegetarian. “Plant-based” is a style of diet that puts plants before meat and any other processed product you’d put into your body. Mediterranean diets proffering fish, poultry and other lean meats are highly plant based and continue to prove to be one of the best diets for optimal health. And we aren’t just talking physical health, either. Mental health is hugely impacted by the quantity and quality of vitamins and minerals we take in on a daily basis. Both psychological studies and personal experience testify to the fact that kids and adults who eat veggies are happier, healthier, and less likely to be drugged on behavioral medications. What’s going to be a richer, diverse source of nutrients, a dinner that is 75% greens or 75% processed cow parts?
Yet, we cringe at the idea of public school kids being fed salad for lunch. Salad isn’t a bad thing, having the government tell us what we can and can’t eat is a bad thing. In our resistance to government interference, we risk missing the greater point: What we eat matters. Studies come and go and the factors that go into these studies, especially from a funding and lobbying point of view, are never adequately addressed. Surely this latest line is a political one meant to motivate environmentalist legislation above all else. But that doesn’t turn the grain of truth, the reality that a plant-based diet is good for you, into a lie. If anything, it abuses the truth for a political point. That abuse, not the recommendation to eat plants, is the sin in the conversation.
The authoress of this nonsense is unknown to me. I’m sure she is well intentioned, conscientious and passionate about her self-actualizing career. Every middle-aged white woman I know says those things about themselves so it is my default assumption these days. I no longer point out to them that Hitler said the same things about himself.
There’s little doubt that she shares the SWPL-ville gal’s overweening confidence that her preferred choices are backed by science. They all do. In another age, it was God or the church. Today it is science. It’s how they sell that weird probiotic yogurt to middle-aged white women in the suburbs.
This is a good example of why democracy always ends poorly. The mommy half is always telling you to eat your vegetables, even though there is zero evidence to support the claim that doing so is beneficial. Mom loves and cares for you and that’s what matters to her. It is how she measures herself. The daddy half is telling you to eat your vegetables – or else.