There’s an interesting (to me, at least) debate going on at the FoodNetwork.com Healthy Eats blog (http://blog.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/2010/06/22/14-foods-experts-do-not-eat/). Toby Amidor RD interviewed several registered dietitians (RDs) and then wrote a blog about what foods dietitians do NOT eat. The blog has generated a lot of responses: fake foods, high fructose corn syrup, margarine, frozen dinners, fried chicken....
While some RDs stay clear of, let’s say, artificial sweeteners, others respond the American Dietetic Association’s Position Stand says they are well tested, safe and a fine alternative to sugar….even professionals disagree on many topics! For me, the debate points out food is like a religion. You want to believe in the healthfulness and/or healing powers of what you put into your body. The placebo effect can also comes into play. That is, if you believe a food is good for you, it will (hopefully) conjure up positive health benefits.
My message to you, the confused consumer, is to take all the nutrition information that comes your way, digest it thoughtfully, and decide which foods fit into your value system—and which “nutrition religion” you want to follow. FYI, all the conflicting information also confuses me! I struggle to separate out the political leanings of the “food conservatives” vs. the “food extremists.” You know: “the commercial food supply is safe” vs. “eat only organically grown foods.” I do know we will unlikely go wrong with “home cooked, locally grown.” On that parting note, I encourage you to support your local Farmer’s Market this summer!