According to a Study…
Flipping through a silly magazine in my local nail shop the other day (I’ve confessed already that I’m guilty of reading the ones that are always lying about), I paused on a page with a giant picture of chocolate because of the corresponding headline: “Eat to Beat Cravings”.
Oh, geez, I thought, but of course, being that I’m oft compelled to read anything and everything having to do with diet, nutrition and health, I proceeded.
What really struck a chord with me was not the ridiculous, albeit standard suggestion to ‘go ahead and have a little bit of everything in moderation’ (Really? So someone with a sugar addiction is expected to be able to have just a little sugar and stop there? Hardly.), but the reference to a recent research study.
Apparently, a recent study done at Cornell University concluded that “adults who received small portions of chocolate, apple pie or chips were just as satisfied 15 minutes later as those who had larger amounts of food, plus they saved an average of 103 calories”.
Let’s put aside the arbitrary nature of suggesting that ‘saving 103 calories’ is somehow of any importance and focus on this:
Why is money being spent on a study, at a prestigious university, to determine how much processed, sugar and salt laden items one needs to eat in order to be satisfied and save 103 calories?
My issue with this is that there are far more important things the money allocated to research needs to be going toward.
If you saw the Dr. Oz show the other day, you’re already well aware of Dr. Cordain’s mention that more research on the effectiveness of Paleo is needed. Not for me, not for him, and not for you if you’re reading my blog because you’re already Paleo and already know how effective it is.
But for the masses out there, those who think it’s a fad, or don’t understand what it really is, this is critical. Since Paleo can heal, again- if you saw the show you learned about the two women who cured their illnesses by going Paleo- people need to know about it. Doctors need to know about it, so they can stop going to hard-core Western Meds as step number one by default.
So how on earth is an inane study on eating junk food in smaller quantities a higher priority on the research totem pole that something that can cure diseases, many diseases?
Come on, now!