Look at the Source

As a rule of thumb, that is.  

A regular blog reader forwarded me a link to an article in the paper in her hometown that she labeled, ‘Comic relief for the evening’, and yes, it was laughable but not actually so funny.

The title of the article was “The Health Benefits of Legumes” and it included bullet points such as:

  • high in protein
  • good for lowering blood pressure
  • important, especially soy, as part of a healthy vegetarian diet
  • in a can, they offer a great alternative when time is an issue

But guess who the author is listed as?  The Food Network.  And guess who the sponsors of The Food Network include?  Kellogg’s, Hidden Valley Ranch, Bush’s Canned Beans, Kroger Food Stores… oh, and Drano, just to name a few.

Not too different from a study which tells us that the latest anti obesity medication that the company Vivus released, Qysmia, is ‘indicated as an adjunct to a reduced calorie diet and increased physical activity for chronic weight management for adults with a BMI of 30 or greater’, is safe, which was funded by…guess who?  Vivus!

If you keep this in mind, you’ll soon see why all the wrong things are so mainstream (because they have funding behind them from big giant companies) and so popular, while many of the good things, like Paleo, are not nearly as recognized (because where is the money there?).

Look at where the messages are coming from and be your own judge of what is the ‘healthy’ way to go.