Sometimes when I read about some of these scientific studies in the news, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. “Pitt Study’s Food Swap Confirms Risk of Colon Cancer” (April 29) is pretty laughable.
The author of the study claims a two-week food swap shows a South African cornmeal-and-beans diet is better than an American diet of meat and fast food.
While I totally agree that fast food is toxic, the gist of the article seemed to condemn all meat and fat, saying they are carcinogenic. If no differentiation is made between fast-food meat and organically raised grass-fed beef from humanely treated cattle, then the study is biased from the start.
Traditional diets among, say, the Maasai of Africa were almost exclusively meat and milk from their cows. The Maasai are very healthy when they follow their native diet, and their cholesterol is low.
Dentist and nutrition researcher Weston A. Price (1870-1948) tried to find indigenous peoples who survived and thrived on a mainly plant-based diet. He traveled all over the world. Guess what? All healthy peoples ate as much animal fat as they could find. The weakest were the ones who had adopted the “foods of commerce” of Western civilizations. The healthiest also ate as much (gasp!) cholesterol and organ meats as they could.
Quite at odds with modern foods and the no-fat, no-meat mantra.
The writer is a member of the Weston A. Price Foundation. Its website says the foundation is dedicated to restoring nutrient-dense foods to the human diet.