It’s one thing to learn that swallowing gum isn’t that harmful, or that your stomach won’t explode by combining soda with Pop Rocks, but to suggest the nutritional information we’ve grown with and adhered to as “weak,” takes food myth busting to perhaps its ultimate level.
That is what Dr. Aaron Carroll, author of “The Bad Food Bible: How and Why to Eat Sinfully,” believes, and goes as far to say that we can and should eat whatever the hell we want without much worry.
In an interview with NPR, Carroll explained himself, saying that a lot of nutritional studies are based on animals, and the best we can conclude about them is that there are some “associations.” He thinks nothing is concrete, however, and that foods we deem unhealthy, are done so unfairly.
“All the data that’s behind making you think these foods are bad for you, is pretty weak,” Carroll said to NPR. “…if you just take some sensible ideas and try to eat in moderation, and not worry about it too much, you’ll probably be much healthier and certainly much happier.”
It does seem like he means unprocessed foods, though, as he still suggests to stay the hell away from anything processed.
With that said, according to his Bad Food Bible, salt is cool, red meat isn’t the devil, and wine in moderation is a must for your heart health.
Carroll also gives a thumbs up to soda, according to Business Insider, saying that artificial sweetener studies are conducted on vulnerable mice, and have a laughable amount of errors on them.
This dude basically shits on years of food research and questions it all.
Carroll may or may not be right, but from personal research I’ve conducted, 29 years of soda, tacos, and pizza have given me a rotund belly that’s been hard to carry around. But, take for example, The Rock, who has eaten fish, lean chicken, and veggies all his life and looks like a Greek god who can lift a bulldozer with his bare hands. I don’t know how accurate the research is behind The Rock’s diet, but I’d trust it anyway.