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    Tuesday, December 17, 2013 11:19 am Email this article

    In my social grouping almost all the women are on some sort of kooky diet. Gluten-free is a common one.  Raw diet, paleo, vegetarian, vegan, organic, you name it, but please don’t because some woman will start following it.  

    Some of them sincerely believe the diet will make them healthier. Evidence is neither sought nor appreciated. Faith is good enough. Others replace the focus on snacking with a food-focus that won’t make them fat–that’s at least rational.

    But the truth of the matter is that foods don’t differ much in nutritional content. Leafing through Bowes & Church will convince you of that. Most foods are composed of cells, and most cells are composed of similar stuff. The B vitamins are in mitochondria. All cells in multicellular organisms contain mitochondria. 

    The belief that you need to eat a wide range of foods is false. Cavemen didn’t get much variety. Most Asians don’t. College boys live on pizza, pandas on bamboo and koalas on eucalyptus leaves. 

    Overfed Americans and Frenchmen take vitamin pills OMG! Our refrigerators fill half the kitchen. But I say, don’t drive yourself nuts. Philosopher W. K. Clifford proved that “it is always wrong for anyone to believe anything. on insufficient evidence”.

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