FOF #1680 – I’m Gonna Teach You How To Eat Things

Oct 18, 2012 · 1985 views

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The very funny Brian Sweeney joins us to look at how our dinner plate has become a battleground. Is the debate over vegans vs meat eaters distracting us from the serious issue of genetically modified foods and unsafe or unsustainable farming practices?


  1. Jake says:

    Nutrition is my hobby, so I really liked this episode.

    You guys are awesome for bring up how devastating mono-crops (corn, wheat, soybeans, etc) are for the topsoil and the environment as a whole. I pity people who eat less meat with the intention of helping the environment because they often have no idea how grain production is slowly killing us.

    “The Vegetarian Myth” by Lierre Keith explores this topic in great detail. She was a vegan for about 20 years, and among other things, the book documents the lasting damage her diet created, and how incorporating quality meat ameliorated most of her health problems. She is also a lesbian; I’m not sure if that influenced her in becoming a vegan, but I second you guys’ opinion that the LGBT community produces vegetarians/vegans.

  2. I have to call bullshit on some of the “pros” of going on a grain-free diet. There’s a lot of misinformation out there, were people saying that grains are slowly killing you, that any kind of grain or type of wheat that is bad for you and you’re gonna get all these diseases from eating them, a lot of it sounds like bullshit to me. Unless of course you are allergic to those things. I get the gluten-free thing, but to avoid all wheat together? Pretty sure there’s a difference between whole wheat and wheat-gluten.

    This past year I have been trying to eat healthier, and focusing on a high-protein diet to raise my metabolism, and eating 4 meals a day. I’ve been able to lose 15 pounds. I could take even healthier methods to what I eat, but I would probably be miserable, so fuck that.

  3. Than says:

    A variety of whole grains in combination with whole fruits & vegetables and lean protein is essential to any healthy diet. Fat, particularly saturated fat (fat from animals), sugar, and salt are the things to avoid.

    Understanding that is the easy part; putting it into practice is the hard part. Avoiding processed foods and fast food is a good start. Cutting milk and soda out of your diet, drinking only water is a best practice as well.

    There’s no question that whole grains were a part of our ancestors’ diet as well. It is the processed carbohydrates (breads and pastas) that can be problematic.

    We needn’t concern ourselves too much with our ancestors’ diet of course. Average life expectancy among our ancestors was less than 30. Today its close to 80, mostly attributable to modern medicine. We have no blueprint for how to live well, well into our 100s. We only have guidelines for how to live healthy, and staying healthy is our best bet for living well into our 100s.

    With respect to vitamins, studies have found no health benefits to vitamin dosing. Essentially, you are making very expensive urine. You only need to supplement with those vitamins your doctor finds you to be deficient in. That said, I continue to take a multivitamin as a hedge against variation in my diet. I’ve also found anecdotally that vitamin C dosing can be helpful in fighting off infection, despite the studies to the contrary. Vitamin dosing doesn’t do any harm as long as you take the recommended dose. Some vitamins in excess can have negative health effects.

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