|... meanwhile, back in the kitchen....|
Bill has touted his nut butter sandwiches. I like them, too, but I think that he eats "too much" of it. What that means is that it is more than I eat. I believe that the "answer" here is that there is no one single answer for everyone. Yes, it is true that eating good food is better than eating junk. Ultimately, however, we are individuals.
In his book, The Same and Not the Same, Nobel laureate chemist Roald Hoffmann says that in your own body, no two hemoglobin molecules are identical. Individualism is inherent. So, whether and to what extent you are intolerant of "natural" cow's milk, peanuts, soy, or of "artificial" bread, beer, or wine, depends on very specific heredity. Yet, much is under your control. My paternal grandfather looked like a grape on toothpicks. I am taking a different route.
Speaking on The Merv Griffin Show long ago, Durk Pearson said that Leonardo Da Vinci knew about arterial plaque from anatomical dissections. Da Vinci reasoned correctly that they were caused by animal fat in the diet. So, he was vegetarian. That is why his face is wrinkled.
Christina Warinner's "paleo-diet" challenge is cogent. You would not be happy with it in its real form, even if you could find enough wild foods. That said, though, the fact that modern blueberries are twice the size of paleo-berries only underscores their value. She pointed out that cabbage, cauliflower, and broccoli are merely cultivants of the same specie. It is no accident that the Arabic word for "lemon" is "laimon." Lime-on. Tangerines come from Tangiers. You can still enjoy them. -- And they are better for you than a bottle of Orange Crush.
Basically, I fail to see the validity of the argument. The truth is pretty clear, but very complicated.
Pentagons and hexagons with stars. A soccer ball.
Speaking of cultivants: On the phone the other day, my daughter touted Ugly fruit. From the conversation, she was speaking of something much larger than I know of. My wife found them in Whole Foods, rebranded as "Uniq" fruit -- and they are bigger than they were a few years ago, a consequence of the marketplace, no doubt.
(Edited by Michael E. Marotta on 4/24, 10:29am)