What do Nutritionists Think of Sally Fallon?

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I frequently am asked to answer questions on "Quora.com", and this blog comes from one such question - "What do nutritionists think of Sally Fallon?"

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My answer follows:

I am an M.D., not a nutritionist, but I have been advising patients for many years on diet. Sally Fallon's message: Animal fats and cholesterol are not villains but vital factors in the diet, necessary for normal growth, proper function of the brain and nervous system, protection from disease and optimum energy levels.
I agree with this, and have long been a proponent of avoiding sugar and not worrying too much about fats. The Mediterranean diet is probably the healthiest on the planet. and incorporates olive oil, fats, etc.

In Defense of Food An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan. The following is an excerpt, and I advise this book for people interested in nutrition and diet health.
"Food. There’s plenty of it around, and we all love to eat it. So  why should anyone need to defend it? Because most of what we’re  consuming today is not food, and how we’re consuming it — in the car, in  front of the TV, and increasingly alone — is not really eating. Instead  of food, we’re consuming “edible foodlike substances” — no longer the  products of nature but of food science. The result is what Michael Pollan calls the American paradox: The more we worry about nutrition,  the less healthy we seem to become."

Different societies have different diets, and it works for them - all except America, a country of "edible food substances". Obesity, and even children's obesity, is more common here than in other countries.

So what about a vegetarian diet, which some people say lacks the necessary nutrition animal fats provide. Well, this works great in the countries that follow it, like India. And we must remember the reason for this diet, for some people, is spiritual - the feeling is that when we eat animals, we acquire the vibrations of the animal - fear when it is killed and the characteristics of animals, and this makes us more aggressive and less peaceful.

As a proponent of meditation, when I was meditating frequently I was a vegetarian, and I felt that this did help. But when I started playing frequent tennis, I seem to need to eat meat, so I did.

If one watches what a child does, and eats accordingly, it will work. A child might want candy and sugar, but after a while he will ask for vegetables - or meat - or milk - something healthy.

So is Sally Fallon correct - of course. But it all depends where one is on the path. Listen to your body - and eat accordingly.


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