I confess, I’m kind of paranoid about processed foods, GMOs, red meat and all the other current bogeymen of the food world. I should probably relax a bit: Alan Levinovitz, Assistant professor of philosophy and religion, James Madison University, claims at Quartz that the whole cult of healthy eating is more religion than science:
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…Time and time again, scientifically “proven” diets have proved false and foolish. At the turn of the 20th century, health guru Horace Fletcher popularized his theory of mastication, which argued that good health depended on a low-protein diet, chewed hundreds of times before swallowing. Obese at age forty, “the Great Masticator” told a compelling story of his own dramatic weight loss by means of mastication.
In addition to slimming down, he also became incredibly fit. To prove it, Fletcher submitted himself to tests of strength at Yale University, in which the 50-year-old supposedly bested college athletes.