Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Follow-up to "Paleo Diet Ranked Last at U.S. News and World Report"

ABC gets a lot of credit for running this story, but oh my goodness... (Beware the annoying auto-play video when you click on that link.):

"Dr. David L. Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center, was on the 22-person panel. While he did not personally rank the Paleo diet last in the overall weight-loss category, he did raise several issues about what the diet actually means. He noted that our Stone Age ancestors gathered more than hunted by most accounts, and had a mostly plant-based diet.

'The meat our Stone Age ancestors ate is nothing like the meat we eat today,' said Katz. 'When's the last time you saw a mammoth? I rest my case.'

What an ass.  Katz continues:

"'But ... it's easy to turn the concept of Stone Age-style eating into an excuse for hamburgers, and that certainly won't do your health any good.'"

Wow. Somebody should look into that.  Oh, wait, somebody did, and made a movie about it.

Here's another so-called expert:

"While Keith Ayoob, associate professor of pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, N.Y., said he has 'no problem with people eating plenty of lean protein and fresh fruits and vegetables,' he did have a problem with the lack of whole grains and low-fat dairy.

"'I can't recommend a diet that advocates exclusion of whole foods groups, and foods like low-fat yogurt and milk and beans and whole grains,' Ayoob said. 'As for dairy, a lifetime of no dairy and you're really risking osteoporosis and low bone density. Paleo man didn't have to worry -- he'd be dead by age 40, but the rest of us would like to hang out for considerably longer and have strength while we do.'"

Of course, because low-fat yogurt is a food group, after all.  And people have been eating low-fat yogurt for what, a few decades?  It must be crucial to human health.  It's nice to see that this fellow has swallowed the milk-is-key-for-bone-health line completely.  Someone on Madison Avenue deserves a raise.
And despite the clear deficiencies of both vegan and vegetarian diets, they both got ranked highly.  Which is all you really need to know about the diet "experts".

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