Friday, July 12, 2013

Obesity Article

Here is a long but very good and sensible article on obesity, with an emphasis on social realities, effective change, and not making ideals the enemy of marginal improvements:

The author makes a few annoying mistakes, like assuming that vitamins in supplements are as good as those in actual food, and downplaying the fact that two foods with the same calorie count can have very different health profiles, but there are a lot of very good points.

It is still true that, holding all else equal, it is best to avoid processed food. But it is important to remember that a processed food with a good health profile (low calories, low salt, low fat and added sugar) can indeed be much healthier than a natural food or homemade recipe that is loaded with fat and sugar.

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