From today’s Times’ Week in Review section, a piece by David S. Ludwig and Mark I. Friedman: more research saying processed foods that feature simple sugars and carbohydrates are the culprit behind why so many of us are overweight.
Another reason to follow my favorite piece of advice on healthy eating, from Michael Pollan: Eat food, mostly plants. Here’s a key line from the Times story, which admittedly, starts off a little slow:
The food industry — which makes enormous profits from highly processed products derived from corn, wheat and rice — invokes calorie balance as its first line of defense. If all calories are the same, then there are no bad foods, and sugary beverages, junk foods and the like are fine in moderation. It’s simply a question of portion control. The fact that this rarely works is taken as evidence that obese people lack willpower, not that the idea itself might be wrong.
– Len Maniace