Popular Food Trends Debunked

Mia Gardner | 24 Aug 2018

What’s the buzz about eating healthy?Sugar is the spawn of Satan and kale is pretty much the second coming of the messiah, right? Don’t even think about touching bread, it might as well be laced with arsenic for all the good it does you. We know this, because it has been hammered into our brains by celebrities that know far better than we do. Which is to say; it has been pushed by some or other celebrity, diet book, or extremely skinny woman on an early morning commercial; and got accepted as fact.

But have you ever stopped to ask yourself just how many of these food trends are actually backed up by hard science? Have you ever done any research of your own, and drawn logical conclusions? If you haven’t, you might want to take a closer look, and figure out how many of these food myths are nothing but thinly disguised attempts to sell you things. The truth may just make you question if the words of skinny celebrities, giving you eating advice, really are trustworthy. Spoiler; they’re generally not.

Is Organic Better?

One of the biggest trends being pushed in our faces right now is that organic food is healthier and better for you than the alternative. Who cares that it costs so much that you might just be required to win big playing online slots in order to afford your grocery bill? It’s better, you want it, you need it, get it now or you’ll probably be dead by the end of Tuesday, struck down by the toxic pesticides that might as well be rat poison. Right?

Recently, actress Zooey Deschanel was attacked from all sides, due to her documentary series titled Your Food’s Roots. Why? Because it made thousands of viewers everywhere more educated on the food industry? To some extent, it did. But also because the series was teeming with misinformation, objectively incorrect facts, and for lack of a better term; it made viewers less aware of the truth than they were before.

She likewise released a list of 12 fruits and vegetables that, she claimed, were most likely to be infected with pesticides. Were there truth to her claims?

Ask Science

Toxicologists have argued against what they claim is flawed logic, on the part of many health trend groups. The vast majority have toxicologists have stated that the 12 fruits and vegetables named are not in any way harmful to eat, and that claims to the contrary are simply not backed up by hard evidence. It need not be pointed out that Zooey Deschanel is not a toxicologist, and probably hasn’t done much research. How do we know?

Because Deschanel urges her followers to only buy organic food. The problem with this statement is that organic food is not as pesticide free as she would have you believe. Its true, look it up, and then ask yourself why you ever trusted the opinion of a celebrity, rather than a university graduate who has been given the title of toxicologist.

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Here are a few facts for you to think about. Please, by all means, look these facts up and confirm them. A survey in 2011 showed that 39% of organic foods tested had pesticide residue. 70% of shoppers choose organic foods to avoid pesticides. This pesticide residue found wasn’t a problem, regardless, since toxicity is based around dose. Putting it together in your head?

There is no evidence of any kind that organically grown food is better, or healthier for you than non-organic food. A 2012 review proved exactly that fact. There were some benefits, but they were extremely limited, and the term “healthier” is very subjective in this case.

 Think on this, but once again; do your own research. Not based around a celebrity selling you things, or trying to gather more followers.

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