PBS, which I tend to think of as a good filter to screen out hype, is pushing the “Ultrametabolism” book and CD by Dr. Hyman. I like his scientific approach, which assumes the obvious – humans are primates who evolved to thrive on natural rather than processed foods.
However he seems far too confident that natural foods nutrition and some excercise are a panacea for health and WAY too concerned about all the “toxics” in the environment, especially when he adds sugar to the list of toxins. I’d like to ask him why early peoples who ate NO fast food or processed food and had no modern “toxins” in their environment suffered such low life expectancies.
Maybe I’m just feeling guillty about the ham sandwich and coffee I just ate for breakfast.
This notable marketing stat from the UltraMetabolism website:
The food industry spends more than $33 billion annually on marketing; 70% of those dollars go to pushing fast food, convenience foods, candy, snacks, soft drinks, alcoholic beverages and dessert.
33 Billion is just over $100 per year per person. Can I just have a rebate please?