I adore Michael Ruhlman. He’s erudite, opinionated, and fascinating to read.
Today, he posted a rant on his blog about processed foods and our unhealthy obsession with avoiding fat and salt:
We have a serious fat problem in America. It has nothing to do with our obesity problem. We also have a salt problem, and it’s not about hypertension. Fat and salt are the leading bugaboos in America’s on-going national diet program, the wrench in the spokes of our quest for good nutrition, the evil forces which, in our fearful helpless craving for them, prevent Americans from achieving their whole-grain, high-fiber, all-natural, Rocky Mountain health. And what can we do about it?
Eat more fat! Salt your food naturally.
I completely agree with his entire post.
On those rare occasions when I discuss my diet, I tell the truth — I eat very, very well.
I cook with sea salt, heavy cream, full fat cheese, butter, and olive and sesame oil. I eat nuts. I eat lamb, beef, and bison, in addition to turkey and fish.
I do not consume any artificial sweetener. I do not eat prepackaged, processed foods. (I used to sneak nutrition bars into my suitcases and briefcase for when I traveled. Then I realized nuts were more satisfying.)
I eat smaller portions than I might were I not watching my weight: 2-3 ounces of meat, .5 to 1 oz of cheese, a tablespoon of nuts. But, perhaps not. When I was skinny and not dieting, I ate small portions, and lots of small dishes. Lots of sushi and sashimi, too.
I know that I am fortunate to have access to excellent ingredients — lots of organic, hormone-free food. Cooking with real ingredients creates dishes so satisfying, I can enjoy myself while eating significantly less food.
Read Food Rant — America’s Fat Problem.