The uptick in recycled 90’s garb (tell me you’ve noticed the flowing bohemian skirts, collared necklaces and plaid flannels?) is coming in conjunction with a resurgence in vegetarianism – much like the late 80’s and early 90’s. My introduction to nutrition was during this decade, and the information I learned was recycled from the vegetarian movement of the 70’s …. do you see a trend here?
The trendy carb-bashing days that we are leaving behind us are just a recycling of Dr. Atkin’s low carb movement, which began in the 70’s and came back in the mid to late 90’s when he republished his book. Since he died of a heart attack in 2003 and *that* doesn’t bode well for his dietary theories the trend needed new faces and new theories for this new generation of protein fanatics to feel good about loading their plate with bacon, eggs, and a steak first thing in the morning. So it has been for the last 10-15 years.
So we are now entering a protein-demonizing trend, as we were in the late 80’s/early 90’s (think Pritikin, Ornish and McDougall) and the late 60’s/early 70’s before that (Think Frances Moore Lappe, Moosewood Cookbook, etc.) …. we will do this for 10-15 years, and then likely demonize fat, because that was the trend in the early 80’s and we haven’t really seen it since the mid-90s.
Okay – let’s move on from the history lesson and onto the meat of the matter (HA!):
What I have seen after 15 years in the fitness industry is women who get too hungry, get injured, get fatigued, lose muscle mass, and quit a diet or fitness program because it is unsustainable.
Sort of. The World Health Organization classifies processed meat as a class 1 carcinogen. But what does that mean exactly? It means that the WHO is recognizing that a diet high in processed meats has evidence that it is carcinogenic to humans. HOWEVER, Class 1 means research shows a strong link, but does not specify how strong that link is. So to say that smoking is the same as eating meat is absurd. The likelihood of cancer being a result of one is not equal to the other, but both demonstrate carcinogenic tendencies.
Red meat is labeled a class 2 carcinogen, which means it is probably linked to cancer. Again I ask – is this an issue of meat or an issue of lack of vegetables? Certainly if someone is eating a lot of processed meats like hot dogs, lunchmeat and bacon they probably are not wrapping their hot dog in an organic chard leaf. They probably are consuming a lot of processed starches and sugars as well. So OF COURSE they are going to have poor health and an increased risk of cancer. See the variables at play?
Here are the World Health Organization’s own words on the matter: Q&A on the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat