Dear Foodie: Conflicting Reports

Dear Foodie,
I’m confused. One day I’m told that in order to lose or maintain a good weight, I need to forego salt. The next day, I’m supposed to eat as much salt as I wish. The same goes for almost everything else. Red meat is ok one day and not the next. Then I’m told that if I am to be healthy, I need to be on the Mediterranean Diet and eat tons of olives/olive oil, breath fresh air and be a Catholic living in Sardinia, Italy. So, what is the answer? –Confused in Kentucky

Dear Confused,
Does it help to find out you are not alone? OK. I assumed it did not. But, I thought I’d appeal to the narcissist in you. The facts are that none of us know what is going on with all this. The media loves a story and with a plethora of information out there a story can be cherry picked on any day – and because there are thousands of scientists in battles to the death for this or that Nobel prize in solving all life’s mysteries, you have studies that can prove or disprove anything. (By the way, they keep these people in jars at universities but the pay is good). The bottom line for you and others like you? Stop reading media reports – I would say newspapers but most don’t read those anymore anyway. And, short of moving to Sardinia (or if you a trust fund baby – try for a summer home there), try the Catholic thing out for size. Devout religious people (fill in the blank on what brand) are relatively happy with just about anything because they don’t think they are ever going to “end” – there will just be another version of life called Heaven. Even Albert Camus, the famous atheist philosopher, left the door open just a tad: shortly before his death in a tragic car accident, he observed and I paraphrase: it is better to live thinking there might be a God and die and find out there is not than to assert there is no God and find out at the end that there is. That would be a big uh-oh, wouldn’t it?

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