Thursday, November 06, 2003

Is food toxic?

David Katz, who lives on multigrain bread and dried fruits, apparently thinks so. 'We live in a toxic nutritional environment of our own making,' said Katz, speaking at the annual Canadian Cardiovascular Congress. 'It is a sea of calories in which we are drowning.'

The discussion of food-as-toxic has nothing to do with food and everything to do with a disgust at everything human. Nutrition is a biological necessity but enjoying food, even to excess, is a human pleasure. I really don't care that the likes of Katz is appalled by the eating habits of others. Such ascetic attitudes have been around for millennia. But please don't turn them into public health policy.

Doctor attacks 'toxic' takeout culture


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