Our Nation's (and the Globe's) Health is Suffering - What Can We Do?
August 2019 | In Vino & Fat Veritas - Dixie Huey's Letter to Culinary Journalists
Like most, I long held a belief that dietary fat was bad for health and over many of my 20 years in the wine industry, I've felt guilty for "indulging" in cheese, butter and even red meat.
Then I read two books that changed my life. The first, investigative journalist, Nina Teicholz's Big Fat Surprise: Why Butter, Meat and Cheese Belong in a Healthy Diet, is a tome that transformed the way I think about food and health, plus challenged me to determine a way to share her work with the wine and culinary industries. The second is Dr. Cate Shanahan's Deep Nutrition and now newest release, The Fatburn Fix, which demonstrate the four pillars of the human diet and the toxic effects of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) that are pervasive in our food supply despite their toxicity to the human body. These women are extremely well researched, experts in their domains and bold in a world where challenging nutrition dogma is met with harsh criticism and penalty.
We in wine spend a lot of time discussing sourcing, philosophy, travel, trends and politics, but there's one topic that's never on the table: our nation's struggles with food, weight and the epidemic of obesity-related disease. As we are purveyors of the epicurean world, we can help bring pleasure and health back into dining by sharing this information!
Nina's nine-year journey to examine all of the scientific evidence surrounding dietary fat began with an assignment from Gourmet to investigate trans fats, and led to a book that has started to change the conversation and her founding of the Nutrition Coalition, a D.C.-based non-profit seeking evidence-based US dietary guidelines. Dr. Cate has designed an approach to converting your toxic body fat to a healthier composition to regain your health with her Fatburn assessment and Fix plan.
Dietary fat is a controversial topic, especially among most nutrition and medical professionals. And health-related press coverage of the subject can be similar to that of wine -- is it or is it not good for us? (It seems the headline teeters daily between yes and no.) These women demonstrate that the science is never settled and their work challenges us to rethink our health.
In vino and fat veritas,