A long, but very good article on the fascism of the “clean” eating movement. News flash: there is no such thing. Healthy eating, on the other hand, is a mix of eating what you enjoy that provides sufficient nutrients for good health, but not so many calories that you tend towards overweight or obesity.

Do I eat “clean” ? I suspect not by the illogical methods of the gustatory Nazis who promote this gibberish. But, I do have a healthy body weight; I enjoy what I eat, no matter whether it is a homemade rice crispy treat (with chocolate chips), a robust salad, or a lean pork chop sauteed in butter and olive oil. I also consume coffee, bread and other grains, alcohol (beer and Scotch), the occasional Coke, and, yes, I LOVE sweets. However, I don’t over-consume anything; I cut back whenever I feel my pants getting snug, and I adjust my eating habits to fit my activity level. When I am on vacation with my family and not training regularly, caloric intake is less than when at home.

We in the West are privileged to live at a time of remarkable — really almost unbelievable — agricultural productivity and success. Our farmers are amazing, and, yes, so, too, are big agribusinesses. How about instead of trying to make some foods seem evil or wrong (those characteristics describe mostly people and the things they do or say), we tell it like it is: abundant, low-cost food is a blessing. Thank God, we have more of it than we can reasonably use, because the alternative is a nightmare of deprivation, inflation, and probably violence…you know, like that socialist dream state of Venezuela.

The long read: The oh-so-Instagrammable food movement has been thoroughly debunked – but it shows no signs of going away. The real question is why we were so desperate to believe it

Source: Why we fell for clean eating | Life and style | The Guardian