In Part I of yesterday’s interview with British nutritionist Zoe Harcombe, she detailed the causes of the developed world’s ominous epidemic of obesity.
Obviously, the genesis of the contemporary increase in overweight adults, teens and even babies is multi-faceted. But if there’s one reason that explains most of it, she argues that it’s the make-up of our modern diets, coupled with the misleading dietary guidance governments and food companies want us to follow.
Contrary to conventional wisdom—and diametrically opposed to the vegetarian mantra of “no more meat”—Harcombe insists that overconsumption of carbohydrates, so-called “healthy” plant-based nutrients, is the real culprit. Ever since government, nutritionists and anti-industry activists all ganged up on the saturated fat found in meat, poultry and dairy as the cause of heart disease, the exhortations to choose “whole-grain goodness” and switch to vegetable oils have resulted in a slew of processed foods that trigger a cascade of physiological reactions leading directly to the growing girth and added pounds many of us lug around for much of our lives.
In this second installment of a wide-ranging discussion with Vance Online Networks Contributing Editor Dan Murphy, Ms. Harcombe shares her thoughts on how to reverse this curse—and it sure doesn’t involve giving up animal foods in any way, shape or form.
[Caution: The following transcript is rated “M” for Mature audiences. Contains frank use of language and provocative arguments.]
Q). So how do we overcome obesity? How do we get back to having leaner bodies and healthier weights?
Harcombe: Simple: We need to be eating meat, fish, eggs and dairy—the fat of the land—to avoid getting fat. The empirical evidence is conclusive that the prescription to “eat less/do more” does not work.
Q). You make a compelling case for choosing “single ingredient foods,” even high-fat items like butter and cream, versus processed foods. But the convenience of microwavable, heat-n-serve foods is equally compelling for today’s time-stressed families. How can people be convinced to choose natural over processed foods, when it often requires a time commitment they don’t feel they can make?
Harcombe: I have zero tolerance for that excuse. We take our health for granted—until we don’t have it. We shouldn’t. Health should be our No. 1 personal value; our No. 1 priority in life.