I guess I should have known that a documentary called The Search for the Perfect Human Diet (subtitled “The Answer to the Obesity Epidemic”) would end up in a very predictable place. But just see how ground-breaking it sounds!:
The Perfect Human Diet is the unprecedented global exploration for a solution to our epidemic of overweight, obesity and diet-related diseases – the #1 killer in America. This film, by broadcast journalist C.J. Hunt, bypasses current dietary group-think [ding ding!] by exploring modern dietary science, previous historical findings, ancestral native diets and the emerging field of human dietary evolution – revealing for the first time, the authentic human diet. Film audiences finally can see what our species truly needs for optimal health and are given a practical template based on scientific facts.
Am I right? If only this synopsis wasn’t actually written by … C.J. Hunt.
Anyway, no need to linger too long on this. The answer to the search is of course Paleo, with this striking logic from a David J. Getloff, Vice President of the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation (Price referring to a certain Weston A. Price, whose namesake foundation preaches the wonders of homeopathy, and warns about the dangers of vaccines) about whether the Paleo/LCHF diet could possibly be a fad:
“Could a fad diet be something that our ancestors were eating for thousands of years? I don’t think that word fits into the word fad.”
If it’s not a fad, then it must be a good and authentic way to live. Fair enough. But by that token, and if we’re going to ignore all the faddy stuff that’s happened in the last many thousands of years (like agriculture, genetic evolution, and modern medicine), then I say let’s take away their cars and their spectacles – and most definitely all those recipes for Paleo brownies (I’m pretty sure even the most civilised cave person did not have an oven and a 13×9 inch baking dish) – and let them live their authentic lives.
And while we’re at it, can we please stop calling films filled with talking heads who have all written books with the word “Paleo” in the title (oh, and Gary Taubes) documentaries?
P.S. For anyone looking for actual good advice about how and what to eat, go to this conversation and listen to the last two minutes of the show (starting at 32.08). You can thank me for saving you 90 minutes of your time that should rather be spent watching real, important stuff, or at least having productive fights on Twitter.