Are there ways to eat which will (potentially) optimize your functioning while minimizing (your immediate and long-term risks of) certain diseases?
Are there ways to eat which will (possibly) undermine your functioning while increasing (your risk of) disease?
And why do I say probably instead of striking out with a sexy, definitive Yes?
Because, while these are likely results, they are not inevitabilities. They are not laws. This is not a2 + b2 = c2.
It’s more like a2 + b2 = c probably, maybe, if x, y, and z are also present.
Because — let’s go back to being obvious again — people are different.
If you’re shopping for laws, try here. Take a good look. Notice there’s not one piece of dietary advice among them.
Why am I telling you all this? So you’ll have absolutely no idea now what to do with your eating, and throw your hands up in despair and head for the nearest Cinnabon, because, fuck it, there are no rules?
(Though if you’re tempted to do just that, I’ll totally understand.)
I’m telling you this because it is crucial that you be the one to decide.
I’m telling you this because you are in charge of this particular voyage, cap’n.
I’m telling you this because it is critical that humans operate on the basis of autonomy.
And I’m telling you this because you make the rules.
That Ultimate Authority? That guru, or nutritionist, or Oprah-certified megalomaniac you’ve been searching for all this time? Because you’re that desperate for someone to tell you what to do?