It is the privilege of the overclass to have diet debates.
As we sit in our chairs in our warm homes and seasonally-appropriate clothing on our iPhones, any entrance into the oft-furious furious online debates about the relative merits of organic vs non-organic, the perils of processed food, the specifics of Keto vs carbs, is one of a highly privileged overclass.
Anthropologically, humans are unique because our body can function (and function well) on a variety of different dietary protocols, from high fat to high carb to high protein.
Historically, humans got their food by hunting gathering and fishing, which meant eating local, seasonally and whatever was available. We didn’t get much choice. The ancient Brazilians were not scrapping with the ancient Inuit about the precise proportion of meat or fat that led to an optimal human life. These cultures killed, processed, picked and ate what they could.
Agricultural production is only about 10,000 years old. This plentiful and predictable food supply allowed the human race to multiply. It also came with associated disease and tooth decay, but you might not even exist today without the increased birth rate afforded by access to more predictable and stable calorie supply.
At this point in history, that agricultural production, plus factory production, global shipping, wealth that allows for what we call “disposable income” means that we have the advantages of arguing about food rather than hunting or gathering it.
Stop arguing. If you want change, look outside your own pantry or kitchen. Start supporting a family that needs some meal support. Volunteer for a food bank, soup kitchen or community gardening organization. Support a farm or farmers with your time or your money.
Quit worrying about your co-worker’s diets, or trying to convert your Facebook friend to Keto. It doesn’t matter in any scheme of anything, so put that time and effort toward someone who lesser food security than you.
All the arguing on Facebook you are ever going to do in your entire life put together won’t do what anthropologists at major Universities have failed to do in finding “the perfect human diet”. Because researchers agree that it doesn’t actually exist: the nature of humans is the nature of being able to live and thrive on a variety of dietary protocols.
Recognize that the diet wars are a privilege and use your time and energy to help those who don’t have the time, financial resources or energy to engage in that war.
My son and I recently served pizza at a holiday party for families that needed some extra support. That pizza wasn’t organic, it definitely contained carbs, it was processed.
And it was just perfect.