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April 1, 2014

Will run for bacon

Add this to the list of constantly-evolving, contradictory and confusing studies on what we should and shouldn’t eat. A recent study by USC Davis, http://tinyurl.com/ltl2zyx , claims high protein diets, particularly protein diets rich with meats and cheeses, aren’t good for us middle-aged folks. Yet kids and those over the age of 65 need to ramp up their protein intake from meats and cheeses. As if getting my brand-new AARP card in the mail this year isn’t difficult enough to wrap my head around.

This new study, done by folks who study gerontology and longevity at the USC Davis, flies in the face of decades of other studies and recommendations by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Institute of Health’s Dietary Reference Intake guides, the Recommended Dietary Allowance and a host of consumer-focused medical websites, including this one: www.webmd.com/diet/guide/high-protein-diet-weight-loss.

Of course, the goal of the study is to get us all to live to be 100, but I say, if I have to eat bark from here on out to do it, who would want to? Or, as my husband, a doctor, likes to say, “Sure, you can read these studies, make drastic changes, like run six miles a day, eliminate meat, dairy, caffeine, alcohol and everything else from your diet, but you know what the leading cause of death is for those people? A bus!”

Clearly, we all need to eat a varied diet and eat less of everything, while moving more. Fortunately, we are lucky to live right here in Iowa, where our farmers provide a grocery store full of options, from lean meats, dairy, fresh cheese, organic, conventional, you name it. In fact, Iowa does farming better than any other state in the nation, http://tinyurl.com/kc6vzhk, so options, we’ve got. And, so long as they’re reasonably priced, research from the Iowa Farm Bureau Food and Farm IndexTM shows Iowans will go for it: http://tinyurl.com/myylwzt . It’s not just what we put in our mouths that matters; it’s our overall lifestyle; maybe I could do something drastic to drop a quick 10 pounds, but can I sustain that for the rest of my life? Better yet, would I want to?

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