Science or Religion? Gluten, Paleo, Fitbits, and More


by Alan Levinovitz, PhD

“But it’s a lot harder to get a good story out of something like, “Eat a lot of different things in moderation,” even if that’s probably better advice.”

Excerpted from Confront Death by Avoiding Fritos: The Gluten Lie, Fad Diets, & Foodie Faith by Michael Schulson, published by Religion Dispatches on April 21, 2015.

This article, based on an interview with author Alan Levinovitz, is a really interesting read, and for those who take umbrage, it offers a link to a contrasting opinion expressed in an April 14, 2015 article by Hollis Phelps titled What the Critics of the Mindfulness Trend Don’t Get.

I have to say that I tend to lean toward the  “eat a variety of things in moderation and keep moving ” take on diet and health issues and am wary of anything presented as a cure-all for everyone. I do believe, however, that we need to pay attention to how different foods and eating habits affect us on an individual basis since how we metabolize food is affected by our genetic history. But, whatever your view, the Schulson article offers plenty of food for thought, if you will excuse the pun. 🙂