Rebecca Watson Wants You To Eat Processed Junk Food

Rebecca Watson is a skeptic. And there is something she is skeptical about. You can read about it on her post called "WTF is Processed Food and Why is it Going to Kill Us?". Apparently, it's now conventional advice to eliminate ultra processed food from your diet. The keyword here is "ultra". We're not talking about food that is simply cooked or mixed together in a food processor. We're talking about the most extreme stuff, like deep fried whatever with a bunch of preservatives in it etc. In the good ol' days Rebecca used to make fun of people who eschewed these type of foods: she referred to them as "dirty" hippies. But the good ol' days are gone. Avoiding so-called junk food is now the trendy thing to do. Still, she thinks that eating ultra processed food is actually no big deal. In fact, Megastuff Oreos are actually something your disgusting body deserves she says.

She is serious about this.

The only reason ultra processed foods are bad for you, she claims, is because they make it easier to consume more calories. That's it. She suggests that excess calories are the one and only cause of diet related diseases. She doesn't want you to eliminate processed food from your body — instead she wants you to count calories.

This is of course spectacularly stupid.

Excess calories are not the only reason ultra processed foods are bad for you. It's already an established fact, for instance, that processed meat intake is associated with colorectal cancer risk. It's not because it has an excess of calories — it's because it is nitrite-treated and oxidized cured.[1] Of course refined grains and sugar, by definition, lack fiber, vitamins, minerals, and other phytonutrients. They produce an inflammatory microbiota in the upper gastrointestinal tract. [2] And fried vegetable oil causes significant oxidative stress damage to the jejunum, colon and liver.[3]

Rebecca Watson is a poor role model for girls. She is teaching them to hate their body and to obsess about calories. She does this while encouraging them to binge on extremely processsed junk food.


[1] Meat Processing and Colon Carcinogenesis: Cooked, Nitrite-Treated, and Oxidized High-Heme Cured Meat Promotes Mucin-Depleted Foci in Rats

[2] Comparison with ancestral diets suggests dense acellular carbohydrates promote an inflammatory microbiota, and may be the primary dietary cause of leptin resistance and obesity

[3] Evaluation of the deleterious health effects of consumption of repeatedly heated vegetable oil


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