There isn’t a healthy diet for everyone
Intuitively, we always knew this. Not everyone, of course, but only those who have been on a dozen diets. And it was confirmed, but it’s not clear when, either ten years ago or yesterday – the Weizmann Institute’s website exists outside of time.
But that isn’t the most important thing. Scientists observed 800 volunteers for a week, divided into two groups. The first group ate healthy food, and the second all kinds of terrible things: ready-to-cook foods, chips, carbonated drinks, frozen dinners, and the like (the study involved about 47,000 products).
The bodies of those studied responded purely individually. Participants in either group had both pluses and minuses.
Changes in blood sugar, in response to the same foods, differed radically. That’s why one person will quickly turn into a Botero character, while another on the same diet remains impeccably slender.
Nutritionists are obsessed with the glycemic index, which supposedly determines the “health” of food. However, studies have shown that the same product affects blood sugar differently in different people. In one lady, her sugar level jumped eating tomatoes. In another, a banana was worse than a pastry.
So “healthy” vs “unhealthy” products should be determined not only personally, but also dependent on that particular moment in life. Same with medicine. There isn’t a healthy diet for everyone, except for maybe the Mediterranean Diet, but it didn’t save me.
There’s one consolation; there are still doctors who are good for almost everyone, but they are very few.
Photo: J. Benjamin