Have I mentioned before that I don’t like nutritionists? Well I don’t. I know that sounds weird, but it’s true. Because I don’t think that many of them give a flip about people’s health. I think they just like being jerks and telling people to not eat tasty food. And if there was a pill that would allow people to eat everything they want, not exercise, and still stay fit; I think they’d be against it. Because they just like being jerks.
I was reminded of this while reading of a product called Z Trim, which supposedly tastes just like regular fatty stuffs, but with no fat and fewer calories. It was developed by the USDA in the mid-90’s, and is just now getting into foods. It’s made from the hulls of corn, oats, soy, rice and barley; and supposedly has no down side to it. The article says that a school switched to using Z Trim in their mayonnaise, and the kids actually liked it better than the regular kind. And if all this is true, I think it sounds great.
But what about the nutritionists? What would they say? Well the article quotes one, and guess what: She doesn’t like it, and thinks we just need to make kids eat crappier food, rather than make the good food better for you.
As the article says:
Nancy Perrott, a nutritionist at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, said the best way to get kids to eating healthier is to offer healthy choices and limit unhealthy ones. Though she had never heard of Z Trim, Perrott raised concerns that children would get used to eating the lower-cal school foods with Z Trim and forget that most of those foods outside school have more calories.
"It is the right idea. Whether or not that's a practical solution, I'm not sure," Perrott said.
That’s right. Screw the miracle foods. Let’s just make them eat the crap they wouldn’t want to eat if they had a choice. And I suspect that there are far more nutritionists with the same attitude than they’d like to admit. She’s not considering the possibilities. She’s looking for excuses for why it won’t work. She’s rationalizing. And what is her rationalization? That kids are too stupid to handle the miracle foods and will forget that it’s not already used in everything. And that’s in contrast to her own plan, where every kid goes home and continues to eat the same healthy foods they had at school, even when their parents buy them the other kind. What a genius.
And let’s face it, the nutritionists might all lose their jobs if people could actually stay healthy while eating tasty food. But I don’t think this is pure selfishness. I think they got into this line of work because they’re fruitcake puritans who just enjoy making everyone else as miserable as themselves. Their food tastes like crap, they waste all their free time exercising, yet they won’t really live that much longer than the rest of us anyway. So what else is left for them other than to make us all feel bad about wanting to feel good?
And sure, maybe Z Trim isn’t the answer, though if they want people to give it a chance, they better change that dumb-ass name pronto. That just sounds stupid and gimmicky. But if it tastes as good as the article suggests, it probably won’t make too much of a difference and all the fatties out there will glom onto it like the cellulite on the backs of their legs. But that’s all the more reason for the nutritionists to hate it. Because if they hate anything, it’s people losing weight without suffering for it first. And that’s why I don’t like nutritionists.