For decades we were told that eggs are unhealthy because they contain cholesterol, and excess cholesterol can cause heart disease, obesity, bed wetting, bad gas mileage and lots of other nasty stuff.
Then it was finally revealed that while eggs did contain cholesterol, they also contain lecithin, which is the enzyme your body uses to break down cholesterol, and they have more lecithin that cholesterol, making the consumption of eggs something that actually reduces cholesterol.
Then it was revealed—not as widely, though—that only certain parts of the population (overweight men over 40) should try to maintain low cholesterol, while it was dangerous for other people (women under 25) to have low cholesterol, since cholesterol is the building block for hormones, and without enough of it the body can’t produce the necessary hormones. Few people grasp that moderation is the opposite of extreme, and there are almost always two types of extremes: too much and too little. So while too much cholesterol was considered a bad thing, few people understood that too little cholesterol was just as bad.
These warnings, however, followed a pattern. Big Agriculture and Big Food make more money on artificially produced food, than natural foods. The FDA (a government agency) was controlled by politicians, as well as has a revolving door policy with middle management in both Big Ag and Big Food, so that at any given time the same people would be working for the FDA, then jump back to the job held for them at Big Ag or Big Food, then jump back to the FDA, as “needed”. The administrative floaters aside, the FDA still had to answer to politicians who took massive campaign donations (hard and soft) from both Big Ag and Big Food. Thus explaining the decades long battle against the simple egg, and the continued deception about cholesterol.
Today’s target: Brown Rice.
The Big Ad and Big Food chicken littles are screaming about the amount of arsenic in rice, especially brown rice. They actually tried this a while back with almonds and cyanide, but it didn’t take long for cooler heads to point out the obvious, since peach pits contain much, much more cyanide than almonds, and have been used by the Chinese to fight cancer for centuries. (the cyanide in question is actually a very complex molecule more commonly known as laetrile, a cancer fighting drug banned in the US because it was considered toxic, but can easily be obtained in its full potency at your local grocery store in the form of…peaches)
Anyway, what the screamers are not telling you is that while inorganic arsenic is deadly, even in small doses, the type of arsenic found in rice is organic arsenic (a molecule that contains both arsenic and carbon, which renders its toxicity negligible, because the bonding prevents the arsenic from affecting other organic material) At one point the FDA was noting this difference, but are now “mysteriously” silent about it as Big Ag and Big Food—via their proxies in the media—attempt to frighten people away from natural foods, like brown rice, to the more expensive (and profitable) processed versions, they will gladly sell you for an outrageous price.
Funny how Liberals love Big Government while pretending to hate Big Business, but remain silent when Big Government acts as a willing partner with Big Business.