T Got Whacked

And I know who did it.

Tone got whacked for sure, there’s no doubt about it. As you probably know, Tony Soprano (aka James Gandolfini) died from a heart attack recently. I don’t know the particulars, but we all know he was a big guy. Who obviously enjoyed his food. In fact, I saw him once a few years back at one of my favorite Manhattan steak houses (Dylan Prime) enjoying a fine meal. I wasn’t nosey enough to see what he was eating (ok, he was sitting too far away), but at that restaraunt, I don’t think it was the veggie platter.

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We live in a world where our nutritional experts tell us red meat is a killer. A world that promotes that idea that we all should be eating a low fat diet, and possibly even a plant based diet.

Sometimes I imagine a world where such a collosal, mind-bending, genocidally epic fuck-up had never occured. A world where the experts based their advice on the actual evidence. A world where people treated sugar the way most folks today treat saturated fat.

In a world like that, there would almost certainly be far less heart disease, diabetes, and possibly, dare I say it, even less cancer. In that world, maybe guys like James Gandolfini (and many, many others-Tim Russert comes to mind) would still be around. Enjoying their steaks and wine.

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How did we end up in this mess? There were a lot of players but it really all comes down to the creaky science of one egotistical blowhard: Ancel Keys.

Why Ancel Keys? He’s the guy who got this whole nonsensical fat-causes-disease ball rolling, a ball that’s still rolling to this day, flattening and detroying lives and families in it’s enormous wake.

If you want to find out more about good ole Ancel, here’s a decent summary http://paleodietlifestyle.com/fear-of-saturated-fat-and-cholesterol/.

If you’re in the mood for an entertaining bit of video, this clip from the movie Fat Head tells you pretty much all you need to know about Ancel:

Yes, Ancel Keys, I blame you. You killed Tony. And many, many, many others. Shame on you.

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One Response to T Got Whacked

  1. Ancel Keys died quite old, near or over 100, in Italy.

    I recall ads on TV ending with the phrase, “The 1982 World’s Fair,” to which I’d reflexively reply, “No, it isn’t.” The world’s never fair.

    He died old but he looked like crap near the end, see this blog post comparing him to Jack Lalane: http://www.proteinpower.com/drmike/low-carb-diets/jack-lalanne-vs-ancel-keys/

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