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Dietary advice

(article, Culinate staff)

For a long time, the conventional nutritional wisdom in America has been the same: Eat more carbs and less protein. Eat more vegetable oils and fewer animal fats. But not everybody is buying it. 

Two new books, in very different ways, make similar arguments against the CW: Tyler Graham and Drew Ramsey's manifesto [%amazonProductLink asin=160529327X "The Happiness Diet"], and Peter Kaminsky's memoir _[%amazonProductLink asin=0307593371 "Culinary Intelligence"].

The Atlantic recently excerpted the Graham/Ramsey book, with a fascinating slice of American history documenting the major dietary shift from animal fats to vegetable oils. Procter & Gamble and their iconic Crisco are at least partly to blame; by creating a vegetable-oil-based solid fat, they began a shift away from animal byproducts to vegetable leftovers.

Meanwhile, on his Politics of the Plate blog, Barry Estabrook reviewed Kaminsky's book, which documents the author's struggle with weight gain as a restaurant critic and his hedonistic approach to weight loss. Kaminsky's secret? Eating what you like — so long as it's high quality and intensely tasty, you'll eat less of it and still feel satisfied. Of course, Kaminsky bans "the white stuff" — refined sugar, flour, and grains, as well as potatoes — so if the stuff you like is dessert, you're out of luck.