It seems like every year or two a new diet trend makes the rounds: Paleo, Mediterranean, Atkins, Zone, raw food, South Beach, macrobiotics, ketogenic, and 5:2 (fasting diet). Dieting can be quite frustrating when one minute the scientific world says to eat lots of meat and low carbs and the next minute we are told to stay away from fatty foods and carbs are not the enemy. It’s enough to drive a person mad. We all know that eating nutritious food is good for us but is the quote “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” true?
What are your thoughts about this—is a diet low in carbohydrates better than a diet low in saturated fats in decreasing cardiovascular disease? If so, how does that work and why? What is the significance of carbon in forming the basis of the four classes of biologically important organic molecules?
Consider these important tips as you develop your response.
Tip 1: You could easily dive off the deep end into metabolism and biochemistry. The deep end of the pool is open if you want to explore and share! However, the minimum expectation is that you will focus on applying the module content and be sure to identify the major biological macromolecules in developing your fact-based opinion of fad diets.
Tip 2: Mind your sources. There is a significant amount of pseudoscience and non-science out there on this topic.