The worn-out cliche, “the balanced diet,” has been so misused and abused that it no longer has much meaning. The term optimum diet would better signify a diet so well planned and chosen as to assure optimum health.
What is a balanced diet? Is it a diet made up of “four basic foods” as you were taught in grade school? Or is it the “seven basics” as it is sometimes advised? Whichever it is, meat has always been considered the most basic food. We have all been brainwashed for years with the pseudoscientific slogan “high protein—low carbohydrate.” We believe that we should eat as much protein as possible. We are living in an era of the high-protein cult!
When I recently met Dr. Karl-Otto Aly, M.D., the prominent Swedish doctor, upon his return from an extensive lecture tour in the United States and asked him, ‘What is singularly the most memorable impression of your trip?” he had an immediate answer:
“The American high-protein craze! Not only the general public, but even so-called health enthusiasts are so thoroughly brainwashed on the question of protein in their diet, that, to my mind, this point alone may be held responsible to a great degree for the deplorable state of health of the American people.”