npr.org – It’s the season of sinful eating. In just four days we’ll be piling our Thanksgiving plates high with buttery mashed potatoes and MSG-laden turkey.
And good news, gobblers: All those forkfuls of goodness may not be as bad for us as we think.
Dr. Aaron Carroll is the director of the Center for Health Policy at Indiana University and author of The Bad Food Bible: How and Why to Eat Sinfully. In it, he explains that there might be less evidence against some notoriously bad foods than we think. In fact, maybe we should be eating some of them more often.
Weekend Edition host Lulu Garcia-Navarro spoke with Carroll about why “bad” food may not be so bad after all. Excerpts of the interview follow, edited for length and clarity.
You cover a lot of foods in your book that get a bad rap – butter, salt, diet soda and even alcohol. What’s your main advice when it comes to these sinful eats?
I think the best thing you can do is realize is that the evidence base, all the data that’s behind making you think these foods are bad for you, is pretty weak. And that if you just take some sensible ideas and try to eat in moderation and to not worry about it too much, you’ll probably be much healthier and certainly much happier.