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"Everything in Moderation" Is a Terrible Rule to Eat By

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"Everything in Moderation" Is a Terrible Rule to Eat By
When your favorite diet advice is the same as junk food peddlers' favorite diet advice, maybe you should reconsider. "Everything in moderation" is attractive advice, but also a trap. It amounts to saying we shouldn't have too much of anything, which is true by definition: that's why we call it "too much."

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“Everything in moderation” is risky advice

“Everything in moderation”  is risky advice

Because the word “moderation” is vague and that makes it a friendly, big-tent kind of concept: however much you eat, you can find a way of convincing yourself that you eat in moderation.

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Moderation should be a tool...

Moderation should be a tool...

...for sticking to healthy diets easier. 

Nutritionists mean by moderation small portions, especially when talking about food that we should not eat. This means that eating a little bit of bad food doesn't have to ruin your diet or make you feel guilty and give up.

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Big companies and “moderation”

Big companies and “moderation”

Junk food companies love the concept of “moderation”.

Some of them (e.g. the Sugar Association, Snack Food, and Grocery Manufacturers Associations, with members as Coca-Cola and Hershey), adopted the motto: “All foods fit in a balanced diet", to give the illusion that your diet is not unhealthy if it includes their foods.

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