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Letter: Misleading points about healthy eating

While some good points about sugars in particular were raised in the article by The Aspen Times’ princess writer (“Here we go, Paleo,” Commentary, Feb. 19), there is some information here I think may be misleading.

As a biochemist who studies women’s hormones, I look at epidemiology and diets around the world as it relates to my field.

Japanese women, who eat a diet high in traditional fermented soy (tofu, tempeh) and seaweed (iodine), have among the lowest gender cancer rates in the world. These foods are being researched as they appear to influence the important protective function of estrogen-beta receptors.

They also eat rice a lot. The Mediterraneans eat a varied, largely plant-based diet. This includes gluten in good breads and often sheep or goat cheeses.

One of the leading nutritional doctors in the world today is Joel Fuhrman (“The End of Dieting”). He advocates nutrient-dense, plant-based eating, as do most leading researchers around the world.

Healthy food should be a joy, too, and not harm the planet. Raising cattle for food is no longer a viable way to create a sustainable environment.

I love when I hear people say, “Our ancestors didn’t eat such and such” — they also did not fly airplanes or ski.

Phyllis J. Bronson


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