Last UpdatedAugust 28, 201711:31 AM EDT
By Claudia McNeilly
“The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.” It may be Aristotle’s most famous musing – long since appropriated by campy motivational posters and college Philosophy majors trying to impress – but its best application might just be as nutritional advice. The more scientists have studied what constitutes a healthy diet, the more complicated the answer has become.
Today, there is so much conflict haunting lunchtime that a writer of dramas might call the whole thing overwritten. Do you opt for a trendy bowl of tuna poke, despite knowing that the tender pink tuna is contributing to the overfishing of our oceans while being laced with mercury? Or do you choose to indulge in a juicy grass-fed cheeseburger, ignoring its mammoth sized environmental impact that requires 28 times more land to produce than chicken or pork? A simple avocado and veggie sandwich on whole wheat might do, if you can turn a blind eye to the countless novels that have been written about wheat and its negative effects on high blood sugar, cholesterol storage and fat production, and don’t even get me started with the deforestation problems that plague those buttery green slices of avocado.