Everything is Dangerous

The French philosopher Michel Foucault is often quoted as saying “My point is not that everything is bad, but that everything is dangerous, which is not exactly the same as bad.” His critics accused him of ethical paralysis, where nothing could be done, for fear of danger. Foucault’s response was this: “everything is not equally dangerous.”

Of course, the trick is to know which things are more dangerous than others. And, in the food world, new information on the dangers of food comes thick and fast. Not all of it is reliable, of course. But a good source is the University of California, San Francisco, where Robert Lustig recently announced that fructose was a poison.

To quote Lustig: “You are not what you eat; you are what you do with what you eat. And what you do with fructose is particularly dangerous.”

Add booze to the ‘more dangerous’ list, too.

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