WARNING TL;DR But please try to read After reading a particularly amusing thread about bodybuilding and music theory, I began to wonder what people consider healthy or beneficial in our modern diet. Obviously people who work out constantly in a gym, for example, need to pay careful attention to their diet. Other people i know simply couldnt give a rats ass what they eat, and others I know want to look after their bodies, but in my opinion, their diets are a little misguided. Ill say it plainly, when you study the mainstream media, the amount of conflicting information, dodgy advice and sheer crap astounds me. Its no wonder people are confused about what it healthy. Im not here to preach, nor tell anyone what they should eat, but hopefully i would like to see people re-examine what they eat. Also post up what you eat regularly. Ill start. Just to give you a bit of background, i used to be overweight ever since childhood and teenage years. When i got to 110kg I got up off my ass and starting reading about diets and more, exercised. A lot The best thing i ever did was cut out as much processed foods as possible. At breakfast, i cut out all processed cereals, going back to simple muesli and tea, rather than the manufactured cereals and fruit juice. Lunch and dinner i cut out anything that came in a packet, or a can. Why processed foods? the idea is simple. Food companies are out to make money, not look after your health. They buy ingredients as cheap as possible, and want their products to last as long as possible, so they can sell high volume, at low expenditure. For example, in the past century, animal products in foods have been replaced with cheaper, and i believe far more dangerous plant products. Butter has been demonised and margarine, a hydrogenated plant product, was used in spreads, pastries, cookies. Canola oil has extensively taken over animal products, in breads, soups etc. It is derived from r4peseed (stupid word filter keeps changing it) oil and is heavy processed. Which brings me onto fats. Youve all heard the hype, it takes the whole of 5 seconds to google these kinds of phrases: As oxymoronic as it sounds, there are actually good fats Then there are the bad fatsâ€”those artery-clogging saturated fats from meat and dairy products. Yada yada... etc. Youve all heard it, saturated fats are bad, we should avoid animal products, instead we should eat more plant oils. Ill say it straight up, if you read mainstream media you will be flooded with biased, suspect and sensationalist material. A perfect case, on Science Daily, no less So they concluded that fat increased the stress levels of the patients...but hang on. Anyone can spot the gross simplication and unsubstantiated claims here. The test should have been between full cream milk / yoghurt on the cereal, vs skim. Instead, they sent the other test group to MACDONALDS ffs, which is an enormous change in variables. I beleive maccas in unhealthy because they use cheap ingredients, which are devoid of many nutrients, cheap processed plant oils and other suspect ingredients like high fructose corn syrup. These processed ingredients we eat are chemically are very different to anything we have eaten during our evolution. Before the 1900's we NEVER would have eaten HFCS, Canola oil, Margarine (made just before 1900's). Our health has declined in the past century along with our changes in diet. We are told to avoid saturated fats from natural animal sources, and yet are we healthier these days? Any scientist knows the vast evidence that completely contradicts mainstream opinions that saturated fat causes heart disease and obesity. Weve consumed saturated fats as far back as 2.5 million years, as our canine teeth are used to eat meat. Heart disease wasnt a problem until we began changing to modern processed ingredients. Many cultures traditionally have eaten high animal fat diets. Look at your grandparents or great grandparents. The innuit eskimos tradtionally ate pure blubber to get their energy, and no vegetables. Good luck finding heart disease among them, until modern time when their diet changed. Does this mean you can eat fatty foods with reckless abandon? No, you need to know what to avoid. ie Maccas. I get most of my daily energy from fats. I eat grass fed beef when i can, i eat simple butter (not the blended stuff, and dont touch the vegetable spreads), full fat milk, yoghurt etc. Ive really only skimmed over the topic here, im sure ill cop flak for what i eat but im prepared to defend what i eat. considering its closer to what weve always eaten as humans. AND PLEASE dont use the terms good and bad fat here, or good and bad cholesterol. Thats baby talk, no wonder people have things ass-backwards if you call something "bad fat" so discuss, im curious as to what people eat.