This is a big one.
As mentioned, I think we live at the best time ever and we should be grateful for all we have. We live longer and in better conditions than ever.
That being said, the current society of consumption also has its drawback.
The whole food & drug system is based on people eating unhealthy food, getting sick and then resorting to medication. This is a multi-billion dollar industry that would collapse if people started to have a healthy lifestyle.
There is no one evil behind this, it is just how the system works. If your whole business makes money out of people being unhealthy, your commercial interests are directly in contradiction with people's wellbeing.
Unfortunately, money allows the food & drug industry to create biased studies and spread them in the media. This is why you need to be very careful and challenge everything you know about nutrition.
One example. You may have heard "Breakfast is the most important meal of the day". This saying was invented in the 19th Century by John Harvey Kellogg to sell their newly invented breakfast cereal.
Junk food companies want you to be confused because then you get overwhelmed. It becomes too hard to know what's right and wrong, you end up going for the cheaper or addictive option, typically the unhealthy food. This is amazing for junk food companies because this kind of food costs literally nothing to produce, compared to perishable whole foods that are way more annoying to deal with.
The meat & dairy industry is also financing a lot of biased studies, I expand on this in my nutrition program.
Same with supplement companies that finance studies about the importance of protein and spreading the results in mainstream media.
Now even the healthy food industry is doing it. Many companies selling healthy foods will exaggerate and try to convince you that you absolutely need that one superfood, be it acai, goji berries or spirulina.
Dr Greger has been raising awareness on this for years now and this interview opened my eyes.
This is a big one.