It’s also important to remind ourselves that what reductive science can manage to perceive well enough to isolate and study is subject to change, and that we have a tendency to assume that what we can see is all there is to see. When William Prout isolated the big three macronutrients, scientists figured they now understood food and what the body needs from it; when the vitamins were isolated a few decades later, scientists thought, O.K., now we really understand food and what the body needs to be healthy; today it’s the polyphenols and carotenoids that seem all-important. But who knows what the hell else is going on deep in the soul of a carrot? (Unhappy Meals)
So what is one of the cures for “nutritionism”that is laid out in the article? To go back. Not to what our mothers see as food, but what our mother’s, mother would consider food. To go back to the wisdom that is found in how our ancestors lived and ate. So to use my own word, we should go back to tradition. And extending the argument, I would say that materialism has the same fundamental disfunction and the same fundamental cure.