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Eggs, gluten, coffee, red meat, potatoes: Do they deserve the insults?
Eggs, gluten, coffee, red meat, potatoes: Do they deserve the insults?

With food as with fashion, tastes change. Today, bread cubes dipped in a cheddar cheese fondue seems about as dated as bell bottoms. Nutritional advice changes too. Foods that were once touted as healthful can suddenly gain unsavory reputations, and vice versa. Sometimes, a single study — and the media reports that go with it — can make or break a food's reputation, says Dr. David Heber, chief of clinical nutrition at UCLA. And sometimes all it takes is a few vocal experts with ulterior motives. When you hear an expert raise alarms about a particular food, Heber recommends considering the source. "Foods get vilified because food is never politically neutral,"...

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