#85: Dr. Alan Levinovitz – Religious Ideas in Diet Culture

Alan Levinovitz - The Gluten Lie

This is episode 85 of Evil Sugar Radio. In this episode, we interview Dr. Alan Levinovitz, professor of Chinese philosophy and religion at James Madison University and author of The Gluten Lie: And Other Myths About What We Eat.

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Episode 85 Overview

Here’s an overview of what we’ll be talking about in this episode:

  • 1:00 – You’re a professor of Chinese philosophy and religion. What does that actually mean?
  • 1:50 – Why did you write this book? What drove you to want to get into nutrition?
  • 4:50 – Have you found that some of these conversion stories and diet advice are based in practical realities?
  • 10:15 – How many of the diet and health community trends are actually religiously based?
  • 12:45 – Do you think this is largely an American phenomenon?
  • 17:25 – Where is the line drawn between focusing on health and crossing into a religious type of view? How do you tell the difference between a guru and a scientist or educator?
  • 25:25 – What do you think about the “you didn’t do it right” claims?
  • 26:45 – How can people separate real science from religion masquerading as pseudoscience?
  • 38:45 – What is your take on mental health issues and eating disorders in the health conscious community?
  • 42:15 – Do you think that detox and cleansing is mostly a religious type of issue in the realm of self-flagellation and purity?
  • 47:50 – Understanding that you’re not a nutritionist, scientist, etc, do you have an opinion on what works for general health and wellbeing for the average person?
  • 51:00 – What can we do to build a better, more supportive community and improve the health and well-being of more people?

Show Notes

The Gluten Lie: And Other Myths About What We Eat


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