Critique: The Myth of Bad Food {by Matt D’Avella}

Today’s VLOG is a critique of a popular vlogger named Matt D’Avella, and his recent video entitled “The Myth of Bad Food.”

Let me get this out of the way first. I like Matt D’Avella. He’s an excellent filmmaker with fantastic production skills. Many of his videos are enjoyable and spot on.

But “The Myth of Bad Food” is quite misleading. It over-simplifies the kinds of food people eat in 2019. Having a burger or processed donut may not be “bad” as a standalone instance. The same way scraping your knee or twisting your ankle can be recovered from. But overlooked is repeated actions, as well as addiction to food via psychological means – and how that is harmful.

Also misunderstood – is how physical appearance is not a full marker of health. The two guys in the video have incorporated working out into their lives. Folks who have higher intensity in their energy consumption have much more flexibility when it comes to food – and the effects on their bodies.

Someone lean and mean can be quite sick on the inside. Or have “ticking time bombs” waiting to rear their ugly heads at some point in the future.

Some folks who commented on that video hit the nail on the head (such as sugar detriments, as well as gut health). But most others hung onto “sound bites,” or video production quality over the deeper meaning of what was conveyed.

Life isn’t about nifty memes or things that sound good for a moment. It’s about long-term accuracy. “Feeling good” about what you’re doing doesn’t make it right. Only doing the right thing does.

So check out our video critique (fair use of video).

To us, it seems like they’re trying to justify the occasional “cheat,” rather than explaining why those foods are even in question. Talk about how wheat is inflammatory and not ever meant for repeated human consumption. Or how cows digest food differently. Or why donuts are considered “tasty,” and the effects of sugar on the human body (read Sugar Blues to get more).

Feeling guilt is a personal issue. I think it’s healthy to feel guilty. Or get mad at yourself. That shows you acknowledge that you’re doing something wrong – and should strive to fix it. It’s a big conundrum to be tempted by bad food, then feeling remorseful that you didn’t yet possess the strength to turn it down. Another proof that certain foods should just be avoided at all costs.

Anyway – hope you enjoy our fair analysis of his video. Maybe one day in the future we can tell better stories via video coercion. Making these kinds of “movies” is powerful – and can be quite convincing. Kind of sucks that just communicating words is not enough these days. You have to be “slick” and emotionally persuasive too.

About the author


NJroute22 (site admin) is an avid traveler along NJ Route 22 (and almost all of central New Jersey!) Family man, pet lover, and property owner who has a natural curiosity for everything around.