Worth noting: Author and provocateur Barry Glassner, in his entertaining and informative book "The Gospel of Food" asks the question "Why do we deify some meals and some foods, and demonize others?"
In"The Gospel of Food", Glassner goes on to explain in well-documented detail how many of us have lost faith in medicine, and have turned instead to things we can change, like our diet. We attribute to certain foods the power to make us well or ill...and often without any real proof, christen alternative fare "natural" or "authentic" and revere it above similar "conventional" offerings.
Further into the thought-provoking work, he quotes Science Historian Steven Shapin, who refers to "the bad order of society." From his studies, Shapin has concluded that movements as diverse as the Atkins Diet, Vegetarianism, Organic and Slow Food all preach a common message. "A bad society makes bad food, and bad food makes badly motivated and badly functioning people."
I encourage fellow food-lovers and recovering Foodies to read this lively work. On a related note, The Smithsonian featured a great article on the potential risks inherent in eating "too healthily" in today's online "Food & Think" Blog. To read it, link here.