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CrossFit gets shredded on Twitter for inexplicable nutrition ‘advice’


Sometimes for the folks behind workout regimen CrossFit, things don’t exactly, um, work out so well. That was spotlighted by the backlash over CrossFit’s recent tweets about the best kinds of foods for people to eat — their suggestions included avoiding everything with a label or an expiration date. Farmers were, of course, stunned. We wouldn’t be surprised if even Food Babe herself rolled her eyes at the absurdity of these statements.

The most outlandish of the pair of tweets said: “If it has a food label on it, it is not food. You do not see that on the chicken. It is not on the tomatoes. But it is on the chips and cookies. / If it is not perishable, if it says ‘Best if used before 2019,’ it is not food.”

We know that food labels can sometimes be controversial, but to say that no label ever is warranted or that you should without exception eat unlabeled produce is baffling. It also smacks of entitlement to suggest that everything with a label or expiration date is bad for you or is “not food.” Packaged products help feed all socio-economic classes, and it is up to consumers to make the decisions that fit their needs and their families the best. CrossFit’s comments kick things like canned goods, frozen veggies, whole-grain products, packaged fish, and even bottled water (yes, it has a label!) to the curb.

The Twitter masses hit back hard, and you would be hard-pressed to find anyone defending the extreme comments from CrossFit.

The other tweet that CrossFit sent out at the same time said: “If you could not have harvested it out of your garden or farm and eaten it an hour later, it is not food. / Shop around the perimeter of the grocery store, and do not go down the aisles. …”

On this one, too, the comments were brutal against CrossFit, pointing out the seasonal limitations (some places do have a winter, ya know) of eating food within an hour after harvest as well as how there are plenty of healthful food options located away from a store’s walls.

The running joke about CrossFit is that folks who do this workout have to tell everyone else about it — part of the “I’m better than you” mentality. Well, this is one instance where perhaps they should have chosen their words more carefully — or just stayed mum all together!

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