Namaste! Welcome to the Weekend Wrap edition for this week. First and foremost, I would like to thank all of our veterans for their service on this Veteran’s Day, especially Mr. W Cubed! Ooo-rah!
Today we’ll cover interesting information about the War on Fat that I came across recently. I’ve read many articles over the past several weeks which raise serious questions about the efficacy of the low fat, high carb diet that is supposed to be healthy. The growing consensus seems to be that dietary saturated fat does NOT automatically lead to body fat and heart disease, and dietary cholesterol does NOT automatically lead to higher blood cholesterol (see journal references in the link below). Perhaps it was simplistic to think that our complex biology operates in such a fashion. These things should not be overdone in our diets, but the fact is that the body (especially the brain) does need good fats and cholesterol to thrive. Remember when eggs were supposed to be avoided like the plague? Yeah, well, turns out they are excellent sources of nutrition and should not be avoided like the plague. Here’s more on this topic:
The net: Scientists are now beginning to realize that the entire low-fat dogma was based on flawed studies that have since been thoroughly debunked. Let that sink in for a moment!
What I take from this is that several things started to happen in the 1980’s and 1990’s which led to the unmitigated health disaster we have today:
– GMO’s introduced with no studies to indicate they are safe; in fact, the more we study them the more we learn about how dangerous they are for the planet and our bodies, especially our digestive tracts
– More processed foods made with sugar, high fructose corn syrup and other diabolical artificial sweeteners which have been shown to lead to fatty liver disease and other maladies
– More processed foods made with artificial colors, flavors and additives which have been shown to be bad for health
– More processed foods made with trans-fats, like margarine, which the FDA is finally getting around to banning because they are so bad
– The low fat, high carb diet emphasized by the government and dieticians
So this is another piece of the puzzle which must be addressed. For example, here is a nice summary of the issues with refined grains, which are so prevalent in the American diet:
What to do? I am writing a series of blogs on how to transition to a healthier diet, so I encourage you to refer to those or dive into good books on the subject, some of which I have listed here (http://www.pinterest.com/wcubedorg/w-cubed-reading-list/ ). Here’s a very quick summary to get started:
– Eat fresh organic fruits and vegetables; include veggies in every meal and eat fruit or cheese for snacks instead of sugary and weight-inducing protein or candy bars, chips, etc. Refer to this Pinterest page for good things to add http://www.pinterest.com/wcubedorg/food-natures-medicine/.
– If you are not a vegan or vegetarian, eat modest amounts of organic meat and eggs as they provide valuable nutrients (see http://eatlocalgrown.com/article/12323-5-brain-nutrients-found-only-in-meat-fish-and-eggs-not-plants.html for more). The rule I have heard from the likes of Dr. Oz is to eat a piece of meat no larger than the palm of your hand as that provides sufficient protein. Here’s why eating organic meat is important (warning: you’ll need to control your gag reflex when reading this): http://www.alternet.org/food/get-ready-extra-helpings-feces-pus-and-chlorine-your-plate-america-deregulating-its-meat
– Avoid processed, frozen, pre-prepared foods because they likely contain the following: GMO corn and soy, artificial sweeteners like high fructose corn syrup and aspartame, artificial colors and additives, and preservatives. A good rule of thumb is to buy the bulk of your food in the produce and meat sections and avoid any boxed foods that have an ingredient list a mile long and require an advanced degree in chemistry to understand. If you can’t afford to go entirely organic, then go organic for the Dirty Dozen and conventional for the Clean Fifteen (http://www.ewg.org/foodnews/).
We’ll close today with some good news on the GMO front. One way to end this scourge is to let market forces to their thing:
Sidenote: I fell over when I read this sentence: The Arctic® apple and AquAdvantage® salmon are among many new genetically engineered foods in the pipeline for approval, including a potato and commodity crops (corn and soy) engineered to withstand more powerful pesticides. I thought GMO’s were supposed to use fewer pesticides, not a greater amount of more powerful ones? GUESS THAT WAS A SUPER-SIZED LIE AS WELL!!
On that note, I bid you all a good day and wish you the best on your journey to great health! You can do it!