Who else have been fooled into eating unhealthy? (Or why fat is not bad for you)

Surprised baby

For the last 50 years we have been spoon-fed the ideas that fat is bad and carbohydrates are good. We've been told that to be healthy we should eat as little saturated fat as possible but continue to consume the refined carbohydrates that we find in so many of today’s "healthy" foods. This has been repeated so often and by so many “trusted” sources of information, that they more or less have become the universal truth about what a healthy diet should contain.

Now, the unstable foundations that these hypotheses were built upon have started to be exposed for what they are. They have started to collapse piece by piece. Many people, including myself, have started to realize that we have been fooled into an unhealthy lifestyle against our will. This is a very serious offense by the ones that have been feeding us this false information – governments, health organizations, doctors and scientists.

We're not just talking about obesity and overweight now. We're talking about people’s health. How factors deciding a person’s life and death have been based on information that we're questionable to start with. Mistakes can be made, research can be misinterpreted, but the most serious offense is the way that governments and other responsible parties have refused to give up their accepted view, even when faced with data that hardly can be misinterpreted. The reason for this is unclear. Pressure by strong interests in the food industries, giant egos of scientists or a lack of knowledge about the whole subject by the decision makers might be some of the explanations. In either case it means that they're obviously the wrong people to decipher this data, and clearly are gambling with our health for their own purposes or a scary lack of interest and knowledge about the subject.

The truth about carbohydrate

So what am I really talking about and where can you get more information about this?

I'm talking about facts like this:

  1. Dietary fat, saturated or unsaturated, is not the reason that more people than ever suffers from obesity, heart disease, diabetes and many other chronic diseases.
  2.  The carbohydrates in today’s diets and especially the refined carbohydrates are the biggest reason for mankind’s worsened health and weight gain.
  3. Especially harmful is the corn syrups used in so many of today’s food, since it elevates insulin levels and overloads the liver with carbohydrates.
  4. The direct effect on insulin and blood sugar by the refined carbohydrates, starches, and sugars are the dietary cause of coronary heart disease and diabetes. They are most likely also the dietary causes of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and the other chronic diseases of civilization which hardly existed before the modern processed carbohydrates became the do of the food industry in the last century.
  5. Obesity is a disorder of excess fat accumulation caused by an excess of refined carbohydrates and not by excessive eating.  
  6. Insulin is the primary regulator of fat storage, and when we get elevated insulin levels, either chronically or after a meal, we accumulate fat in our fat tissue. When insulin levels fall, we release fat from our fat tissue and use it for fuel.
  7.  By stimulating insulin secretion, carbohydrates make us fat and cause weight gain. The fewer carbohydrates we consume, the leaner we will be.
  8. Intake of carbohydrates increases hunger and decreases the amount of energy we expend in metabolism and physical activity. 

Additional Reading

This is some of the conclusions drawn in the book: “Good Calories, Bad Calories” by Dr. Gary Taubes which have taken many by storm. I dearly recommend a reading of it to get the whole picture and not just the few phrases I stated above. 

Other recommended books are “Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats” by Sally Fallon and “Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” by Weston A. Price.

For more information online, check out “The principle of healthy diets” at the Weston A. Price foundations web site.  

If you want a soft start into this kind of info I recommend the documentary “Fat Head” by Tom Naughton.

These ideas exist in a number of low-carb diets, which I will get back to in coming posts. But this is one of many scientific proofs that we're been fed faulty info and are continued to be fed diet information based on false hypothesizes which in best cases are based on very shaky data, and sometimes even molded to fit more exactly with the result that the researchers had in mind when they started the research.

A Dietary Paradigm Shift

If you don't want to believe this I can certainly understand you. When we have heard things so often that they become a universal truth it’s very hard to believe the new opposing views, even when they are backed with so much credible research and data. But, we're not the center of the galaxy anymore, and the earth is round, new paradigms overturns old and the reason that they become paradigms is because people start believing in them and eventually they become the accepted truth. So do yourself a favor and read for yourself before you think this is just another crazy diet fad. Your life hangs in the balance.

In this blog I will follow up with diets that fits into this regime of thinking and will advice on tweaks to each ones of those diets to make them work better, fit our modern lifestyle and help you create your own personal diet. So stay tuned for more…

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