Let’s assume you want to shed some pounds. Which of the following foods would you consume?
A skim-milk latte or any beverage containing whole milk?
A low-calorie breakfast or eggs and steak?
A salad with light dressing or the same dish with lots of butter milk ranch?
Regardless of whether you are a health conscious person or not, the chances are either you are not sure which one to choose or you got it all wrong.
But this is not your fault since according to experts, years of misleading and flawed advertisement which was never based on science is the sole reason for this ignorance. The Health and Human Services along with the US Department of Agriculture published a set of guidelines concerning national diet back in the year 1980. The booklet consisted of 20 pages and focused primarily on three aspects namely cholesterol, fat and saturated fat.
According to Robert Lustig, a doctor at the University of California, the science behind these guidelines is completely wrong. The concept that reducing fat content from a person’s diet offers health benefits was never supported by any concrete evidence. A group of experts in UCSF published a shocking report stating that in the 60’s, the lobbyists from sugar industries funded the study which concluded that cholesterol and fat as the most likely causes of heart disease, ignoring the fact that sugar was the actual killer.
Why Is Going Low Fat A Bad Idea?
Nina Teicholz, author of the book “The Big Fat Surprise” and a science journalist stated that the American Heart Association (AHA) was one of the early pioneers of the anti-fat agenda.
They supported their stance by the fact that fat is almost twice as dense in calories content than carbohydrates and proteins. This advice recommending avoidance of fatty food allowed the food business to promote and sell carb-heavy, low fat foods as healthy or light, resulting in a huge decrease in public health. This anti-fat position was adopted simply because fat contained high calories.
The results of the research completed in 1960 which published in the famous New England Journal of Medicine, was rigged by the members of the Sugar Association. The report added fuel to our collective fear regarding fat. During the 1990’s, when the epidemiological number started piling up, it showed that high carb and low fat diets do not help in reducing heart diseases and weight loss. The citizens of the USA became the victim of the Snackwell phenomenon – consumption of low calorie and low fat processed foods that people bought in huge quantities since it was considered healthy.
After the publication of national nutrition guidelines by the government of theUSA, the rates of obesity, diabetes and heart related diseases nearly doubled. Childhood diabetes, which previously had never been heard of before, is now an epidemic. The whole world has since followed this American diet recommendation and the outcomes are similarly grim.
In the begining of 2016, a non-profit organization by the name National Obesity Forum (NOF) published a report which strongly disapproves the government’s nutrition and diet policies. In the report, the organisation states that cutting back cholesterol and fat is the main cause of England’s high rates of diabetes and obesity.
British cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra states that incorporating low fat in diet is perhaps one of the biggest mistake in the recent medical history. Along with challenging its government’s unsuccessful policies, the NOF report completely dismissed the public health messaging and dietary advice.
In a recent article published in the renowned British Journal of Sports Medicine, Zoe Harcombe, a researcher from the University of West Scotland states that the rate of obesity among British people rose from 2.7% in 1972, to 23% and 26% respectively by the year 1999.
The food pyramid in our personal opinion is something which should never be followed since it incorporates a lot of wheat in the diet. The digestive system of human beings is not designed to process so many wheat based products since they are after all, it is a form of grass!
Cows have the capacity to chew up to twenty hours a day since they produce around 110 to 145 litres of saliva each day. The saliva produces enzymes which helps in breaking down of grass and they additionally have 4 stomachs to digest wheat and grains. However, human beings don’t have this feature and lectins present in wheat may cause irritation in the stomach and gut. Everything we need to eat has been provided by mother nature herself and these include foods which we can trap, hunt or find. There simply is no need to consume the vast amounts of wheat and grain based foods that we currently do.