In yesterday’s article, I asked you about different diseases and how they have progressed since the US Government started recommending a Low-Fat diet back in the 1950s. I said that in my view, there was a lot more obesity, heart disease, and diabetes since then. It would seem that the recommended low-fat diet has not served us well.
Today, I want to share another video with you. This video is from another doctor that I like to follow, Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt from Sweden. Dr. Eenfeldt is the founder of Diet Doctor. The entire video is great, but the first 5 minutes are very eye-opening when he shows the progression of obesity across the USA, and how it has grown over the years. This is a must watch!
Now, what do you think? Is a low-fat diet effective? Is it time to start looking at other solutions?
Very interesting info, Bob!! You have really done some extensive research!!
I have tried to do a lot of research and am continuing with it! I could not believe the pictures showing how obesity has increased in the US in the past 30 years or so. When I was young, and I was obese, I was unusual. These days, i think I am a lot more normal. Sad.
I can’t argue with that!
I believe that the latest research has shown that fat is mostly ok. It is excess sugar in our diets that is a cause of obesity and diabetes.
Yes, the latest research is that fat is a good thing. It’s the carbs that are the killers. Sugar is the king of the carbs.
Dieting and reducing obesity is good in and of itself. However, a low fat, low sugar diet, exercise, and normal levels of cholesterol do not guarantee prevention of heart attack and stroke. These can both be prevented using the guidelines in “Beat the Heart Attack Gene” by Bale and Doneen.
Sugar is more addictive than cocaine…
I really believe that is true will.
One thing to aid to the equation is your genes, which you have no control over.
True. But, it helps to know your genetic susceptibility to various diseases such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease. That is one of the things emphasized in “Beat the Heart Attack Gene”.
Not so sure i can agree about sugar being causes for obesity and diabetes, being my mother is now 96 and she love her tea with 3 large teaspoons of sugar and eats chocolate every night. and in fact at her age take no form medication.
I think it varies from person to person. I don’t think sugar is the cause of obesity, I think that insulin is.
true it does varies from people to people, good to see you are ok
Barry Fletcher I am doing great, Barry, hope you are as well!
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Time, my friend… lack of time. Hope you understand. I saw your message a couple days ago, and will get back to you when I am able. 🙂
That is why it is important to find out through advanced blood analysis and genetic testing just what diseases you are or are not predisposed to get. For example, it would make no sense for your mother to cut back on sugar as her body can handle it. Other people may need to severely restrict all carbohydrates to avoid getting Type 2 diabetes and associated arterial disease. I don’t know if these more advanced tests are available in the Philippines.
Glenn L. Durden
Sugar, processed foods, and dairy are out for me. I do limited grains; corn tortillas for tacos occasionally and that’s about it. I use ghee, or clarified butter, coconut oil, avocados, eat meat (pasture raised, and grass fed if beef) and all the veggies and fruit I want. My cholesterol and triglycerides are great and my blood pressure stays down using natural supplements. I will not hesitate to use conventional medicine, but by being careful and intentional about diet and exercise I’m doing pretty good.
Sounds reasonable Glenn. We eat in a similar way, but I do have differences. I do eat dairy, I eat almost zero grains, in fruit is only a very occasional thing. Other than that I’d say we’re pretty much the same.
Glenn L. Durden
I’m not certain that mine’s the best or anything like that. It just works for me.
I think the fact that works for you is the key to the whole thing. We’d have to do what works for us individually.
Glenn L. Durden
No doubt. We are all so different as individuals it would be crazy to believe that one size fits all.
Grass fed dairy is good for you and all processed food isn’t bad for you. You just have to check the ingredients.
Glenn L. Durden
I mostly agree with you Randy. For some people grass fed dairy is OK. For me it is not. As to processed food, I would suggest that there is more to it than just ingredients. What is the mechanism of the processing? What sort of packaging? How is the product made to be able to sit on a shelf until it is needed? Perhaps some processed foods are less harmful than most, and perhaps some are frankly OK. To be on the safe side (having enjoyed the pleasures of open heart surgery and gastritis once each already), I find it best for me to mostly leave processed stuff alone.
Nice job on this blog Bob. Lots of good info.
Thank you Jim, I’m glad that you’re liking it.
Low fat diets don’t work. Plus, if you look at all low-fat foods and compare them to the regular versions, you’ll notice that the low-fat versions have much more sugar than the regular versions; sometime up to 2-3 times the sugar.
If you stop and think that almost ALL flavors come from fats and oils, it makes sense. If you needed 10 lemons to make lemonade, but only used 4 lemons, you would have to seriously increase the amount of sugar to make it taste good.
The additional sugar in these low-fat foods do worse than contribute to obesity; they help create new cases of diabetes because the human body simply cannot process that much sugar, ESPECIALLY sucrose, which requires insulin to even digest.
Also, some foods cannot be made without fat. They sell non-fat mayonnaise, but, mayonnaise is made by beating a cup of oil into one egg. So what are they substituting for the oil? The jar I read listed the first 6 ingredients as “Sugar, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Corn Syrup solids, Honey, Fructose”. THEN it listed “eggs”. The ingredients section of the label is a nightmare.
My biggest question to doctors is, how can food that human beings have eaten for thousands of years suddenly become so toxic that they’re a serious health risk. Sounds phony to me.
I fully agree with what you are saying.
I love how fried foods are so bad for us, yet the Japanese eat tempura all the time and live to 150…
I used to believe that carbs were the culprit but now think it’s the iron fortification of white flour. Excess iron is bad for your health. Fish only Fridays is a start.
Still, animal fats are good for you; sugar is bad.
Donald, it’s the over-processing of flour to make it white in the first place that’s the problem. That processing takes out all of the nutritional components (even fiber) and turns it into an empty carbohydrate; at least the fiber carbohydrates have some nutritional value.
As for “fortification”, I don’t think they put enough of ANY so-called “fortification” to have an effect, EITHER good, OR bad. That was just for advertising sake so they could make vague claims about how healthy their products are.
The only products I’ve ever seen with any actual fortification are wines; but, for wine, fortification means they add additional alcohol to make it stronger than the 12-14% that occurs naturally – obviously NOT the same thing :p
I have two simple rules when it comes to doctors. In the US, anything a doctor tells you for free regarding what is healthy, or GOOD for you is a lie. Anything a doctor tells you for free regarding what’s BAD for you is ALSO a lie. You wouldn’t send your customers to a competitor’s business, would you? Then why would a doctor tell you for free what will make you healthy and not need to see him :p