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Food Industry BS

The Chocolate Cheerios Miracle: prevent heart disease by eating breakfast candy!

33% of the contents is added sugar, the rest is mostly starch. Ingredients include sugar, corn syrup, canola oil, artificial color. Perfect for anyone seeking obesity, Type 2 diabetes, and a variety of other metabolic ills.

How do they claim it “may reduce the risk of heart disease”? — because it is low fat. But low fat does not prevent anything. The goal is to keep people scared of fat while loading them up on sugar and refined carbohydrates, which is exactly what is making people fat and sick.

This is the kind of thing still being recommended by government and health “authorities” around the world. Why? Because we have a politically powerful medical industry that profits from a sick population. There’s no money in healthy people or dead people — the financial sweet spot is in chronic illness.

Eat real food.

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Insulin

Insulin is a hormone secreted by the pancreas in response to elevated levels of glucose (blood sugar). Its function is to move the glucose into the body’s cells to be used for energy. Insulin is also the fat storage hormone — excess glucose that is not burned as energy or stored in the cells as glycogen will be converted into adipose tissue (fat). See the Insulin-Fat Connection by Dr Richard Bernstein.

Insulin Resistance

Insulin resistance is a condition in which the body’s cells fail to respond to the normal actions of the insulin. The body produces insulin, but the cells in the body become resistant to it and are unable to use it as effectively, leading to hyperglycemia (excess blood sugar). Beta cells in the pancreas subsequently increase their production of insulin, further contributing to hyperinsulinemia (excess insulin in the blood). This often remains undetected and can result in Type 2 Diabetes.

For a good overview of insulin resistance, obesity, and Type 2 diabetes, see Dr Sarah Hallberg’s TEDx talk below, titled Reversing Type 2 diabetes starts with ignoring the guidelines.

Dr Hallberg is the Medical Director of an obesity clinic in Indiana, and she says that the American Diabetes Association’s recommendations to eat 45-60 grams of carbohydrate per meal is making patients worse — carbs raise blood sugar, and that is exactly what T2 diabetics need to avoid. As Hallberg points out, “Diabetes is a state of carbohydrate toxicity. Insulin resistance is a state of carbohydrate intolerance.”

Keto & Metabolic Syndrome

From a study by Forsythe, et al in 2008 — “Comparison of Low Fat and Low Carbohydrate Diets on Circulating Fatty Acid Composition and Markers of Inflammation” — link to study on ResearchGate.net

This study found that a low carb / high fat ketogenic diet showed improvements in markers of metabolic syndrome, including reduced inflammation.

  • Body mass = lower
  • Abdominal fat = lower
  • Triglycerides = lower
  • Fasting glucose and insulin = lower
  • HDL (“good” cholesterol) = higher
  • Total saturated fatty acids (SFA) in the blood = lower

How can this be? Because on a carb-restricted diet, the fat you eat does not metabolize into body fat. In the absence of glucose (from carbs), dietary fat is burned as energy — as is body fat, and several important health markers improve as a result.

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Breakfast: Bacon, egg, spinach, cheese, tomato

This morning’s low carb breakfast: bacon, egg, spinach (sautéed in Kerrygold butter and garlic), cheese, tomatoes, sour cream.

Breakfast

Dinner: Roast, broccoli, mashed cauliflower “potatoes”

Today’s dinner: beef roast (slow cooked in crock pot), steamed broccoli, mashed cauliflower “potatoes” and fresh tomatoes. The cauliflower is a nice low carb replacement for starchy potatoes. The recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 head of cauliflower
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp heavy cream or milk

Directions

  • Add cauliflower to a food processor. Pulse until the cauliflower is the consistency of mashed potatoes (this may need to be done in batches). Do not add water.
  • Place cauliflower in a microwave safe dish. Cook on high power for 5 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  • Add butter and cream and mix with the cooked cauliflower.
  • Serve with extra butter or gravy.

Roast Cauliflower Broccoli

Dinner: brisket, salad, brussels sprouts

Last night’s low carb dinner — brisket, green salad with olive oil, brussels sprouts with plenty of Kerrygold butter. Fantastic.

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The Big Fat Fix

Trailer for the film from Donal O’Neill and Dr Aseem Malhotra. Buy or stream it at thebigfatfix.com.

Donal O’Neill is a former international athlete and filmmaker exploring nutrition, health and human performance. His first movie, Cereal Killers (2013), was billed as “one of the top 10 movies that could change the world.”

Dr Aseem Malhotra has been named as a leading global voice in the fight against obesity. He practices in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and is a tireless campaigner for lifestyle medicine as the optimal prescription for a long, lean, healthy and happy life.

Obesity rates from 1975 to 2014

Hover your mouse over a country to see how much the population’s obesity has increased from 1975 to 2014. The figures are from a study published in The Lancet where researchers compiled data from 1,698 obesity-related studies on 19.2 million people in 186 countries.

Source: Metrocosm

Science advances one funeral at a time

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Orthopedic surgeon goes LCHF

A few excerpts from the July 25, 2016 blog post by orthopedic surgeon Christopher Gorczynski, MD:

I began researching alternatives to the standard  American diet. I came across a very interesting book. “The Big Fat Surprise” by Nina Teicholz. This book alleged that all of what I knew about nutrition, despite my training as a physiology major in college, and medical school was wrong. This prompted me to read yet another book. “Good Calories, Bad Calories” by Gary Taubes. I couldn’t get enough. […]

I decided to do an experiment on myself. I began a high-fat, low carbohydrate diet. Just like the diet we discredited in medical school.  My plan was to try this for 2 weeks. The changes were immediate. I felt much better. I lost 10 pounds and my pants were loose. I decided to extend the experiment for another month.  I was so amazed at the results it is now 2 years later and I continue to eat this way. I lost a total of 25 pounds. My waistline shrunk by 3 inches. My body fat percentage is now 10%. […]

I was always mildly hypertensive (high blood pressure), and I had an occasional migraine. By the end of my first 2 week experiment, my blood pressure was perfectly normal. I have not had another migraine since the week before changing my diet. […]

I believe there is mounting evidence that the long-term consumption of processed carbohydrates and exclusion of dietary fats is responsible for most of the health problems in western society. Subsequent blog postings will further develop these concepts.