Monday, December 30, 2013

Eating healthy in 2014 - gluten free?

Correlation is not cause, but note the rise in obesity with low fats.
This is the time of year we promise to change our bad habits. Canadians think they eat poorly when compared to the official government food guide. No one would ever suspect that the food guide may be erroneous. But what if it were?

I've written about this before, most recently here. Since then more evidence has accumulated and more books have addressed the issue. One of the more outspoken writers, a neurologist, David Perlmutter, suggests that both the Canadian and American food guides are upside-down. Rather than whole grains and carbohydrates being the largest component of a good diet, he suggests they be severely reduced or even eliminated from most people's diets. He points to gluten, a protein in many grains as the culprit. Interestingly, food marketers have already ratcheted up the production, distribution and sale of "gluten-free" products in North America. It's the latest fad. Deservedly or not, gluten has become what fat was from the 1970's to the present day, something to be avoided. Perlmutter and others also suggest that the demonizing of fats, and fat-like substances like cholesterol, has been all wrong.

Articles like this one from a reputable magazine, makes the decades long government sanctioned directive against fats sound like evil propaganda. But there is plenty of evidence to support the benefits of fats. That has not stopped the Ontario Liberals in cahoots with the Ontario Medical Association from regulating school cafeteria lunches and even suggesting food warnings on so-called "junk-food."

This brings up questions that need to be addressed about the fallibility of Ontario government policies. This recent Ontario government document (Memorandum 150), severely limits the sale of fats in school cafeterias while heavily promoting the sale of grain products. If this is wrong, one must ask what other government policies are wrong?       

3 comments:

  1. Dietary fat and total cholesterol hypothesis by Ansel Keyes in the 1950's, followed by government support and enforcement of this unproven hypothesis has mis-directed and harmed people around the world. The following document https://www.dropbox.com/s/7773uvck4khynfy/LowCarbVideo-AudioIntro_B16.pdf presents alternative theories and scientific facts that can help guide all of us to a healthier lifestyle through better nutrition.

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  2. You have to read Mark Sisson and his blog to learn about this.
    http://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/09/mark-sisson/is-gluten-free-just-a-fad/
    http://www.lewrockwell.com/podcast/234-just-do-the-opposite-of-what-the-government-says/
    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/definitive-guide-to-the-primal-eating-plan/

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