A small cadre of health professionals is on the verge of wiping out decades of dietary advice that has sent Americans scrounging for low-fat labels on grocery items. Beginning with Dr. Diana Schwarzbein, endocrinologist and author of The Schwarzbein Principle, increasing numbers of informed health professionals are re-thinking the reigning conventional wisdom regarding diet and fat.
Don’t Blame Fat
Dietary fat is critical for human survival, according to Schwarzbein. In fact, low-fat, low calorie diets turn off one’s metabolism!
Gary Taubes, winner of three Science in Society Journalism awards, also demonstrates that dietary fat is not responsible for clogging arteries or making people fat in Good Calories, BadCalories, where he debunks study after erroneous study making the false link between fat consumption and heart disease and obesity.
According to Schwarzbein, Taubes and a growing number of health and dietary experts, excessive consumption of carbohydrates is to blame for a host of human ailments, ranging from acne to cancer, high cholesterol, osteoporosis, Type II Diabetes and many other degenerative diseases. Man-made carbohydrates are the most damaging, according to some nutritionists, and are actually the only “bad” carbohydrates.
Schwarzbein suggests that most, if not all, degenerative diseases are not genetically driven, but are the result of hormonal imbalance brought about by increasing insulin resistance due to excessive carbohydrate ingestion.
No one is suggesting that one abandon carbs entirely and resort to eating a steady diet of fats. According to Taubes, however, “Dietary fat, whether saturated or not, is not a cause of obesity, heart disease, or any other chronic disease of civilization.” He goes on to say that, “The problem is the carbohydrates in the diet, their effect on insulin secretion…The more digestible and refined the carbohydrates, the greater the effect on our health, weight, and well-being.” Taubes’ seven years of intensive research indicates that refined carbohydrates are most likely the cause of cancer, Alzheimer’s and many other modern ailments.
Many health experts, however, still lay the blame on saturated fat for clogged arteries and expanded waistbands. The American Medical Association and The American Heart Association have as yet shown little or no indication of recognizing the obesity problem in America for what more and more people are saying it is: Excessive Carbohydrates.
Eating properly takes planning, something for which Americans appear to have little time. A balanced diet is increasingly difficult to achieve when many products in the grocery stores contain high fructose corn syrup, a particularly insidious man-made carbohydrate. Human survival depends on fat. Long term low-fat/high carbohydrate diets lead to insulin resistance. Type II Diabetes, obesity and a host of other ailments.
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