Summertime 2010 Book Review Series: ‘Cereal Killer’ By Alan Watson
Posted Jun 08 2010 1:42pm
Books, books, and more books! I got ‘em coming out of my ears for the Summer of 2010, so I’m doing this special series of reviews of the newest and best low-carb, health, and nutrition books that you may want to take a closer look at. Many of the authors of the featured books are scheduled to be guests on my podcast show in the coming months. My goal is to try to feature at least one new book review a day, every day all summer long. There’s a lot of great stuff out there you need to know about and I can’t wait for you to see what all is available! ENJOY!
It’s obvious to anyone who has been paying attention over the past few decades that the direction of our overall health in the United States is rapidly DECLINING with seemingly no end in sight. Obesity, diabetes, cancer, and death are all increasing at astronomical rates that make you wonder what in the world is going on that our proverbial house is on fire and nothing effective is being done about it. If the problem is really that serious, then shouldn’t every solution be brought to the table in order to properly tackle this issue head-on? That’s precisely the question that health writer Alan Watson seeks to answer in his explosive and humorously-titled book Cereal Killer: The Unintended Consequences of the Low Fat Diet .
Watson makes the case that there is significant financial pressure applied by cereal and other grain-related companies in collaboration with the pharmaceutical drug industry on those that make health and nutritional policy decisions in the United States that is preventing the public from being fully informed about the dangers of carbohydrate consumption. He makes the case that the heavy promotion of low-fat diets (which by definition are high in carbohydrate) and unnecessary vilification of saturated fat have merely made the weight and health of the American people WORSE, not better. The “unintended consequences” of this decision to push low-fat nutrition has been more obesity, more chronic disease, and a monstrosity of a problem that seems to be too out of control to ever reign back in again. It’s difficult to argue against this conclusion in light of the current situation we find ourselves in.
That’s where Cereal Killer comes into the picture. Exposing the behind-the-scenes back room deals that are happening to influence the 2010 Dietary Guidelines For All Americans set to be released later this year, Watson notes that the heavy influence of lobbyists representing the sugar, grain, and vegetable oil industries is ever-present and as a result we will likely see little to no change in the very policies that have led our nation to become fatter and sicker than ever before. Despite the health degradation that has taken place in the health of average Americans that could have been prevented with simple changes in their diet, the status quo remains. This book is a call to action for citizens from coast-to-coast to take back control of their own health by ignoring all of the unsavory, ill-advised, and outright biased information they’ve been fed from their government and the so-called health “experts” for far too long!
After being challenged by his supplement company customers to identify what the healthiest diet is for them to be eating, Watson began doing his own investigation and research into the matter. What he found was disturbing to him after long believing that low-fat nutrition was optimal for health. But it wasn’t until he heard the late, great low-carb diet guru Dr. Robert C. Atkins in a debate with one of his low-fat adversaries that it all clicked for Watson. From that day forward, he was fully convinced the healthy low-carb lifestyle was certainly the way to go if we are ever going to turn the obesity and chronic disease boat around in the United States. It not only can be done, but it MUST be done if we ever hope to get a handle on our out-of-control preventable health crisis.
If you are new to the basic concepts of low-carb living, then this book is the perfect introduction to this proven and effective lifestyle change. Watson shares how low-carb IMPROVES various health markers, including blood lipids, and defines what the various numbers really mean. He provides evidence that a high-fat, low-carb diet and not a high-carb, low-fat diet is actually the desirable diet if you are concerned about your cardiovascular health and he arms you with the evidence to back up every statement he makes. Although Cereal Killer is only a little over 100 pages in length, it will catch you up-to-date on everything you need to know about the current state of affairs we find ourselves in regarding diet and health in the 21st Century.