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"Don't Blame Fat" - In response to TIME magazine

Time Magazine

What an amazing thing to see "Don't Blame Fat" on the cover of the latest TIME magazine. I wanted to scream, "Yes, yes, I told you so." But instead I decided to go more with, "Yes, yes, our message is being heard."

The world is beginning to realize that the biggest culprit in causing the obesity crisis is not FAT (as we have blamed it for years), but all of the toxic, processed foods that have made it into our food supply over the past 50 years.

If you didn't have time to read through the very well written and detailed TIME magazine article, I’ll give you the highlights here as well as a few thoughts from yours truly.

**Note – Items in bold were taken directly from the article itself that was authored by Bryan Walsh and, in my opinion, some of the most important points. This summary is not to replace reading the article in its entirety, as this information has the potential to save your life and the lives of those you love.

The low fat craze began the year I was born, 1977 when a Senate committee published its landmark "Dietary Goals for the United States" urging Americans to eat less high-fat red meat, eggs and dairy and replace them with more fruits, veggies and especially carbohydrates. One quick glance at the old USDA Food Pyramid will show you that, as it suggests 6-11 servings of carbohydrates each day (at the base of the pyramid) and fats at the top with the suggestion "Use Sparingly." Oh how detrimental this has been. Food Pyramid

This quickly spiraled into Americans almost completely eliminating all sources of dietary fat and replacing them with any food labeled and considered to be low fat or no fat. Quickly, people began to shun butter and meats and replace them with light yogurts, egg beaters, low fat microwavable meals, fat free crackers and cookies, and tons of low fat bread and pasta...again, how detrimental to our society’s health we now realize.

This truly was a vast nutritional experiment and now, 4 decades later, the results are in...the experiment was a big FAIL to say the least. We cut out the fat, but Americans are more overweight and sicker than ever. The prevalence of Type 2 diabetes increased 166% from 1980 to 2012. More than a third of the country is now obese, making the U.S. one of the fattest countries in an increasingly fat world.

But the increased consumption of low fat and fat free foods didn't just change our bodies, it also changed the way we grow food and do business. Acre upon acre of subsidized corn was planted to produce the sweeteners that now fill processed foods. It has changed business, with the market for fat replacers - the artificial ingredients that take the place of fat in packaged food - growing by nearly 6% a year. So changing our habits is not going to happen easily. Millions of dollars have been thrown into the false claims that avoiding fat is what will lead us to optimal health. Farmers are not just going to close shop and say, "Well, I guess all this GMO corn is not good for us." They may end up healthier, but they are not interested in going broke.

grains

It's becoming clear that even the saturated fat found in beef and butter – previously considered public health enemy #1 and #2 – is not what's causing the deterioration of health in this country. New research suggests that it's the overconsumption of carbohydrates, sugar and sweeteners that is chiefly responsible for the epidemic of obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Refined carbohydrates – like those in "wheat" bread, hidden sugar, low-fat crackers and pasta – cause changes in our blood chemistry that encourage the body to store the calories as fat and intensify hunger, making it that much more difficult to lose weight.

"The argument against fat was totally and completely flawed," says Dr. Robert Lustig, a pediatrician at the University of California, San Francisco, and the president of the Institute for Responsible Nutrition. "We've traded one disease for another."

The article then goes into detail about how eating dietary fat became the culprit as early on as 1955 when President Dwight Eisenhower had a heart attack. Countless numbers of studies were performed on the countries' current eating habits and how ingesting how amounts of meat and cheese were causing this increased incidence in heart disease and heart attacks. The problem with many of these studies was that the data had been in many ways "cherry picked." Countries like France and West Germany that had high fat diets but low rates of disease, had been eliminated from the data.

Although the information we have about the American diet is scant before midcentury and all but non-existent before 1900, historical records suggest Americans were always voracious omnivores, feasting on the plentiful wild game available throughout the country. In his book Putting Meat on the American Table, the historian Roger Horowitz concludes that the average American in the 19th century ate 150 to 200 lb. of meat per year – in line with what we eat now.

It may make logical sense to think that eating fat would make us fat, but when scientists crunch the numbers, the connection between saturated fat and cardiovascular disease becomes questionable. A 2010 meta-analysis (a study of other studies) concluded that there was no significant evidence that saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

SnackWells

So what was the country to do when it was told that fat was the culprit and evil cause of heart disease and heart attacks? Avoid it at all costs of course and this opened the flood gates for food manufacturers to become extremely creative with their new product lines. Grocery shelves were lined with cookies, crackers, cereals and breads all labeled low fat and fat free. This was the age of the Snack-Wells, the brand of low-fat cookies introduced by Nabisco in 1992 that within two years had surpassed the venerable Ritz cracker to become the No. 1 snack in the nation.

I remember this age like it was yesterday. I was exactly 15 years old during this time, overweight, face full of acne and desperately following the countries recommendation to avoid fat, only to see my body continue to pack on the pounds and my self-esteem plummet more and more each day. Sad.

The intention was to cut caloric intake, but Americans ended up eating more. Instead of replacing foods with high amounts of fat with fruits and vegetables, they went straight to high sugar processed carbohydrates. Even schools began eliminating whole milk from children’s lunches and replacing it with sweetened chocolate milk because it’s low fat...AAAAHHHH!!! (Yes, that’s Isabel screaming.)

So how did the increased amounts of processed carbohydrates get us to the daunting obesity and diabetes epidemic that plagues our country today? It has to do with blood chemistry. Simple carbs like bread and corn may not look like sugar on your plate, but in your body, that’s what they’re converted to when digested. "A bagel is no different than a bag of Skittles to your body," says Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian, the incoming dean of nutrition science at Tufts University.

Those sugars stimulate the production of insulin, which causes fat cells to go into storage overdrive, leading to weight gain. Since fewer calories are left to fuel the body, we begin to feel hungry, and metabolism begins to slow in an effort to save energy.

The diet wars on fat are far from over. The idea that fat makes you fat is still so ingrained in people’s minds it will continue to be a long road to get people to change. But most doctors and nutritionists do agree with this,

"Real food is the best food," as Michael Pollan writes about in his incredible book In Defense of Food.

We should be focusing on the quality of our foods and eliminating anything that had to see the inside of a manufacturing plant before making it onto our tables. If your dinner came in a box, you should reevaluate whether it belongs in your body or not...probably not.

As for me, my life was dramatically changed by shunning the conventional idea that fat was my enemy and, instead, I made it my friend. Filling my meals with coconut oil, butter, avocados, whole eggs, grass fed beef and raw nuts was by far one of the best decisions I have made for my life and my health, not to mention for those around me including my family, friends and hundreds of thousands of people who have adopted Beyond Diet as their lifestyle.

Categories

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  1. Gluten Free   
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