Could Everything You Know About Healthy Foods Be False?
It is confusing to know what to eat anymore. What is healthy for you one day, the next day is deemed not safe. Sometimes it is difficult to know who you should listen to, what type of proof they have and what guidelines you should follow. Beholden to science, for food and nutrition, conclusions are continually changing, making it very difficult to know what is healthy for you anymore.
The Journal of American Medical Association’s Internal Medicine recently released an article outlining that most of things what Americans believe about good nutrition and their beliefs about what is healthy and what is not, are false and based on a misconception. Very disheartening, it could be that the public has been fed a false bill of goods when it comes to marketing and advertising.
The problem with any scientific finding is that the results can always be swayed unscrupulously if someone wants, and apparently, that is what the sugar industry has been doing for decades. Since as far back as 1967, the research findings of sugar, its harmful nature, and severe health consequences that come from drinking straight from Slush puppie machines, have been downplayed, and the flashlight has been dimmed.
What the sugar industry has done is participated in an entire campaign of hiding the truth and hiding behind the evils of saturated fats. Hidden in the archives of many health research studies, going back more than five decades, is the key to health information that has been squashed, omitted, and purposely left out of the public’s awareness.
What American’s have been told for close to a half of a century is that saturated fats, like the type found in red meat, are the culprit. The average American has been led to believe it is the cause of heart disease, obesity, and other chronic illness. What has not been released is the harmful nature of sugar and how it is just as bad, if not worse, than consuming fat.
It is no coincidence that as the guidelines changed to encourage people to consume low fat high carbohydrate foods, the incidence of disease, heart conditions and obesity, have skyrocketed. It isn’t that saturated fat isn’t bad for you, it is just that the other side of the equation is that sugar is just as bad. When people started to give up their high-fat habits, they jumped on the simple carbohydrate bandwagon.
Things like Snackwell products, pretzels, and low-fat foods were substituted for other foods containing fat. The problem is two-fold. If you don’t eat fat, it will not make you fat. So, people not wanting fat in their diet are working against themselves when eating simple carbohydrates only. The other problem is that when you consume simple carbohydrates, they are converted to sugar in the blood, which leads to an insulin response. In cutting back on fat, Americans increased the amount of sugar that they were consuming, without having any idea that they were doing themselves just as much harm as eating high-fat foods, if not more.
The sugar industry has been controlling the food industry for about as far back as marketing has existed. There is evidence that when Kellogg’s first introduced Corn Flakes in 1906, they went on a marketing campaign to make eggs evil. Saying that eggs were high in fat, and, therefore, horrible for you, Corn Flakes, which was low in fat was the only healthy solution. The problem? Corn Flakes do nothing but turn to sugar in the body.
Even with recent findings, many clinicians are wary about changing recommendations about diets. If they have someone who is in the throes of heart disease, high blood pressure, or cardiovascular disease, they still insist that the person cuts fat out of their diet. They do, however, rarely make a mention to how simple carbohydrates and sugar are just as harmful to heart health. Old habits die hard, and no physician wants to put themselves in a position where they could be sued or make someone worse giving them misinformation.
For those who are worried about what they put in their body and the effect that it is having on their overall health, the only real science that you can believe in is, you should stick to fruits and vegetables that grow naturally in the ground and are fresh and uncooked. Lean protein is a must. It can come in the form of low-fat meats, legumes, or nuts. And, when possible, stay away from sugar and simple carbohydrates and chose healthy grains. It is difficult to know who to trust when it comes to food recommendations. The only sound recommendation is to listen to nature. If it grows, it is likely good for you.