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Egg on Their Faces by Steven Malanga, City Journal Summer 2010:
According to Scientific American, growing research into carbohydrate-based diets has demonstrated that the medical establishment may have harmed Americans by steering them toward carbs. Research by Meir Stampfer, a professor of nutrition and epidemiology at Harvard, concludes that diets rich in carbohydrates that are quickly digestible—that is, with a high glycemic index, like potatoes, white rice, and white bread—give people an insulin boost that increases the risk of diabetes and makes them far more likely to contract cardiovascular disease than those who eat moderate amounts of meat and fewer carbs. Though federal guidelines now emphasize eating more fiber-rich carbohydrates, which take longer to digest, the incessant message over the last 30 years to substitute carbs for meat appears to have done significant damage. And it doesn’t appear that the government will change its approach this time around. The preliminary recommendations of a panel advising the FDA on the new guidelines urge people to shift to “plant-based” diets and to consume “only moderate amounts of lean meats, poultry and eggs.”

Via Transterrestrial Musings and Ace. There's some especially good comments at TM about the gubmint/ADA diet recommendations that are spot on with respect to Type 2 diabetics; there may be some at Ace's place too, but the link there is to the Overnight Thread, and the comments there are tl;dr.



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Aug. 4th, 2010 03:39 pm (UTC)
And then there's the mismatch between what the USDA recommends and what Congress subsidizes.

Neither one of those works for my wife and me. About equal amounts of vegetables and meat+dairy with very little in the way of grains has made my wife and I lose more than 20 pounds each. Also, my wife's blood glucose has decreased to the middle of the normal range. Her cholesterol and triglycerides have gone down as well.
Aug. 4th, 2010 04:37 pm (UTC)
I'd be interested in seeing a more detailed breakdown of the meat/dairy subsidies between meat and dairy. I know that there are milk price supports, and of course the government cheese program is infamous, but do they really subsidize ranchers and feedlot operators in the same way they do corn growers and the ethanol scammers?

Good on you and your wife for cutting back on the grains. You can make definite progress on the BG and weight fronts by watching your carbs; it's appalling how it doesn't get talked about aside from occasional references to the Atkins and South Beach diets.
Aug. 4th, 2010 04:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah, our "low-fat" diet craze (leading to high-carb diets) has been really really bad. :P

Me, I need a lot of protein. Like RAR ME PRIMITIVE ANIMAL lot. If I eat that with a lot of vegetables, I feel like a human being. If I eat the majority of what's sold in restaurants and grocery stores, I feel like a crumbling building.
Aug. 4th, 2010 04:56 pm (UTC)
Ditto. I also notice that the higher my BG gets (even when it's in the 110-120 "normal" range) my brain feels sluggish. :(
Aug. 4th, 2010 04:59 pm (UTC)
I notice different things with the different bad foods: rancid oil makes me feel kind of queasy/weird, flour/wheat/etc makes me feel bloated and sluggish, and sugar makes me seriously mood-swingy/energy highs and lows-ish.

I really can't tolerate much of any of those things. And yet they're addictive. It drives me crazy that eating well is so hard, but we're surrounded by cheap pasta, frozen rolls, breaded food... argh!

And then people get upset at me when I say 'maybe the reason you're unhappy/having energy problems/having depression' is partly nutritional. :P
Aug. 4th, 2010 05:04 pm (UTC)
And then people get upset at me when I say 'maybe the reason you're unhappy/having energy problems/having depression' is partly nutritional. :P

I'm fortunate to be surrounded by friends and family who know that food can have drastic effects on their mood and energy states. My brother and son both were ADD when they were young, and had to stick to the Feingold diet (no artificial colors/flavors, no tomatoes/citrus fruit) to keep their heads screwed on straight. As for us diabetics, getting a clear head from lower BG is a happy side-effect of the reduced carbs in the diet.

All you can do is put the information out for people; if they don't eat it. well, you've done what you can.
Aug. 4th, 2010 05:13 pm (UTC)
It makes me very sad to hear people with ADD-diagnosed kids responding by... putting them on more drugs. When it's probable that drugs and food allergies are responsible for their state in the first place. :/

There's a lot of science to be done to make up for the pseudoscience that's wrecked several generations of people's health.
Aug. 4th, 2010 05:54 pm (UTC)
I think a lot of kids are ADD due to food allergies, but a lot of boys who get diagnosed don't need anything more than a long recess with a lot of running around & other exercise. Can't sell any pills that way, though. >:(
Aug. 4th, 2010 07:51 pm (UTC)
You want guidelines, here is your guideline: "Everything in moderation" Simple, effective, worked for a couple thousand years. People just need to relearn portion control after super-sizing everything for the past 30 years.
Aug. 4th, 2010 09:19 pm (UTC)
The problem with 'everything in moderation' is that modern foods are supercharged with highly refined versions of natural compounds, so they hit your bloodstream like heavy drugs even when you don't eat much of them. Our bodies didn't evolve to deal with things like high-fructose corn syrup or even basic refined white sugar or flour.

Now if you mean 'everything in moderation' in a diet that's mostly composed of real foods, rather than over-manufactured ones, I'm right there with you. :)
Aug. 4th, 2010 11:15 pm (UTC)
Well, we're a lot more sedentary as a nation than we used to be when 90% of the population was living and working on farms. Still, it's a good starting point.
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