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Questions About Conventional Recommendations

Questions About Conventional Recommendations

What is the truth about diet and how has the American food industry has been influenced by special interests? Those are great questions that we hope to answer. We believe there is a serious lack of truth on the market, and we would like to dispel some of the beliefs. You most likely have been told a good part of your life to eat a well balanced diet of whole grains, vegetables, and low-fat foods. There may be some second opinions about two of those items..

Whole grains have a decently high glycemic index. They have as much of an impact as a half serving of pure glucose.[1] For someone who is already suffering from a condition such as diabetes, this is definitely something to avoid. The glycemic index is a measure of how much glucose is released from a food upon eating it. As a Type 2 diabetic, you have most likely grown to be insulin resistant. When your body cannot release enough insulin (or the insulin becomes less effective) you cannot properly utilize the glucose you intake. When your body cannot use this glucose, it stores it as fat in your body. This is why keeping carbohydrates to a minimum is important for maintaining healthy blood sugar levels. Now, you still need to make sure that your blood sugar is stable, but lowering your carb intake will show significant decreases.

Why does our food pyramid call for so much of our caloric intake to be from grains and other carbohydrates? The USDA has their “food plate” that calls for a significant proportion of your diet to be grains.[2] We believe that there has been a lot of corruption in the formation of our views on health. An article put out by Time Magazine references how the food industry has influenced the dietary guidelines we have nowadays.[3] Food lobbyists and special interest have a great amount of influence and power. Many doctors referenced in this article find there is a lack of supporting science to promote the dietary guidelines. When learning about problems such as this and considering all the given research on fats, we cannot support the kinds of diet the USDA and HHS present.

We understand that eating a small amount of grains every now and then won’t hurt you too much, but we do think that over indulging in these foods will be harmful to your diabetic condition. To have 6-11 servings of grains every day is way too much. Replace your energy source with fats instead. The same Time article presents a statement from Dr. Robert Lustig saying that “this advice to eat more carbs and avoid fat is exactly backwards if you want to improve health and lower body weight.”[3] Fats are great sources of energy, and they are linked to so many benefits: fat loss, heart health, prevention of autoimmune and neurological diseases.[4]

Why would fats not be given as much of a presence in the health industry if there is a large amount of evidence supporting its benefits over carbs? We do not trust the industry’s integrity with their views, and we won’t trust them until we hear the other side getting a significant voice. Diabetes is manageable, and we know that there is significant evidence supporting this ketogenic diet. Do your own research and find out what is best for you. Ask us any questions you may have.

References:

[1] “Glycemic index and glycemic load for 100+ foods”, Harvard Medical Shool, 2017. [Online]. Available: https://www.health.harvard.edu/diseases-and-conditions/glycemic-index-and-glycemic-load-for-100-foods. Accessed: 06 Oct 2017.

[2] “Choose MyPlate”, Choose MyPlate, 2017. [Online]. Available: https://www.choosemyplate.gov/. Accessed: 06 Oct 2017.

[3] “Experts Say Lobbying Skewed the U.S. Dietary Guidelines”, Time, 2017. [Online]. Available: http://time.com/4130043/lobbying-politics-dietary-guidelines/. Accessed: 06 Oct 2017.

[4] Paoli A, Rubini A, Volek J, Grimaldi K. (2013). Beyond weight loss: a review of the therapeutic uses of very-low-carbohydrate (ketogenic) diets. The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition 67(8): 789-796.

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