Monday, April 22, 2013

Brilliant Summary

Generally when I read a nutrition article, even the best ones either venture into fully bore speculation or they over-emphasize the significant at the expense of the essential.
This summary of the biggest nutrition lies was a delight to read because it has neither of the above flaws.

This would be a great link to share with a curious but skeptical friend, someone steeped in the USDA's food myths of the last 35+ years, who you think might be interested to see the other side.

Here are the top 11 "lies":

1. Eggs Are Unhealthy

2. Saturated Fat is Bad For You
3. Everybody Should be Eating Grains
4. Eating a Lot of Protein is Bad For Your Bones and Kidneys
5. Low-Fat Foods Are Good For You
6. You Should Eat Many Small Meals Throughout The Day
7. Carbs Should Be Your Biggest Source of Calories
8. High Omega-6 Seed and Vegetable Oils Are Good For You
9. Low Carb Diets Are Dangerous

10. Sugar is Unhealthy Because it Contains “Empty” Calories

11. High Fat Foods Will Make You Fat

Here's the write up on #10 from Chris' blog:
"It is commonly believed that sugar is bad for you because it contains empty calories.
"It’s true, sugar has a lot of calories with no essential nutrients. But that is just the tip of the iceberg.
"Sugar, primarily because of its high fructose content, affects metabolism in a way that sets us up for rapid fat gain and metabolic disease.
"Fructose gets metabolized by the liver and turned into fat which is secreted into the blood as VLDL particles. This leads to elevated triglycerides and cholesterol (58,59)."

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