Monday, December 6, 2010

Why grains are harmful

The Automatic Earth is an interesting blog that covers the economy, peak oil, survivalism, food security, among many other pertinent current issues.

Today's post includes an explanation of exactly how it is that carbohydrates make us fat, essentially saying exactly the same thing we are saying in this blog.  In this hard-hitting piece, the author, Nicole Foss, even posits that metabolic syndrome (what happens when chronic sugar consumption leads to chronic over-production of insulin in the body) cannot be treated on a vegan diet, because it is too high in carbohydrates.
We are told that diet-related health problems are the result of eating too much fat and too little fibre, while doing too little exercise. We are told to limit the consumption of fat, especially saturated fat, substitute more carbohydrate and eat more fibre. If we are carrying stored mass that we are not comfortable with, we are told that we should restrict calories, especially fat, and burn off excess through exercise.

If we fail to burn off the excess in this way, we are told that we must be either greedy, or lazy, or both. Moral judgements are very common in the field of nutrition, yet these are uninformed and highly unfair.
The food industry cashes in selling us addictive foods, and then cashes in again by feeding on our insecurities about the resulting health effects, especially weight gain. As over-consumption of carbohydrates promotes a state of chronic inflammation, to which the body responds by producing cholesterol, the pharmaceutical industry can also profit by promoting cholesterol-controlling drugs. These attack the symptom, not the disease, leaving us just as prone to heart disease as before, but poorer. The status quo is highly profitable in all ways. No wonder it has been so difficult to challenge.
Do check out the whole article

If you'd like to know more about the author, Nicole Foss, this is what her bio says about her:
Her academic qualifications include a BSc in biology from Carleton University in Canada (where she focused primarily on neuroscience and psychology), a post-graduate diploma in air and water pollution control, the common professional examination in law and an LLM in international law in development from the University of Warwick in the UK. She was granted the University Medal for the top science graduate in 1988 and the law school prize for the top law school graduate in 1997.

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