Another great health story from Business Insider which, to me, is a new resource. Based on the health-related stories I have seen there lately, I will be checking back often. Today’s post is about a story that is just oh-so politically IN-correct. Your mainstream doctor, your registered dietician, your government dictocrat — all will dismiss this article. That, to me, is reason enough to give it a good reading. And Weston Price himself would certainly approve.* Our summary follows but please go here to read the whole thing.
The “13 Lies,” in a nutshell, are:
1. Lie: Eggs are bad for your health; Reality: Eggs are among the most nutritious foods on the planet and do not raise your risk of heart disease. Eggs for breakfast can help you lose weight.
2. Lie: A calorie is a calorie; Reality: All calories are not created equal. Different foods go through different metabolic pathways and have varying effects on hunger, hormones and health.
3. Lie: Saturated fat is unhealthy; Reality: New studies show that saturated fat does not increase your risk of cardiovascular disease. It raises the good cholesterol and changes the “bad” cholesterol to a benign subtype.
4. Lie: Eating a lot of protein is bad for your health; Reality: Studies show that protein has positive effects on bone health in the long run and does not raise the risk of kidney disease in healthy individuals. Eating a high protein diet has many important health benefits.
5. Lie: Everyone should be eating “heart-healthy” whole wheat; Reality: Wheat is the biggest source of gluten in the diet. Many studies are showing that wheat, including whole wheat, can contribute to various health problems.
6. Lie: Coffee is bad for you; Reality: Coffee contains very large amounts of antioxidants. Studies show that coffee drinkers are at a much lower risk of developing many serious diseases.
7. Lie: Meat is bad for you; Reality: Studies show that unprocessed red meat does not raise your risk of cardiovascular disease or diabetes. There is a very weak association with cancer, but most likely caused by excessive cooking and not the meat itself.
8. Lie: The healthiest diet is a low-fat, high-carb diet; Reality: The low-fat, high-carb diet recommended by the mainstream nutrition organizations is a miserable failure and has been repeatedly proven to be ineffective.
9. Lie: Refined seed- and vegetable oils are healthy; Reality: Excess consumption of refined seed- and vegetable oils can increase inflammation in the body and dramatically raise your risk of cardiovascular disease.
10. Lie: Low-carb diets are ineffective and downright harmful; Reality: Low-carb diets are the easiest, healthiest and most effective way to lose weight and reverse metabolic disease. It is pretty much a scientific fact at this point.
11. Lie: Everyone should be cutting back on sodium; Reality: Despite sodium restriction being able to mildly reduce blood pressure, this does not lead to improved health outcomes.
12. Lie: Sugar is bad because it contains “empty” calories; Reality: The harmful effects of excess sugar go way beyond empty calories. Sugar can have severe adverse effects on metabolism, leading to weight gain and many serious diseases.
13. Lie: Fat makes you fat; Reality: A diet that is high in carbs AND fat will make you fat, but it’s NOT because of the fat. In fact, the studies consistently show that diets that are high in fat (but low in carbs) lead to much more weight loss than diets that are low in fat,
The article is chock-full of details, examples and helpful links. Read the whole thing here.
* Weston Price knew nothing of today’s studies on the benefits of the coffee bean.
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