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Some links on dietary choices

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First a couple of interesting links about eating a diet low in carbohydrates (very low) and high in fat, keeping protein at the normal level.

A man in Sweden who has had Type 1 diabetes since he was 10 and who is now 45 found that his overall health improved substantially after taking up a LCHF diet 5 years ago. Here’s his story. It’s a detailed report and anyone who has some familiarity with Type 1 diabetes will find it intriguing.

A report on the very serious health effects of a diet high in sugar, particularly refined sugar. Sugar will stay in American diets because the sugar industry owns the key members of Congress and has lots of funds to fight anything that might threaten their profits. (They really don’t care about health issues: the focus is profit.)

James McWilliams in Pacific Standard talks about the benefits of eating less—not only for our health, but for the environment. While eating less is not the full answer, it certainly doesn’t hurt. One benefit of the LCHF diet is that it makes it noticeably easier to eat less: feelings of satiety persist longer. One passage from the article:

There’s a correlation between being obese and being poor. As I have argued, the reasons for this correlation are due to the politics of scarcity. The sensation of scarcity—not necessarily physical scarcity but psychological scarcity—promotes the consumption of a lot of food. In fact, the underlying fear of scarcity makes it nearly impossible not to eat heaps of cheap and easily accessible junk.

Well-educated foodies, those who dominate the high-profiled discussions and read Pacific Standard and Modern Farmer and Cook’s Illustrated, are in relative dietary control. Too many of the working poor are not—and it’s not because they are weak or morally inferior or stupid, but because they live lives terrorized by scarcity. This reality may be the most critical problem we face when it comes to reforming the standard American diet.

Written by LeisureGuy

26 November 2014 at 1:01 pm

Posted in Daily life, Food, Low carb

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