Someone in the Medical Establishment Gets It Right

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Someone call 911 (okay, don’t send me 911 jokes): I am in shock. News flash: some truth from the medical establishment. This comes from the Harvard School of Public Health: “If Americans could eliminate sugary beverages, potatoes, white bread, pasta, white rice and sugary snacks, we would wipe out almost all the problems we have with weight and diabetes and other metabolic diseases.” Now tell me something I haven’t known for the last 15+ years.

This article from the LA Times just knocked my low-carb socks off: A Reversal on Carbs. Here are some snippets:

“The country’s big low-fat message backfired,” says Dr. Frank Hu, professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health. “The overemphasis on reducing fat caused the consumption of carbohydrates and sugar in our diets to soar. That shift may be linked to the biggest health problems in America today.”

…Americans, on average, eat 250 to 300 grams of carbs a day, accounting for about 55% of their caloric intake. The most conservative recommendations say they should eat half that amount. Consumption of carbohydrates has increased over the years with the help of a 30-year-old, government-mandated message to cut fat.

I eat 10–50 grams of carbs per day (unless, for some “special” reason, I partake of more), and I engage in intense endurance athletics. Oh, but that is impossible! The medical establishment has long told me I need Big Agra’s processed carbs “for energy.” Ahem. Dr. Phinney, a nutritional biochemist and an emeritus professor of UC Davis, explains:

“Carbohydrates are a metabolic bully,” Phinney says. “They cut in front of fat as a fuel source and insist on being burned first. What isn’t burned gets stored as fat, and doesn’t come out of storage as long as carbs are available. And in the average American diet, they always are.”

Here’s how Phinney explains it: When you cut carbs, your body first uses available glycogen as fuel. When that’s gone, the body turns to fat and the pancreas gets a break. Blood sugar stabilizes, insulin levels drop, fat burns. That’s why the diet works for diabetics and for weight loss.

As Kevin said on my Facebook page: ”Never let the facts get in the way of a good subsidy.” See my LewRockwell.com interview with Mark Sisson where we discuss the massively important groundwork laid by Dr. Atkins in his fight against the medical-food establishment. Remember — the medical-governmental-food corporatist complex benefits from the deception, and as Americans just get sicker and fatter, they become so conditioned to the myths and lies that anything to the contrary seems like a fairy tale to them. Well, this “fairy tale” in the LA Times is the kind of thing that may eventually wake up Sleeping Boobus.

2:46 pm on December 18, 2010
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