Yes, some of the information considered for so many years to be "established facts" are now believed to be false. Things like:
- A low fat diet is the healthiest diet and the best for weight loss
- High cholesterol is the cause of heart and vascular disease
- Red meat is bad for you and should be avoided
- Whole grains are healthy and should be eaten regularly
Believe it or not, these concepts, which many of us have taken for granted as facts, are now being questioned - with some being scientifically shown to be downright wrong.
Sadly, we are continually bombarded by information to the contrary, including by the large pharmaceutical companies who sell many billions of dollars of prescription drugs every year to lower cholesterol, manage diabetes, and lower blood pressure.
The "truth" (at least according to some of the latest research) is that:
- A higher fat, low carbohydrate diet is the healthiest (and is also best for maintaining an ideal body weight)
- Cholesterol is not the cause of heart and vascular disease, but rather inflammation is the cause (as it is with many other chronic and deadly diseases, such as cancer)
- Red meat, in the correct form (for example, grass-fed beef) is actually one of the healthiest foods we can eat
- Whole grains are actually unhealthy since they cause rapid increases in inflammation by increasing glucose and insulin production
The Paleo "Diet" (the better term is "Nutrition Plan" since "diet" generally implies a weight loss plan to many people) is growing in popularity throughout the world and appears to be one of the healthiest eating plans available today.
As a quick Paleo introduction, here are the basic concepts:
What it is...
The Paleo Nutrition Plan is based upon everyday, modern foods that mimic the food groups of our pre-agricultural, hunter-gatherer ancestors. The fundamental characteristics of this hunter-gatherer nutrition can help to optimize your health, minimize your risk of chronic disease, and lose weight.
What to eat...
- Focus on quality sources of animal protein (local, pasture-raised or organic sources of meat, fowl, fish, and eggs)
- An assortment of colorful vegetables and fresh fruits
- Healthy sources of fat (animal fats, avocados, butter, coconut products, nuts and seeds, olives and olive oil)
What not to eat...
- Wheat, rice, corn, pasta, cereal, and derivative products such as bread, chips, crackers, muffins, pancakes, tortillas, waffles, etc.
- Cooking grains such as barley, millet, rye, and amaranth
- Any processed foods - for example, foods with chemicals & altered fats
- Legumes (beans, lentils, peanuts, peas, and soy products)
It seems contrary to logic (and also to what science has "taught" us over the past several decades, but there is increasing evidence that grains (even whole grains), legumes (such as beans), and other processed carbohydrates cause blood glucose (i.e., sugar) levels to spike (carbs get converted into glucose once they enter the body). In response to this "sugar spike", our body compensates by secreting excessive levels of insulin. Even whole grains (brown rice, whole wheat bread, etc.) are not particularly healthy, because they still trigger excessive insulin production, contain anti-nutrients that promote inflammation and hamper digestion and immune function (even though they have more nutritional value than refined “white” grain products).
So, if you want to have the best chance to:
- Be truly healthy
- Live longer, without the need for prescription drugs
- Maintain your ideal body weight
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