It has been several years, since we were told to decrease the salt in our diets.
Then, we were told to cut back on sugar because researchers linked it to obesity, type-2 diabetes and many complications related to these disorders.
In 2016, the general advice is to drop sugar from your diet altogether.
This is, of course, tricky because many of us have a sweet tooth, thanks to diets that are rich in that sugary taste we crave. The more sugar we have eaten over the years, the more our body craves it now. It doesn’t help that pastries, cakes, glazed donuts, ice cream and many others seem to be right in our path as we shop with healthy intention for the foods we have been told make up the optimal diet.
It’s just the way things are.
Reports reveal the average person in the United States consumes more than 126 grams of sugar daily, which is almost twice the average sugar intake of all 54 countries.
Additionally, 126 grams is two times more than the recommended daily intake, which the World Health Organization designates to be 50 grams
Obesity is a staggering problem, yet health authorities seem powerless to do anything about it.
Guidelines on nutrition are issued by trusted health experts. Some make sense, like the ‘Eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day’ guideline. Fruit and vegetables are sources of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants.
Some guidelines however, can be misleading. For example, when in 1987 the UK government asked medical experts to come up with a safe alcohol consumption limit, nobody could because no studies had been done.
An arbitrary safe figure of 21 units per week for men and 14 for women was arrived at, but these were simply plucked out of thin air.
In 2016, a panel of experts downgraded this figure to 14 units per week for both sexes. Some panel members were found to represent the Temperance Society and anti-alcohol lobbies. The drinks industry was never consulted.
Do you smell a rat?
Are there any guidelines for damaging fructose consumption? There are none. Fructose is as bad for the liver as alcohol, if not worse.
What if everyone who eats processed foods (most of us) have damaged livers because of excessive
The term “obesity” gets thrown around a lot, and sometimes it may not be clear what it means. Does it refer to anyone who has excessive weight, or has some excess weight to lose, Or is it more than that? Well there is a medical definition for obesity, as well as for the term “excessive weight”.
What is excessive weight? In medical terminology, the word excessive weight has come to be used as a noun (as in,”obesity and excessive weight”) as much as an adjective. Such usage has the effect of making clear that excessive weight and obesity are part of a disease process, more on that below. The medical definition for excessive weight is based on body mass index (BMI). BMI is measured in units of kg/m2, which means that it requires height and weight for the calculation. BMI calculators are readily available online, such as the one offered by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute ( NHLBI ). Excessive weight is defined as a BMI of 25.0 to 29.9 kg/m2. A normal BMI is defined as falling between 18.5 and 24.9.
Health experts have for long recommended ‘low-fat’ diets to counter the obesity epidemic. Some have now done a U-turn, telling us to eat more fat. Why?
For over half a century, obesity and heart disease rates have been increasing. During that time people moved away from eating natural saturated fats to eating artificial unsaturated fats, all because of recommendations made by health experts.
Now the experts admit that back then they were ignorant of the different kinds of dietary fats. Some fats are beneficial while others are detrimental to health. Until now experts have said that unsaturated fats should be consumed in preference to saturated fats.
“Eat margarine instead of butter” they said, and “cook with vegetable oils instead of lard”. Unfortunately, those recommendations did not prevent obesity and heart disease rate growing.
Once the public accepts the guidance of health experts, it becomes almost impossible to say that the experts were actually wrong.
However, a report published by the British National Obesity Forum and Public Health Collaboration on Obesity entitled ‘Eat Fat, Cut The Carbs and Avoid Snacking To Reverse Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes’ is different.
Obesity surgery is only performed for severe, chronic obesity which cannot be treated with diet control and exercise alone. This surgery is performed on the stomach and / or intestine. Severely obese people who have tried all other means of weight reduction are good candidates for obesity surgery. The main aim of this surgery is to reduce the intake of food which ultimately reduces weight. Some surgeries interrupt the way food is digested and absorbed. This prevents calories and vitamins from being absorbed and hence the tendency to gain weight is reduced.
Under normal circumstances, the food you eat moves along the digestive tract and the digestive juices and enzymes that are present help in absorbing the calories and other nutrients. When the food reaches the stomach strong acids aid the process of digestion. The food moves to the small intestine and is further digested by bile and other pancreatic juices. Iron and calcium is generally absorbed here. Other nutrients are absorbed by the small intestine gradually. The other food particles that are not digested in the small intestine are passed on to the