Six Reasons Why I Don’t Trust Mainstream Organizations about Diet and Nutrition

A few months back, I talked about a family member who was told by a doctor to adopt a low-fat diet, and that carbs were “Just sugar, and okay.” At the time, I was incensed and felt that the advice bordered on the criminal considering the health issues the patient was being seen for. However, it was just another example of how the medical community is stuck in the dark ages as it pertains to nutrition and diet. The irony is strong considering I am more nutritionally enlightened as a Paleo adherent than the majority of health professionals out there today.

I stumbled across this great article about six reasons they don’t trust mainstream organizations about diet and nutrition, and they echo exactly the same six reasons I have. These are the six reasons I give people verbally when we talk about diet and nutrition. I could restate it all in my own words, and I have over the course of many blog posts and conversations with people, but Kris Gunnars did such a good job, I feel it’s just smarter for me to link to their article than to write my own.

Go read it. I’ll keep today’s post short so you can devote your PaleoMarine time (haha, as if you actually set aside time for this!) to reading this great article. It’s so important, I’m going to post a link to it in my Required Reading section of this blog.

4 thoughts on “Six Reasons Why I Don’t Trust Mainstream Organizations about Diet and Nutrition

  1. Hi EJ, I read the article that you had previously mentioned as well as the descriptions on how fat loss would occur if a person were to eat a low carb, high protein diet and it makes sense to me. My question is if high protein diets that can help us lose weight and are better for us than high carb diets, where is the plaque coming from that is clogging arteries. The only reason I’m asking is a friend of both yours and mine, female, approximately 48 years of age had her first heart attack. She had to have a stent put in. I am not sure what her diet was like previous to the heart attack but where is the plaque build up coming from? If you have a moment, I would love to hear your thoughts. It is sobering to know that a 48 year old female had a heart attack.

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  2. Sorry, a few more additional facts: She is a diabetic that controls the disease with diet and when we ate dinner together, she had ordered grilled fish and rice.

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  3. Cholesterol is in the fats in your blood. Two types of cholesterol exist: LDL, which is also known as low-density lipoprotein and HDL, which is also known as high-density lipoprotein. LDL is the “bad” cholesterol, because it causes a buildup of plaque in the arteries. HDL is the “good” cholesterol, because it helps the body get rid of excess LDL in the blood by carrying it away from the organs to the liver, so that it can be removed. Triglycerides are another type of fat found in the blood, and high triglyceride levels also increase the risk for heart disease. Cholesterol can combine with fat, calcium, and other substances in the blood to form plaque. Plaque then slowly builds up and hardens in the arteries, causing them to narrow. This buildup of plaque, a condition called atherosclerosis, can lead to heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. How this all is effected by diet: Rice (and all grains and legumes) is super-dense in carbs. Carbs are processed by the body and turned into either glucose, glycogen, or fat depending on how much physical activity you’re getting. I know people in my family who are thin as a rail yet have high cholesterol and heart problems. Genetics also plays a big role in this. I hope this helps answer your questions.

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