The BFM wants to get involved with the hot topic of fat v sugar. For years we were told by the doctors that fat was bad and that it was the cause of lots of disease. We then saw the food industry cut fat in everything and the “low fat” produce was born!!!! The idea was good but this major food experiment has literally gone pear shaped.
We still have sky rocketing obesity and diabetes despite the apparent reduction in fats. Now I have to add that eating large quantities of fat is detrimental to health But there are other factors at work here. Also I will add here that these views are a distillation of lots of reading, talking to people and self directed study, I implore you to read and make your own judgement, but as a self proclaimed food lover, I feel I have a duty to share info regarding all things food.
Back to fat, the food industry decided to cut fats so we had to drink skimmed milk, eat lean meat, eat low fat cheese and snacks and use margarine instead of butter. Also we had to derive more energy from sugars in all their forms. These range from simple glucose, sucrose, fructose, galactose to multi chained poly carbohydrates like starches in rice, potatoes, pasta, breads. Now we have all been brainwashed into thinking that these long chain carbs are good, but on a cellular level all these poly carbs are broken down to their constituent simple sugar building blocks. It is these sugars that stimulate the production of insulin which causes fat cells to go into storage overdrive and hence the weight piles on. Ultimately the metabolism of fat and carbohydrates differs and we eat more carbs to compensate the calorie loss from fats and so feel hungrier and the cycle perpetuates, in short we become addicted to sugar. The food industry knows all this and yet they sweep the research under the carpet, akin to the tobacco industry and cigarettes.
A low fat low calorie diet does not work because our cells become more resistant to insulin,which causes us to gain more weight, which only increases insulin resistance and hence we get increases in obesity, type 2 diabetes, high triglycerides and low HDL which are all implicated in disease like heart attacks, strokes and other related problems.
Sugars are cheap, sugars are addictive, sugars add taste and bulk and substance to food as the food industry would have us believe.
Do you really know the effects of sugars on your body. I eluded to some of the problems above. From mouth to other end sugars are bad. They rot teeth, cause obesity, diabetes, heart and circulation problems and have been implicated in things like Coeliac disease (Wheat). So sugars are bad, but because they are so plentiful they are found in all types of foods. Take High Fructose Corn Syrup, a cheap way of introducing sugar in bulk to all sorts of food and drinks. They can be found in bread, mayonnaise, salad dressings, tinned tuna, canned fruit and vegetables, crackers, cereals, ketchup, macaroni and cheese, soup, yoghurts, condiments, drinks, heck they are everywhere!!!!
So if you are worried,concerned,interested please investigate yourself, spread the word and remember all foods taken in Moderation is good sense. Eat pure and natural food in its unprocessed state. Learn how to cook from first principles and do not use convenience foods/gadgets to cut corners or you will regret it.
Once again the BFM shares the food love!!! Ciao down now!!!
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