Last week, I talked about the dietary guidelines committee and the recommendations that continue to be pretty much the same as they have been for too many years now. I’m beginning to think that they are not experts so much as they are puppets.
When there is valid research suggesting a link between starchy and sugary foods and cancer, the public should be made aware and guidelines should be made that take into account all research not just the ones that fit a certain political agenda. What does politics have to do with food? The grain industry has a lot to lose if recommendations and consumer purchasing shifts. And as suggested by the research, it should.
If anyone knows how breads, cereals and other commercially processed foods landed the bottom (largest amount of servings) of the pyramid let me know.
Here’s the research, why has there not been more research to at least follow up on this. If I’ve missed it please someone send it to me:
- “Food Groups and Risk of Colon Cancer” Int J Cancer. 1997 Jul 3;72(1):56-61 (FYI, there are more recent studies but this one was specific to food groups so I figured you’d want to see this one.)
Foods that increased risk of colon cancer in order of highest risk: bread, cereal, potato, cake/dessert and refined sugar…yep you read correctly bread, cereal and potato were the worst culprits
One serving of vegetables lowered colon cancer risk by 20%. Fruit and fish were also found to lower risk.
Eggs and meat had no effect on colon cancer.
- “Restricting carbohydrates, appears to slow the growth of prostate tumors”, according to a study conducted by researchers from Duke University and MD Anderson Cancer Center, Read more here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/05/090526140842.htm
- Researchers from the Harvard School of Public Health found that “sucrose and fructose” (sugar not fat) had the strongest association with breast cancer.
Mike Adams, the Health Ranger and Editor of NaturalNews.com wrote about this study and its worthwhile reading. He reports that “57% or more of total energy intake from carbohydrates showed a 220% higher risk of breast cancer than women with more balanced diets”, http://www.naturalnews.com/001812.html.
Aren’t government recommendations for carbohydrates 50-60% of your diet?