I have been fed up for a while. The truth as you may know it about what we eat and how it effects the way we feel has all been a “Big Fat Lie” (read the original article, http://www.nytimes.com/2002/07/07/magazine/what-if-it-s-all-been-a-big-fat-lie.html or listen here, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nQuB9pcptk0).
Even back in 2002 when “Big Fat Lie” was printed in The New York Times, it had already been 30 years after Dr. Atkins published his book “Dr. Atkins Diet Revolution”. The data supporting fat as being a superior nutrient to sugar and carbohydrates existed prior to Dr. Atkins and there is much more support for this today. Over the years, there have been many more documentaries, articles, research papers, interviews etc…supporting this fact. Yet despite this, no one with the power to make any change on a National level seems to get all this information. Brainwashed, money hungry, maybe just completely ignorant. Whatever, the reason, I am just fed up with the continued ignorance about nutrition that plagues this country.
The poppycock that has been ingrained into most people’ beliefs needs to be exposed for what it is. These quotes are fallacies.
- “Non-fat food is healthy”
- “Fat is Bad”
- “Sugar is not fattening or deleterious to health”
“Fed Up” is a documentary film by Stephanie Soechtig, executive produced by Katie Couric and Laurie David. “Fed Up” is in theaters for people to see now and I am thrilled that this information is being shared with the public because it is part of a bigger outcry for justice and healthier food options that have been going on for a long time.
It is hard to go from believing sugar is a simple white harmless powder to trusting that it acts like cocaine once consumed but you will see the brain scan that proves it.
If you think fat is the culprit behind obesity and poor health, low energy levels, etc…think again. According to “Fed Up”, the main offender in this toxic mess is sugar and for many people the term carbohydrates, fructose or natural sugar are all synonymous with sugar.
Here is the disconnect, while the film names the food industry and the government as being responsible for the “sugar mess” we are in, Ms. Couric quotes the recommendations for sugar from the American Heart Association, huh? The recommended sugar intake for adult women is 5 teaspoons (20 grams) of sugar per day, for adult men, it’s 9 teaspoons (36 grams) daily, and for children, it’s 3 teaspoons (12 grams) a day.
Why? How? The film itself describes how sugar acts like cocaine in our brains. Why in the world would she do that?
Interested in how the American Heart association is linked to this hypocrisy? Give this a read, http://www.fathead-movie.com/index.php/2013/02/11/why-the-american-heart-association-cant-admit-theyre-wrong/, http://www.fathead-movie.com/index.php/2013/02/14/studies-the-american-heart-association-doesnt-want-you-to-read/.
Carbohydrates get metabolized into sugar. Every 4 grams of carbohydrates consumed converts into 1 teaspoon of sugar. So if we consume 50 grams of carbohydrates, this provides about 12.5 teaspoons of sugar. No need to add more! Most people consume more than 4 times this amount or over 200 grams of carbohydrates every day.
So think of “Fed Up” as a step in the right direction but it certainly does not tell the whole story. If you cut sugar and feel the difference in your moods, your energy, your weight and health…you may also want to cut carbs to get the best of these benefits.