Is Government Propaganda Making You Fat?

Does the US government lie to us?  I’ve watched my share of X-Files episodes, so perhaps the government is hiding alien spacecraft in New Mexico.  Maybe the government is covering up who killed JFK.  I honestly don’t know.  But, I do know that the basic advice I got as a kid about what to eat was wrong — dangerously wrong.  And, it remains so to this day.  The government is still giving our kids really bad advice about what to eat.  Exhibit 1: The Food Pyramid.  It’s brought to us by the good folks about the US Department of Agriculture, and it’s wrong.

The food pyramid tells you to get most of your calories from carbohydrates – bread, pasta, rice and cereal.  It also tells us to restrict intake of meat, fish, nuts, cheese and milk.  What’s wrong with this?  Quite simply, it is a recipe to become fat.  There is a commonly held fallacy that you become fat when you take in more calories than you burn.  That’s basically false.  The only time your body converts food into fat is when your body is producing the hormone insulin.  When does your body produce insulin?  When you’re digesting carbohydrates — and ONLY when you’re digesting carbohydrates.

While I know this to be true at an intuitive level, having used this knowledge to loose over 40 pounds and keep my weight under control for the past five years, you shouldn’t take my word for it.  You should look at the science behind it and make your own conclusions.  Thus, I strongly suggest you read this book: Why We Get Fat by Gary Taubes.  It presents all the science you need to draw your own conclusion.  The evidence is overwhelming and a times shocking.

Why is the government giving us such bad advice?  Maybe it has to do with aliens in Roswell.  I don’t know, but the fact remains that people have need to understand it.  The Truth Is Out There!



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  1. Trackback: Goodbye Food Pyramid « ZZ Ninja

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