Well, that’s a relief! It was beginning to look very thin indeed, with a healthy choice of food intake suddenly excluding protein, as reported in both the Telegraph and the Guardian newspapers. It seemed so reasonable – as the conclusions were based on a study of more than 60 thousand of adults’ over a 20 period, by the University of Southern California. Surely the data from such a study must be definitive. In fact, Dr Valter Longo, of the university, stated “We provide convincing evidence that a high-protein diet – particularly if the proteins are derived from animals – is nearly as bad as smoking for your health.”
I could take some solace from the fact that as the problem seemed to be age-related, I could ignore it now, being some 70+ already, but of course most of the world population would be affected.
An article later the same day from Zoe Williams (Now we can’t eat protein. What can we eat?) pointed to the disclaimer that was so badly needed. http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0076632
I will just give you the conclusion here – for the details, you must visit the page.
“Throughout its history, NHANES dietary measurement protocols have failed to provide accurate estimates of the habitual caloric consumption of the U.S. population. Furthermore, successive changes to the nutrient databases used for the 24HR data-to-energy conversations and improvements in measurement protocols make it exceedingly difficult to discern temporal patterns in caloric intake that can be related to changes in population rates of obesity. As such, there are no valid population-level data to support speculations regarding trends in caloric consumption and the etiology of the obesity epidemic. Because under-reporting and physiologically implausible rEI values are a predominant feature of U.S. nutritional surveillance, the ability to generate empirically supported public policy and dietary guidelines relevant to the obesity epidemic based on these data is extremely limited.”
Panic over, apparently, but not for Sugar!
I did a quick check, and found to my horror that I don’t have anything on sugar on this blog yet. I will remedy that here and now!
Sugar is very bad for you indeed!
Sources:- I started with John Rudkin’s “Pure, White, and Deadly”. This is available on the Internet as a PDF download, just search for it and inform yourselves. There are plenty of other articles out there if you need more.
Recent:- “Sugar tax may be necessary, England’s chief medical officer says”, http://www.bbc.com/news/health-26442420
“WHO: Daily sugar intake ‘should be halved'” http://www.bbc.com/news/health-26449497
This indicates that the voluntary reduction of sugar content on the part of the food industry is not working, and now the big guns are being brought to bear.
What can you do?
Search for tips on ways to reduce your sugar intake. There are literally hundreds of them out there on the Internet. I am not going to give you any tips, I am just going to tell you what I did.
As a youngster I needed 2 heaped teaspoons of white sugar in a cup of tea or cofffee. Now, I have reduced that that to a half teaspoon (flat) of brown sugar. This was done by a stepwise reduction in small amounts, with a “dwell period” at each stage to get the taste buds adjusted.
My main drinks are coffee (ok, so I’m an addict!), and water. My intake of soft drinks such as Coke is down to about 1 per year – yes seriously!
I didn’t find it so easy with smoking, unfortunately – see https://trythisoneforsize.wordpress.com/2014/01/05/given-up-giving-up/