The Fraudulence of American Dietary Advice and an Incidental Indictment of Religion

I spent the weekend strung out on Adderall (thank you for your judgment, I have a prescription), and an obscene quantity of caffeine and sugar, while cramming for my CSCS exam. Thankfully it is largely information that I’ve seen at other points and in other places through my academic career. Though some of it is quite a ways back there. Parts of the sacromere. The H zone compresses as the actin and myosin heads ratchet past each other, the A band does not change in length, etc.

I’ve learned these things before.

This is science, you can see it under a microscope and it hasn’t changed markedly since I took exercise physiology 15 years ago using a much earlier version of the textbook I’ve borrowed to study for the test tomorrow. But some of the details have faded from my memory.

I was in a bad mood while cramming several hundred pages of double column material at Starbucks yesterday. I hit the chapter on “nutrition” about the same time a man and two extremely butch women came in for bible study. I’m about to completely muddle and convolute topics and for that I apologize. I’m writing about nutrition and diet, but for those hours, while reading a topic that has been butchered and abused by carefully placed lobbyist dollars, I found my mind wandering and desiring to invade the bible study with a Harry Potter study group.

I also found myself texting Trish, “Here is the part that says you need to shut up, I can beat you and how to own slaves.”

I digress. I warned you that I was going to.

The FDA has been pushing a high-carbohydrate diet for decades. As America physically exploded, as our BMIs doubled and tripled residents of third-world nations, as metabolic disease and diabetes ran amok across the county, we continued to push carbohydrate as a dietary strategy to address it. The MyPlate initiative by the USDA is a small step in a direction, but it still misses the mark. MyPlate recommends that we each get 10 oz equivalents of whole grains per day.

Providing that an single slice of bread is an ounce equivalent, or half a cup of rice to be the same, the “reduced” carbohydrate push of MyPlate asks you to eat a loaf of bread per day. Or five cups of rice.

JFC.

Has it ever occurred to anyone that most grains are processed? They are literally not a naturally occurring food group. Even “whole” grains are typically processed and have nutrients added back in. We are not herbivores. We lack the symbiotic microbiota to digest fiber. They are processed and fortified. Bread does not occur in nature.

“Look, Becky. A bread tree, in full bloom! Isn’t it remarkable!”

How can a food that is man-made be a food group? Meat occurs in nature. Avocados occur in nature. Coconuts are awesome.

“Look, Becky! A cherry tree, in full bloom! Aren’t the blossoms resplendent!”

The base of the Food Pyramid for decades was processed grains. We were supposed to eat more of that food group than any other. How did humanity evolve this far, how have we learned to add 2 and 2, how have we invented sneakers and walked on the moon when we had to come so far before we invented processed grains? Imagine how much faster we’d have gotten here if, in Genesis 1:2, God created Wonderbread? Eve might have left that apple on the tree.

So much world and those people gather to study fairy tales on a Saturday.

I digress. Again.

How can a food group that isn’t actually food — that is man-made, be the most important food group? I say that it can’t be. I say that the USDA was bought by agriculture dollars. I say we saved the farmer at the expense of out national health. I say that we chose the shortsighted financial victory of keeping the corn farmer in business while we placed hundreds of thousands of diabetics on dialysis and created millions more metabolic syndrome and overt diabetics waiting in the wings to take their place in the dialysis unit or the operating room table for heart or vascular surgery.

The USDA pushed a high carbohydrate diet to we Americans as the number of diabetics increased from 5.5 million in 1980 to 22.0 million in 2014 http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/statistics/prev/national/figpersons.htm. They continued to push diets that focused the intensity and bulk of caloric intake on carbohydrates even to those already diagnosed and afflicted with diabetes. If you are diabetic, carbohydrate is the ENEMY. I encourage you to explain to me how that is not true?

To advise diabetics to eat carbohydrate, but only the “healthy” whole grain ones, is like telling a heroin junky that they should only use pure, uncut opiates. The source, cause and reason for your disease and you are advised by the government you trust to keep you safe to consume more.

Diabetes rates rose. And rose. And rose. Obesity, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, vascular disease, diabetes. All the blessings of affluence.

The exercise physiology text of the National Strength and Conditioning Association is a couple years old and predates MyPlate. It pushes for all of these carbohydrate choices as part of of MyPyramid and how fat intake is the devil, just like Helen Boucher told us about da foosbal. But are nutrients that do not cause an immediate rise and fall in blood sugar, that do not acutely affect blood sugar at all, a thing to be feared in the setting of diabetes? This morphine will only get you a little high…

It truly boggles my small mind. There is no essential carbohydrate. They are not necessary for the continuation of life. They are not physiologically or metabolically necessary and have no place as a recommended nutrient. Grains and breads belong on the side of the page as a sub-column adjacent to soda and ice cream. While perhaps not quite as evil or vile as those foodstuffs, they ought to absolutely be pulled away from items identified as recommended, necessary or required to sustain life.

The body cannot surive in the absence of protein and fat. Period. Fruits and vegetables provide low glycemic options that contain fiber, vitamins and minerals. Done.

I love bread. I love pasta. I love ice cream. But these are not necessary food items, they aren’t really food at all, and anyone who supports them as a staple of the human diet is high, or spent college cramming fairy tales on a Saturday afternoon instead of a textbook.I spent the weekend strung out on Adderall (thank you for your judgment, I have a prescription), and an obscene quantity of caffeine and sugar, while cramming for my CSCS exam. Thankfully it is largely information that I’ve seen at other points and in other places through my academic career. Though some of it is quite a ways back there. Parts of the sacromere. The H zone compresses as the actin and myosin heads ratchet past each other, the A band does not change in length, etc.

I’ve learned these things before.

This is science, you can see it under a microscope and it hasn’t changed markedly since I took exercise physiology 15 years ago using a much earlier version of the textbook I’ve borrowed to study for the test tomorrow. But some of the details have faded from my memory.

I was in a bad mood while cramming several hundred pages of double column material at Starbucks yesterday. I hit the chapter on “nutrition” about the same time a man and two extremely butch women came in for bible study. I’m about to completely muddle and convolute topics and for that I apologize. I’m writing about nutrition and diet, but for those hours, while reading a topic that has been butchered and abused by carefully placed lobbyist dollars, I found my mind wandering and desiring to invade the bible study with a Harry Potter study group.

I also found myself texting Trish, “Here is the part that says you need to shut up, I can beat you and how to own slaves.”

I digress. I warned you that I was going to.

The FDA has been pushing a high-carbohydrate diet for decades. As America physically exploded, as our BMIs doubled and tripled residents of third-world nations, as metabolic disease and diabetes ran amok across the county, we continued to push carbohydrate as a dietary strategy to address it. The MyPlate initiative by the USDA is a small step in a direction, but it still misses the mark. MyPlate recommends that we each get 10 oz equivalents of whole grains per day.

Providing that an single slice of bread is an ounce equivalent, or half a cup of rice to be the same, the “reduced” carbohydrate push of MyPlate asks you to eat a loaf of bread per day. Or five cups of rice.

JFC.

Has it ever occurred to anyone that most grains are processed? They are literally not a naturally occurring food group. Even “whole” grains are typically processed and have nutrients added back in. We are not herbivores. We lack the symbiotic microbiota to digest fiber. They are processed and fortified. Bread does not occur in nature.

“Look, Becky. A bread tree, in full bloom! Isn’t it remarkable!”

How can a food that is man-made be a food group? Meat occurs in nature. Avocados occur in nature. Coconuts are awesome.

“Look, Becky! A cherry tree, in full bloom! Aren’t the blossoms resplendent!”

The base of the Food Pyramid for decades was processed grains. We were supposed to eat more of that food group than any other. How did humanity evolve this far, how have we learned to add 2 and 2, how have we invented sneakers and walked on the moon when we had to come so far before we invented processed grains? Imagine how much faster we’d have gotten here if, in Genesis 1:2, God created Wonderbread? Eve might have left that apple on the tree.

So much world and those people gather to study fairy tales on a Saturday.

I digress. Again.

How can a food group that isn’t actually food — that is man-made, be the most important food group? I say that it can’t be. I say that the USDA was bought by agriculture dollars. I say we saved the farmer at the expense of out national health. I say that we chose the shortsighted financial victory of keeping the corn farmer in business while we placed hundreds of thousands of diabetics on dialysis and created millions more metabolic syndrome and overt diabetics waiting in the wings to take their place in the dialysis unit or the operating room table for heart or vascular surgery.

The USDA pushed a high carbohydrate diet to we Americans as the number of diabetics increased from 5.5 million in 1980 to 22.0 million in 2014 http://www.cdc.gov/diabetes/statistics/prev/national/figpersons.htm. They continued to push diets that focused the intensity and bulk of caloric intake on carbohydrates even to those already diagnosed and afflicted with diabetes. If you are diabetic, carbohydrate is the ENEMY. I encourage you to explain to me how that is not true?

To advise diabetics to eat carbohydrate, but only the “healthy” whole grain ones, is like telling a heroin junky that they should only use pure, uncut opiates. The source, cause and reason for your disease and you are advised by the government you trust to keep you safe to consume more.

Diabetes rates rose. And rose. And rose. Obesity, metabolic syndrome, heart disease, vascular disease, diabetes. All the blessings of affluence.

The exercise physiology text of the National Strength and Conditioning Association is a couple years old and predates MyPlate. It pushes for all of these carbohydrate choices as part of of MyPyramid and how fat intake is the devil, just like Helen Boucher told us about da foosbal. But are nutrients that do not cause an immediate rise and fall in blood sugar, that do not acutely affect blood sugar at all, a thing to be feared in the setting of diabetes? This morphine will only get you a little high…

It truly boggles my small mind. There is no essential carbohydrate. They are not necessary for the continuation of life. They are not physiologically or metabolically necessary and have no place as a recommended nutrient. Grains and breads belong on the side of the page as a sub-column adjacent to soda and ice cream. While perhaps not quite as evil or vile as those foodstuffs, they ought to absolutely be pulled away from items identified as recommended, necessary or required to sustain life.

The body cannot surive in the absence of protein and fat. Period. Fruits and vegetables provide low glycemic options that contain fiber, vitamins and minerals. Done.

I love bread. I love pasta. I love ice cream. But these are not necessary food items, they aren’t really food at all, and anyone who supports them as a staple of the human diet is high, or spent college cramming fairy tales on a Saturday afternoon instead of a textbook.