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Why Our Food Is Making Us Fat

From the Guardian, via Trevor Lyman's Liberty Crier.com

The story begins in 1971. Richard Nixon was facing re-election. The Vietnam war was threatening his popularity at home, but just as big an issue with voters was the soaring cost of food. If Nixon was to survive, he needed food prices to go down, and that required getting a very powerful lobby on board – the farmers. Nixon appointed Earl Butz, an academic from the farming heartland of Indiana, to broker a compromise. Butz, an agriculture expert, had a radical plan that would transform the food we eat, and in doing so, the shape of the human race.

Butz pushed farmers into a new, industrial scale of production, and into farming one crop in particular: corn. US cattle were fattened by the immense increases in corn production. Burgers became bigger. Fries, fried in corn oil, became fattier. Corn became the engine for the massive surge in the quantities of cheaper food being supplied to American supermarkets: everything from cereals, to biscuits and flour found new uses for corn. As a result of Butz's free-market reforms, American farmers, almost overnight, went from parochial small-holders to multimillionaire businessmen with a global market. One Indiana farmer believes that America could have won the cold war by simply starving the Russians of corn. But instead they chose to make money.

By the mid-70s, there was a surplus of corn. Butz flew to Japan to look into a scientific innovation that would change everything: the mass development of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS), or glucose-fructose syrup as it's often referred to in the UK, a highly sweet, gloppy syrup, produced from surplus corn, that was also incredibly cheap. HFCS had been discovered in the 50s, but it was only in the 70s that a process had been found to harness it for mass production. HFCS was soon pumped into every conceivable food: pizzas, coleslaw, meat. It provided that "just baked" sheen on bread and cakes, made everything sweeter, and extended shelf life from days to years. A silent revolution of the amount of sugar that was going into our bodies was taking place. In Britain, the food on our plates became pure science – each processed milligram tweaked and sweetened for maximum palatability. And the general public were clueless that these changes were taking place.

There was one product in particular that it had a dramatic effect on – soft drinks. Hank Cardello, the former head of marketing at Coca-Cola, tells me that in 1984, Coke in the US swapped from sugar to HFCS (In the UK, it continued to use sugar). As a market leader, Coke's decision sent a message of endorsement to the rest of the industry, which quickly followed suit. There was "no downside" to HFCS, Cardello says. It was two-thirds the price of sugar, and even the risk of messing with the taste was a risk worth taking when you looked at the margin, especially as there were no apparent health risks. At that time, "obesity wasn't even on the radar" says Cardello.

But another health issue was on the radar: heart disease, and in the mid-70s, a fierce debate was raging behind the closed doors of academia over what was causing it.

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Interesting beginning to that

It's sort of worse - Round up ready corn plants could be dumped with billions of pounds of pesticide. The plants can absorb it and still live. Corn - great for the liver and pancreas. Next sludge and phosphate fertilizer mined from the same strata as uranium. Ever see products brag - "no phosphates"? I swear they even recycle toxic waste into our liquid laurndy detergent. I wish people would stop buying the liquid type!

I noticed that

when I 1) eat less or 2) eat low-calories food or 3) exercise more, my weight goes down. Nevertheless, progressives turned the issue into racism and poverty to explain obesity among some minorities in the past (low-calories food cost more they argued; personal responsibility does not exist in a socialist mind.) Progressives logic had succeeded, sums of money were allocated to subsidise "less fat" food for certain groups of people.

Double post

Double post

I was interested, but had to

I was interested, but had to stop reading after this: "As a result of Butz's free-market reforms...."

How many vegans / vegetarians

How many vegans / vegetarians have lived to be 100? How the hell would I know?

But I'll show you some.

108 female - vegan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NkRN3ddd0P8
109 male - vegan https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfSLnMAylxY
100 female - vegetarian https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyHlkEJZdPQ

oh and hey! check out these 70+ year old vegans!
Bodybuilder https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuNpXoARSB8
Annette larkins now 74, looks 50 https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=fvwp&v=ANt4RIFnJH4&NR=1 RAW VEGAN POWER!
Mimi! Kirk! 73 now.. Damn she's SEXY https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TR8FyZ75l4


I think what the down votes are saying is.. we don't care what proof you are showing me I emotionally disagree with you. Because we don't like being challenged.

I would encourage everyone to

I would encourage everyone to read the China study which shows that as you increase dairy and meat in the diet of a population cancer and disease skyrocket.

There is a lot of evidence to support that high protein inhibit cancer growth. While carginogens may be cancer causing factors, it is in the high protein diets that they can grow more rapidly.

READ THIS BOOK... It is nothing but raw DATA to support that humans are meant to eat high carbohydrate low fat diets http://www.amazon.com/The-China-Study-Comprehensive-Implicat...

And I suggest you buy it through the amazon store by using the DailyPaul link

The China Study is part diet,

The China Study is part diet, part medical study, part condemnation of the governmental and industry politics that determine what we think about what we eat.

This exhaustive presentation of the findings from The China Study conclusively demonstrates the link between nutrition and heart disease, diabetes and cancer. Referred to as the “Grand Prix of epidemiology” by the New York Times, this study reveals the dramatic effect proper nutrition can have on reducing and reversing these ailments as well as obesity and calls into question the practices of many of the current dietary programs, such as the Atkins diet, that enjoy widespread popularity in the western world.

About the Authors
For more than 40 years, Dr. T. Colin Campbell has been at the forefront of nutrition research. His legacy, the China Study, is the most comprehensive study of health and nutrition ever conducted. Dr. Campbell is Jacob Gould Schurman Professor Emeritus of Nutritional Biochemisty at Cornell University. He has received more than 70 grant-years of peer-reviewed research funding and authored more than 300 research papers. The China Study was the culmination of a 20-year partnership of Cornell University, Oxford University and the Chinese Academy of Preventive Medicine.

A 1999 graduate of Cornell University, Thomas Campbell is currently pursuing a career in medicine. In addition, he is a writer, actor and three-time marathon runner. Born and raised in Ithaca, N.Y., he has appeared on stage in London, Chicago and most of the states east of the Mississippi River. Mr. Campbell enjoys playing soccer, skiing and hiking.

Yes, HFC is definitely a

Yes, HFC is definitely a large contributor to making us fat, but so is soy (non-fermented). In my opinion, HFC and soy are the two worst foods (if you can call them foods) humans can consume.

We are fat because we don't

We are fat because we don't eat enough fat.

I like his eating principles.

I like his eating principles, you need to eat spaced apart meals you shouldn't eat before bed. But I disagree with his reccomended macronutrient ratio. Fat does not work for me unless it comes from avocados or nuts and seeds. and a little bit of fish or checken here and there

Why are we all fat?

Hear it from the people who get the results you desire.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XVf36nwraw Dr John McDougall
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-piSdbdmezs Dr Doug Graham
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AAugcgc7EPY&list=PL588F163E8D... "The Life Regenerator.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpyQ23SUc0E theradicalracheal
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YjZ5UAYFBA&list=PL7021C9448B... - durian rider
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvb-jNX_aMo dave the raw food truck driver (cured cancer with his diet)

lots more but these are fun

Needless to say

I am not in favor of HFCS. However, people were getting plenty fat long before it was developed. Regular sugar will make you fat and diabetic if you are so disposed. Other people can consume plenty of sugar and or HFCS and will become neither fat nor diabetic. Of course, they'll probably "get" something else almost or just as bad. Just limit sugar in all its forms - just for starters.

Sweat out or pee out essential minerals disease comes.

To become disposed to diabetes just run out of minerals, especially Chromium and vanadium.

Sugars are anti-nutrients, they will deplete the bodies stores.

Eliminate starches. They are just chains of glucose and fructose and they call out the insulin that tells the cells to warehouse fat.

High fructose corn syrup is produced in a 115 step process that includes genetically modified bacteria that eat corn starch and poop our HFCS.

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Horses, Cows, and Pigs

Corn has been used for centuries to fatten horses, cows, and pigs. It works.

If you eat cane sugar, your body knows to stop when it becomes too sweet, but corn syrup doesn't do that. You can just keep consuming it.

If you are going to limit sugar, start with corn syrup. Use real cane sugar if you must. Besides, all the corn syrup is GMO.

What do you think? http://consequeries.com/

Yeah but you have to

Yeah but you have to understand that we are not cows and we don't have 4 stomachs and a huge small intestine. Cows are not meant to eat corn they are grazers who feed on grass and bushes. Corn to a cow is HFC to a human. And cows physiology is different it just isn't a good comparison

We are not meant to eat corn either

We are not meant to eat corn either. Grains have the same effects on humans as they do to cows and dogs. We get fattened up and it wrecks the digestive system causing mal-absorption of nutrients.

Resist the temptation to feed the trolls.


Its the mock grains that are maid from the white flours that are making you fat. concentrated nonsense.

I eat plenty of oatmeal and barley with nothing addd but fruit for sweetness. it helps me maintain my weight and digestive health. 80 10 10

I consider Sugar to be flavoring not a food.

As a flavor enhancer is is safer then adding high doses of glutamate.

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Why? Non-essential amino acid versus sucrose/fructose/glucose?

They are both basically converted 100% to metabolic fuel whatever names you call them.

Sugar triggers a surge of insulin and the sodium glutmates do not, but the glutamates introduce more sodium. I'm not sure what your reasoning is. I think the opposite (though I think high doses of either are potentially harmful and gross tasting.)

Hello Marc. There are regulator of glutamate uptake.

High blood insulin is a proven problem.

Rat study on glutamate.

"Evidence for glutamate-mediated damage of oligodendroglia somata and processes in white matter suggests that glutamate regulation in white matter structures is also of clinical importance."


Glutamate passes into neurons through a tiny hole guarded by Magnesium and Calcium ions.

If magnesium is deficient but glutamate is abundant glutamate enters the neuron and it will scream until it burns itself out.

Our food is laced with high glutamate ingredients. How can an autistic child handle this brain scream. A teaspoon magnesium citrate solution as needed until calm is re-established.

Some signs of Magnesium deficiency:
Menstrual migraine
ECG changes
Neuro muscular problems
Muscle 'ties'

I salt to taste to insure I can produce sufficient stomach acid.

Restricting table salt intake has been linked to disease yet produces no benefit.

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I can't verify those claims about glutamate transport


The journal you linked to didn't really say anything about what you just claimed.

However, it seems to me that you are on to something about the relationship between hypomagnesia and the NMDA (glutamate) receptor.



This pisses me off more than anything

the corn syrup does not make you fat. The Pizza , the chicken, the oil in the coleslaw, IS WHAT MAKES YOU FAT!

What the HFC does is it helps to trigger your body's insulin response which triggers your body to store the FAT that is inide those foods or in whatever meal you are eating with your HFC infused juices.
Read it right here plain and simple: http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/cellular-microscopic/f...
Watch this : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM3ZfLfugEw
Starch and carbohydrates when eaten in wholefoods do not make you fat. Refined things trigger insulin responses that tells your body to store fat that is in the food you are eating. So remember, It isn't that the sugar turns into fat, that is myth. What happens is REFINED and CONCENTRATED sugars (which are not natural folks!) triggers insulin which drives your body to store more fat But potatoes and starch and corn do NOT make you fat that is horrible disinformation.

What makes us fat is FAT AND PROTEIN.
I dare all of you to eat 20 bananas every day or 30 even for 7 days, you will lose a ton of weight.

If you want to not be fat, you have to keep the macronutrint ratio in the foods you eat to 80 - 10 - 10. IT IS THAT SIMPLE FOLKS!!
fruits berries melons, Vegetables, potatoes, rice , beans , lentil, all of it!!!!!!
That in terms of total calorie in take only 10 percent should be fat calories and 10 percent be protein calories.

This is the healthiest diet for human beings this is how we were made to eat..

Look up John McDougall book The starch solution, Better yet here is a link to a video for you to watch. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XM3ZfLfugEw

I'm sorry, but

You are dead wrong. Furthermore, what you're espousing is very dangerous if anybody heeds your advice. Even status quo organizations are recognizing the dangers of a high carbohydrate diet. A 10-10-80 Protein, fat, carb diet is a recipe for a disaster on a number of different levels. A calorie is not just a calorie which has recently been recognized by the AMA. Calories in the form of carbs, particularly those from grains (HFCS is in that category) are harmful whereas only certain proteins and fats are harmful. I suggest you read either a Gary Taubes book "Good Calories, Bad Calories" for more information on the dangers of carbohydrates. Additionally, Robb Wolf (a libertarian with a political podcast) has written "The Paleo Solution" which is by far the greatest diet book ever written.