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Why Our Food Is Making Us Fat

From the Guardian, via Trevor Lyman's Liberty

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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It might work for some

It didn't work for me. I read McDougall decades ago after hearing him on Youngstown radio. I was always hungry and gained weight.

I also tried a vegan diet in the 80's. I became emaciated and very weak, even with supplements.

When I eat a high-fat, low-carb diet, my weight goes back to normal, my blood pressure declines to normal, my blood sugar levels and triglycerides drop back to normal ranges.

My favorite foods: free range eggs (chicken and duck), raw milk, raw milk cheese, meat of all kinds including plenty of red meat(the less processed, the better), sushi, real butter (lots of it), extra virgin olive oil, green leafy vegetables and all non-starchy vegetables, organic nuts. I eat fruits, including apples and bananas, sparingly. Alcohol sparingly. Just about anything else, sparingly. And, of course, the elixir of life, strong coffee (NOT sparingly!).

Nice to see someone recognize

Nice to see someone recognize meat's impact on the body, that it doesn't fatten the body and that it does slim it. Many people on the DP have lost sight of nature.

Additionally, they, in their zealous discussions about nutrition on the micro level, miss the damned obvious about something inside their mouths that destroy their bodies, resulting in deranged circulation causing excesses and deficiencies. The obvious? Dentistry. That profession is a sham. Truth in it resides in books from long ago, despite what in-house dentist Delysid says.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

i'm With You

Except I find I need fruit every few hours. I probably overdo the citrus but I believe the adage 'An apple a day keeps the doctor away." If given the chance, I eat 2 or 3.
I consume 0 refined sugars and aim for low consumption of starch and carbs.
The more raw vegetable, and the more frequently I eat, the better I feel all around. If I can't eat frequently and regularly through the day I find I break into cold sweats through the night. What's up with that?
I maybe also overdo the protein ( I'd eat 80% red meat 3 times a day if given the chance), but the raw milk/butter staple I regard as medicine.
Cups full of strong coffee helps the medicine go down. ;-)

Your blood sugar is crashing at night.

It doesn't crash during the day because you fuel often. I've been there.

If vanadium is deficient then hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) is one symptom.

Also glucose tolerance may be an issue, based on the need for constant fueling. That is a chromium deficiency. SweetEeze has vadaium, chromium and other herbs proven to help regulate blood sugar.

Sufficent magnesiumm zinc and iodine are needed to control blood sugars.

Limit protein to 1g per pound of body weight or risk liver damage.

Don't drink 20 minutes before eating protein. Given this twenty minute head start the stomach can only digest about a 1/4 pound of protein at a sitting anything more is turned to sh.t.

Coffee with with fats is great! Coffee and chocolate is my favorite breakfast. It also washes down the 600mg of 60 trace mineral I eat every day.

The Alex pack, add Sweeteez for a month. See if you were missing anything. You won't know what you've got till it's gone! Or google youngetiviy.

After you insure sufficient minerals and nutrition are present try fasting 16 hours straight a day. With your low starch plan, it should not be a problem.

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Thanks Paul

I really appreciate you taking your time to share your view.

Of course you are right that blood sugar levels are involved, but I'm still not clear on just what is involved in inducing these and other reactions. For example, heart rate and particularly eyes, vision blurring, eyes glossing and watering acutely. ??

The liver damage you mention is also something I wish to understand. I have no doubt you are right. I'm only now becoming acquainted with the role of fat in putting things in balance.

Again, thanks Paul. Any further suggestions or other particulars would also be appreciated.

Oops, typo, should read kidney damage not liver.

I know of two cases where high protein low fat low carb diets caused kidney damage. Don't go there.

Here's, what I would do to start. For $120, get the Alex Pack and for a month saturate you body with all 90 essential nutrients plus Sweeteeze

If you still have any stubborn symptoms you'll be nutritionally sufficient and ready to begin targeting them.

B2 Riboflavin (in Alex Pack)\
Sore mouth. Lips, tongue
magenta tongue

Youngetivity has Selium 90 gelcaps also if these ring true.
Signs of Selenium Deficiency:
Heart palpitations
Irregular heartbeat
Cardiomyopathy (Heart Attack)
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome(SIDS)
Age spots, liver spots
Muscle weakness
Myalgia (muscle pain and weakness)
Muscular Distrophy
Cystic fibrosis
Mutiple sclorisis
Anemia (RBC fragility)

Does that make sense? Verify that you can't be missing anything by taking enough of every thing essential.

In a month this could be well on it's way to being resolves. Let me know.

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Apparently you've never heard of triglycerides. Triglycerides are fats in the blood that are a direct result of conversion of carbs (glucose) into ...hold... wait for it...FAT!!!! A fat that is readily stored in fat cells.

Triglycerides (from the cleveland clinic, one of the most famous heart centers in the world):
Clearly listing carbs as the chief progenitors of triglycerides.

And wiki (which I trust more than most other sources because it is constantly peer-reviewed):
Note here that high carb diet is first on the list as causes of high triglycerides

and here, again from wiki:
And again, under reducing triglycerides it says to cut CARBS...

As for fats. here is an article from one of the most renowned fat experts alive today, Mary Enig. She has a Phd in... hold it... wait for it...FATS!!! Lipids (FATS) are all she studies. She was the primary mover and shaker in the recent "trans fats are bad for you" war and was the first to sound the claxon call to that end. Unless you have a PHD in lipids as well, you may be wise to heed her words:

Also, pure protein will never, not ever make you fat. It may make you larger (as in muscle growth) but it will never, not ever, add 1 single ounce of fat to your body. It my tie up your digestive system trying to break it into individual aminos so that your body stores other nutrients as fat. But it will never, not ever, make you fat. If you disagree, provide a link from a medical or encyclopedia type source that shows I'm wrong. Not some youtube video from a rabid vegetarian or a link or to an type website.

Even your own vegetarian guru in his video says that protein is seldom if ever used as energy (only when one is starving) and from what I can tell never says protein is stored as fat. He also said that the runners they fed just potatoes had to have oil eventually added to their diets as their nutritional (energy) needs could not be met with the starch alone from potatoes. Oil is FAT... I think it's about 7-9 minutes into your video.

The human body lacks the ability to make 8 amino acids. These must come from outside sources of...hold... wait for it... PROTEIN!!!
Does a potato have all 8?? I don't think so and I'm not going to look it up. You can Luna. A reputable source again please.

And then there is the B12 PROBLEM. Exclusively animal derived:

The article talks about the possibility that B12 can come from some plant sources but not a single source has been proven effective in a human trial and at best are pure speculation.

Go ahead and stuff yourself with with starches, just don't condemn others for not doing so nor go spouting off about diets that contain higher amounts of fats and proteins, from whatever source derived, are inherently bad for you. God showed Peter the blanket in Peters dream and it had pigs and all other sorts of animals and God said they were good to eat. Good enough for God, Good enough for me.


Paul C. Hanson

I appreciate your post

But, proteins can cause an insulin response and thus cause you to get fat. In particular, dairy proteins specialize in this response.

Not a huge fan of Mark Sisson, but I like him. You can dig into some of the research he sites.


According to the author at your link, it seems that the milk proteins do spike insulin but that in and of itself doesn't equal milk protein to fat conversion. He states that insulin is necessary to drive the proteins into the cells.

To quote "And yet we need insulin to shuttle all sorts of nutrients into cells, like protein and glycogen into muscles. It’s there for a reason, so to demonize it is misguided. It’s chronically elevated insulin and insulin resistance – you know, the hallmarks of metabolic syndrome – that are the problem."

So the insulin spike from dairy is necessary. Where the problem lies is if the spike is totally uncontrolled and remains high for a long period as in chronic insulin resistance. Again I say that the problem isn't the protein. Insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes have been cured with low carb diets (ie atkins) on a regular basis. A full cure. And atkins doesn't allow lactose, but you can eat all the whey protein you want. Therefore since a low carb diet that includes whey protein can cure type 2 diabetes and insulin resistance, again I submit that the milk protein is not the problem.


Insulin is absolutely a necessary hormone for life;

However, the amount of carbs consumed signals the body to produce insulin, which is the hormone that tells the body to store fat. The consumption of excessive carbs will cause storage of body fat and eventually hyperinsulinemia.

I actually remember reading that article a while back and being suprised that protien actually could stimulate an insulin response, which is the only reason I responded to your post.

I agree 100% that protein is not the problem. Even milk protein is not the problem... My point was just to say that some proteins can signal your body to store fat. Dairy protiens are one of them.

Incidentally, I would imagine that lactose and other dairy sugars would stimulate a greater insulin response. I'm not blaming dairy proteins, just simply stating something that I myself was suprised about.



Here is a fun read. Its about

Here is a fun read. Its about a vegetarian tiger

You have been misinformed

So those 8 amino acids come from protein man and their aint no protein in fruits and vegetables yea NICE ONE but wait... epic fail because fruits and vegetables have all 8 of those.
I tell you man people these days they just buy everything they hear.

Here you go here is an interview with Dr. Brian Clement who is a 40 year vegan who takes no b-12 supplements.
To dispell your b-12 myth, first of all b-12 does not come exclusively from meat you can also get it in mushrooms. and i'm not saying that means we should all be eating mushrooms
Just so you know this, your body doesn't need to get outside sources for b-12.. All you body needs is the proper environment to create its own b-12. Which is exactly what the gigantic population of vegetarians and vegans on this planet get it. It is created by the bacteria in your colon.
It is created by bacteria in your body and a healthy intestinal ecosystem will produce sufficient needs but we don't have that today because our diets have destroyed natural cycles. ... So I do think B-12 supplements are a good idea given the current nature of our food and health histories.

And don't condemn me for eating starches. The last thin I will do is condemn you but i'll call you out where the data conflicts. I would reccomend reading The China Study the most comprehensive book to show that meat oil and dairy = cancer. Protein helps build fat cells don't get me started.

Want to lower your triglycerides??
You are right about how triglycerides are made but it doesn't mean that the condition occurs when you consume more carbohydrates. But you must also be eating lots of FAT! Actually it can be to the contrary. Most diets that are recommended to lower triglycerides are plant based. and I like this one.. because its simple and easy to read. Look All I am saying is that there is alot of misinformation out there and people believe things that we simply know to be false

80-10-10 has been proven unhealthy.

Starch is just glucose and fructose. Break down the starch, in the body or out the result is the same, glucose, fructose syrup.

Either John is lying or he conveniently forgot his biochemistry. He's not credible.

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I though starch was just the

I though starch was just the storage form of glucose for plants. I think it's analogous to glycogen for animals. So starch breaks down into just glucose, no fructose involved. Fructose is one half of a sucrose molecule. The other half being glucose.

You are correct.

In corn syrup, some of of the glucose is converted to fructose to make HFCS.

Thanks for the head's up.

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It has never been proven to

It has never been proven to be unhealthy. That my friend is something that you conjured up. I would encourage others to go read for themselves and study it for themselves.

Glucose is not an essential

Glucose is not an essential nutrient. The liver can make all the glucose the body needs from protein and fat.

For people with insulin resistance, starch is poisonous. It raises blood sugars which their bodies have a hard time processing already.

Starches may not be unhealthy per se. But, I doubt it's the preferred metabolic fuel as fatty acids supply more ATP than glucose. If you had to hunt and gather to survive, which our ancestors did, you're going for the best bang for the buck. Starches will do to get by, but...

I would suggest they not waste their time. I did.

Read up on Cold fusion while your at it.

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wow 80 10 10 is unhealthy,

wow 80 10 10 is unhealthy, man call a doctor cuz i'm about to laugh myself to death.

I am not surprised, given your sugar rich diet.

I have great uncle who lived to 91, His brother to 86. My dad is going to be 85 his brother 94, another friend and his sister is 93 and 86.

My son-inlaws grandapa passed at 100. Him and another friend was 94 but they broke their hips essentially dying of a calcium deficiency.

All are active and healthy and ate meat and vegetables and were thin all their lives.

I think I'll go with what works than to be a guinea pig in some crazy experimental diet. A diet that has yet to prove itself beyond 78 years.

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they also weren't vaccinated

they also weren't vaccinated by their parents 10 times I would imagine and weren't raised on adhd drugs like alot of people so they can handle some meat in their diet. I on theother hand have serious consequences with a high fat high protein diet. and this new diet works fine

15% Carbs, 15% Protein and 70% Saturated fats for fuel.

It takes +6 weeks to readjust the digestive enzymes one produces, carbohydrases , protase and lipase are produced as required for the ratios one is eating.

If one is eating 80% Carbs, 10%Protein and 10% fats on a regular bases that is the ratio of digestive enzymes they produce. The body tends towards metabolic efficiency and not wasting resources to make lipase that is not going to be used. Lipase is up-regulated when one eats fats but it takes time and the process isn't pleasant overall. The body cries for the carbs that are being deprived.

If you and I were adopt each others diet, starting now, we would both be miserable until we 'taught' our systems to adjust to the our new diets.

I would have to deal with excess lipases and you with excess carbohydrases. Until a new equilibrium is reached you wold be making way to much insulin and I would be making too little. That is what makes us omnivores.

I tried the starch route for 50 years, fatty foods seemed like they weren't my friend, because my body simply had no lipase to handle the situation.

But insulin resistance was becoming a problem. Alchoholism is diabetes of the brain. The insulin I produced no longer kept the brain cells fed.

There are two alternatives that don't require insulin to feed brain cells. One is alcohol, the others are esters of saturated fatty acids made by a healthy liver.

Judging by the beer-powered posts that are frequent on the DP, that way leads to madness.

The lauric acid ester the liver makes from Coconut oil also relieves Alzheimer's by feeding the starving brain.

The palmitic acid ester is the preferred fuel of heart muscle. Palmitic saturated fat is also is used to make lung surfactant, a deficiency leads to asthmatic symptoms.

Where carb burners use 20 units of oxygen, protein burn requires 16 but fat burners use just 12 units of Oxygen. Given identical lung capacity and efficiency, A carb burner takes twenty breaths to a fat burners twelve.

Increasing oxidative and insulin stresses on cells and arteries stimulates the body to produce cholesterol bandages (plaques). The low cholesterol nuts ignore this and blame the cholesterol for the fires created by oxidation and insulin. This is what the government agenda promotes!

By trying to lower cholesterol, those following the governments agenda seek to deplete the raw materials for making adrenaline, testosterone, estrogen, vitamin D and Myelin. The brain is 27% Myelin.

Lowering cholesterol tends to diminish brain capacity and libido.

Lowering starch consumption tends to reduce insulin and oxidative damages thus reducing the need to create cholesterol bandages in arteries.

Each enzyme is activated by one or more key minerals. Sixty have been establish for human nutrition in over 297 papers from major peer-reviewed scientific journals.

These minerals are needed for optimum health and longevity whether burning carbs or fat.

I eat about 150g Protein for my 150# body and 6'2 frame.

I enjoy getting 100g of carbohydrates from vegetables and fruits and less than 40g of starch and sugar.

I eat coconut oil, bunches of butter, tallow, lard, eggs and 50g of dark chocolate a day a total of about 210g for my level of activity.

My rule is that the butter has to outweigh the bread.

I know the dangers of high protein diets. In 1978 my Engineering Manager was hauled off to the emergency room for heart pains. He explained his diet, and when he came back he explained his mistake and the kidney damage it caused.

One gram protein per pound body weight, is enough, about 10-15% of calories. That would make Dr McDougals Rats happy!

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it is a terrible diet that

it is a terrible diet that causes me to gain weight and lose energy, i will never go back to it. I found my ratio. 80 10 10. I don't do raw, i just maintain the ratio.. for the most part

I don't believe you ever ate what I suggested.

How could you ever go back to it?

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Interesting, but

that 80-10-10 diet you describe would be a great healing, temporary diet. No way can anyone ever follow that regimen year after year, decade after decade and be healthy.

There are plenty of examples

There are plenty of examples of people who stick to this regimen for the most part. You can just say that all you want but facts are facts. The first two videos i posted in the post above are people who eat 80 10 10. all it is, is a ratio. If 80 10 10 will kill you so fast then why has durianrider on youtube just win the strava competition going 6.2k miles on his bike in one month? If 80 10 10 will kill you why are those two doctors still alive.

You can say it will kill you but you are a victim of propoganda. There is nothing wrong with fruits and vegetables ALL DAY MAN!!!

All day? Every day? You

All day? Every day? You sure?

Eating sucrose and other sugars all day or in large amounts every day will cause you regret.

I recommend this website, Its author, Lawrence Wilson, is an MD gone natural who promotes vegetable and especially fruit consumption mindfully, cautiously, instead of binge-ing on them. As well, he recommends near infrared light to induce sweating, for which he provides instructions freely to build a near infrared light sauna. Here's a page about NIR on his site. Related, here's a web page of information on far, near and full infrared light.

About health, here are a few books about the most ignored and scoffed at cause of health problems: Beyond Amalgam (S. Stockton); Root Canal Cover-up (G. Meinig); and Solving the Mystery of MS (H. Huggins).

If you have health issues, good luck. If you got questions, just ask me.

School's fine. Just don't let it get in the way of thinking. -Me

Study nature, not books. -Walton Forest Dutton, MD, in his 1916 book whose subject is origin (therefore what all healing methods involve and count on), simple and powerful.

There is nothing wrong with fruits and vegetables ALL DAY MAN!!!

I agree. But if you want extreme long life add pastured meat and eggs.

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No meat for me, eggs and some

No meat for me, eggs and some raw milk yes.

PS pasteurized milk kills, and raw milk i don't know if it is any better.

I woul dreccomend the china study