Obesity, diabetes, cancer and Alzheimer’s are now rampant in America and increasing in numbers yearly. Some authors saying no matter what healthcare system we have, the care for these diseases will bankrupt our country. To change this trend, we have to change the way we think, behave and who to trust. As long as lobbyists are pushing their agendas to Congress, can we really with a straight face look to the government’s food pyramid for a healthy diet? Their system still recommends six to eleven servings of bread, cereal, rice and pasta daily. These high glycemic foods turn to sugar much too quickly in the body and fuel insulin resistance and obesity. We’ve also been told that saturated fat clogs our arteries, so our consumption of vegetable oils, corn and soybean, have skyrocketed over the last forty years. The toxins produced by these fats have been linked to the increase in dementia and Alzheimer’s. Coincidentally, Iowa (the first caucus for the presidential election), top two money producers are corn and soy. Candidates need Iowa’s support for presidential run. Finally, since sugar isn’t sweet enough, we find high fructose corn syrup in almost everything we consume. Sugar is addictive and they know it. Increase the sugar in the product and you increase the sales. However, the food industry is sneaky with their labeling. Take ketchup for example, the top four ingredients in order are:  1) tomato paste, 2) high fructose corn syrup, 3) distilled vinegar, and 4) corn syrup. Corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup are separated on purpose, so that the primary ingredient in ketchup remains tomato paste. This makes consuming ketchup seem acceptable.

 

There are a lot of good books out there that will help you understand this food disease connection. Here are a few listed below:

Wheat Belly (Author: William David, M.D.)

Grain Brain (Author: David Perlmutter, M.D.)

Fat Chance (Author: Robert H. Lustig, M.D.)

The Fat Switch (Author: Richard J. Johnson, M.D.)

 

We all have different genetics and histories. Some of us may be able to control a high glycemic diet better than others. However, control will only last for so long before the breakdown starts. Early detection is the key. Although the fasting glucose blood test has been the standard for years, hemoglobin A1C and fasting insulin are much more accurate in early detection of insulin resistance.

 

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