When fat is better

Sunday, June 5th, 2011 | In Health | Tags: ,

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Medical expert and author Andrew Weil’s anti-inflammatory food pyramid offers a guide to healthier eating choices.

According to Weil’s book Good Calories, Bad Calories: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom on Diet, Weight Control and Disease concludes the following,

1. Dietary fat, whether saturated or not is not a cause of obesity, heart disease or any other chronic disease of civilization.

2. The problem is the carbohydrates in the diet, their effect on insulin secretion and thus, the hormonal regulation of homeostasis the entire harmonic ensemble of the human body. The more easily digestible and refined the carbohydrates, the greater the effect on our health, weight and well-being.

3. Sugars, sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup specifically are particularly harmful, probably because the combination of fructose and glucose simultaneously elevates insulin levels while overloading the liver with carbohydrates.

4. Through their direct effects on insulin and blood sugar, refined carbohydrates, starches and sugars are the dietary cause of coronary heart diseases and diabetes. They are the most likely dietary causes of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and other chronic diseases of modern civilization.

A new study published in the print edition of the Journal of American Society of Nephrology has found high fructose corn syrup and not just salt, may be linked to hyper-tension, which increase the heart disease risks and other healthy complications.

It recommends less than 74 grams of fructose a day, according to www.health.com. Eating a balanced diet in moderation is the key while inflammation is a marker for most disease in the body. However, this does not mean that one should turn to animal protein-rich diet.

More about the food-chain pyramid. Please visit Weil’s Anti-Inflammatory Food Primary to help guide healthy eating choices. At the top of the pyramid is “Healthy sweets” like dark chocolate but not cakes and cookies to be eaten sparingly like. So if you are trying to give your diet a healthy makeover, try going a few weeks without high fructose corn syrup and refined sugars and see how you feel.

Information via AFP.
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