Why We Get Fat (and by the way it’s not fat)

Not long ago my sister in law was complaining because she had indulged in a big bacon, eggs, toast breakfast and didn’t feel great. This is besides her first complaint that such breakfast was a bad idea because it was going straight to her thighs. My wife, who has read extensively on nutrition over the years said to her, “it was probably the toast.” Her sister laughed uproariously believing my wife to have made a funny. In her mind, of course any discomfort or unhealthy product of the breakfast was going to be from the bacon, or the eggs. The saturated fats, the cholesterol.  Yuck!! The toast? Surely you must be joking! 

Well sister-in-law, don’t call me Shirley and suck on this study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.

“My take on this would be that it’s not saturated fat that we should worry about” in our diets, said Dr. Rajiv Chowdhury, the lead author of the new study and a cardiovascular epidemiologist in the department of public health and primary care at Cambridge University.

Dr. Chowdhury said. “It’s the high carbohydrate or sugary diet that should be the focus of dietary guidelines,” he said. “If anything is driving your low-density lipoproteins in a more adverse way, it’s carbohydrates.”

Eggs have been exonerated recently after decades of demonizing. Now here comes the word that those saturated fats we were told was the boogey man weren’t really so horrible. But you know those grains and complex carbohydrates we put at the bottom of the food pyramid and said we should be eating several times a day?  Yeah, stop that. Whole grains too. I know we said they were fabulous. We were overly exuberant, so kill us.

Doctors and nutritionists are slowly coming around to what some have always known: fat doesn’t make you fat, cholesterol is complex, eat less, primarily plant based, but few sugars, grains and starches. There, was that so tough? Lay off the fuckin’ toast. Eat the egg.

To back this up we have this nice article from Salon that is a compendium of what the people who haven’t been bought off by the food industry and the Dept. of Agriculture have figured out: 5 Shocking Reasons Why Americans are Getting fatter

1. Antibiotics in food and as medicine (which this blog has written about in regards to the creation of superbugs by the overuse of antibiotics)

2. Other livestock fatteners (we are what we eat)

3. Pesticides and other endocrine disrupters (we are what’s sprayed on what we eat)

4. Sugar substitutes (sugar is bad, sugar substitutes are not any better, maybe worse)

5. Industry and government marketing (the people profiting off your food addictions and the government agencies that the profiters have captured)

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