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by Free Market Duck

Low carb diet kicks government's low fat guidelines in its big fat butt
(Mar 14, 2007)

CHICAGO - The low-carb, high-fat Atkins diet (explained and improved upon in the book Protein Power by Drs. Michael & Mary Eades) gets high marks in one of the biggest, longest head-to-head studies of popular weight-loss plans, beating the Zone, the Ornish diet and even (ESPECIALLY) the current U.S. guidelines (meaning the government’s ridiculous low fat, high carb diet).

   Overweight women on the Atkins plan lost more weight over a year than those on the low-carb Zone diet. And they had slightly better blood pressure and cholesterol readings than those on the Zone; the very low-fat, high-carb Ornish diet, and the low-fat, high-carb diet recommended by current U.S. government guidelines.

   Stanford University researcher Christopher Gardner, the lead author, said the study shows that Atkins -- which means LOW CARB, HIGH SATURATED FAT, HIGH PROTEIN DIET -- may be more healthful than critics contend.  Yeah, you betchum.

   And here’s why:  because the real health problem is not high cholesterol; the real problem is high insulin due to high intake of carbs, which in turn stores fat and eventually brings about adult onset diabetes and plaque build up on artery walls.

   Taking cholesterol-lowering statins such as Lipitor is actually the wrong way to go.  Lipitor interrupts your important production of cholesterol, without which you would die, and traps your body into a vicious circle of more and more metabolic problems because Lipitor does not address the real problem:  hyperinsulinemia due to a high carb diet.  Cholesterol is not the bad guy; insulin is.

   Why are we not surprised at these results?  Think about it.  Humans on planet Earth evolved for millions of years eating a high protein diet from hunting small animals and foraging for fruits and limited vegetation when available.  Our bodies are fine-tuned by natural selection for fat and protein, not bread and pasta and french fries and candy bars.  The Agricultural Revolution didn't pop up until some 5,000 years ago in Egypt and forensic pathology of thousands of Egyptian mummies whose major diet was bread shows they suffered from diabetes, obesity, rotten teeth at an early age and lousy bones.  The U.S. high carb diet pushed by most of the doctors in America today is killing us -- and making the Pharmaceutical companies filthy rich.  Lipitor, a cholesterol-lowering drug, is the highest money making drug ever, except perhaps for Cocaine and Marijuana.

   What do the doctors and pharmies have in store for you next?  Look for Osteoporosis pills -- Boniva, Actenol, and Fosomax -- to save everybody’s skeletons from so-called bone mass density loss, which is again, due mostly to the U.S. Government and AMA-recommended diet consisting of low fat and protein and high carbs.  Bone pills cost around $70-$80 per month.  Eating meat and lifting weights is a cheaper way to build or re-build bone mass.  And new studies show that Bone pill chemicals remain active in your bones for up to 20 years after you stop taking the pills.  God help you if you start taking Acti-Boni-Fosa-Whatever and you show side effects because even if you stop, the pills keep on ticking while you take a licking.

   So, wanna get thin and stay healthy?  Like the cowboy said, “Beef, it's what's for dinner,” including all the saturated animal fat you can cram down your gullet since fat does not metabolize to body fat.  Let me repeat that:  consuming saturated fat does not make you fat; consuming carbohydrates makes you fat.  In addition, many important vitamins are only soluble in fat.  So please pass the steak and guacamole dip and skip the chips and pasta. -- FM Duck

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