Monday, 2 March 2009

Anyone for foie gras?

Do you know what foie gras means and how it's produced? It means 'fatty liver' in French, and this is how it's produced:

This is what we are doing to ourselves and our children by following the nutritional advice currently being forced down our throats. The result of a diet high in grains is exactly the same as in the production of foie gras, only in humans it's called nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), which can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure, and cancer.

In the nineteenth century it was noted that the spread
of cancers across the world matched the spread of grains.

Stanislaw Tanchou showed that the more grains consumed in a population, the higher the cancer rates. He claimed that cancer would never be found in hunter-gatherer populations, and it never was - until they adopted"civilized" diets, high in grains. Allthough some researchers (Mann [1962] and Dunn [1968]) stated that both heart disease and cancers could be found in hunter-gatherers, their research was based on populations which had trading links with the outside world, and their diets were not consistent with true hunter-gatherers, as they were cultivating crops and adding salt.

Today, in the twenty-first century, instead of learning from that evidence, we are being exhorted to eat more whole grains. According to BBC News ,

Dr. Susan Jebb, of the Medical Research Council Human Nutrition Research Centre, said: “The evidence is compelling that a diet rich in whole grain foods has a protective effect against several forms of cancer and heart disease.”

Dr Jebb, who I have mentioned before in these pages, is also quoted as saying,

"There is a growing body of evidence that a diet rich in whole grain can help maintain a healthy heart"

Where can this 'growing body of evidence' that Dr Jebb speaks of be found? In those flawed National Dietary and Nutritional Surveys - of course! And what exactly do these surveys class as 'whole grains'? Breakfast cereals! Hmmm ... that's certainly not my idea of whole grains.

And then there's Dr Jebbs's own report, Tackling the Weight of the Nation - Obesity in the UK, A report commissioned by the Flour Advisory Bureau and Grain Information Service

Obesity in Britain: gluttony or sloth? by Prentice and Jebb, demonstrates the totally closed mind of the authors.
It is certain that obesity develops only when there is a sustained imbalance between the amount of energy consumed by a person and the amount used up in everyday life.

They blame watching TV, claiming the rise in viewing between 1980 and 1991 correlates to increased obesity, but completely ignore the simultaneous rise of low-fat, polyunsaturated and soybean-based foods.

The problem is that they truly believe that calories in must be fewer than calories out to lose weight, so that is the mantra preached to Government, the Food Standards Agency, and any other important body that then tells us what to eat and what not to eat.


I know they are wrong from my personal experience, but let me introduce you to Dave Mills and his Carbwiser low-carb diet. His story is not too dissimilar to that of many low-carb dieters who lose four, six, eight, or even more stone by consuming huge numbers of calories while not exercising. The difference is that his progress to losing eight stone is well-documented on the internet.

Dave's Dinners are an inspiration to low-carb dieters. This is his menu for 29th October 2001

half of a Ryvita dark rye crispbread thickly spread with butter, and sprinkled with lo-salt
cold chicken breast

180g tin of pink salmon
grated Chedder cheese
loads of lettuce
small handful of peanuts
big dollop of mayo
sprinkling of bacon bits

2 sirloin steaks (I do have a 3000 cal target remember)
3 fried eggs
small portion of runner beans

Evening Snack
chicken breast
large handful of peanuts

2 cups of de-caf tea with milk
6 cups of de-caf coffee black
1 pot of green tea
3 litres of water

The following day his lunch was two chicken breasts, Chedder cheese, lettuce, peanuts and a big dollop of mayo with a sprinkling of bacon bits, and dinner was three pork steaks, with an evening snack of another two chicken breasts and peanuts!

And he lost eight stone on 3,000 calories a day, where a dietitian would have recommended something like 2,200 calories. It's enough to give Dr Jebb a heart attack!

Let me remind you - Dr Susan Jebb has recently been appointed "saturated fat tsar" by the UK Government; she advocates ultra-low calorie diets, and Slimfast meal replacements.

In these days of rewarding failure it comes as no surprise to learn that Dr Susan Jebb was awarded the OBE "for services to public health"!

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