Top 12 Biggest Lies of Mainstream Nutrition

There is a lot of misinformation circling around in mainstream nutrition

I have listed the worst examples in this article, but unfortunately this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Here are the top 11 biggest lies, myths and misconceptions of mainstream nutrition.

1. Eggs Are Unhealthy

There’s one thing that nutrition professionals have had remarkable success with… and that is demonizing incredibly healthy foods.

The worst example of that is eggs, which happen to contain a large amount of cholesterol and were therefore considered to increase the risk of heart disease.

But recently it has been proven that the cholesterol in the diet doesn’t really raise the cholesterol in blood. In fact, eggs primarily raise the “good” cholesterol and are NOT associated with increased risk of heart disease (1, 2).

What we’re left with is one of the most nutritious foods on the planet. They’re high in all sorts of nutrients along with unique antioxidants that protect our eyes (3).

To top it all of, despite being a “high fat” food, eating eggs for breakfast is proven to cause significant weight loss compared to bagels for breakfast (4, 5).

Bottom Line: Eggs do not cause heart disease and are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. Eggs for breakfast can help you lose weight.

2. Saturated Fat is Bad For You (more…)

Up For Debate: Are All Calories Created Equal?

Measuring Calories
In our never-ending search for effective diets, several weight loss programs have adopted the principle that what really matters is not the foods you eat, but how many calories you actually take in.

In other words, it doesn’t matter if you eat pizza and ice cream or salmon and vegetables. As long as you stay within an allotted number of calories—or certain amount of “points”—allowed per day, you will lose weight. (more…)

Quinoa, A Complete Plant Protein

The days when people worried about combining foods to be sure they got complete protein in every meal are behind us. Experts have concluded that the body can get all the essential amino acids it needs to make protein from foods consumed over a one- to two-day period. [1] But that doesn’t mean you should shy away from complete protein foods, especially when they are low in fat, cholesterol-free and a good source of fiber, vitamins and other important nutrients. Which food can offer all of these healthful characteristics? No, it’s not a meat or dairy product, but a delicious complete plant protein called quinoa. (more…)

How You Can Have High Blood Sugar Without Carbs

High blood sugar is bad. Carbohydrates raise blood sugar. Therefore carbohydrates are bad. The theory is simple, and yet incredibly flawed.

The truth is, you can have chronically high blood sugar even while religiously avoiding every starch and sugar in sight. Low-carb forums are littered with posts asking a very relevant question:

Why is my blood sugar so high when I’m not eating any carbs?

The answer is simple, yet often overlooked.

The Hormone that Raises Blood Sugar: No Carbohydrates Required (more…)

5 Foods for a High Protein Vegetarian Diet

Lisa Garber
Waking Times

In today’s McWorld, we often equate protein with a greasy, drippy burger. Protein is, in fact, a matter of amino acids, and it abounds in the plant kingdom. The trick is in knowing where to find it, knowledge that is especially needed be vegans and vegetarians. RDA recommendations for protein are from 0.36 to 0.45 grams per pound of body weight a day. That’s only 15 to 20% of calories—an amount easily attainable when including these foods for a high protein vegetarian diet.

High Protein Vegetarian Diet – 1. Dairy Products and Eggs (more…)

Low Carbohydrate Dieters: Beware of High Protein Intake

Most of us have heard something about low carb dieting. Whether it is the Atkins Diet or the Paleo Diet, carbohydrate restriction is becoming more popular as more people experience dramatic weight loss.

While restricting carbohydrate intake does offer several health benefits, there are also dangers involved with eating too much protein. (more…)

The Truth About Protein

The other day I was reminiscing about the long swim I completed for charity.   I also remember the nutrition and the first experience I had with supplementation.

I remember the day clearly.  I had gone into a local nutrition and health supplement store, looking for the best whey protein supplement.  I remember walking to the back and being completely overwhelmed by the amount of protein powder.  I had no idea if I needed high carb, low carb, muscle builder, or soy.  There were too many to choose from.  (more…)

Why Eating Animals Makes Everything Easier

steak2Last time, I broke down the faulty Carb Paradigm we live in.

In case you need one, here’s a quick refresher:

Overweight people with faulty carbohydrate metabolisms are told (by doctors, by government officials, by dietitians) to eat more carbohydrates and less fat.

They do it (carb consumption as a percentage of total caloric intake has increased in line with the obesity epidemic, moreso than either fat or protein). They eat carbs and reduce fat intake.

Because their insulin-resistant bodies can’t handle carbs well, they produce lots of insulin to get over the hump. Only problem? Those carbs aren’t sequestered into insulin-sensitive muscle glycogen stores as energy, because the muscle is insulin-resistant. Meanwhile, the excessive insulin prevents the burning of fat, and any extra fat and carbs from the meal are instead sequestered into fat cells. People get fatter.

Since the food isn’t being used and is instead being stored away for later use, the body thinks it’s starving and gets hungrier as a result. People eat more carbs.

The cycle continues uninterrupted.

But no more. It stops here. I think it’s time we shift toward a new paradigm. It’s actually a rather old, classic paradigm that’s been forgotten – but it’s still as valid as ever.

It’s time for the Fat Paradigm. It’s time to start burning fat as fuel. It’s time to move away from sugar burning.

You see, fat is the perfect fuel for us. It’s efficient. It burns clean. And it’s the type of fuel our bodies like to burn. Otherwise, why else would we store it on our bodies for lean times?

That’s what people miss about body fat. It’s not just “there” because we messed up and our body has nowhere to put it. Body fat, or adipose tissue, is stored energy. Sure, the obese have way too much body fat, but the fact is that our bodies evolved the ability to put fat into fat cells because it is effective fuel.

The problem is that many of us are broken. Sedentary living, modern food toxins, too much stress, not enough sleep, and a distinct lack of play for play’s sake (more on this later, if you’re confused about why I’d rank “play” with all the other stuff) have fundamentally changed the way we process fuel. Many of us can’t even access the stored fat, instead running on sugar (and poorly at that). All that stored energy – body fat – is going to waste.

So, if you’re overweight or obese, chances are you’re broken. And – at least for the time being until you’re healed – excess carbohydrates are making the problem worse.

But you can be fixed. You don’t need doctors or medication or expensive treatments. You just need to start accessing your body fat and burning fat for fuel.

By converting to an animal fat-based metabolism, you are returning to the ancestral human fuel source. And the best way to switch to fat burning is to start eating more animals and whatever fat comes with them.

Animal fat, especially from ruminants like beef, lamb, and bison, comes with roughly equal proportions of saturated and monounsaturated fats, with a little bit of omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fats. Interestingly, your own animal fat – the fat deposited on your body and the fat that your body is designed to burn for energy in lean times – comes with very similar ratios. It’s almost as if animal fat is good for us!

Which brings me to my main point of today’s article: eating animals simply makes everything easier.

With animals, you get healthy animal fat. You get protein, important for building muscles and keeping you full. You get all the micronutrients, vitamins, and minerals that the animal ate, in a form that your body can absorb. It’s the perfect package of nutrition for a fat burner.

Now, I don’t hate carbohydrate. They can be useful and even beneficial in certain cases. Eat carbs when you need fuel for endurance activities. Don’t eat carbs just because; eat them because you need the energy. Because you’re actually active and they won’t go to waste.


Fat is your friend.

Fat will fuel your everyday activities, your walking, your shopping, your working and reading. Fat can even provide the bulk of the energy required by your brain. Your brain still needs glucose, mind you, but becoming metabolically healthy will allow you to access both glucose and fat for energy.

Bottom line: if you’re overweight, you’re not utilizing the energy stored on your body. Switching over to the Fat Paradigm and a fat-based diet will unlock that stored body fat and allow you to use what you’ve already got (plus carbohydrates, when and if you eat them). But if you remain entrenched in the Carb Paradigm, your body never gets the message to start accessing body fat for energy.

If you need to lose weight, start by cutting back on carbs and eating more animals (and their fat). That’s all it takes to enter the Fat Paradigm and start burning fat, and it’s as easy (and delicious) as it sounds.

Next time, I’ll give more details on what and how much to eat, but for now, stick with eating animals.

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