Sat, Mar-07-20, 10:37
Imagine how difficult it is for a person to distinguish between fact and fiction in today's world with these mixed messages. Those of us who frequent this forum have an uncharacteristic interest in achieving health, weight control by eating and understanding nutrition. I realize how unusual this behavior is when looking at the general population, as we are a small minority who have chosen to take control in a way counter to most of the messages society receives today on health. Showing ads for manufactured "low carb foods" is difficult enough, and showing ads for bunned burgers with an article discussing the opposite is downright confusing to most. In my normal conversations with people, the concept of achieving health through mindful choices of healthy foods and eating is so muddled, I wonder how anyone can successfully pursue this without becoming a nutrition geek. Many I encounter don't know what a carbohydrate is and many think it's just sugar. So, while cutting sugar is a start, they undermine themselves by thinking they're eating healthy by consuming the very things that become sugar when consumed. Very difficult, and with the loud, constant messages from those having vested interests whether through some type of ideology or revenue pursuits, no one is going to be credible when representing what works in this category.
Another post discussed findings of improved life span due to low carb eating might attract interest. I termed it the "fountain of youth" claim tongue-in-cheek, but I do believe when enough N=1 stories become known and more findings confirm there are benefits of low carb in extending one's life span and quality of life, there are possibilities that more will jump on board. It's happening today to a degree with the constant keto chatter. Is keto good for everyone, not likely, but anything in that general direction is an improvement over SAD and the processed "convenience" foods we are inundated with today. How convenient is it when one has to have a limb amputated?
I often think about the recent findings about LDL cholesterol:
After age 50, people with high LDL cholesterol have:
- Better cognitive function
- Better memory
- Lower risks of infection
- Lower cancer risks
- Longer lifespan
NOTE: A study in Japan shows over the last 50 years with an increase in cholesterol, heart disease decreased by 400% and incidents of stroke dropped by 700%.
The Odyssey Trial showed a difference of 0.5% in morbidity and heart related improvements in those who took cholesterol-lowering drugs to those who didn't. 19,000 participated in this study. Imagine if the group that didn't take the drugs was eating healthy low carb. What would the previously miniscule difference be in this case?