Cuba and Tycho
Join Date: Jul 2013
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I hadn't seen the TED lecture (by the by, SO many of these TED lectures are completely wonderful - what an incredible resource YouTube is, and how great to have such easy access to so much brilliant stuff); it's pretty much saying (when it isn't just doing the debunking bit) what Robert Lustig is saying, at least on the topic of sugar. And he agrees with her on any of these gimmicky diets that can, at least on some levels, be saying fundamentally good things, but in ways that set out to be marketable. I had a look at a few of the Paleo sites that are upset about what she says, but as far as the point I'm making goes, she agrees with Lustig. I haven't read the other references, though have read quite a lot of debunking of The China Study; there seem to have been statistical errors in the analyses done that should give one pause for thought, but which I'm not qualified to unravel. I believe that its main premise is that too much protein is responsible for cardiovascular problems. Some of that research is, I think, based on the massively flawed Seven Countries study of Ancel Keys which saw fit to exclude any country that disagreed with his hypothesis - seriously disgraceful science and one of the main causes of the obesity epidemic today; it was originally the 22 Countries study, but those that didn't fit Ancel Keys's view were dropped, including the Inuit diet which, until relatively recently, was exclusively meat and fat - the Inuit ate no fruit or vegetables of any kind and were almost entirely free of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and many other diseases that they now, having adopted a Western diet, suffer from. There is SO much really interesting information to be found, some of the research very recent; the real trick is to check any author's vested interests - they are sometimes truly shocking. Robert Lustig's plea is fairly straightforward and is not espousing any particular 'diet' (in the faddish sense of the word) - eat as little sugar as possible, eat no trans fats, eat far more fibre (that is why whole fruits are fine - the fructose is packaged by nature with enough fibre to protect you). Above all stop drinking sodas and fruit juice. And losing weight makes you want to exercise, not the other way round; he is a true champion of exercise for good health, but NOT for losing weight - it doesn't work if you understand why the 'one calorie in/one calorie out' theory is flawed.