Friday, April 25, 2008
I am still in limbo on the dog front thanks to my landlady being well, a pain. Meanwhile meet Chuck! Who is currently pondering just how he is going to get up to those bird feeders. Never to worry though since The Mafioso crew, aka the bluejays has tossed out most of the bird seed down on the deck and in my planters. Yup I still need a dog!
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
I just finished reading Good Calories, Bad Calories by Gary Taubes. This is by no means an "easy read" nor an easy argument. Taubes reviews the scientific literature relating to diet, obesity and chronic diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. He tells us why the recent focus on low-fat, high carbohydrate diets is not based on credible scientific evidence. The argument has been that high fat diets cause heart disease. Taubes argues that consuming sugar and refined carbohydrates causes the body to produce excessive insulin which causes fat retention. This hormonal alteration leads to the major "diseases of civilization" that plague us: obesity, diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer's disease.
I find it absolutely fascinating that Taubes not only undermines a lot of the basic nutritional wisdom we all grew up with, but he also details the historical evolution of scientific thought about nutrition in a way that's made me question my faith in the scientific establishment as well as the FDA, AHA and any other governmental agency. It was clearly eye opening to see how corporations/big businesses shaped (and fueled research) a lot of the popular notions of what is a healthy diet and the nutritional standards that came about over the last 100 years because of it.
Highly recommend reading this if you don't mind reading research (it is a dense read).
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