I may as well eat my desk for breakfast!
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
As I was having my breakfast this morning, I came across an email from a concerned relative. The email contained a link to an article in the Independant from 2010 that pitted the big mac vs an egg in terms of saturated fat.
Now, it IS true that an egg has more cholesterol than a burger, but the article is slightly biased, and by 'slightly' I mean incredibly, stupidly, OTT fear-mongering, as it doesn't elaborate further on the damage eating junk food does to your body. It just focuses on maligning the egg.
In addition, the study is not content to simply compare the humble egg to a McDonalds Big Mac, it adds in fries as well. FRIES, people! The article ingeniously states that an egg has more cholesterol than a burger PLUS fries. The implication is, you can do less damage at McDonalds than you can at home making an omelet.
I have dealt with concerned family and friends before. They worry about how I am ever going to live without bread and cereal. They send me links that question my cavewoman lifestyle (OMG, you eat all that fat??) Then ask why can't I eat a more balanced diet - balanced meaning pastries, pizza, crisps.
In turn I send them counter studies and articles explaining why I prefer low-carb. Often, we agree to disagree. I let them have their grains, they allow me my meat and veg. But this article riled me up. Mainly, as further on it states that if you have high cholesterol/heart disease you should stay away from: meat, poultry, fish (fish?), shellfish and dairy and eat more grains and cereals. To be fair, they mention eating vegetables and fruits too, but grains are at the top of the list.
At that point I was so furious I couldn't speak. I know starting the morning off with high blood pressure is not good for my own heart, but it makes my blood boil that media/researchers/doctors constantly give the public conflicting advice. In many cases it is agenda driven, someone (certainly not the public) is benefiting from this crazy imbalance.
Let me tell you, the fear of fats paranoia started in the 80s has not improved anyone's health one little bit. We are fatter and sicker as a populace than ever before in our history. How can we be a technically advanced society and yet we are not able to combat obesity, heart disease and diabetes?
Studies like this one only make people more confused about what they should avoid. To suggest restricting poultry and fish and eating more cereals and grains, or hey, even a burger and fries instead of an egg, is preposterous, misleading, even negligent.
I'm not saying people with high cholesterol shouldn't be careful about their diets but that does not mean you have to subsist on foods with little to no nutritional value just because it contains lower saturated fat.
You know what else doesn't have cholesterol? My desk. But you won't find me eating it for breakfast.
Here's the article in case you too want to fume. http://www.independent.co.uk/l