"Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants." -Michael Pollan

Thursday, September 27

Good Calories, Bad Calories

Read this excerpt on the Good Morning America website about the new book "Good Calories, Bad Calories." I'm dying to read it.


My 2 cents:

I agree with what he says. Mostly the evolutionary part. I do not think our bodies thrive on meat, cheese and saturated fat, but I do think we should be eating a diet that comes from the earth, is not refined, and avoids sugar and processed foods (including refined carbs):

Basis of diet (at every meal): Plants, grains, and fruits

Supplemented with (a few times per day): Animal products (milk, yogurt, eggs)

Occasionally (like once per day): Animals themselves

And only rarely (a few times a week): Things that are made in a factory.

So I think his claims and research are great, but this author needs to be REALLY careful he does not promote his book like Atkins did, because tons of dumb Americans are going to go eat steak topped with cheese all day. Just based on this excerpt, he does not emphasize vegetables enough, and it's the "promotion" of saturated fat that is making the headlines. His message should be that saturated fats aren’t necessarily as bad as people say they are, but that doesn’t make them good enough for you that they should be the basis of a diet (which is how Atkins was interpreted).

So basically I agree that refined and processed foods could very well be the main cause of obesity (because they not only do funky things to insulin and hormones, but they make you want to eat MORE, which ultimately affects calories/in/calories/out). But minimizing refined foods does NOT mean eating tons of saturated fat and protein. It should mean eating more fresh fruits and veggies and grains in their ancient and whole forms.

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