It seems that carbs are the problem, maybe specifically sugar and maybe even more specifically the fructose in the sugar. The typical American diet is about 2,200 calories per day, with 50% of calories from carbohydrates, 15% protein and 35% fat. These macro nutrient ratios fall within the Acceptable Macronutrient Distribution Ranges (AMDR) for adults identified by the Food and Nutrition Board of the United States Institute of Medicine as being associated with reduced risk of chronic diseases while providing adequate intakes of essential nutrients. These macro nutrient ratios also come close to the ratios that you see in a specially developed rat food that scientists use to fatten up mice for obesity research. Do you think that this is why there is an obesity epidemic?
Gary Taubes was my gateway drug into the LCHF (low carb high fat) world. I read his book "Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It" and I was hooked. This video is a short summary of that book.
After Gary wrote "Why We Get Fat: And What To Do About It" he wrote a book called "The Case against Sugar".
Table sugar and high fructose corn syrup are each about 50% glucose and 50% fructose. Glucose is only harmful in chronically large quantities (it can cause diabetes) whereas fructose gets metabolized mostly in the liver the same way that alcohol is. It gets converted into fat and can cause fatty liver disease. Young children are now getting fatty liver disease because they eat so much food that has a high sugar (fructose) content.
Robert Lustig is a pediatric endocrinologist. Sugar is approximately half glucose and half fructose. Fructose gets processed in the liver just like alcohol and the result is fatty liver disease. His book is "Fat Chance: The Hidden Truth About Sugar, Obesity and Disease"
This Robert Lustig video is both a recap and a continuation of the previous video. Sugar - especially fructose - is the devil !
Ivor Cummins is a chemical engineer whose specialty was complex problem solving with an emphasis in finding the root cause of problems in complicated manufacturing systems. When he got some bad results on his blood tests, and his doctors could not not explain the science behind these results, he did some research and figured it out for himself. Then he went back and explained it to his doctors.
Nice short video. Enjoy. You should also check out Ted's video that I placed in the Diabetes section of this web site.
This is a link to the documentary "The Magic Pill" on YouTube. It has Spanish subtitles. You can also find this documentary on NetFlix without the subtitles. The movie is about people who went on low carb diets to improve various health problems that they had.
Good documentary about how carbs cause diabetes, obesity and other health problems.
Dr. Atkins was vilified as a quack but as you can see from this video his diet was based on solid science. The slides in this video are fuzzy. The reason I put this video in the website is more of a tribute than anything. Great man.