Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Regulating Sugar

Regulating Sugar (Listen to show Here)
Sugar, under the gun. It’s making us fat. Making us sick. Is it time to regulate sugar? Mark Bittman joins us.
Sugar cubes. (Howzey/Flickr)
Sugar cubes. (Howzey/Flickr)
Americans love sugar.  And the big food processors love to feed it to us, by the ton.  Put the two together, and you’ve got one big fat, sick problem.  Sugar is a major contributor to the tsunami of American obesity.
Sugar – the way we eat it – is a major health threat.  Now there’s a call to put on the brakes.  To regulate sugar.  Like we regulate alcohol.  Like we regulate tobacco.  For the sake of our health and our health care budget.  Much higher taxes on sweets.  Limited sales.  Limited access.
This hour, On Point:  We love it, but it makes us fat.  It makes us sick.  Is it time to regulate sugar?

What's you opinion??  Tax it?? Let people have information and fend for themselves?? 

Think about it, if you were making packaged foods and wanted to make it palaettable, would you buy sugar cane from Brazil, or use tax-payer subsidized corn syrup from USA?  Let tax payers help pay to make your product??  Sounds 'smart'!  (ugh!)

Science Behind Paleo Diet - Interview

This is a 27minute long interview and well worth the time invested.  Matt LaLonde approaches the 'ancestral diet' in a very logical and scientific way.  The arguments of "do this because our ancestors did" is NOT a valid argument.  Introductions of new foods into a species' diet can happen and be greatly beneficial.  Sadly, things like wheat, especially the dwarf wheat we eat today that's been on planet Earth since the 1970s is not one of those things.   Grains have one defense mechanism, to irritate the digestive tract of something that eats them.

Matt also explains how testimonial evidence is not valid science either - just because you 'heard' about somebody that ate a certain way and lost weight has NO bearing on how it will affect you.  We are all an experiment of one and we have different genetics and (more importantly) epigenetics.

Look to your body as an extremely complex system.  Treat this system with a know quantity of fuel for a while.  Then introduce a new fuel and measure its affects.

This interview also is the only source I have where a scientist cover how to be a smart vegetarian!  eating foods we are designed to eat while avoiding meat if you choose to for ethical reasons. 

Amelia Joins Frank In ‘The Cave,’ Both Shrink Waistlines « CBS Minnesota

News report of 'caveman' diet.  Tracked fitness and health markers.  Good video if you have 5mins to spare.

Amelia Joins Frank In ‘The Cave,’ Both Shrink Waistlines « CBS Minnesota