Additional comment 3/22/06:
My last blog got some folks huffy and irate. I apologize for my strong words and seemingly flippant take on a VERY important issue. Believe you me I take this issue seriously. This, as well as every blog I write, comes from the bottom of my heart.
NO - I don't believe that the ADA WANTS people to become diabetics.
YES - Clearly we all want to help people to rid themselves of or keep from contracting this horrid disease.
BUT - The disease is mainly self inflicted (type II) and if we are to help people we need to tell the TRUTH, the whole truth and nothing BUT the truth - not kinda sorta the truth mixed with deep seated philosophical bias's we call the food pyramid.
The current food pyramid is WRONG.
Remove the sugary food at the top, flip it upside down and then follow it (save for the water that's stays on top - they got that right!)
In order of importance (more or less):
- Meats, good fats
- Fruits, veggies
You and your doctor will thank me for this heresy upon your next physical exam.
Weird question: If your goal was to BECOME an obese diabetic (say for a movie role), how would you best accomplish this?
Answer: Eat as much sugar as you possibly can with minimal fat and protein (enough to stay alive to be successful in your endeavor). Refined sugar, no doubt, would be the fastest way to reach your goal but not the only way. Lots of brown rice, whole wheat pasta, multi grain breads, fruits, etc. will do the trick as well.
Another question (but not so weird): Can you contract type II diabetes by adopting a diet of fat meat as your main source of calories along with a smattering of certain veggies and fruits, no grains of any kind, and lots of clean water?
Answer: Not likely. In fact, I'd venture to guess it would be nearly impossible.
We look at grains and veggies and fruits as some sort of 'manna.'
We look at meat and fat and consider it foul and heart clogging.
THIS IS NOT TRUE. NEVER HAS BEEN AND NEVER WILL BE.
(Sorry for yelling.)
The ingestion of fat, protein and water are essential for human life - the ingestion of carbohydrates - is not. (Are not? )
This should tell you something.