Drew talks discusses 3 major nutrition myths and uncovers the surprising facts about what you thought was bad for you.
Whether your goal is to build muscle, lose fat, fit back in those high school jeans of yours, or to just become a healthier person, one thing is certain – nutrition is the single most important factor that will help you achieve any of these goals. Nevertheless, nutrition is seriously flawed in this country and needs to be looked into more carefully.
Here are 3 nutrition myths that you should avoid like the plague to help you get started.
Saturated Fat Is Bad For You
Everyone knows saturated fat is bad for you. How could you possibly even suggest that it is not? After all, all the evidence points to the fact that saturated fat will clog your arteries and lead to heart disease. Right?
If only there was a shred of evidence to support the theory – but there is not. All the major studies done on saturated fat & cholesterol are completely flawed and have no science backing them.
One of the largest was a study done by a biochemist named Ancel Keys in the 1950’s. By studying fat consumption and heart disease rates in a half dozen countries, Keys concluded that more fat consumption was equivalent to more heart disease. The trend line was unmistakable. Just one little problem – Keys didn’t study just six countries. In fact, Keys had reliable data from 22 countries but decided not to publish the other results because otherwise he would not have had a convincing argument. To put simply, Keys did what any other dedicated researcher would do.
His punishment for this? Keys got his picture on the cover of Time Magazine.
Keys became known as the father of the lipid hypothesis, which states two things:
1. Saturated Fat Raises The Cholesterol In Your Blood
2. High Cholesterol Leads To Heart Disease
Without getting too much in detail, having high cholesterol is not a bad thing at all. In fact, research is even finding that those with a higher cholesterol level live the longest! Additionally, saturated fats only raise good types of cholesterol.
Too Much Salt Is Bad For You
I love salt. Quite simply, I like strong flavors in my food. Because of this, I have always put tons and tons of salt on my food.
Despite this, all my life I’ve been told that too much sodium is bad for you and will give you high blood pressure, which will eventually lead to atherosclerosis (or hardening of the artery walls).
About ten years ago, I was enrolled in a Human Physiology and Anatomy course at the University of Illinois. Our professor had us measure each other’s blood pressure and guess what? My blood pressure was the lowest out of everyone in that class! I kid you not; the class also had around 150 students in it.
Coincidence? I think not! Especially considering the fact that there is no evidence supporting the theory. There is also an overwhelming amount of evidence that a higher salt consumption results in a longer lifespan.
For example, the Eskimos never had cancer, never had heart disease, never had diabetes, lived long ages and they ate 78% blubber and tons of salt.
I even set out to do my own research; since I was convinced that salt was bad for you. I searched and searched and searched, and continued to search some more, because after all, everyone in the world knows that salt raises your blood pressure and is not good for you. And you know how I know? My doctor told me. And you know how he knows? The drug industry told him.
I looked and looked and looked, only to wind up in the exact same place that I started. I even hired a group of scientist to do the work for me and they came back with the same results. In fact, they could not find a single scientific publication that even suggested that salt raised blood pressure. Not one! There is absolutely no scientific validation to that statement.
We did find 17 publications that found the opposite and they are astounding ones. I’ll give you two: The Albert Einstein Institute of Medicine along with the Cornell Medical University Study. They had two conclusions.
The first conclusion was,
‘No amount of raises your blood pressure even one unit.’
As for the second conclusion?
“The men and women who double their salt consumption from one teaspoon per day to two teaspoons per day reduced their heart disease risk by up to 400%”. They further went on to show that “high sodium content induced more hormone productions that are conductive to lowering heart disease.” In other words, it showed why it worked.
So here you are still thinking ‘Oh, salt’s bad for you and raises your blood pressure. Exactly the opposite.
Salt is NOT bad for you – so stop fearing it because it is part of a healthy diet.
Carbs Are Good For You
Rather you believe in the theory of evolution or not, one thing is certain – the human body was simply not designed to eat such vast quantities of carbohydrates on a day to day basis. The human body was designed to survive off of protein, saturated animal fat and salt. For those who put their faith in the bible, God even said so himself: “Salt is good” – Mark 9:50. So now that we know that God loves thick juicy cheeseburgers along with tablespoons of salt, let’s talk about this from another point of view.
Evolutionarily speaking, if you were to pack all of human history into a single year, we’ve only been eating grains and agricultural products since about yesterday – which is also when we became shorted and fatter. We’ve also only been consuming processed vegetable oils since about ten minutes ago, which is when heart disease became our number one killer.
After examining all of this scientific data, the ‘experts’ came up with the obvious conclusion – we need to eat a lot more carbohydrates and grains. And so they convinced us, that human health depended on foods that we didn’t eat for more than 99% of our entire existence.
This diet high in carbohydrates is responsible for various diseases, including: Alzheimer’s, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and on, and on, and on. I know you’ve all been told about the notion of ‘good carbs and bad carbs’, but that is all a bunch of BS as well. When you consume carbohydrates, they get converted into glucose – regardless of the type of carb. And glycation causes most diseases.
I’m not saying eliminate your carbohydrate consumption completely, since that would be near impossible for just about anyone to do, but definitely limit it – to about the equivalent of six slices of bread per day. Trust me on this one – you will feel better, look better and be much healthier in the long run.
To Sum It Up
‘Good nutrition’ in this country typically involves eating ridiculous amounts of carbohydrates, lean meats, less fat and not to mention, less sodium. But where has this gotten us? This year alone, heart disease will account for approximately 25% of all deaths. Millions of people will be diagnosed with having high blood pressure and not to mention, saturated fat and salt consumption are both at a record low.
Something’s not right here. Either we have been lied to, or we have been too ignorant to take our own path when it comes to nutrition because we want to listen to the authorities. After all, they know what’s best for us, right? And they’re only trying to help us. As for me, I refuse to let my Shepards lead me astray. Either they start taking the correct path, or I will take my own. I advise you to do the same.
Ths is guest post from Drew – he has been a trainer at golds gym for over 20 years helping clients get healthier. See his blog how2gainmusclefast.com