It all started in the 70's, Americans,
especially women, started getting into cardio and watching what
they ate. But something else happened with the backing of the
Government, Americans started equating fat with eating fat and poor
health, so a revolution began, 'What we did when we got off the fat
is we got into carbohydrates and sugar then became part of the
carbohydrate picture which is the absolute worse carbohydrate.'
Dr. Stanley Gardner of the Preventative Medicine Group in
Westlake, Ohio says all of our nutrition comes from only 3 sources;
protein, fat and carbs. When you eliminate fat, you have to replace
it with something else, 'We have dropped our fat intake
approximately 30% in this nation, the obesity has risen
dramatically, heart disease has now slowed down it's as much as it
Endocrinologist Armand Kirkorian says he's noticed the shift
to carbohydrates as well, and that is not good for portion control,
'An old saying is carbohydrates beget carbohydrates, where you eat
some and you can't stop you want to eat more ends up a huge amount
of calories again.'
When it comes to low fat, think about how many choices are
out there, but watch out. Products like low-fat yogurt can actually
have more calories than the regular stuff, 'Because you have to
compensate for the taste, so you lose the taste of fat, you have to
add something else.'
Something else, like sugar, which adds calories.
But Dr. Gardner says the real 'saboteur' of our diets are
those processed foods. They are convenient and well market,
'Basically processed food is taking out 80% of the nutrients in the
process of processing and then putting a few back in at the end and
calling it enriched and then selling it as if it was real food.'
He also says find real food by shopping around the edges of
the grocery store. And says that foods that come in boxes and cans
have chemical additives to heighten smell and taste, which makes
you crave more of the same, 'What our body is craving is to have
our nutrient needs met. When the nutrient needs are met in a
healthy individual, then that person will eat what they're supposed
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