It looks like our work may be close to done. A front-page article in today's online edition supports the low-carb message and blames high carb diets for 'obesity, heart disease, and other health problems faced by many Americans.'
Has it really been more than a month? I've been busier than it feels.
In any case, I've come to the conclusion that we should stop doing missionary work pushing a low carb diet. I know, it's hard not to try to save the world, but in this case it's counter-productive.
First, you're pushing a rock uphill against a trillion-dollar carb industry and government "health" organizations that can't admit that, since 1970, their advice has been killing people.
More important is a simple market fact: The more demand there is for high-carb, low-fat foods, the less demand there is for our kind of food.
Low demand means low prices--an equation I see every week in my grocery bill. It was really evident when we started this carnivorous experiment--it cut more than 50% from our grocery bill, which was already low-carb. And the downward curve continues, not because our diet is changing, but because prices are. The prices of eggs, common cheeses, butter, frozen or smoked fish, and not-lean meat are all creeping downward.
So Give It Up. When the conversation turns to diet, smile knowingly and be a good listener. When pressed about your carnivorous choices, say it's a choice you've made, just as others choose to be vegetarians (or vegans--is there a difference?). Let your good health and high IQ speak for themselves.
" Daily consumption of 3 portions of whole-grain foods (WGF) is linked to lower cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in healthy, middle-aged people mainly by lowering blood pressure (BP), according to the results of a randomized controlled dietary trial reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. (Am J Clin Nutr. 2010;92:733-740)
Given the role that fiber plays in slowing down the digestion of carbohydrates, everything these folk found can be explained by lowered blood glucose levels. Here's where it gets really entertaining:
"Although the mechanisms by which WGFs decrease BP remain unclear, our findings have important public health implications and provide a sound scientific basis for advising the daily consumption of 3 servings of WGF to combat CVD."
In fact, what they found was a statisticalclue to do some science. They admit that the science eludes them and they can't figure out why WGF loading would lower BP. Nor do they seem disposed to look for the science or consider the possibility that their assumptions are flawed. Another indicator of the shortage of three-digit IQs in the nutritional sciences.
Autodidact, patient except with fools, curious, skeptical.
Neither left nor right nor in between but north of that axis. I'm concerned about some liberal issues and agree with some conservative principles but mostly they're both wrong or irrelevant or the question is nonsense.