We’ve been given all kinds of conflicting information about what we’re supposed to eat as part of a healthy diet. We’ve been told that low fat, low cholesterol was the way to go, and butter and eggs we’re taken off of the table while artificial sweeteners, fat substitutes, and margarine gained popularity.Looking for any get-skinny-the-easy-way magic bullet, the population literally ate it up. Now, we’re hearing that the opposite is true and foods we thought of as healthy and were supposed to help us stay slim actually make us fat and cause inflammation and disease.
I’m confused, frustrated, and don’t know what I’m supposed to eat to “eat healthy” anymore.
In his book, Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth about Wheat, Carbs, and Sugar–Your Brain’s Silent Killers, Dr. David Perlmutter writes:
Ironically, ever since we ‘scientized’ nutrition, the state of our health has declined. Decisions about what to eat and drink have gone from habits of culture and heritage to calculated choices based on shortsighted nutritional theories with little consideration of how many human beings reached modernity in the first place. And we can’t forget about all the commercial interest out there. Do you think the makers of high-carbohydrate breakfast cereals (read: the entire isle in your grocery store devoted to boxed cereals) truly have your health in mind?
Dr. Perlmutter, a neurologist, advisor for The Dr. Oz Show, author of many books and writer for Huffington Post, draws from his own practice, research, and other studies to advise a diet eliminating gluten and favoring fats instead of carbs. He writes: [Read more…]