We must not be surprised at the startling rise in obesity which coincides with our increasingconsumption of reﬁned carbohydrates, as revealed in a study done in 2004. The study addsweight (no pun intended), to data that sugary foods should be avoided and that health advice tocut back on fat has actually backﬁred.
; thing to do is eat more raw food.The rising levels of obesity and late onset diabetes have ocurred slowly over the last century yetaccelerated in the last four decades. While the problem is most severe in developed countries,there is evidence that rates are starting to increase in the developing world also. Most expertsagree that poor diets and increasingly sedentary lifestyles are responsible, but the exact causestill eludes them.In a 2004 study done at the Harvard School of Public Health,
Simin Liu and his co-workerscollected data on eating habits and food
composition over a 90 year period in the 20th century.Comparing those data with information on disease incidence rates from the Centers forDisease Control (CDC).They found that the climb in diabetes was associated with the rise in total calorie intake, theirreport appears in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. This is right in sync with the ideathat obesity places people at risk of heart disease, fatty liver, and diabetes to name a few. Buteven more revealing, upon further examination into the proteins, fats and carbohydrates data,they realized something new. It seems that eating fat or protein were not the root cause of theproblem. Departing from the previously established and long held belief that consuming fatswas the cause of overweight syndrome and obesity.Instead, they found the rise in overweight and obesity best corrolates to a drop in ﬁbreconsumption and escalating consumption of high fructose corn syrup, one of the latestadditions in today's highly processed foods. Nutritional scientist Cyril Kendall of theUniversity of Toronto, Canada calls these ﬁndings "quite striking." No wonder people arehaving such are ﬁnding it hard to lose weight.Never before in the history of the human race, have people eaten so much reﬁned carbohydrate.It appears that foods high in reﬁned carbohydrate cause blood sugar to spike, requiring thepancreas to work overtime to generate insulin. Over time, the body's tissues become resistant tothe excess insulin and pancreatic cells wear out, resulting in diabetes. This insulin resistancekeeps blood glucose levels high longer than normal, resulting in the storage of any fatty-acidsin our food and the conversion of glucose to fat, defeating ourfat lossgoals.This is one reason, many nutritionists are recommending their patients avoid reﬁnedcarbohydrates in favor of wholegrain alternatives. They are also promoting healthy fats, such asvegetable oils rather than animal fats, along with fruits, vegetables and frequent exercise. Thiscombination may result in the natural healing not only of ourselves but even our health caresystem.Accrding to nutritionist Kendal, this message has yet to be accepted or incorporated into thepublic psyche. People are confused by conﬂicting health messages, such as the Atkins diet'srecommendation to spurn all carbohydrates. According to Kendall, "We need to rethink ourapproach to diet." Truer words have never been spoken, indeed we each need to re-educate