The medical Establishment will roll-over about the ever changing facts about curing diabetes. It has deluded itself for decades, but new scientific research has changed the landscape. The promoted diet for preventing diabetes has been the low-fat diet. That diet failed to work — for anything:
* overweight and obesity soared as people fattened up like cattle in a pen
* diabetes rates climbed along with obesity — they’re usually coupled
* carbs became the nutritional darling of all the so-called “experts”
Yes, that’s right! It never was cholesterol and fat, it was always carbohydrates that were doing the damage in diabetes. Let the shouts go up, the screaming and gnashing of teeth begin. How was this missed? It’s because medicine works mostly by belief systems and not by facts.
Why did the Establishment believe that fat was bad? It’s a long, sad story, but it has a lot to do with bias and self-promotion in medicine and science. It felt that the fat you ate became the fat that damaged body tissues and then stored as fat. However, the facts of biochemistry tell another story — it’s actually carbs that the body converts to fat!
Do these new insights rock you? The public has been blind-sided because no one took the time to go to the medical library and do a little research. That would have shown that by 1950 the biochemists knew that the body converts carbohydrates to fat and the fat we eat does not become the fat in and on our bodies.
Starting during the early 2000’s explosion of interest in low-carb, young, unbiased researchers set up some very good experiments to study the diet. What was the outcome? The results disproved all the negative statements that had been made during the last four decades:
* body fat and body weight dropped faster in low-carbers than low-fat dieters
* sugar in the blood dropped whereas there was no change in the low-fat diet group
* fat levels in the blood dropped because of low-carb eating
* the low-fat diet could not hold its own against low-carb as it won hands down
Diabetics can improve health and cure diabetes by following a low-carb diet. Changes occur rapidly, in less than 12 hours, as the body switches fuels from burning sugar to burning fat. It no longer needs much sugar. This is a fact not understood by the medical Establishment.
Syndrome X, also known as Metabolic Syndrome, is a constellation of symptoms indicating serious disturbances in health:
* diseases of the heart and blood vessel system
* elevated blood pressure
Current research suggests that a carbohydrate-reduced diet may be the first and most effective choice for patients with Metabolic Syndrome and diabetes. If you are normal but suffer from these symptoms, then reducing carbohydrates is the only effective non-pharmacological choice.
Low-fat was never proven to be healthful and low-carb was shown to be a great health improver. Unfortunately, no one read this research completed during the last 50 years of the 20th century. Claims were just made about the dangers of eating diets higher in fat (although followers of the low-carb diet actually don’t eat more fat).
Eating carbs and fat together is a prescription for disaster yet this is the way most people eat — a balanced diet the “experts” call it. Wrong. Switch to low-carbohydrate but don’t follow either the Atkins’s diet or South Beach Diet. Atkins’s plan if full of flaws and South Beach isn’t even a low-carb diet.
Twenty Reasons Why Porridge Is The Ultimate Health Food……..
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It’s exactly 2 years since I made the original posting of this photo and article. It has attracted well over 11,000 views. Wow! Thought it needed a repost and, Yes!, I’m still having my porridge each morning.———
I must have my porriage every morning, summer and winter.
Good for you, plus keeps the tummy satisfied all morning.
Swirls of pure Canadian maple syrup all over the top…oh! so yummy!
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Twenty reasons why porridge is the ultimate health food……..
(I’m not sure why reason # 1 is at the top of this list. #20 comes first with me at my age! Alas, a cup of tea is more appealing when I first wake up in the morning. Then I’m wide awake so bound out of bed to prepare and enjoy my porridge)
1. IMPROVES SEX LIFE
Porridge oats can boost libido by helping to re-balance testosterone and oestrogen in the body. Testosterone drives sexual desire in both sexes. Men with low testosterone levels go off sex.
2. GOOD FOR HANGOVERS
Oats neutralise acidity levels in the body and help absorb toxins. Since a hangover is the result of the "poisonous" effects of alcohol, a bowl of porridge might help relieve the symptoms.
Porridge also contains one of the highest levels of soluble fibre of any cereal. Soluble fibre is essential for healthy digestion. Since alcohol depletes sugar levels, the slow-releasing carbohydrates in porridge help redress this.
3. HELPS QUIT SMOKING
Compounds in oats can help calm the nervous system and reduce the craving for nicotine.
4. HEALS THE SKIN
Bathing in oat-based solutions can help problem skin. Anecdotal evidence suggests that the anti-inflammatory compounds in porridge oats can help conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. Fill a sock or stocking with porridge oats and place in water for 20 minutes while bathing.
5. FIGHTS INFECTION
Of all the cereals, porridge has the best proportion of protein needed for growth and repair in the body and to help boost the immune system.
6. FIGHTS HEART DISEASE
Many studies have shown that eating fibre-rich food such as porridge reduces the risk of heart disease. But scientists in the U.S. found that porridge contains avenanthramides – chemicals that stop blood cells sticking to artery walls, preventing the fatty deposits that cause heart disease.
7. REDUCES DIABETES RISK SLOWLY
Digested foods such as porridge might cut the risk of developing non-insulin dependent diabetes by absorbing sugar from the gut and cutting the need for large quantities of insulin to be released.
8. HELPS CONCENTRATION
The slow releasing complex carbohydrates in oats sustain energy levels, allowing full concentration to be maintained. Complex carbohydrates also stabilise and raise blood sugar levels.
9. BEATS DEPRESSION
Porridge is high in Vitamin B6, which promotes the brain chemical serotonin. High levels of serotonin are associated with feelings of well-being and also aid relaxation and restful sleep. Levels of serotonin dip when sunlight is limited – i.e. during winter – and can lead to the depressive condition Seasonal Affective Disorder.
10. BOOTS ENERGY
Porridge oats are high in complex carbohydrates and soluble fibre, which means they release energy slowly. A bowl of porridge should provide all the energy you need until lunchtime.
11. CUTS CHILDHOOD OBESITY
A study of 10,000 children by researchers at New York’s Columbia University found that among those who regularly ate whole-oat products, the proportion of overweight children almost halved.
Researchers at Oxford Brookes University also found that those eating foods with a low glycaemic index (GI), such as porridge, were less likely to binge on sugary snacks. Foods with a low GI rating release glucose into the body more slowly and evenly, leaving you feeling fuller for longer.
12. LOWERS CHOLESTEROL
Porridge is rich in soluble fibre, which has been shown to lower blood cholesterol. High cholesterol occurs when fat builds up and constricts the arteries, reducing blood flow to the heart. Eating oats can improve blood flow and bind to cholesterol in the gut, aiding its removal from the body. Scientists think the cholesterol-lowering effects of oats are due to the oat soluble fibre beta-glucan.
13. PREVENTS CONSTIPATION
High-fibre foods such as porridge increase the movement of food through the digestive tract.
This increased bowel action provides a good environment for beneficial bacteria in the gut to ferment while decreasing levels of destructive bacteria.
14. FIGHTS OSTEOPOROSIS
Porridge oats are blended with milk, making an excellent source of calcium which is essential for bone health. Lack of calcium can lead to osteoporosis, which involves a loss of bone density and can make bones fragile.
15. CAN HELP DIETING
Porridge oats are 100 per cent natural, with no added sugar, salt or additives, and are naturally low in calories. An average bowl of porridge made with water contains 171 calories.
16. GOOD FOR PREGNANT WOMEN
Porridge is a source of folic acid. Studies have shown that taking folic acid from before conception until the 12th week of pregnancy can reduce the chances of having a baby with spina bifida. Pregnant women need 400mcg of folic acid a day.
17. FIGHTS CANCER
Oats are rich in the antioxidant vitamin E, which protects the body from the damaging free radicals that can cause cancer. A diet high in soluble fibre foods such as porridge oats might also help reduce the chances of developing bowel, colon and breast cancer.
18. CONTAINS ESSENTIAL MINERALS
Porridge is a good source of manganese, which is essential in allowing the body to produce energy as well as helping to build bones and connective tissue. It also contains zinc, which is needed for normal growth, sexual development and reproduction, and a healthy immune system.
19. REDUCES BLOOD PRESSURE
A daily serving of oats can improve blood pressure control and reduce the need for anti-hypertensive medication, according to U.S. researchers – 73 per cent of those fed a wholegrain oat-based cereal (containing 3g of soluble fibre) stopped or reduced their blood pressure medication by half.
20. COULD HELP LONG LIFE
Britain’s longest living man, David Henderson, from Montrose, Scotland, who died in 1998 at 109, attributed his age and good health to a daily bowl of porridge. This could be because the lipids present in oats contain a good balance of essential fatty acids which have been linked to longevity and general good health.
Research by: Angela Epstein
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