A Discrepancy

Just a quick post today after last week’s 3000 word essay! A nutritional discrepancy was brought to my attention in a Podcast I regularly listen to (and highly recommend – links at end).

A quick intro….There are 3 main macronutrients; protein, fat and carbohydrate. Proteins are broken down into amino acids. There are 20 different amino acids, 9 of which are ESSENTIAL. The ‘essential’ means that they cannot be manufactured by the body, so we have to provide our body with them via our diet. Fats are broken down into fatty acids. Again, some fatty acids are ESSENTIAL (Omega 3 is an essential fatty acids, hence the recommendation to supplement with fish oils rich in omega 3). We must provide our body with essential fatty acids via our diet. Carbohydrate is broken down into glucose. There are no essential carbohydrates. If our body isn’t provided with carbohydrate, it will manufacture its own. It can survive without it, but it cannot survive without the essential aminos nor the essential fatty acids.

The government guideline daily allowances (GDAs) for food are as follows: Of all our calories,  approximately 50% should come from carbohydrate (which we have no explicit need for), 9% should come from protein and 34% should be fat. The remaining percentage should come from fibre (which passes through our body with no energy being yielded from it). I should also add that the GDA for sugar is 20%. This figure makes me want to cry tears of type 2 diabetes. 

So, what’s my point?

I see a discrepancy there. The two nutrients that we have an essential need for are protein and fat, yet we are told to eat roughly half of our daily calories in the form of carbohydrate, a nutrient we have no explicit need for. Hmmmm, this makes no sense. To add insult to injury, protein is given such little regard in the government GDAs that we are told to eat more than twice the amount of sugar (a substance that we need NONE of) than we are of protein. And we wonder why obesity and type 2 diabetes are on the increase. This kind of misinformation actually makes me sick.

Now, I should clarify that I am not suggesting a carb free lifestyle as the way forward. The body can manufacture its own glucose, but it is an inefficient process so it makes sense to give your body the amount of carbohydrate it needs (based on goals, metabolic tolerance to carbohydrate, activity levels, etc). What I am suggesting is to address the imbalance created by these crazy government GDAs. The only way to do that is to reduce carbohydrate and increase protein and fat (relative to the carbohydrate). Keep your fibre intake high with non-starchy vegetables like spinach and broccoli. Eat lots of protein rich foods like seafood, poultry and grass-fed beef. Enjoy healthy fats like avocado, olives, coconut and nuts and eat starchy (unrefined carbs) like beans, pulses, legumes and wild rice in a controlled manner to suit your specific needs.

In doing a little bit of research for this post I came across the NHS good foods page (CLICK). One particular paragraph stimulated my rage gland quite provocatively.

Bread

Bread – especially wholemeal, granary, brown and seeded varieties – is a healthy choice to eat as part of a balanced diet.

 

Wholegrain, wholemeal and brown breads give us energy and contain B vitamins, vitamin E, fibre and a wide range of minerals. White bread also contains a range of vitamins and minerals, but it has less fibre than wholegrain, wholemeal or brown breads.

 

Some people avoid bread because they think they’re allergic to wheat, or because they think bread is fattening. But cutting out any type of food altogether could be bad for your health, because you might miss out on a whole range of nutrients that we need to stay healthy.

 

Bread can be stored at room temperature. Follow the “best before” date to make sure you eat it fresh.

Errrrrrrrrm, I think this bit needs re-highlighting…

Some people avoid bread because they think they’re allergic to wheat, or because they think bread is fattening. But cutting out any type of food altogether could be bad for your health, because you might miss out on a whole range of nutrients that we need to stay healthy.

So, patronising (some people think they’re allergic to wheat). I am going to say this to the next celiac I meet and see how they respond. “You’re not allergic to wheat, you just think  you are. The fact you spent all day on the toilet after that bread roll is just a psychosomatic symptom and you’re stupid.”

“Oh, and to compound that stupidity you also think bread is fattening. With all these silly thoughts you keep having you should probably go and lie down before you hurt yourself.” The theory that bread is fattening probably stems from the fact that it spikes your blood sugar more aggressively than Coca Cola does (Really? Yes! Check out this experiment – CLICK).

Cutting out any food COULD be bad for your health, because you MIGHT miss out on a range of nutrients that we need to stay healthy“. Conclusive stuff from the NHS there. Pure speculation, and in reality, completely wrong. There is nothing that bread offers that you can’t get from a different source at a lower caloric cost. Here is wholemeal flour compared to spinach in terms of nutrition to calorie ratio:

250kcals of enriched wheat flour versus 250kcals of spinach

Wheat v Spinach

Source: http://thesmarterscienceofslim.com/a-more-accurate-approach-to-nutrition/

In summary, my point is this: You cannot trust the government or the NHS to provide you with the correct information regarding fat loss. I have highlighted some irregularities in this post and I promise you there are tons more. You must take responsibility to learn about your body and how different nutrients affect it. The fact that you are reading this is a great start. Keep learning, keep reading and enjoy a longer, happier and healthier life.

A blog I aspire to be like is THE SMARTER SCIENCE OF SLIM. The Podcast that accompanies the blog is fantastic and I highly recommend it. Find it here CLICK

 

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