This article first appeared last week as a guest blog post for the amazing WellnessFX team. Thank you for having me, guys!
When it comes to healthy eating, it is all too common to rely on packaging, marketing, and the media to tell us what to eat. Making decisions based on colors, pseudo health statements, and nutritional labels can render grocery shopping confusing and potentially harmful. If you don’t shop exclusively for all of your products at a farmer’s market, chances are you navigate aisles of plastic-wrapped “food products.” Here are 10 techniques food marketers use to convince you to buy more. Be on the lookout for them to avoid getting fooled!
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is responsible for publishing Dietary Guidelines for Americans every 5 years. These serve as the basis for school lunch programs, nutritional recommendations in hospitals, and are held as the social norm for what is considered healthy eating. You can find the previous USDA reports (1995 to 2005) here, and the current 2010 one here.
If the guidelines had our best interest at heart, they would reflect the latest nutritional research and objectively inform us of the best possible diet to fend off chronic disease and reverse the rise of metabolic syndrome.
Unfortunately, that’s not entirely the case. The guidelines are more a reflection of political forces and a tool to market US-made food products rather than a guide to better the health of Americans. Following on last week’s article, I’d like to look at the long-standing relationship between the USDA and processed food manufacturers.
Case in point: the ready-to-eat breakfast cereal industry.
Whether you are pre-diabetic, or are suffering from Type 2 Diabetes, it is possible to reverse the symptoms and heal your body through food.. Because food is what got you there in the first place. I am hoping through this article to add to Mark’s Daily apple summary (see the first link below). So print out all this, and as Mark says, give it to your aunt! It is a comprehensive actionable summary, that anyone can start right now to stop or prevent ever becoming insulin-dependent (by the way, you will also loose weight).
Here we go. This is one of my favourite articles by one of my favourite bloggers, Mark Sisson, which sums up the Type II Diabetes issue quite well – read it before continuing, it explains the biochemical mechanisms behind this all: Mark’s Daily Apple
So, what to do in order to reverse the dangerous path towards T2D?