In fact, this on is all about bread! Most people do not realize that we are the only creature on this planet that suffers from diseases like diabetes, heart disease and gout, just to name a few. Do you think it might be related to our lifestyle and diet? I think the answer to this is a resounding YES! Let’s retrace a little human history. Before we invented agriculture, we roamed this planet free of disease. Of course, life was generally short due to ever-present dangerous conditions and day-to-day survival but evidence exists from fossil records that we did not die from any of our modern diseases. In stead we died from being eaten by a predator or getting an infection or freezing to death in a cold winter. Most anthropologists think there were roughly a million of us around in the first million years. Our numbers were low due to scarce food supplies and the dangerous environment we lived in.
This type of lifestyle continued for many million years until a very smart human (sarcasm) discovered that we could survive by eating grains, and more important, we could grow this grain in large amounts! Thus, you have the beginning of the agricultural revolution. This was a great thing for human-kind because now there was much more food available and it could be stored for the winter to sustain man through frigid weather. Something else also began to happen. People became heavier; yes, these were the first obese people on the planet. Most attributed this to increasingly more availability food, but today many are now starting to believe this may have been the beginning of our move to the heftier side of life. There have been numerous studies (the Mediterranean diet) on isolated groups of people who have no heart disease, no diabetes or no obesity. Many of these studies have been done with possible predetermined outcomes selecting cultures that do not eat meat with little or no heart disease as well as cultures that eat mostly meat but are never the less very healthy. I think the answer is too close for us to see, i.e. that we lack sufficient impartiality. Every culture in the world that have adopting the modern way of eating has developed the same diseases that plague us. The one food that seems to becoming an ever-increasing part of our diet is processed food. Remember when grandma and grandpa had eggs and bacon for breakfast almost every day of their long and healthy lives? Maybe they were closer to being on the right track than we think.
Another way to look at this is from the vantage point of power. In order to have a large workforce or army one needs a way to feed many people at the same time. It is very difficult to feed a large number in the more primal non-processed way. So those in power learned that they could feed lots of people by replacing good, natural foods with processed food made from grain. Using this agricultural breakthrough, those in control could massively increase population as to have a big army and large workforce. This worked well when the average age of humans was in the 40s but now that we are living much longer so that the effects of this type of eating are showing themselves. The average male graduates from high school weighing around 150 pounds. Eating what is considered a good diet filled with whole wheat grains and carbohydrates, he will gain at least one pound per year during his lifetime. If he is careful about what he eats, by the time he is 50, he will weigh about 180 pounds. Since a sedentary man quits adding muscle after his mid 20s, all he is adding is fat. Couple this with the increased tendency to develop high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes, life is no longer fun after his 50th birthday. Check this chart out on blood pressure statistics in America.
|Age||Men (%)||Women (%)|
|75 and older||65.0||80.2|
Note that men and women between 55 and 64 have a 50% chance of high blood pressure! That means that if doctors and pharmaceutical companies have their way, half of us Americans over the age of 50 will be taking blood pressure medicine! If this does not strike you as strange, I think you are missing the point.
Folks, this may come as a surprise to many, but you are being hoodwinked. The big food companies know what is going on and they know what is causing the health problems in our country. TV is telling you how to eat but your health is the last thing they are concerned about! Please do not just take my word for this! Do your homework! Read! Read! Read! If you are one of the many Americans who are watching your waistline grow, your blood pressure rise and sugar levels climb, take action! Take the time and effort to learn before it is too late.
If you want to learn more about this new approach to eating, go to
http://www.marksdailyapple.com and read what Mark Sisson has to say.
You can also search out the words Primal Diet or Paleo diet and to see very similar advice.
If you are on one of the many cholesterol medicines, check out this site.
It is never too late to start eating right, so get on board today!