Big debate on Jeremy Vine’s BBC Radio 2 show yesterday about sugar. Action on Sugar, which spearheaded all the publicity yesterday, has no paid staff and no paid advisers. So it did very well getting its message out there across such a broad range of media. My congratulations to them. Finally the message is being heard.
An article by Dr Aseem Malhotra, cardiologist and writer, in the BMJ explains in a very thorough way why sugar is the enemy now, not fat. Sugar in fact has always been the enemy but finally, it seems, we’re waking up to this. It suited the food industry to let us think fat was the enemy. It peddled low-fat foods full of sugar to us in the guise of health. Then under pressure it brought the salt content down. Sugar is the final frontier.
Dr. John Briffa, author of Escape the Diet Trap is another medical man who takes issue with the usual refrain of high carb good/high fat bad when he points out that fat and protein are far more filling than fibre and it’s a myth to think high-carb diets will satisfy you for longer. The very opposite is true.
Five alive no more
And while we’re myth busting, let’s remember that the five-a-day tag has nothing to do with science or nutrition. It’s just a marketing campaign. Pretty good one at that. Certainly managed to get this message bedded in down and deep. But it’s cobblers. It’s not based on scientific evidence and you don’t need to eat five pieces of fruit or portions of vegetables a day. The lovely Zoe Harcombe whose website is subtitled: because everything you think you know about obesity is wrong explains why five-a-day is just a numbers game. And the number isn’t even the same everywhere in the world!
Fruit is fine on Paleo but stick to berries which are low in sugar. The occasional banana, or half a banana, is okay too. But big bowls of oranges and apples are definitely out. You might as well eat a spoonful of sugar as eat an apple. Since going Paleo I simply cannot eat oranges or apples anymore. I don’t miss them. Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are far nicer.
Fewer meds on Paleo
I’ve also cut down on daily medications I used to take pre-Paleo. I no longer need anti-ulcer drugs as I don’t get heartburn anymore and I discovered also that I don’t need to take anti histamines as much. Needed both over Christmas when I went off Paleo for the holidays. Now then what does that tell you? Okay so it’s only me and my little experiment. But it can’t harm you to try the same thing if you’re overweight, at risk of diabetes or just feel crap. Paleo gives you much more energy than sugar ever will.
I should now issue the usual “check with your doctor/physician” caveat emptor, though you’re not buying anything from me of course! But it depends on your doctor. Mine is perfectly happy for me to do the Paleo because he can see the results. “All we wanted was for you to lose weight and cut your risk of diabetes,” he told me. So check with your GP/general physician if you want to. I’m not a doctor, scientist, nutritionist nor dietitian. Just an individual struggling with my weight. If you want to follow me and use my methods, that’s great. But it’s your responsibility; your decision.
Right, having done my best to ensure I don’t get sued, have a good Friday and a great weekend. See you next week when we’ll do it all again.