Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Beige

My default Homepage on my home PC is to MSN. I often cast a casual eye over it, but every so often I get drawn in - usually to the health news. Today I got pulled in to this article on aging and nutrition.

As (the few) regular readers will kwow, I am sucked in by confirmation bias! This article is no exception, ticking all the paleo boxes including inferences to AGEs and so forth.

What is significant, and the reason I post, are the two sections copied below. They really go to illustrate the wider and growing awareness of the 'tenets of paleo'.

Anyone who has visited the legendary Arthur De Vany's website will be aware of his caveats about eating 'beige' food. Well this very term cropped up on MSN:
  • "Anyone who caught Channel 4’s ‘The Hospital’ will probably never eat carbohydrates again. At one point, the lead doctor in the show – who spends his days fixing gastric bands to supersized patients - belted out an inspired tirade against ‘beige’ foods; crisps, potatoes and bread among other things. Carbohydrates are an essential part of your diet, but they do make you put on weight (especially if you do little exercise) so do not overdo it and always go for natural rather than processed sources, which contain more sugar. Too many carbs also make you feel – and appear – drowsy: never a good look."
The MSN article goes on to kick soya:
  • "Once hailed as a food with a long list of superpowers, health experts are now questioning whether soya could in fact pose a serious health risk. Research in Japan (a country which should know a thing or too about soya) suggests that high levels of soy-based products can play havoc with your thyroid gland, leading to major weight gain and fatigue. Soya apparently blocks the uptake of the chemical iodine, which keeps your thyroid healthy. And it is not as easy to avoid as you would think; it is estimated that soya is found in 60% of processed foods, including breakfast cereals, cheese, cakes, noodles, soups, and sandwich spreads. Experts recommend limiting intake and eating natural, unprocessed foods to avoid any problems."
I get the 'piss' taken out of me more than most for my paleo philosophy. I have quite a few critics who trot out the old 'balanced diet' shite and think that because they are thin (skinny fat in reality), they must be 'OK'. But, it should not escape us that the 'consensus' is definitely coming round to our way of thinking in all but name.

Let them mock...I am not for turning.

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