Archive for November 21, 2008

Random Nutritional Thoughts

Posted in Uncategorized on November 21, 2008 by mboyle1959

Although I posted this today at, I thought I would share my thoughts with those of you who read the blog but, not the site.

Corn is grain not a vegetable. It is also a grain that is 80% sugar. High fructose corn syrup ( a corn by-product) is the number one calorie source in the US and is in just about everything.

Atkins worked. We just didn’t understand why. Atkins may still prove to be healthier than the high-carb low-fat junk. RD’s have really dug in their heels ( generally high heels) about this in spite of overwhelming science to the contrary.

Barry Sears was way ahead of his time. He even kept saying “protein adequate” to avoid the Atkins comparison but conventional wisdom shouted him down. Read The Zone.

Ectomorphs should never give nutritional advice to endomorphs. If your nutritionist is a skinny little runner ask to see some pictures of them when they were fat. If they don’t have any, don’t believe them.

Never take nutritional advice from someone who runs more than 5 miles a week.

I read the other day that cereal can be a part of a good breakfast. The author then mentioned that in order for cereal to be part of a good breakfast the other parts had to be extremely good.

High-carb low-fat is not a diet plan. It is a prescription for giving Adult Onset Diabetes to children.

Both high fructose corn syrup and trans fats are very scary. Take some time to read about both. It will change the way you eat. Dr. Mercola’s book has some good stuff on both. is a great website

Food additives are scary. Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Red 3, Red 40, Blue 1, Blue 2, Green 3, and Orange B have strong links to ADD. Check out the Feingold Foundation. Did you know that a lot of these additives are petroleum based? Yes, I said petroleum.

According to author KC Craichy of Super Health – 7 Golden Keys to Unlock Lifelong Vitality grass fed beef has a very favorable fatty acid profile compared to grain fed beef and in fact is ideal for human health. It costs more but, it’s worth it.

I heard an egg ad the other day in which they said their chickens were fed a 100% vegetarian diet. I thought about chickens as carnivores. Bottom line, eggs are really good food, yolk and all.

The South Beach Diet is a really good book with a really bad name.

Buy a Brita water pitcher. It will save you tons of money. While you are at it get some aluminum water bottles and fill them yourself.

Bottom line, we need to really think about nutrition, for ourselves and for our kids. There is a lot of scary stuff out there. I heard someone say the other day that if a company has to tell you a food is good for you that means it probably isn’t.