Consensus in science is often driven by factors that have nothing to do with science, like money. This is no different in nutrition. And if we hear something repeated often enough, such as “fat is bad for you”, we start to assume it’s a fact, regardless of what evidence says.
“If 50 million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.”
– Anatole France
— Gijs Heerkens 👨🏻💻 (@gijsheerkens) January 12, 2020
Lately I got my bloodwork done, just as a check up. When I got the results I was shocked about the nonsense my general practitioner told me about nutrition. Like eat less meat, less eggs and more grains (LOL).
This was the moment I realised that you should definitely do your own research and never blindly accept your doctor’s advice, and you should trust your intuition about your health. For example, the human race evolved for a few million years on meat and sun, how can this ever be bad for us?
Luckily I already read several books on this topic by the time my doctor told me this BS, including Lies My Doctor Told Me by Ken Berry. The author is a medical doctor himself.
Your doctor is probably very busy. A doctor doesn’t care who paid for the research used to “prove” that a new pill works, he only wants to practice medicine with as little effort as possible. He has no skin in the game.
But unfortunately most medical research, especially nutrition research, is paid for by the food or pharmaceutical industry to get the outcomes they want. Their goal is to make more profit, not to make you more healthy.
Researchers often write the conclusions of studies toward what the researcher thinks or wants the study to show or not show. Conclusions are tainted by the desires of the Big Pharma or Big Food corporation that sponsored the study.
What your doctor has learned in the past is based on this corrupt science and he has no time to read new studies and stay up-to-date. His income and his future are perfectly safe if he repeats the foolishness he learned for the rest of his career. And mindless repetition of a lie makes people believe it.
In this article I will give you ten examples of mainstream nutrition lies I learned about in the past years and will link to my sources; articles and books that are based on meta analysis (statistical analysis that combines the results of multiple scientific studies), not on one biased study. This article is an overview, I will write on each topic separately later and link it here.
What sense could be more common than thinking we should follow the same diet and behavior that our ancestors followed for thousands of years? The verdict is to do the opposite of whatever mainstream nutrition dogma and the food pyramid says to do, and you’ll be healthy.
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- They say fat is bad for you.
- They say cholesterol is bad for you.
- They say meat is bad for you.
- They say eggs are bad for you.
- They say salt is bad for you.
- They say sun is bad for you
- They say fiber is important for you.
- They say grains are good for you.
- They say dairy is good for you.
- They say skipping breakfast is bad for you.
A hundred years ago, everyone cooked with animal fats like lard and tallow. At that time, heart attacks were unheard of in patients younger than seventy and obesity was very rare. Now that we cook everything in toxic vegetable oils and lard is a dirty word, obesity is rampant and heart attack and stroke are the leading causes of death.
Our ancestors never left behind available fat. It was usually the first thing they ate. For thousands of years, that DNA was tweaked and perfected on greens, protein and fat, but it never encountered other foods like grains, fruit juice and skimmed milk.
The Big Fat Surprise by Nina Teicholz is a great book on this topic.
The cholesterol lie is an awful example of medical research and medical science gone wrong.
High cholesterol does not lead to heart disease and protects against many illnesses, including cancer. Studies found an inverse relationship between all-cause mortality and cholesterol levels.
Cholesterol is an organic molecule produced in all the cells of the body. The liver produces most of the daily cholesterol. It makes up 30% of the cell membranes and is used to build and maintain them. It enables the body’s production of Vitamin D and steroids, hormones and more. It is crucial for transports and signals between the cells.
The fear of cholesterol is the biggest disaster in healthcare because it encourages people to eat vegetable oils, the foods actually killing you.
The Great Cholesterol Myth by Jonny Bowden is a great book on this topic.
Red meat and eggs are the most nutritious dense foods on the planet. Red meat is filled with vitamins, minerals, protein and healthy fats. Not a single controlled study proves any link between eating red meat and increased cancer risk.
Humans have been eating red meat for at least 200,000 years. Our brain size increased to its current size because of the quantities of fatty red meat our ancestors consumed. Given the very long history of humanity eating all the red meat it could hunt down and kill, it seems unlikely that eating red meat leads to anything other than good health.
Even processed meats, such as bacon and hot dogs, isn’t unhealthy. It contains fewer nitrates and nitrites than many vegetables, and these compounds have not been definitively shown to increase cancer risk, there have been no controlled trials that prove this hypothesis.
Your body naturally produces hundreds of times more nitrites in your saliva each day than you could possibly get if you ate nothing but processed meat all day.
Deep Nutrition by Catherine Shanahan is a great book on this topic.
One of the worst thing to do when you want to eat healthy is stop eating eggs, and start eating stuff that are being advertised as healthy foods instead. If they have to advertise that it’s healthy, it’s definitely not as health as they say. And probably it’s not even healthy.
Eggs are loaded with nutrients but are being demonized without any scientific evidence. Eating eggs improves cardiometabolic markers: insulin sensitivity and lipid markers were better when eating eggs.
Every egg has a red code printed on it (in Europe) that tells you where it’s from. Buy only codes that start with 0 or 1, these chickens have had more space to live and ate organic food.
For all our existence on this planet we have loved salt and have eaten as much as we wanted or could find. Our bodies are able to autoregulate our salt intake just like it regulates our water intake.
The more sodium people ate, the less likely they were to die from heart disease. Salt had virtually no impact on blood pressure. Unless you have poor kidney function or significant heart failure, you’re free to relax your fears and eat salt to taste on all your food.
The Salt Fix by James DiNicolantonio is a great book on this topic.
Any time medical science tells you to avoid nature or something natural, your BS sensor should sound an alarm. Humans have been playing and working in the sunshine for many thousands of years. Human skin has been exposed to sunlight for so long that it has learned to.
For thousands of years, no one gave a second thought to sunshine being the cause of any disease. However, in the last forty years, some of the smartest among us have discovered that the very thing that makes all life on Earth possible is now also the leading cause of skin cancer.
Sunshine actually reduces certain kinds of skin cancer, as well as cancer in other parts of the body. Living further from the equator is a risk factor for skin cancer and other types of cancers. Areas of the world that tend to eat a standard Western diet of highly processed sugars, grains, and vegetable/seed oils.
Your skin is made of what you eat. Your skin is completely replaced with new skin cells every month or two, and the new cells are made of the proteins, fats, and other nutrients you have eaten, for better or for worse. Eating quality natural foods would help you build better skin that is much less likely to become cancerous.
Doctors and dermatologists keep telling us to stay out of the sun and put poisonous sunscreen on our skins to protect ourselves. This is another great example of via negativa gone wrong. Instead of adding sunscreen and all the toxic chemicals it contains, it’s better to adjust your sun exposure to your personal situation.
You need safe sun exposure. Our skins are antifragile, meaning they will get stronger from stress in small amounts (hormesis). If your skin can handle 15 minutes of sun exposure today it will get stronger afterwards and can probably handle 16 minutes tomorrow.
Fiber is not important for you
Grains aren’t good for you
When a farmer wants to fatten up a cow or pig, what does he feed it?
Only with the introduction of grains, sugars, and other starches as a large part of our daily diet did we begin to get fat and sick
fat won’t make me fat, but eating sugars and starches will.”
Dairy isn’t good for you
Skipping breakfast is good for you
Intermittent fasting is one of the best options to restrict ourselves for better survival. When you eat in a pattern that cycles between periods of fasting and eating, you automatically eat less calories because of satiation.
It can have many benefits for your body and brain if your body doesn’t have to process food all the time. The easiest way to achieve an 8 to 10 eating hour window is by skipping breakfast. This improves insulin resistance, blood sugar regulation, stress resistance, hypertension and inflammation among others.
But if we skip breakfast, we are eating less and there is less to money to be made. No wonder they advice to never skip breakfast.