Thursday, December 25, 2008

Quick-Peel a hard boiled egg!

I really like this fast, easy method of preparing a high protein, low carb diet mainstay of the Barbarian Diet- the hard boiled egg!

Also, I just read a GREAT overview of the dietary shenanigans of the past 50 years or so detailing how the high carb, low fat diet became gospel- WRONGLY!

Read Gary Taube's book- "Good Calories, Bad Calories".

Very erudite- but fascinating- I read it in two long sittings, cover-to-cover.

If you want the bottom line, just read page 454 in the book; the summary:

1.Dietary fat, whether saturated or not, is not a cause of obesity, heart disease, or any other chronic disease of civilization.

2. The problem is the carbohydrates in the diet, their effect on insulin secretion, and thus the hormonal regulation of homeostasis-the entire harmonic ensemble of the human body. The more easily digestible and refined the carbohydrates, the greater the effect on our health, weight, and well=being.

3. Sugars- sucrose and high-fructose corn syrup specifically-are particularly harmful, probably because the combination of fructose and glucose simultaneously elevates insulin levels while overloading the liver with carbohydrates.

4. Through their direct effect on insulin and blood sugar, refined carbohydrates, starches, and sugars are the dietary cause of coronary heart diseaase and diabetes. They are the most likely dietary causes of cancer, Alzheimer's disease, and the other chronic diseases of civilization.

These are the first four of 10 points that summarize the conclusions of the author of the book. VERY different from what you'll hear spouted by mainstream nutritionists...
And, for my money, much more correct!