letter from Joan V. caught my attention:
am an 80 year-old lady who has enjoyed eating all my life. I
am most comfortable eating meat and vegetables ... always have
parts of my life (like WWII and later) we were able to grow a
lot of our own food wonderful fresh vegetables, lamb,
pigs, chicken, eggs. I never ate much fruit. I like it, just
dont bother with it.
1961, I had my 3rd child, and the government advice came out
to eat less meat and more carbs. I tried it but I felt
terrible. Went back to meat and vegetables, and I have been
fine for 52 years.
I had surgery for 14 rib breaks (had a bad fall off my horse)
and the doctor commented that I had the bones of a
we are in our 80s, we dont eat much anymore. For breakfast
we eat eggs or bacon, or sausage, with toast, butter, or
potatoes. For lunch we eat soup or salad, and a piece of meat.
For dinner we eat meat and a vegetable, usually. We use butter
and a lot of olive oil. We are both very healthy. My husband
hikes three days a week, and I ride a horse.
do have congenital high cholesterol but also very high HDL,
which I feel is more important.
have just read the book The Big Fat Surprise, which
explains why the benefits of giving up meat for carbs is not a
you read the book? And what do you think? I am just
horse lady to the other, I applaud your time in the saddle.
And, yes, I have read this book. This is what I think:
ago I was lambasted for writing a column about a beef rancher.
This book turns the table in the opposite direction with the
subtitle, "Why butter, meat & cheese belong in a
that these food can belong in a healthy diet. So can olive
oil, fish and wine. And fruit. And vegetables.
Nina Teicholz states she researched this book with "a
dose of skepticism" regarding our current recommendations
for fat, particularly saturated fat.
rightly acknowledges the complexities of studying the health
impact of one particular element (fat, in this case) in the
correct that no one food be it cheese or steak or bran
muffins has been shown to cause obesity, diabetes, or
heart disease. Rather it appears that patterns of eating
the amount of various combinations of nutrients are more
influential on our health than individual substances.
disappointed to see after lengthy analyses of every
conceivable glitch in nutrition research regarding dietary fat
on the last pages of this book, an all-encompassing
conclusion that obesity, heart disease and diabetes are
"are caused instead by carbohydrates."
piece of valuable research this book seems to have regrettably
missed is the landmark Diabetes Prevention Program a
lifestyle intervention trial in 27 clinical centers in the US
which identified lifestyle behaviors that significantly
reduced the risk for type 2 diabetes. Along with exercise and
weight loss (duh), reducing excess fat (especially saturated
fat) significantly cut the risk for developing diabetes.
not the first to suggest that the ideal diet for humans
provides the right balance of nutrients (protein,
carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals) in the proper amounts
from a variety of foods.
we also remember while we sit around and debate which diet is
best; our growing epidemic of obesity and diabetes are because
we are stuffing in too many calories from fats and carbs.
the entire blame on one food element or the other might be
likened to shooting your horse because your foot slipped out
of the saddle. Probably smarter to make some corrections as we
go down this trail.
suspect long-lived and healthy people like yourself and your
hubby have overall healthy habits and attitudes about life.
That may be the most obvious surprise of all.