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Why Count Carbs?

on July 10, 2012

You may have read in my previous post that I started a Challenge yesterday, ’70 Carbs In 70 Days’, and you may be wondering why we are only counting carbs, not calories.  The reason is carbs are what makes us fat.  And give us high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, the list goes on and on. What’s that?  You thought fat made us fat?  Nope!!  It’s all been a big lie.
Read this article by Gary Taubes in the NY Times.  Or this one that was written 10 years ago. Need more?  Read this.
If you haven’t seen Weight of the Nation yet, you need to!  It’s absolutely infuriating.  Almost 70% of the nation is either overweight or obese.  Why?  Well first let’s look at the USDA Food Pyramid where they suggest the majority of your diet come from grains.  6-11 servings a day??  That’s sure to make anyone overweight!

Then let’s look at the farm bill where the government subsidizes corn farmers only. If you grow fruits or vegetables, you do not get a subsidy. Did you know less than 2% of the farm land in this country produces fruits and veggies.

Now let’s take a look at the prices of healthy food vs processed crap. Yeah, it’s expensive to eat healthy.  A lesson in Economics 101 teaches  supply vs demand.  If we can increase the supply of fruits and vegetables grown in this country, the price goes down.  Just look how cheap corn is, or rather, its by product – high fructose corn syrup.  It’s the cheapest sweetener you can use, and it’s found in everything from juice to crackers to ice cream.  And it has majorly contributed to the weight of the nation.  (Now they call it “corn sugar” and they claim it’s no different.  Bull.  Studies have been done proving how much more detrimental HFCS is than regular sugar. )

I could really argue about this all day long.  It infuriates me to think that this government of ours, which is supposed to be “for the people” are the ones who are pushing us into this downward spiral.  Don’t even get me started on genetically modified foods and Monsanto and the FDA.  (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, watch Food, Inc. for starters.)

If you are just as enraged as I am about all of this, join Food & Water Watch.  They have several campaigns, including one for a Fair Farm Bill.  And there are plenty of ways on their website that you can take action, either by signing a petition or emailing your State representatives.  There are so many issues at hand – keeping antibiotics out of our meat, the farm bill, keeping our water clean, and the list goes on and on.

Going back to the reason for this post.  Processed foods make us fat.  What’s in all that processed food?  Carbs.  At the very root of the issue, as a nation we need to eat more fruits and vegetables.  But we need the government’s help to make sure it is available to us, without being genetically modified or full of pesticides.

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