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My new book The PlantPlus Diet Solution: Personalized Nutrition for Life comes out Sept 30, 2014. The 4 year process of discovering that there is no one size fits all diet, and how you can find the foods best suited for you has made me into a veritable diet sleuth. I’m pleased to offer very short blogs to help you build nutritional literacy.
Is that heathy looking food bar a nutritious snack, a meal replacement, or a sugar bomb? On one end of the spectrum there are Kind bars packed with healthful, protein rich, hunger slaying nuts and relatively few sugar carbs. On the other end of the spectrum there are some varieties of Cliff bars that have the same glycemic index as pure sugar.
Before you even look at the protein content, and whether or not the bar is organic or contains artificial ingredients, check out the number of carbs. As I explain in my book The PlantPlus Diet Solution: Personalized Nutrition for Life, refined carbs are a major player in the epidemic of chronic disease that’s bankrupting our nation. Did you know that a child born in 2014 has an average life expectancy of just 69 years? We’re going backwards, and not forwards in terms of our health.
So before you pack a “nutrition” bar that’s actually a candy bar into your kid’s or your own lunch, evaluate the bar using these 4 criteria:
Net carbs 15 or below (net carbs are total carbs minus fiber)
High fiber so that your good gut bacteria get the nourishment they need
Organic if possible, which automatically means nonGMO, or at least made out of whole food ingredients without added chemicals
Check gluten, fat, and salt content to see if these fit your own own personal dietary profile
The Diet Sleuth’s favorite low sugar, high fiber bar, totally delicious bar?
Kind Caramel Almond and Sea Salt
Total Carb / 15g (5%) Dietary Fiber / 7g (28%) Sugars / 5g Protein / 6g
One diet does not fit all, says Joan Borysenko, PhD, author of the forthcoming book The PlantPlus Diet Solution. But there are a few smart food choices that most people can benefit from. In this month’s feature article, Joan looks at the confusion surrounding low-fat diets, explains the biology behind our individual dietary needs, and offers five principles for healthy eating that apply to just about everyone.
Ever since President Dwight D. Eisenhower was diagnosed with heart disease in 1961 and put on a low-fat diet, reducing dietary fat—while increasing carbohydrate intake—has become nutritional dogma, in spite of some sketchy research. Yes, the rates of heart disease have gone down, but experts don’t think that diet was involved. Less smoking, better emergency medicine, more long-term care, fewer cases of rheumatic fever, and healthier moms who bore higher birth-weight babies are the likely causes of the decrease in heart disease over the past 50 years.
On the other hand, the very dietary changes that were put in place specifically to reduce the incidence of heart disease—which still claims the lives of one in four Americans—ignited an epidemic of obesity, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease instead.
We’re at a turning point where the children now being born in the United States are the first generation whose lifespan is on track to be shorter than that of their parents. Ironically, one of the culprits may be the way we’ve been instructed to eat for the past half-century. One single medical recommendation—to eat low-fat foods—spawned a high-carb feeding frenzy that may be the single most expensive mistake ever made in the name of evidence-based medicine.
We’re falling down the nutritional rabbit hole at great speed. We must become nutritionally literate. But how do we know what to eat? And how do we know if we can trust the studies that are meant to give us the answers?