If you have not read any of the articles that I have referenced here by Dr. Hyman, I want to urge you to be sure and read this one. For people who are struggling with weight gain/weight loss, this article will help you understand that what you eat is the only way that can stop the cycle. It will motivate you to change what you put on the end of your fork and it will help you to realize that it is not that difficult to eat real whole foods, the way our grandparents did. We need to help one another within our own communities in order to take back (from corporations and government) how America manages what we and, most importantly, our children are eating!
…When a French fry has more than 20 ingredients and almost all of them are not potato, or when a fast food hamburger contains very little meat, or when the average teenager consumes 34 teaspoons of sugar a day, we are living in a food nightmare, a sci-fi horror show. The very fact that we are having a national conversation about what we should eat, that we are struggling with the question about what the best diet is, is symptomatic of how far we have strayed from the natural conditions that gave rise to our species, from the simple act of eating real, whole, fresh food. When it becomes a revolutionary act to eat real food, we are in trouble. The food industry, which is the second biggest employer in America after the Federal government, heavily influences the media and government agencies that regulate it (US Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration and Congress) and intentionally confuses and confounds us. Low-fat is good – so anything with a “low-fat” on the label must be healthy. But Coke is 100% fat-free and that doesn’t make it a health food. Now we are told to eat more whole grains, so a few flecks of whole grains are sprinkled on sugary cereals. That doesn’t make them a health food either. The best advice is to avoid foods with health claims on the label, or better yet avoid foods with labels in the first place.
Dr. Mark Hyman
from his article The Last Diet You Will Ever Need