Biggest con of the last century…

… and we are still paying for it.

Here’s a very interesting article about how it happened:

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Rainbow Doritos?

No, thank you… Waiting for rainbow Pringles 🙂


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I was watching a science program on TV called “Truth about fat“. It basically showed that fat people have a deficient hormone which tells the brain when they are full. At least that’s how it was for the study sample. It was all very fascinating, but…

Programs such as this are making you forget about your own responsibility. It allows you the luxury of having an excuse for being overweight (or any other ailment you may got yourself into).

Ok, I agree, we’re all different. So we have a different genetic make-up, different bodies, different lifestyles, different attitutes and beliefs. However, we all have a responsibility to our bodies. We all need our bodies to be “well-oiled and maintained machines” to last the whole life through. And this comes down to the individual resposibility. You can’t just say “I have a fat gene” and let it go. You need to work out what works for you and what doesn’t.

If you’ll listen to all this science, although interesting, you will get bogged down in excuses and will stop trying.

P.S. The program also mentioned that just because you have a gene, it does not necessarily have to be activated. Further studies are currently going on in the gene activation field.

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Chips time :)

I have just bought some ghee and about to make some home-made chips.

GheeYeah, chips taste better fried in saturated fats like ghee. But it’s not just that. After about 40 years of drumming into the unsuspecting public the dangers of cholesterol and saturated fat, the latest findings are that it is not so clear. In fact, there is no proven link between heart disease and saturated fat.

Sweden has done one better, as it is the first western nation to ditch the low fat dietary advice in favour of low-carb, high-fat and protein diet. Kind of like what people used to eat before industralisation and wide-spread farming…

I see all this as a step in the right direction, although, it will probably take a whole generation to undo the damage done by 40 years of “brainwashing”. It is a fact that in the last 30 years, Americans have lowered their consumption of fat by 10% but the obesity rate has doubled! This is scary – only 10% less fat but such a huge impact. (To be fair, I’m sure there are other factors affecting this statistic, like less exercise and more sedentary lifestyle.)

Personally, I’ve never been swayed either by the low-fat or calorie counting fads. In the past 10-15 years, I would actually add extra fat to my meals, like butter, coconut or olive oil. The effect on my body was that I’ve struggled to put the weight on, and my total cholesterol would be about 4.5 mmol/L. But then again, my genes must be different 🙂

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Correlation does not equal causation, I know, but…

The evidence is compelling. See for yourself here.

I was never a believer in the low-fat diet. It just did not sit well with me. While sugar, well, don’t get me started on this subject. Check out the graphs, especially number 2, 4 and 6.

Comparing the metabolism of fat versus carbohydrates, you can see that they take very different paths. Carbohydrates convert to glucose and the body uses it for energy with help of insulin. Insulin is a hormone manufactured in the body in proportion to carbohydrate intake. To cut the long story short, overconsumption of carbs, can lead to insulin resistance, obesity and diabetes.

Fat can also be used for energy by the body. The mechanism is different, though. Body will convert it to ketones and use that for energy. However, you need bile to break down the fatty acids. Bile is produced by liver in small quantities and stored in the gall bladder. If you eat more fat than you can metabolise, it will pass out with the feces. This is easily checked – the poo will float. So you can’t really overdose on it.

This is a very simplistic explanation, but it works for me. Now, where’s my butter gone?

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Marketing to kids

I am so glad that my son is immune to this kind of brainwash! He’s been sugar and junk-food free for over a year now. And, no, I did not force him into this 🙂

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To tax or not to tax, fat that is.


The fat tax is in the media again. Denmark’s experiment has failed miserably after 1 year – people have revolted and shopped across the border. Unfortunately, if it happened in Australia people would not have that luxury. By the way, Aussies are still reeling from the carbon tax and now possible debt tax is hanging over them. Not sure if they could take another tax…

Denmark has taken one approach and taxed the product, kind of like what happened with tobacco. Unlike tobacco, though, which is one product one ingredient, they taxed food products containing certain levels of sugar and/or saturated fat. This, as we can imagine, has created a bit of an administrative hell for companies. Greece should learn from this…

By the way, since McDonalds has switched to Canola oil, they could probably avoid paying the saturated fat component, but fat chance about sugar! Nearly all items on their menu are loaded with it.

The other approach would be to tax the individuals who choose this lifestyle. Of course, safeguards should be in place for people with genetic disorders, or other afflictions that are not their fault. Not sure how people who lost their gall bladder would fare as many have complained about weight gain after the surgery. Would they have a claim?

Apparently, nearly 40% of Americans would support taxing the obese. This is a big surprise in a country where 75% of people are heavier than they should be. So even fat people agree with this. Strange. After all, airlines do charge people for excess baggage…

The question is not if, but when and how. It is inevitable. In America, the annual medical cost of obesity is estimated to be $190 billion. This is a staggering amount, but would the medical industry let go of the golden goose without a fight? Well, the government might as well jump in for a ride on the gravy train. I’m sure that medical and food industry “experts” will help shape the policies.

The fat tax is not going to change anything as far the obesity epidemic goes. As we have seen from the tax on cigarettes, smokers keep on smoking. Whoever is addicted to sugar will have their cake and eat it, too. First time I visited Max Brenner Chocolate Bar, I could not believe that they were selling slices of cake for $12 each, but there were plenty of customers. A slice of similar cake could have been purchased for a fraction of this just around the corner. Saturated fat is not a cause of obesity as can be seen from the French paradox and Sweden. So this part is a scam in my view.

Taxing the individual is risky. Politicians would be shooting themselves in the foot as majority of voters fall into that category. However, some countries are sneaking this tax on certain products already. It’s called discounts. Health insurance companies can easily afford to lower the premiums for people with healthy weight. After all, this is a shrinking minority and won’t hurt the bottom line.

In summary, I dare to say that we will see fat tax shortly. Most likely it will be a combination of the different methods and somewhat diguised by clever marketing. Will it make a difference? It will financially hit the poorer population the most, since junk food is the cheapest and the cost of other food will probably rise in proportion. However, I don’t think that anyone will get healthier because of it.

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