Monday, March 14, 2011

95% of Americans don't get enough Whole Grains, WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY?

This is not the breakfast for me
That's right people, according to General Mills, we don't eat enough of their food.

Let me start by saying you could live a long and healthy life without eating a single whole grain. We don't need whole grains for health. So how can a company say that 95% of us don't eat enough? I think they may have left out the back-end of the statement, 95% of American's don't eat enough whole grains, for us to make our profit margins. Maybe? Maybe not?

You see protein is essential to our health, and dietary fats are too.  Whole grains, not so much.

Now I am not a "no-carb" dieter, trying to push another form of the "Atkins Diet" in fact I love carbohydrates, but they have their time and their place.

Personally I believe cereal first thing in the morning, is just about the worst thing you could have for breakfast when you are trying to lose weight. Want a better-for-you breakfast?  Try egg beaters, with center cut bacon. Or if you're in a hurry, grab a Ready-To-Drink protein shake. They will give you the energy, and metabolism boost you need without spiking your insulin levels.

Anyway back to the subject, I saw a commercial promoting cereal with this tagline so I wanted to find out who says that we don't get enough whole grains? Well it's a Doctor of Health and Nutrition, who works for General Mills, how convenient. The best part of her quote "As part of a healthy diet, whole grain can help with diabetes and weight management"

Really Doctor?  What she's not telling you is carbohydrates have zero benefits to weight-loss, and diabetes? Did you know that the GI of Corn Flakes is 84? compare that to regular table sugar that is a 64 on the GI scale.
 So whole grain Corn Flakes will affect your blood sugar and spike your insulin levels more than eating plain sugar! So how do whole grains help prevent diabetes?

This ad is so misleading that it needed clarification, especially to those who are trying to lose weight. Carbohydrates, and whole grains are great for immediate energy but they are not necessary for our health. A diet high in lean-meats, fruits, and vegetables is far better, than a diet high in whole grains.

I am very proud to say that I am one of the 95% of Americans that don't eat enough whole grains, and you should be too.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

BMI is Bad Misleading Information

BMI is a sham, I'm not kidding. I am very worried that our government may give this crazy little formula too much power.  If all Insurance Companies use BMI. which really stands for Body-Mass-Index, to judge my health I will be in trouble.  You see even though my body-fat percentage is between 10-11% which is in the athletic range, my BMI is 28.4, and because of that I am considered "overweight" by doctors and insurance companies.

BMI Categories:
  • Underweight = <18.5
  • Normal weight = 18.5–24.9
  • Overweight = 25–29.9 (ME)
  • Obesity = BMI of 30 or greater
This is what "overweight" looks like according to BMI

11% Bodyfat is in the "Athletic" range, better than fit & Healthy

Other people that will join me in the overweight category include the Viking's Adrian Peterson, actors George Clooney, Brad Pitt, and Matt Damon.

Why does this matter?
Because you and I will pay more for our Health Insurance and possibly even be turned down for insurance if our Bad Misleading Information is to high.

BMI is trying to put everyone in the same shape, and we are not. Just because someone is 6'2 180lbs doesn't mean they are healthy just like being 6'1 215lbs doesn't mean you are unhealthy. We should each be judged on our individual body types and BMI should be thrown out completely.  It was a nice try, but it doesn't work. 

Another sad fact is all of the "Overweight America Charts"  from the CDC use BMI as their standard. So how overweight is our country really? If you are not a thin you are overweight, that is just sad.