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US Obesity Epidemic Coincides with Advice to Eat Grains

 30 years ago the USDA blessed us with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

This heap of rubbish got Americans to eat a grain-based, low fat diet.

The result?

  • Obesity has more than doubled
  • The number of people with type-2 diabetes has tripled.

During that same time childhood obesity has tripled. 1 in 3 children born today are expected to have type-2 diabetes at some time in their life.


Many believe that kids are obese today because they don’t run around at recess and walk to school anymore.

There were other trends too. Meals were home cooked and included vegetables while fast food meals were rare. Today kids spend an average of 7.5 hours each day using some form of media including tv, computers, cell phones, video games and movies.

Let’s graph this out to compare the obesity rate beginning with the implementation of the 1980 USDA Guidelines:jpeg

Maybe they were wrong….maybe we don’t do well eating 6-11 servings of bread and grains.

Various government campaigns like Let’s Move recommended that we eat 5 servings of fruit and vegetables and they say that “canned counts.”

Without qualifying that statement we might pick up a can of peaches in heavy syrup.

Eat a can of peaches and you will have 25 tsp of sugar coursing through your bloodstream in no time 

(100grams of carbs converts to about 1/2 cup of sugar)!



It is always better to eat fresh or frozen. Eat a real peach and enjoy all of the nutrients plus, instead of 1/2 cup of sugar, you will only have about 2 tsp.

Gov recommends that kids should drink 100% juice – but they don’t realize that 12 ounces of grape juice has 15 tsp of sugar, even more than a can of Coke that has 10 tsp of sugar.

Let’s Move! recommended drinking non-fat pasteurized milk and using industrially processed vegetable oil instead of butter.

The fact is we need real fat.

  • We need saturated fat like organic butter to build cells, hormones and our brain.
  • Eating fat does NOT turn into body fat.
  • The mechanism to store body fat involves insulin.
  • Insulin is the key that opens to door for fat storage in our cells.

What causes the release of insulin?

Eating grains, 100% fruit juice and canned peaches.


Are you depriving your body of healthy fats like those found in nuts, avocado, meat, fish, organic butter, extra virgin olive oil and unrefined coconut oil?

Here are signs and symptoms of being deficient in healthy fat (Diana Schwarzbein, MD):

  • Brittle nails
  • Craving carbs
  • Constipation
  • Dry, limp, thinning hair
  • Infertility
  • Insomnia
  • Mood disorders
  • Scaly, itchy skin
  • Loss of lean body mass with a gain of belly fat

 My advice

Eat 3 meals a day and make sure that each meal has animal protein, healthy fat and lots of vegetables. You’ll live quite well if you never eat bread again, or most grains for that matter. And, yes, let’s move, too!

Join our community Whole Healthy Journey. This Facebook community will help you as you choose to make changes around diet, movement, water, sleep, stress, getting the toxins out of your products. Are you ready to see how good you can feel when you get the grains out and stop following the USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans.