Saturday, March 26, 2011

Weighty Matters now on Facebook

I have no idea whether or not this will show up in the email feeds, but I wanted to let you know that I've finally put together a Facebook page for Weighty Matters.

The page will carry a feed of the blog and also tidbits that aren't perhaps long enough for full blog posts, along with links and conversation.

So if you prefer Facebook to news readers, now there's an option.

Hope you're having a great weekend!


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  1. I want to thank you for your link to Canada's Sodium Working Group's final report.

    This is a lovely political document on how to implement salt restriction, and demonstrates a philosophy of treating the symptoms, not the problem. It is an example of the verbosity of the industry of government.

    The problem is simply, if we compare the food of today with the food pre-WWII; over consumption of wonderful tasting refined carbohydrate carbohydrates and manufactured oils have increased about 300C/d/per person.

    The solution is equally as simple for the individual:
    - stop listening to the government
    - stop eating sugar, grains, manufactured oils and other eatable products.
    - eat real whole foods

    Most of those who do the above will not need to restrict salt, as hypertension and the metabolic syndrome will more or less go away.

    But what do I know

  2. It's funny Fred.

    I'm sure you wouldn't have thought so, but I agree wholeheartedly with your comment.

    Only place we differ is in faith in individual change.

    In a country with socialized medicine we can't afford to wait until society shifts to the consumption pattern you espouse. Instead we're going to have to have some top down directives to make the best of a very bad environmental situation.

    I truly don't believe the system can afford to stand idly by and do nothing - especially not with our aging population and our dwindling family sizes.

    Verbosity - agree there too. Included the link as someone was requesting links to papers that reported benefit to sodium reduction.

  3. Anonymous12:28 am

    What are "manufactured oils"?

  4. Manufactured oils are oils that have been developed and marketed in large volumes since WWII, Often called vegetable oils, but what vegetable produces oil?

    Typical oils, Corn oil, saffron oil, sunflower, soy oil, are omega-6 oils which rapidly degrade into trans-fats, which have a direct link to AGEs, the thing artery plaque is composed of. These should be avoided to avoid exposure heart and stroke risk. Low grade slow poisons, that will kill us in time, after giving us diabetics if consumed with carbohydrates. (see the heart scan blog) Typically found in fried foods, French fries and deep fried battered foods.

    Canola oil is less bad, and cold pressed canola does have some omega 3. Cold pressed are oils that have been physically squeezed to extract the oil. Many of the manufactured oils are crushed, processed to make oils, extracted by washing in solvents, and distilling the oil from the solvent.

    We only need 2 or 3 grams of omega 6 per day, so it will be difficult to get down too low in intake. We do not need any trans-fats. We do need a bit of fish each week to get a bit of omega 3. Any modern meat will provide enough omega 6.

    but what do I know