Have you read the new book by Jorge Cruise, The 100?
In the first chapter he talks about how our ancestors were hunter-gatherers and consumed most of their calories from fat, up to 58 percent. Next came protein calories, up to 35 percent, with some groups as much as 80 percent. That didn't leave much room for carbohydrates.
Our modern day diets only have about 15 percent protein. We eat most of our calories in carbohydrates. Unfortunately, they are mostly processed at that with lots of sugar. Our ancestors carbohydrates were made up of high fiber and low carbohydrate seeds, nuts, roots, tubers, and leafy greens.
Our hunter-gatherer ancestors were thin. The diseases of modern civilization were non-existent. They didn't have cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer's, and heart disease. These diseases are costing our health insurance major amounts of money, and are supporting the medical industry.
Farming changed how our ancestors ate.
That brought about the introduction of sugar and grains. With these additions to our diets came the diseases. Obesity, diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, gallstones, and cancers.
I personally have had issues with obesity, high blood pressure, and gallstones.
In the book, Jorge Cruise, interviews Gary Taubes. He talked about how a researcher grew cancer cells in a petri dish. Do you know what they said they fed cancer cells to keep them alive? Glucose!! They also give them insulin to keep them alive. So basically, sugar is what grows cancer and keeps it alive! We are not petri dishes, but does the same thing happen in our bodies?
In a previous post, I talked about how our sugar consumption has increased drastically over the last few centuries.
Does that mean we are feeding our bodies foods that will eventually cause them to develop cancer?
That's some scary stuff!!
If we cut out the sugar does that mean we can stop cancer? Could it be that simple? Maybe it is worth trying!
I am certainly not a trained professional, so I am only giving you my understanding of how all this works. I am convinced that sugar is bad for my body. I know I had a friend who had breast cancer and she was told not to eat sugar, that it would keep the cancer going.
Is this reason enough to eliminate sugar from your diet? I think it is going to be easier to cut back after reading about this!
I will be writing more as I read through the book.