You don't think whole grains raise the risk of diabetes, right? everything I have read says the opposite. And I thought it was common knowledge that fat causes insulin resistance. Have you seen Plant Positive's #35 and #36 videos on how to become insulin resistant. This is nothing new. Pritikin wrote the same thing more than 20 years ago in his first book.
It looks like 7 to 10 ounces of meat and at most 16 ounces of fruits and vegetables combined. This is not a lot of fruit and vegetables. This could be a couple of apples and and orange or an apple and about half a bag of frozen broccoli. Or similar. So the difference between fruits and vegetables and meat seems to be large if you consider that calorie wise, the amount of fruits and vegetables would come to, on average, probably less than 200 calories per day but the amount of meat figuring an average of around 80 calories per ounce would come to between about 600 and 800 calories per day. Even if some of those vegetables included some potatoes the number of calories would still be fewer.
I am surprised that for a country that eats a lot of meat that the amount of meat was not larger but these were low income people. One night out at Sizzler here possibly provides more meat than those people ate. And the three times a day meat habit in this country could mean more meat than that is consumed.
I believe that the Japanese, who smoke like chimneys, have very low rates of lung cancer, possibly because of their high vegetable diets.
If this guy was eating the SAD I am sure a change would be an improvement. My nephew, a protein scarfing body builder, is plagued by gerd and other gastrointestinal problems of which endoscopy and biopsy failed to discover the cause. So he is on nexium or something similar.
Many on Fuhrman and McDougall diets report that symptoms of gerd disappeared on those diets.
JC, My brother called me a fanatic although he eats the same way I do. I don't cheat. He does.
The person who thinks the raw food diet is the perfect diet and has been on it for two years reports fatigue so bad she almost had to quit her job, dry brittle nails, poor blood work and low nutrients and reports she felt fine before this diet. I can't help feeling her post has to be a joke. If it isn't, one has to wonder why she continues to believe the diet of our unevolved primate ancestors whose habitat must in most cases be confined to a rather narrow one around the equator is the perfect diet for evolved homo sapiens who populate almost the entire planet. It does seem to be working for them.
Neither Heretic nor I report any ill effects of the way we eat despite the huge differences in diet. We are not sick, we do not report inability to function or any fatigue. We do not report any obvious external signs that something is wrong healthwise. I do not know about what H's blood tests show but my own are excellent, a diabetic for 20 years my HbA1c is normal, I am maintaining a normal weight and am even probably losing some. And I am willing to bet either of us would change the way we eat if it wasn't producing good health.
I can't help thinking that a popular definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.
While those on the McD, Fuhrman or Optimal diets might be called fanatics by those on the SAD, I really do not think that adhering to a WOE that results in good health fits the definition.