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    The American Heart Association; as of 2013; continues to tell it's readers to eat lots of grains; to go "fat free" and to count calories. Are they not following current science at all? The want us to eat bowls of wheat cereal and oatmeal; (which will spike insulin; cause tooth decay; and obesity, and type 2 diabetes) They want us to eat "fat free" which means more carbohydrates; and more metabolic and hormonal appetite disregulation.

    Their site:

    Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations

    Who are these people at the AHA? They can't be real scientists? Does this organization have anything at all to do with science; or is it just ....what? A CPR training club? Profiteers who sell a meaningless logo pasted on sugar cereals?

  • #2
    Guess how much of their revenues comes from selling rights to put the little red heart-shaped AHA seal of approval in the corner of the General Mills cereal boxes and other junk product packaging...
    The Champagne of Beards

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    • #3
      Originally posted by RichMahogany View Post
      Guess how much of their revenues comes from selling rights to put the little red heart-shaped AHA seal of approval in the corner of the General Mills cereal boxes and other junk product packaging...
      Ding ding ding
      I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by RichMahogany View Post
        Guess how much of their revenues comes from selling rights to put the little red heart-shaped AHA seal of approval in the corner of the General Mills cereal boxes and other junk product packaging...
        Nailed it.

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        • #5
          Yep, what RM said. ADA operates very much in a similar way. "Healthywholegrains" and low-fat, don't forget the bunch of prescription medicine and insulin to go with it. God forbid you should even try low-carb !

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Graycat View Post
            Yep, what RM said. ADA operates very much in a similar way. "Healthywholegrains" and low-fat, don't forget the bunch of prescription medicine and insulin to go with it. God forbid you should even try low-carb !
            On the ADA...

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            • #7
              Same in Canada

              To get more fibre:

              Use whole-grain breads, pasta, rice, flour where possible.
              Make sure you have at least one serving of vegetables or fruit per portion of the recipe.
              Beans or legumes are a great source of fibre.

              For more tips on fibre click here.
              To limit the amount of saturated and trans fats and get more healthy fats like polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats:

              Use milk products with 2% MF or less
              Use lower fat cheeses (20% MF or less).
              For meat, remove the visible fat before you cook the meat.
              Poultry should be cooked and served without the skin.
              Keep the amount of vegetable oil for cooking or sautéing low.
              Use soft, non-hydrogenated margarines instead of butter.
              Nuts (almonds, walnuts) and seeds are nutritious but they are high in calories and fats - limit the serving size to no more than 30g per serving of the recipe

              For more tips on fat click here.
              To get less sodium:

              When using canned variety of beans or legumes make sure you rinse them before adding to the recipe.
              Use unsalted or reduced-sodium broths, homemade or store bought.
              Use reduced sodium soy sauce or dilute regular soy sauce with 50% water.
              Salt can be replaced with herbs or spices in most recipes.
              When cooking pasta, skip the salt in the cooking water.
              Started Primal June 2012 at 148.5lbs, and 5' 1", reached goal weight in 5 months.
              Lowest weight 93lbs - too thin. Now stable at around 100lbs much better weight for me at my age.
              Primal, minus eggs, dairy and a myriad of other allergens.

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              • #8
                Agribusiness = big money (think Monsanto)
                American Gov't = run by big money

                Do the math
                Travel, eat well, and learn about life - three things I love to do

                Curious about what YOU should pack next time you're on the road? Check out my Definitive Guide to Backpacking Nutrition

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                • #9
                  Not to be a conspiracy-theorist or anything, but I say 'follow the money'.

                  I also once worked with a cardiac surgeon who never believed in angioplasty or cardiac stenting and always told the invasive cardiologists to just send them to him for bypass (more $$$ in his pocket). Guess who ended up on the cath table when he had chest pain? He wanted to avoid bypass at all costs when it came down it.

                  The AHA, like many other organizations, don't want to put themselves out of business.
                  Some people just need a sympathetic pat... On the head... With a hammer.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Silvergirl View Post
                    Same in Canada

                    To get more fibre:

                    Use whole-grain breads, pasta, rice, flour where possible.
                    Make sure you have at least one serving of vegetables or fruit per portion of the recipe.
                    Beans or legumes are a great source of fibre.

                    For more tips on fibre click here.
                    To limit the amount of saturated and trans fats and get more healthy fats like polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats:

                    Use milk products with 2% MF or less
                    Use lower fat cheeses (20% MF or less).
                    For meat, remove the visible fat before you cook the meat.
                    Poultry should be cooked and served without the skin.
                    Keep the amount of vegetable oil for cooking or sautéing low.
                    Use soft, non-hydrogenated margarines instead of butter.
                    Nuts (almonds, walnuts) and seeds are nutritious but they are high in calories and fats - limit the serving size to no more than 30g per serving of the recipe

                    For more tips on fat click here.
                    To get less sodium:

                    When using canned variety of beans or legumes make sure you rinse them before adding to the recipe.
                    Use unsalted or reduced-sodium broths, homemade or store bought.
                    Use reduced sodium soy sauce or dilute regular soy sauce with 50% water.
                    Salt can be replaced with herbs or spices in most recipes.
                    When cooking pasta, skip the salt in the cooking water.
                    I used to truly believe this and actually DO it (except for the margarine thing, I never believed that). How I had the willpower to keep it up for years on end I do not know.

                    It's astounding how much better results come from doing the exact opposite.
                    Also, your meals taste incredibly delicious as a result and the plan is therefore so much easier to follow.

                    But will people believe me? No, they think food that tastes good can't possibly be good for you and vice versa.
                    Annie Ups the Ante
                    http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread117711.html

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Annieh View Post
                      I used to truly believe this and actually DO it (except for the margarine thing, I never believed that). How I had the willpower to keep it up for years on end I do not know.

                      It's astounding how much better results come from doing the exact opposite.
                      Also, your meals taste incredibly delicious as a result and the plan is therefore so much easier to follow.


                      But will people believe me? No, they think food that tastes good can't possibly be good for you and vice versa.
                      I also used to do it, to the T. Same for me on Marg. though, always stayed with butter or olive oil. It is quite annoying when your family and friends are worried about you for eating like we do now. Funnily enough my Doctor is happy with it.
                      Started Primal June 2012 at 148.5lbs, and 5' 1", reached goal weight in 5 months.
                      Lowest weight 93lbs - too thin. Now stable at around 100lbs much better weight for me at my age.
                      Primal, minus eggs, dairy and a myriad of other allergens.

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                      • #12
                        I also once worked with a cardiac surgeon who never believed in angioplasty or cardiac stenting and always told the invasive

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                        • #13
                          A very smart man told me once that the American Cancer Society was not about curing cancer but about the perpetuation of the American Cancer Society. If they cured cancer, they'd be out of a job.

                          I think the same is true of AHA. I mean, if people ignored their guidelines and ate properly, incidents of heart disease would likely plummet. Add that to the profit from selling their little logo and you can see that they do not have your best interest at heart (pun intended).
                          Starting Weight: 197.5
                          Current Weight: 123
                          Far healthier!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by janie View Post
                            A very smart man told me once that the American Cancer Society was not about curing cancer but about the perpetuation of the American Cancer Society. If they cured cancer, they'd be out of a job.
                            Cancer treatment is a $200 billion a year industry. It amazes me that so many people out there believe they want to actually cure it.
                            “You may have thought you heard me say I wanted a lot of bacon and eggs, but what I said was: Give me all the bacon and eggs you have.” - Ron Swanson

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                            • #15
                              Also, it is very hard for people/organizations to admit they are wrong. Not to mention legal issues. Can you really see them saying, 'Oops! Sorry, we've been leading you down the wrong path.' How long before the first lawsuit hits? I think we would see them disband before we saw them change.

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