In the section called "The Paleo Diet a Nutritional Nightmare", McD makes the claim that "By nature, the Paleo Diet is based on artery-clogging saturated fats and cholesterol". Besides the fact that isn't true, this diet DOES NOT base itself on fat and cholesterol, to use the term artery-clogging saturated fats in this day an age shows a complete lack of awareness of the most recent research which is beginning to show no such correlation (not that one could ever be proven anyways). And while we're on the subject of research, from the same paragraph, McG continues by saying "Respected researchers find that those modern-day hunter-gather populations who base their diets on meat, such as the Inuits (Eskimos), suffer from heart disease and other forms of atherosclerosis, and those modern-day hunter-gathers who base their diets on plant foods (starches) are free of these diseases".
Now, I believed that statement to be absolutely ridiculous but he DID provide a source so let's go check it out. This is directly from the Conclusion as stated in the study's abstract. the only emphasis is made by me:
"High-carbohydrate diets, particularly in the form of high-glycemic index carbohydrate, have the ability to directly induce atherosclerosis. Based on anthropologic facts, the reason for these dietary-induced, insulin-mediated, atherogenic metabolic perturbations are suggested to be an insufficient adaptation to starch and sugars during human evolution. Restriction of insulinogenic food (starch and sugars) may help to prevent the development of atherosclerosis, one of the most common and costliest human diseases."
The studies says, in plain text, to limit starch because they are insulinogenic. Actually, the study appears to state the exact opposite of what McG explains in that paragraph.
So why should we not listen to him? Because he lies. It's right there. You could go and check the rest of his references but, if you lie once, I can't trust the rest of your arguments you present.
I'm really hoping I just mis-read this or something so please let me know if I did. I would consider it disgraceful to have such a well-known vegan activist resort to deception like this.
PS. It's ironic that he cites a study that goes against the very idea of his latest book "The Starch Solution"
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