South Beach: Vending Junk
Fads love them or hate them—they sell—Beanie Babies, Pokemon, The Atkins Diet, and Slap Bracelets all huge money makers, and in my humble opinion, giant wastes of time. You can certainly add The South Beach Diet to that list too, and, the new South Beach vending machines. Yup, it’s sad but true. Diet Blog is on it:
Kraft Foods is rolling out a vending machine stocked with South Beach Diet branded food.Truth be told, I don’t know that much about The South Beach Diet—I’m not into bandwagons—but Dr. Fuhrman considers South Beach to be just another ineffective approach to a healthy diet. Why? He points out a major reason in this post debunking the dietary misinformation of Joseph Mercola, D.O. Check it out:
Apparently the machines are already in service in Florida. The machines are only stocked with foods that are compliant with the Arthur Agatston's South Beach Diet.
This includes: Planters nuts, Breakstone's low-fat cottage cheese, Crystal Light drinks, Jell-O sugar-free gelatin snacks, Nabisco Wheat Thins and the new South Beach Diet lunch wraps.
I don't know whether to laugh or cry.
I am not arguing that a vegan diet is healthier or will lead to a longer life compared to someone who eats a small amount of animal products, such as a little fish or eggs in their diet. But I am arguing that as the amount of animal products increases in a diet-style forcing natural plant foods off the plate to become a smaller percentage of total caloric intake, the modern diseases that kill over 80 percent of Americans (heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes) will occur in greater and greater likelihood in every genetic type. My review of over 60,000 articles in the scientific literature supports the conclusion that animal products if consumed should be held to a maximum of ten percent of total caloric intake, reduced from 40 percent in America today and certainly significantly reduced from 60 percent on the Zone and South Beach diets and 80 percent of total caloric intake on the Atkins type diets, and somewhere in between these level on Dr. Mercola's high protein type diet. Dr. Mercola's recommendation are somewhat similar to the Weston Price Foundation, another group that advocates a diet rich in meats based on distorted science and old scientific views that have been disproven by the preponderance of the evidence.I’ve said it before, I’m a layman not an expert, but from my experience managing this blog I have learned one important overriding fact: the more animal products you eat, the shorter your life and the higher your risk of disease. Again, this isn’t my opinion. I picked it up from Dr. Fuhrman and the graphs in these two posts clearly illustrate this relationship. Take a look:
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