Throughout history most cultures ate a plant-based high carbohydrates diet and consumed some animal products in modest amounts when they were available and on special occasions.
Today, most healthy clans, societies and nations moderate the amount of fats and animal products in their diet.
The trendy diets that arrive with affluence are changing the life expectancy of formerly healthy cultures. With all of the unhealthy American diets, is it any wonder that the USA ranks 42nd in life expectancy among the nations of the world in 2016?
If you are confused about diets, where do you turn to find the facts? If you would like to lose excess pounds, feel better, and even look better, you need to take a long look at a high carbohydrates diet.
The fad diets that surface every 20-30 years with new names include:
These diets will not work for you in the long run, and may even be harmful to your health. Most of them let you keep eating the super-rich foods that affluent societies historically love to feed on. The food of royalty will eventually make you sick.
As Dr. McDougall says regarding the latest fad diet, "We love to hear good things about our bad habits."
First of all, carbohydrates are starches, sugars, and fibers found in vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes and milk products. Included are proteins and fats found in varying amounts.
Carbohydrates comprise one part of the major food groups that consist of protein, fats, fiber, and carbohydrates. They are energy foods that are essential to a healthy life.
A healthy body needs the following amount from calories each day:
The average American diet looks like this:
Most of the calories in the average American diet come from processed manufactured foods which offer a lot of calories and minimal nutrients. This is a major factor in undermining a healthy life.
When you think about it, the largest animals on earth eat plants and the biggest sea creatures consume plankton in the oceans. Whales, elephants, hippos and rhinos exist because the plant life made possible by photosynthesis is the basis of all life. Even the carnivores survive only because they get their carbs, protein, and oils from their plant eating prey.
It is my opinion that if you are healthy and want to include animal products in your diet, you can add small amounts of organic products to your weekly meal plan. A deck of cards size piece of meat or a filet of fresh fish will do. Stay away from dairy.
Remember, plants have it all and you really don't need to eat animal protein. Here are 4 diet plan reviews that will give you a basic idea of how to proceed:
As Michael Pollan says, "Eat real food - mostly plants!"