Diabetes – What’s fueling the dangerous “run-away train”?

| January 25, 2012
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On January 31, 2011, after two years of largely ignored deliberations, USDA released the revised low fat, high carb 2010 Dietary Guidelines, 70-plus pages of bizarre nutritional advice that, in the midst of a diabetes epidemic, do not include the words “elevated blood sugar” or “insulin.”

Only carbs elevate blood sugar, especially sugary, floury products and processed grains. How, can federal guidelines that do not discuss blood-sugar-raising-foods – a marker for diabetes – address the diabetes epidemic? And don’t expect any new specific warnings about sugar.

During the 2010 deliberations, Carbohydrate Chair Professor Slavin, University of Minnesota Nutrition School, testified that even though sugar has no nutritional value, it is perfectly okay to consume up to 25 percent of our calories as sugar.
Yes, that’s right – 25 percent!

Nor do the 2010 Dietary Guidelines warn Americans away from consuming high fructose corn syrup – now 10 to 20 percent of American calories. Why? Because Professor Slavin testified that high fructose corn syrup and white sugar are no different than any other calorie – “a calorie is calorie is a calorie!”

Would Mike Huckabee agree that “all calories are the same?” A recent Washington Post article noted: “The Republican Party’s resident obesity authority Mike Huckabee famously shed more than 100 pounds in part by cutting out processed sugar and white flour.”

Like all guidelines since 1980, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines do not warn us away from processed sugar and white flour,” nor will they grade those carbohydrates ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ During DGAC meeting one, October 2008, Professor Slavin testified that grading carbs would be “too controversial” and “served no purpose.”

Too controversial to whom? To the millions of people who are pre-diabetic or or too controversial to corn-syrup-maker Cargill and cereal-maker General Mills, big Minnesota-based food companies that have donated millions of dollars to Joanne Slavin’s employer – the Nutrition Department at the University of Minnesota?

Professor Slavin quickly dismissed any discussion about the Glycemic Index – in effect a system that rates the blood sugar raising effect of carbohydrate foods. Most commercial boxed breakfast cereals raise blood sugar – they have a high glycemic value. Is Professor Slavin’s tabling of any discussion about the Glycemic Index in conflict with the purpose of the guidelines themselves – to reduce chronic disease?

How did Professor Slavin get appointed to the 13-member committee?

According to the website of the International Food Information Council Foundation, the Foundation enjoys a public-private partnership with the registered dietitians at USDA. The Foundation is directly involved with USDA in appointing Dietary Guidelines Advisory Council members. Along with executives from Pepsi and Mars (Candy Bars), Trustees of the Foundation include a General Mills vice president.

If we follow the money, it sure looks like the International Food Information Council Foundation was able to pick one of their own – or is it someone they own – to be not only a member of the 2010 DGAC committee but the Carbohydrate Chair as well!

Yes, the high carb dice were loaded before the 2010 DGAC deliberations began – almost guaranteeing a continued increase in the most expensive chronic disease we now face:  Type II Diabetes.

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Category: Diabetes/Heart Disease

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