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Pictures Worth More Than A Thousand Words For February 2013

Before I head off into deep hibernation of book-writing mode starting next week, I wanted to share another one of my favorite blog post features I like to call “Pictures Worth More Than A Thousand Words.” This is where I take photos, advertisements and really any picture that depicts what is right and wrong with nutrition and health. There’s always stuff out there that makes me shake my head in disgust as well as glimmers of hope that perhaps good changes are coming. We’ve featured them all here in this series of posts. Check out the pictures I’ve shared in my previous blog posts: June 2011, August 2011, September 2011, October 2011, November 2011, December 2011, January 2012, March 2012, April 2012, June 2012, July 2012, September 2012 and December 2012.

Here’s the latest “Pictures Worth More Than A Thousand Words” for February 2013:

You know just how clueless we have become about the connection between what we eat and health conditions like cancer when you see something like this at the checkout of your local supermarket:

That’s right, let’s give you a 2-liter bottle of sugary soda pop to help you remember it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month! UGH! And while you’re in the store, you may have seen the latest incarnation of a classic American treat. As if Oreo cookies weren’t bad enough already, now they make THIS:

What’s next, a cotton candy-flavored Oreo? I wouldn’t be surprised! You know what, though, I’m gonna be “healthy” now and grab a peanut butter granola cracker:

After all, the “goodness is baked in” so it must be wholesome for your body. NOT! Then we can wash it down with what everyone agrees is the ideal “always healthy, always pure and delicious” beverage for getting lots of fresh nutrition into our bodies:

The dirty little secret about orange juice that’s gonna kick that health halo to the curb is the fact that there’s nearly as much sugar in it as a can of Coca-Cola or Pepsi. Oh yes, but it’s “natural” sugar–I hate to break it to ya, but your body doesn’t care. Sugar is sugar and the metabolic response to it will happen regardless. And need I tell you why you need to steer clear of THIS aisle at your local grocery store:

Carbage, carbage and more carbage! I was stunned when I saw this recent Wal-mart ad talking about “Fighting Hunger Together” by purchasing any of these products:

O…M…G! See anything in common with all of those “food” products above? Is there ANYTHING pictured there that ISN’T sugar, wheat or starch-based in some form or fashion? And this is what’s supposed to help fight hunger? How about giving the hungry lots of healthy fats like these:

That’s a pretty cool graphic from my blogging/podcasting bud Diane Sanfilippo from “Balanced Bites,” author of the New York Times bestselling book Practical Paleo. It helps eliminate the confusion about which fats are good to use on a high-fat diet (what we discussed with Dr. Steven Gundry on “Ask The Low-Carb Experts” recently). And this is NOT an example of the kind of “smart” choice for fat on your healthy low-carb lifestyle:

The “balance” in this fake food trying to mimic real butter is a farce. They claim it “supports healthy cholesterol levels” but real butter with saturated fat (that dirtiest of dirty words in the world of conventional thinking on nutrition) actually RAISES HDL cholesterol, helps lower triglycerides and improves the LDL particle size to the more large, fluffy kind. So eat up on the real stuff! After all, look at how highly-processed margarine actually is:

EEEEK! If more people knew how what they are putting in their mouth as “food” was made, they wouldn’t touch it with a ten-foot pole! It’s so sad how duped we have been about our food supply and marketing messages that tell us healthy foods will harm us and truly unhealthy foods will make our bodies better. That’s so bassackwards to me! It would be like a company trying to sell a bread product to Paleo dieters or some such nonsense…wait…:

You may have seen that full-page ad above appearing in PALEO Magazine in recent months and thought you’d give it a try. I highly encourage you to read this blog post explaining how the company that makes that bread product has been deceptive about the labeling of the nutritional content of their products. There’s even a new web site that’s been created by a concerned consumer named Deborah Krueger dedicated to exposing the scam that these breads are. BUYER BEWARE! It’s like telling people to eat sugar as an appetite suppressant or something…oh no they didn’t:

Yep, they did! This is an actual advertisement for sugar several decades ago and it’s not all that unusual as you can see in this 1961 Coke television ad that reinforces the erroneous focus on calories, energy and hunger control. With all we have learned over the past half-century about the impact of hormones and other metabolic health markers, why are we STILL talking about calories in 2013? And yet, here we are with major restaurant chains like Olive Garden touting their new “Go Lighter” entrees that only contain 575 calories:

Do you notice what happened to those dishes when they attempt to cut the calories? That’s right, they stripped away most of the fat, too! UGH! Don’t you wish just once some of these major food chains would be honest about the kind of food they are serving to their customers? Here’s what it might look like:

Now that’s what you call truth in advertising! Speaking of advertising, it never ceases to amaze me the kind of nutritional nonsense that is put out there–and sadly, far too many people are falling prey to it. Because of the “healthy whole grains” mantra that has never been questioned, we get pasta companies peddling their products like this:

Just “one simple ingredient” they say and it’s “100% whole grain.” Hmmmm, what kind of grain seed do you plant so that it comes out of the ground in the shape of macaroni? This “wholesome goodness” pasta is nothing more than another highly-processed fake food you don’t want to put anywhere near your mouth. And honestly, the same goes for the so-called “low-carb” pasta from Dreamfields:

When I tested this product on my blood sugar back in May 2011, the results of consuming Dreamfields were more like a nightmare matching the blood sugar response to consuming regular high-carb pasta! YIKES! So much for helping me “maintain healthy blood sugar levels.” And we won’t talk about their claims to “improve digestive health” with this stuff–not even close! Oh, I know, we can eat chicken nuggets with “all natural white meat” (what the heck is that?):

Why is this “a better nugget” in the eyes of this manufacturer? Because it contains 20% less fat and calories. That’s it. Chicken breast is already stripped of most fat anyway, but they’ve sucked dry almost all the rest of those fat and undoubtedly replaced it with even more carbohydrates in the breading–gee, that makes it better! And speaking of flour, have you seen how they’re peddling this stuff now:

They describe unbleached white flour as “life insurance you eat.” Are people REALLY falling victim to this ploy? Unfortunately, the answer to that question is yes. But we know better. All the slickest marketing in the world can never replace the knowledge of what white flour does to our weight and health. And the sleaziest diet and weight loss marketing scheme I’ve seen in 2013 has got to be the senseless silliness that is this joke of a product called Sensa:

They say you’ll “shake yourself skinny” by putting their fiber-based product on top of any food to make you fuller faster. While people like Dr. Robert Lustig claim we need more fiber in our diet to replace sugar and culprit carbohydrates, even he would consider this product a joke. The idea you can just shake this stuff on top of ANY food and you’ll magically lose weight is about as scummy an advertising campaign as you’ll ever see in the weight loss world. Please don’t fall for this kind of obvious gimmick. Another product you’ve probably heard about that is in this same category has got to be the green coffee bean:

It’s the “dieter’s secret weapon” that supports “healthy weight loss” and “reduction in body fat.” If this were true, then why haven’t we heard about it before and where are all of the news features, scientific studies and stunning success stories heralding this great weight loss panacea? This may or may not be an interesting supplement to add to your healthy lifestyle. But the pie-in-the-sky claims about it make me just a wee bit suspicious. What’s sad is how many people still think eating a real foods-based diet comprised of organic, nutritious ingredients is more expensive than what is perceived as “cheap” food. But take a look at this:

It’s pretty stunning when you stop and think about it. I get a dozen eggs from a local farmer who lets his chicken roam and forage on his land for just $2 a dozen. There are ways to get a good bang for your buck on quality foods. You just have to sometimes be willing to pay a little more than the factory farm-raised foods you are accustomed to buying. It’s TOTALLY worth it! This Solomon Islands stamp depicts the stark difference between eating the traditional real foods that have been a part of their culture with the modern-day diet of carbs, carbs and more carbs:

Wow! Could you imagine if they did a stamp like that in the United States comparing what we ate and looked like in the early 1900s compared to today? There would be weeping and gnashing of teeth from every angle. The United States Postal Service should seriously consider it as a wake-up call to America! I think what we need is to start people off by going back to the basics of what they REALLY need more of:

HA! How can you go wrong with bacon, baby? Even my “Low-Carb Conversations” podcast co-host Dietitian Cassie knows how good bacon can be in your diet as she demonstrated recently when she saw this food cart business called “Big Fat Bacon”:

That’s cute, Cassie! Maybe if we had more restaurants like The Paleo Grill in Kansas City, Missouri, people could learn what real food eating looks and tastes like:

Did you notice there was an ice cream parlor next door to this Paleo restaurant? Hmmmm, I wonder how long it will take for The Paleo Grill to cut into the business of the ice cream joint because people leave there feeling so full and nourished on the grass-fed meats, leafy greens, fruits and veggies that they don’t want ice cream anymore? Ahhhh, that’ll be a great day! You know, sometimes irony happens without really even trying:

These two news stories were in a news feed together back-to-back showing both the health benefits and dangers of consuming a vegetarian diet. What’s a person to do? If they knew what was going on inside their bodies, then maybe they could make better choices about what to eat:

I gotta get me one of those sleeping bags! TOO COOL! And finally, can you guess the age of the woman pictured below:

She’s a regular reader and fan of my work and wanted to show off what livin’ la vida low-carb has done for her. Feel free to put your guesses in the comments section below along with any other commentary you have about the pictures in this blog post. And if you have anything you think fit within the “Pictures Worth More Than A Thousand Words” series, then e-mail the link or the photo itself to me at livinlowcarbman@charter.net. You could see your picture show up in a future post here at my blog. As more and more of us become aware of the lunacy of the nutritional messages we have been given, hopefully someday many of these images I am sharing will become obsolete. It seems like we’re a long way from that now, but we’ll just keep educating, encouraging and inspiring others to travel this path with us. It’s always great to hear from you! THANK YOU for reading.

  • http://www.facebook.com/princess.small Princess Eddywana Small

    From the spots on her skin, she’s probably in her 60′s.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000816092324 Paul Cooke

    here’s the page where you can download a printable version of that fats fact sheet:

    http://balancedbites.com/2011/09/faqs-what-are-safe-cooking-fats-oils.html

    It’s in the “So, which fats ARE safe and recommended for cooking?” pop down subsection

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=617490247 Barb Herbert

    From the condition of her skin, I would say that she is in her 70′s, possibly older.

  • LLVLCBlog

    Precisely!

  • Ginger

    Where does peanut oil fall in the scheme of things? Nut oils are a nono in my house due to my husbands intolerance (what goes down, MUST come up). I know it’s good for heat use as I have made jicama chips with it. Good? Bad? Indifferent?

    • LLVLCBlog

      I don’t touch peanut oil.

  • Jana

    I’d say she was in her 60s based on her skin. She looks really good and toned.