My family ate big, German Wisconsin meals every day. Meat, potatoes, gravy, cooked vegetables, home made bread with lots of butter. Desert every meal. Cake, ice cream, pies, milk… and no one was ever anything but lean and robust, living with perfect health into their 80s. Not only my family but everybody we knew. No fuss about it, no thinking about weight and no such word as diet. We certainly had preferences and foods we liked better but there were no overwhelming cravings.
There were some unhealthy things but they didn’t seem to affect us. For example, heavy frying and all baking was done with Crisco which was lard!
So why is keeping weight down so difficult now.
It’s because the days of pure foodstuffs in our diet are gone. Sodas were made with sugar. Everything fried was fried with butter. Ice cream was made with cream from a cow. Peanut butter was made with peanuts. Chocolate was chocolate. These are foods that the human body has acclimated to over thousands of years. They don’t cause cancers, heart disease, high blood pressure, clogged arteries.
Now a can of soda is 1/3 high fructose corn syrup. Chocolate is palm oil with chocolate flavor and brown coloring. Peanut butter is cottonseed oil with peanut flavor and brown coloring. Ice cream is oil, high fructose corn syrup and coloring. Read the labels.
All of this is metabolized and stored by the body differently from the things it’s supposed to replace. Some of it is recognized by the body as a foreign or toxic substance. The three tropical oils are palm, cottonseed and cocoanut and they were never made to be eaten. They are in cosmetics, lotions etc. and palm oil is used to grease machinery.
They all have one thing in common. They are cheap.
And we are being lied to.
High fructose corn syrup stimulates the liver as much as pig fat.