In the 1930′s, a doctor and scientist by the name of Fancis Pottenger did experiments with cats that involved diets over a period of more than 10 years and several cat generations. Certain groups of these cats were fed quality, fresh food and others were fed varying degrees of processed food and the effects were noted over several generations.
For the first-generation cats, the results between the diets weren’t that great. However, for each subsequent generation the impacts were greater and greater. The processed diet cats started showing higher and higher incidents of structural deformities, birth defects, stress-driven behaviors, higher susceptibility to illness, allergies, reduced learning ability and reproductive problems. When Pottenger tried to reverse the genetically weakened later generation cats by greatly improving their diets, it took FOUR GENERATIONS for the cats to return to “normal”.
So based on this information, I believe we humans are somewhere along the spectrum of Pottenger’s experiment based on our diets. We all know high fructose corn syrup (pure devil of an ingredient) is in everything now, but it wasn’t until about 1970 that it took off.
HFCS has been linked to diabetes, cancer, obesity, gout, heart disease, cirrhosis of the liver, elevated cholesterol levels and mineral deficiencies Please, oh please corn growers and processors of the world, give me some more of the delicious nectar of the gods!
The brainwashing of USDA and other organizations (see lobbyists and those with vested interests in these determinations) that grains are good, eggs are bad, soy is good, meat is bad, ad nauseum has directly impacted to our health epidemic here in the United States. Grains have been linked to autoimmune diseases such as celiac disease where your body identifies grains as an antigen and attacks it. Even if you can tolerate grains, they don’t have much nutritional value compared to “real” food.
I’m not here to preach this diet or that, but know that a whole food, nutrient dense diet will kick the ass of one with grains, sugars, processed foods and rancid oils. Our family isn’t perfect, but we try to do our best. Holly and I are both going to be doing the Whole Life Challenge that starts in a couple weeks that promotes and scores you based on healthy (and very restrictive) diet, exercise, sleep and other things over 8 weeks. I think she lost 7-8 lbs the last time she did this, and we’re both looking to LGN in time for beach season. Regardless of how you decide to live your life, try and improve for your sake as well as that of successive generations. Let’s try and stop the growing obesity and health epidemic one person at a time. Let it begin with you.