First, I want to explain that the diet plans I speak of here are not related to “dieting” in the sense of weight loss. The discussions on this website are about diet as a way of eating over a lifetime.
Rather than scientific or unscientific (as we have today) opinion, I believe that time and tradition are a better guide to what is healthy for you to eat.
Human beings have been eating simple whole, nutrient-dense foods for millions of years. The human race has survived because of the vibrant health these kinds of basic foods support. Only in the past hundred years or so, through the modern industrialization of food processing and the increase in genetic and chemical pollutants, have the diseases associated with diet become rampant in human populations.
There are two main types of diets which are discussed in detail in America. Both have elements that support the idea of a simple, whole food way of eating.
- The first is the low-fat diet which is heavily promoted by the medical community, the American Heart Association, the USDA Food Pyramid, the American Dietetic Association and other national health agencies. This is the diet that the American public has been brainwashed into believing is synonymous with “eating healthy”. While whole foods in the forms of vegetables and fruits are advocated, trying to avoid fat is a prescription for eating lots of chemicals and preservatives in the form of “low fat” processed foods. Big food companies make millions each year churning out new fat-free, “heart-healthy” foods.
- The second is the much-maligned low carbohydrate diet. A low carb diet is essentially a whole foods diet. In following this plan, you can easily avoid foods that have been compromised by chemicals and additives. It’s not difficult to figure out why this diet plan is so controversial. The food manufacturers and chemical companies can’t make any money from natural, whole foods. And the medical community, dietitians and the national health agencies wouldn’t be in business if the American public weren’t so sick from eating processed, nutrient-poor diets.
Examples of a low carb diet include:
- The third type of diet is growing in interest and it can be either low or high in carbohydrates, depending on how it is implemented. This is a gluten-free diet. This diet is designed to avoid all types of grain-based gluten. Glutens are a type of protein that can cause many kinds of health problems for those who are sensitive to their effects on the body.