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American Dietetic Association leads Americans astray (Opinion)

Tuesday, July 05, 2011 by: Cindy Jones-Shoeman
Tags: American Dietetic Association, nutrition, health news

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(NewsTarget) Wow. No wonder nearly 1.9 million more Americans were diagnosed with diabetes in 2010 (in addition to the existing 18.8 million who already know they have it), and it should be no surprise that obese citizens comprise at least 20 percent of the population in most states in the U.S. These grim facts are sad but true, and most readers might wonder why. However, it's not difficult to speculate why when the American Dietetic Association (ADA), considered an authority on the subject of nutrition, recommends eating a doughnut for breakfast instead of skipping "the most important meal of the day" altogether.

This author was horrified when she read in the June 12, 2011, edition of the newspaper insert Parade magazine that a spokesperson for the ADA said a "sugary snack" is preferable to skipping the first meal of the day. While it's generally accepted that it's a good idea to eat a morning meal, the notion that eating a treat made of highly refined carbohydrates that's fried in saturated fats and high in empty calories is better than eating nothing is absurd...and dangerous.

What happens when a person eats a doughnut for breakfast? Well, the digestion revs up immediately, causing a blood sugar spike. The body goes into overdrive to process sugar, an empty food. Furthermore, eating fried foods like doughnuts can ultimately lead to a host of unwanted illnesses.

But what are most doctors' opinions on intermittent or occasional fasting (which would include skipping breakfast on occasion)? In fact, Dr. Michael R. Eades says on his blog that intermittent fasting (IF) reduces the chance of many diseases and reduces blood pressure and blood sugar, among other benefits.

So it would seem that a medical doctor recommends IF while the spokesperson of the ADA (a Registered Dietician) recommends eating a toxic, fatty, sugar-laden food for breakfast. The benefits of IF have been documented on Natural News and by other researchers, while there's no lack of evidence that eating a doughnut is bad for people, no matter the context. Here's hoping that Americans don't use the ADA's recommendations as an excuse to eat an unhealthy breakfast. If they do, they just might become another diabetes or obesity statistic.


About the author

Cindy Jones-Shoeman is the author of Last Sunset and a Feature Writer for Academic Writing at Suite101.
Some of Cindy's interests include environmental issues, vegetarian and sustainable lifestyles, music, and reading.

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