Even the term nutritional diseases seems complicated. Nutritional seems so positive, but diseases is so negative. Putting them together seems like a bit of a dichotomy. In today’s post, we’ll have a look at some of these nutritional diseases and how the new Canada’s Food Guide, which I previewed in another post, is contributing to some nutritional diseases.
Let’s get started.
Nutritional diseases are defined as any nutrient-related diseases or conditions that may cause illness in humans. These may include deficiencies or excesses in nutrition.
Obesity would be an example of a nutritional disease caused by an excess of nutrients.
Starvation is an example (extreme example, I’ll admit) of a nutritional disease caused by a nutrient deficiency.
Other nutritional diseases are Type 2 diabetes, eating disorders, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, fatty liver, and even cancer. It seems that the rates of prevalence of these diseases has skyrocked in the past few decades, not coincidentally, since the last Canada’s Food Guide, with its heavy weighting on eating grains (carbohydrates), was released in the 1980s.
Most of these nutritional diseases have become chronic, but they are preventable. If left unchecked, they can lead to devastating complications like kidney failure, heart disease, amputations, and even blindness.
How Did This Happen?
An interesting question, with an even more fascinating answer. It seems, that over the last few decades, the majority of Canadians have been aware of the Food Guide, and have, in fact, been following the guidelines. And yet, as the info graphic to the left shows, obesity has doubled for adults and tripled for youth?
If Canadians are following the Food Guide, and still becoming obese, then the only conclusion must be that the Food Guide is the problem.
That is the case: Canada’s Food Guide has caused Canadians to become unhealthy. Unhealthy to the point of serious nutritional diseases being a problem that doctors are dealing with on a daily basis. People are following their trusted government’s advice and it is leading them to an early grave. Harsh, but true.
So what can be done?
First, we need to recognize that even though Health Canada will tell us that the new Food Guide (which is better than the old one and is a small step in the right direction) is based in scientific evidence, it is not really solid scientific evidence and our Food Guide is highly influenced by the American Food Guide, which is NOT based on good scientific research (1).
Ever since the idea of a low-fat lifestyle was introduced in both our countries, the actual health of our nations has suffered. The substitute for fat in our Guides is carbohydrates and the sugars that are added to make the low-fat food taste better. Foods higher in saturated fats taste better and are better for you. If the fat is reduced, and sugars are added to enhance the taste, the results are devastating for our health (2, 3).
Since the low fat diet guidelines were introduced, the medical costs of treating nutritional diseases has skyrocketed to the point of possibly bankrupting our medical system. It is estimated that the medical cost of sugary drinks alone could reach $50 billion dollars in the next 25 years.
Let me repeat, as I have said before. I am not a doctor. I just want you to be as healthy as you can possible be!
If you click on the Canadian Clinicians for Theraeutic Nutrition logo above, it will take you to their site. They are doctors!
This group of doctors have spent many years trying to get Health Canada to see the errors in their ways. They have met with every level of Canadian government and have presented to them the evidence of the benefits of a high-fat lifestyle. The studies that have been done around the world that show how much more healthy you will be if you do the opposite of what the Canada’s Food Guide tells you to do were presented to the Health Minister, face to face. He listened, according to the doctors, and he understood.
Then he went out and told the same old nutritional story. Sad, but true.
So these doctors continue to spread their information across the country and around the world. They have all the information you need to be healthy. If you are unwell, please go to the site and read their professional advice and try what they suggest. What have you got to lose? You may even feel better.
There have been some positive changes to Canada’s Food Guide. I encourage you to read the Guide. All of it. You will find that the information in it is valuable, and it will help you move toward a healthy eating lifestyle.
Some changes were made to the new Food Guide that were good. Telling you to avoid sugary drinks and make water your main drink is great advice. But it just didn’t go far enough.
We need to do our own research to find out what will work for us, to make us healthy. For me, it was the Keto Lifestyle of a high fat, moderate protein, low carb eating pattern. It allowed me to lose my body fat and have all the energy I needed to exercise on a daily basis (weight lifting).
You need to find what works for you for exercise, and for eating. But don’t just randomly try things. Do some reading that can guide your thinking. Reading and information that is based in good scientific research and has easy to follow guidelines.
Well folks, that was a tough one. I don’t like it when I have to tell you that someone who should be trustworthy is just not quite there yet. Health Canada has made some steps in the right direction with the new Canada’s Food Guide.
They just need to be a little more brave and step away from the long-followed traditions of eating and into the new, research backed way of being healthy. Then we can save our health care system and live long, healthy lives.
See you in the next post.
Have a great day!