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The importance of breakfast cannot be overstated. Sadly, for most Americans, the most important meal of the day has become the most carb-laden as well.  Waking up and having your morning muffin and latte is a sure way to set you up for the inevitable 2:00 pm crash, which usually leads to more coffee or a sugary snack. This cycle of sugar addiction over time has led to a serious situation in which one  in every three Americans is overweight and which can eventually lead to diabetes.

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) states:

Our mission is to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes.

There are two main types of diabetes classifications.

Type 1 diabetes refers to those people who cannot sufficiently produce insulin, usually due to either a genetic defect or autoimmune condition that affects the pancreas. This type of diabetes only accounts for about 5 percent of all diabetes in America. The vast majority of diabetes that is diagnosed is insulin-resistant diabetes, also known as type 2 diabetes.

I have no doubt that the people running the association are sincere and truly care about those afflicted with diabetes. However, the nutrition information that is peddled there is horrific, as evidenced by this French toast recipe .

While looking through the recipes I was literally shocked by the foods that were recommended. It became very clear that a low-fat diet was recommended, replacing margarine with butter and egg whites for whole eggs. Presumably the low-fat diet is recommended because diabetics are at a high risk for heart disease. Heart disease is a disease primarily of inflammation, and one of the risk factors is a diet high in sugar. Fat has nothing to do with heart disease and is actually needed to protect the heart. If you’re diabetic or insulin resistant you need more fat in your diet, not less. Fat will help stabilize your blood sugar. The trans-fats and vegetable oils in margarine  recommended by the ADA, on the other hand, will increase your risk for heart disease. Removing butter from your diet and replacing it with vegetable oil or margarine is one of the many reasons we have seen an increase in heart disease. The other is a high-carbohydrate, low-fat diet that has been pushed on the public for many decades now. The ADA is also sponsored by Splenda, an artificial sugar that is made with chlorine. They are simply replacing one poison with another.

Type 2 diabetes is a disease that can be cured in 30 days. In my own office I have seen pre-diabetics get off all their medication in 2 weeks.  The ADA food website should contain exactly three sentences: “Don’t eat sugar and starches. Exercise daily. Repeat.”

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