If you follow my teaching, you know that I emphasize nutrients over calories. I want to reverse the way we think about food. Rather than focusing on primarily calories and macronutrients, I concentrate on the micronutrients and phytonutrients that allow our bodies to perform as they were designed. These nutrients help our bodies recover from the stress of living and optimize energy production. Without them, the calories do not do much for us. Because of this, today I want to cover the importance of fiber.

We do not get enough fiber in our diet. Our current minimum recommendation is woefully low because our bodies thrive when we consume a significant amount of this important nutrient.

The Bulk of the Matter

One of the most important components of food that provides innumerable benefits but often is neglected is fiber. If I have any regret from the nutritional chapter in my book, Authentic Health, it’s that I didn’t emphasize it as much as I wish I had. We do not get enough fiber in our diet. Our current minimum recommendation is woefully low because our bodies thrive when we consume a significant amount of this important nutrient.

Fiber is a very important component of our diet as it is a prebiotic, meaning it actually feeds the good bacteria in our gut. It forms bulk in our stool and improves bowel regularity and composition. It binds cholesterol in the gut and helps reduce cholesterol absorption. Fiber also contributes to satiation, the feeling of fullness when we eat, and therefore naturally controls appetite. It also slows down the absorption of sugars into our bloodstream and can help control blood sugars after a meal. It both nourishes and satisfies you.

Healthy meal full of fiber with carrots, broccoli, and noodles.

How Do I Increase My Fiber?

Fiber is found in most foods, but it’s most abundant in non-starchy vegetables and fruits. Fiber is also abundant in seeds, nuts, grains, and legumes. However, if you follow my teaching, you’ll know that I emphasize using only non-GMO properly prepared grains and legumes. While some individuals thrive on a whole food, plant-based diet rich in natural grains and legumes, others may have sensitivity to grains and legumes. The primary issue is the source and the preparation.

I recommend eating a lot of natural fiber through consumption of non-starchy vegetables, organic fruits (but watch total amount of fruit intake), and seeds and nuts. I also recommend limiting fruit, as it is higher in sugar.

Some individuals will benefit from using a daily fiber supplement. I personally use one for all of the benefits it provides me. I prefer fiber supplements that come from real food such as organic, high-quality psyllium husk, ground flaxseeds and chia seed, and other natural sources. These will usually contain insoluble fiber, prebiotics, and omega 3s that will nourish your gut and make digestive function easy for you. Once you get used to them, they easily become part of your daily routine.

Man taking fiber supplement.

There are a lot of different versions of fiber. Some will cause bloating and gas for you. In this case, you may need to switch to a different source. A lot of it has to do with the composition of your gut microbiome. But you can find the fibers that work best for you. They are the ones that aid in bowel regularity, promote satiety, and give you a sense of wellbeing.

How Much Fiber is Enough?

You need to get plenty of fiber in your diet if you want to succeed in maintaining a healthy weight. I recommend getting a minimum of 30 grams a day, but preferably 40 to 60 to optimize health. Because our distant ancestors ate a natural whole-food based diet, they likely consumed over 100 grams a day. Our modern foods have been stripped of the fiber that is so nourishing for us. The only way to get to get enough is to eat more produce and consume less processed foods.

Our modern foods have been stripped of the fiber that is so nourishing for us. The only way to get to get enough is to eat more produce and consume less processed foods.

You also want a mixture of soluble and insoluble fiber. On food labels, the amount is listed and is broken down into soluble and insoluble. So it’s easy to identify how much fiber is in a food you’re consuming. You also can find nutrition tables on multiple different apps or searching the internet. 

Insoluble fiber oatmeal with honey and pears.

My patients have consistently told me that one of the best pieces of advice they followed was to increase their fiber. They never regret honoring their body’s need for this vital nutrient.

Make sure you’re consuming enough fiber in your diet. It’s an important nutrient that maintains regularity and gives our bodies energy. If you have questions about how to eat more fiber or which fiber is best for you, contact us. Health Shepherds wants to see you on a journey to your most authentic health. A healthy diet is one of the best ways to succeed.

Transforming Your Habits to Transform Your Health Part 9

Any time a worthy quest is undertaken, you will encounter resistance. It’s important to know this from the beginning, to expect it, and prepare for it. Resistance is one of the most significant challenges to you reaching the goals of any life quest, including that for your best health.

In our video series, we have a more comprehensive breakdown of resistance. I’m giving you a couple of ideas to think about in this post. Resistance is both internal and external.

Internal Resistance

Internal resistance is a resistance that you create to whatever is necessary to reach your goals. Founded on your current beliefs about your abilities and who you are, your internal resistance is your current conditioned thinking patterns.

Your internal resistance is your primary obstacle to succeeding on your quest to your best health. You are your strongest opponent on this journey. At the same time, you’re also your strongest ally. We’re cultivating the parts of you that are an ally to this quest. 

Resistance is one of the most significant challenges to you reaching the goals of any life quest, including that for your best health.

You have to understand what you want and deeply imprint it into your subconsciousness. You have to understand why you do what you do, where it came from, and begin to create new beliefs and new habits. With daily intentionality, you can get this done. You can automate habits and get rid of your own internal resistance.

The Quest is Worth the Resistance

It’s not easy, but no worthy quest is. It is absolutely attainable for you regardless of your current state of health and what happened in your past. You must overcome your own internal resistance. You cannot do it by beating up on yourself or telling yourself you “have to” or you “ought to.” You have to do it by creating the conditions where you desperately want and desire your best health. Then nothing will keep you from it. That will give you the strength to overcome.

When you believe in your heart, with your strongest desires that you’re worth it, that this journey is worth it, you can overcome internal resistance and be your own biggest supporter.

In a later post, we discuss the basic foundations of willpower and that will also strengthen your ability to overcome internal resistance.

Guy riding bike by river

But once you recognize the ways in which you internally resist change, you can more effectively, and with intentionality, promote those beliefs about yourself that support your best health, and cut out the beliefs that resist your best health. You can do this. When you believe in your heart, with your strongest desires that you’re worth it, that this journey is worth it, you can overcome internal resistance and be your own biggest supporter.

In our next post, we cover how to prepare for and overcome external resistance to your quest for health.

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The modern American diet (MAD) consists mostly of foods that manipulate our eating behaviors and contribute to many of the chronic diseases that are plaguing our population. We have to restore our priority of eating food that truly nourishes us. If we don’t do this, we will not be able to become well.

Much like someone addicted to cigarettes must quit smoking if they want to stop the progression of smoking-related diseases, those with chronic metabolic diseases must begin to reject the foods that are controlling their behaviors and making them sick. This must be done, but we must all do it together with the right understanding of the true nature of the problem. Those afflicted should not feel bad about themselves. Guilt and blame will not help us solve this problem. And by the way, if we do not solve this problem, it will become everyone’s problem. Just go look at the CDC’s statistics on this issue if you need proof of that.

Our “convenience” foods ultimately are not helping us feel good. And the truth is, they really do not even taste that good. We have to recognize this truth and make the decision to walk away from the foods that are making us sick. It is not convenient to be sick or to feel bad.

Greasy fast food meal with no nutrition. Burger fries soda.

The Modern American Diet (MAD)

Our modern American diet, developed out of convenience, reducing costs, getting more food to more people, and primarily for the purpose of making money for the food industry, is calorie-rich and nutrient-poor. Essentially, we are overfed and undernourished.

So many of the maladies that I see, such as chronic fatigue, chronic inflammatory conditions, brain fog, anxiety, mood disturbances, and many others, are directly related to the food we eat. Our brains and our gut are intricately tied together. Many experts refer to our gut as our second brain. 90% of the serotonin in our body, which is our feel-good neurotransmitter, is actually produced and used in our gut, and only 10% in the brain.

The Truth about Convenience

The convenience of our diet is actually a great inconvenience. Poor nutrition directly impacts our productivity. The time we save not having to think about, prepare, eat, and digest real food is actually lost due to the fatigue and sickness that we deal with because of these foods.

So many times, when we begin to eat in a way that heals our gut, all of the other conditions remedy themselves. I’ve had cases of depression that resolved with an approach to eating that healed the gut. I’ve seen children diagnosed with ADD and treated with powerful stimulants who were able to resolve all of their symptoms by eating a diet that targets gut health.

Woman holding a shopping basked filled with nutrition including fruits and vegetables.

Changing Our Nutrition Mindset

I often have conversations with patients about the issue of poor nutrition and the American diet, and many times the patient reflects back, “This is what I like to eat.” I totally understand what they’re saying. They’ve been eating these foods since they were young. They have strong emotional associations with these foods. There are ways in which these foods directly trigger their reward system, and actually, foods that are rich in carbohydrates and sugars do in fact increase a little serotonin in the brain while also increasing dopamine. They make you feel good for a very short window of time.

But if you back up and think about it, what they’re saying is counterintuitive. It’s admitting, “It doesn’t matter that what I’m eating is making me sick and feel terrible. It’s just what I like to do.” To sum up, what we’re really saying is, “I prefer to eat in a way that makes me sick. What I really hope is that you will be able to prescribe me a medicine that no longer makes me feel sick. Because I don’t want to eat in a way that promotes my best health.”

The typical reasons people give me that they cannot change their diet are either:

  • It takes too long to prepare nutritious food. I would suggest that if they had all their energy available to them, and they weren’t dealing with chronic diseases, they would find they have more time and that they’d enjoy food preparation.
  • Nutritious foods are too expensive. By the time you add up doctor’s visits, lost productivity, chronic sickness, and medications, I think you could make the case that everybody could afford to value nutrients over calories.
  • Healthy food tastes bad. You have to reorient your brain to feel well and be healthy.

Man holding a salad full of nutrition and vegetables like carrots and greens.

Desire Nutrition

I need to be clear that I do not judge or blame the individuals who think this way. This conditioned pattern of thinking starts early in life because engineered foods take advantage of the human reward system. However, there is only one way to be free of dysfunctional food preferences.

Ultimately, if you are determined to continue habits that are making you sick, such as eating a modern American diet, then you are determined to stay sick. No one can really help you. You have to want to be well first. It all starts with your own desire to feel good and experience your best health. Then you have to make choices that support this desire.

Please consider nutrition as one of the most important variables that will help you to be healthy. Please consider rejecting the modern American diet with its processed, food-like substances engineered to make you crave them. Consider stepping into the world of nutritious whole foods that provide your body and mind with health and life.

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Transforming Your Habits to Transform Your Health Part 8

All right, we’ve been getting kind of deep in the last couple of blogs. I’m going to give a more general post this week about how to transform your habits. I think, if you’ve been paying close attention, you’ll realize that what I’ve been saying is the vast majority of things that you’re choosing and doing on a daily basis are not made in a conscious way. Most of what we do on any given day is based on our conditioning patterns, on what we’ve always done. Essentially, we will continue to do the same things every day, unless we bring our conscious awareness into these areas.

Choices Can be Hard

The brain likes to conserve energy when it can. It will make any repetitive pattern automatic. You’ll no longer have to think about it; you’ll just do it. Many companies selling us goods and services are taking advantage of that. They’re seeing to it that the forms of advertising, and the services provided, trigger our reward system in such a way that we get a brief blip of pleasure that makes us want to experience whatever it was all over again. What’s it’s really doing is manipulating us.

Our brain isn’t designed for a marketplace created to artificially produce pleasure. But it’s beyond the scope of this series to get into the science of this, but if you’re interested, our video series explains this. And most people find that very helpful for them.

The vast majority of companies selling us our foods, our entertainment, our drugs, and other escape behaviors know perfectly well what they’re doing to us.

I’m not saying all companies are producing goods and services that are creating this phenomenon, but many are. The vast majority of companies selling us our foods, our entertainment, our drugs, and other escape behaviors know perfectly well what they’re doing to us. They’re profiting off of our sickness. We must reject this.

Road sign pointing in both directions.

We Can Learn to Make Better Choices

Ultimately, you have to stop and recognize that so much of what you’ve been doing hasn’t been based on your own choice. Sure, you were choosing it, but you never stepped outside of yourself and examined why. You never considered, “Where did this action come from, and why do I do what I do?” By repeating what you’ve done before,  you strengthen the same neural circuits that basically automate the behavior.

Do you want to move forward and become the crusader for your own healthy destiny? No one else can do it for you.

The American marketplace is waiting to cash in on you continuing to do the same things, so you’re up against some powerful forces. Only you can free yourself from this. And you can. That’s the good news. You can set yourself free to live your best health, to automate healthy habits, and to ignore the manipulate approach of the modern marketplace.

Up until now, maybe you’ve never known or understood this. You should feel no guilt about whatever has happened in the past. However, now it’s time to choose. Do you want to move forward and become the crusader for your own healthy destiny? No one else can do it for you.

Do you want to become the director of your own thought life, so that you get to determine your behaviors? Only you can do this.

You could either embrace this challenge and begin to cultivate the thought life and the beliefs that will take you where you want to go, and you can experience all the blessedness of great health regardless of the context you’re in, or you can turn back and stay where you are.

You can set yourself free to live your best health, to automate healthy habits, and to ignore the manipulate approach of the modern marketplace.

But if where you are is in poor health, then it will only get worse. You’ll then be consciously choosing to be sick.

The Journey to Healthy Choices

It’s okay to take your time on this journey. One day at a time, one step at a time, practicing self-forgiveness all along the way. But everyone has to take this journey and that’s what we’re about at Health Shepherds.

Couple holding hands on walk in a field.

So take time this week to think about what you really want.

Do you want to be well? Because if you do, you’re going to have to make new choices. You’re going to have to become self-aware. You’ll need to move forward with that strong desire to be well.

If you make this choice and journey with us, I promise you will begin to experience better health. You’ll never regret it.

Please join us. We need you.

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I recently read a short article illuminating the usefulness of artificial intelligence (AI). The article suggested that, in the future, AI will be capable of replacing your primary care doctor. It also indicated that a nurse or nurse practitioner working alongside the AI will be able to manage most of the issues that a primary care physician would handle. This was only one industry that the article suggested artificial intelligence could disrupt professional roles.

I had to think about it for a minute. It’s always helpful to look for the truth in an idea before dismissing it. Since I am a physician, my first instinct might be to be defensive and offended. However, the more I thought about it, the more I realized there is an element of truth to this. But I want to be clear that truth is based on a condition. The condition is that we maintain the status quo of primary care health delivery.

The Demise of the Doctor-Patient Relationship.

If we continue the current trajectory of primary care delivery, then I would agree that IBM’s Watson could end up being just as effective as many primary care physicians.

The current status quo of primary care health delivery is dehumanizing to both the physician and the patient.

If ultimately, we primarily view people and their health issues through the lens of algorithms, then perhaps AI will be better at processing the algorithms than most physicians. If we continue to prioritize billing, data collection, risk management, and compliance over deep, human engagement, then perhaps Watson will be better at achieving the desired outcomes.

The current status quo of primary care health delivery is dehumanizing to both the physician and the patient. It treats the patient as a problem to be solved and the physician as a technician to be managed. This completely dishonors the fundamental concepts underlying the historical doctor-patient relationship.

How Humane Should Health Delivery Be?

Throughout all of human history, human beings have sought direction from those they view as healers when they’re experiencing various problems. These encounters involved knowing one another, and sensing or feeling one another. All of us have the basic need to be known, felt, and heard. It is fundamental to any therapeutic encounter that the person seeking solutions have these needs met.

We know that when a patient has an experience where they felt listened to and understood, the outcomes from the visit will be better regardless of whether or not the physician can find specific solutions to the problems presented.

We know that when a patient has an experience where they felt listened to and understood, the outcomes from the visit will be better regardless of whether or not the physician can find specific solutions to the problems presented. The encounter has had a positive therapeutic benefit, even if the problem cannot be solved that day. This is fundamental to the practice of medicine, especially primary care medicine.

How Humane is it Really?

The current primary care delivery system does not allow this to take place. Not only is the time for doctor-patient engagement limited based on financial caps imposed by insurance companies, but also the actual agenda of the office visit has been hijacked by risk managers. The physician enters the room with bureaucracy draped all over them. They have to properly document the encounter, even if that documentation is pointless to the actual outcomes. There is risk management and report quality. They have to assign their patients a score in order for money to be properly allocated.

People seeking health are not looking for engagement with artificial intelligence.

It creates an environment where a physician is more engaged with a computer than they are with the actual patient. A typical medical encounter will last less than 15 minutes, and for much of that time, the medical consultant will be performing data entry duties rather than intently listening to and feeling the presence of the patient.

The current delivery system has created serious obstacles for both the doctor and patient to have this kind of experience. So yes, if this is the best we can do, IBM Watson probably can do better. At least Watson can use an empathetic voice, and perhaps pop up a face on his screen that’s actually looking at you while you punch in your data.

Not only is the time for doctor-patient engagement limited based on financial caps imposed by insurance companies, but also the actual agenda of the office visit has been hijacked by risk managers.

At the same time, we know better. People seeking health are not looking for engagement with artificial intelligence. They’re looking for deep engagement with someone they trust. Someone who knows them, who listens to them, and can offer wise counsel. So if we’re going to just have a system based on sick care, treating symptoms with pharmaceuticals, and watching people with chronic diseases slowly get sicker, then we might as well just let computers take over.

What about a Future with Both Human Intelligence and Artificial Intelligence?

I use technology in my practice and I am very grateful for the research search engines provide when I need up to date information while working with my patients. I believe that AI can help physicians manage the algorithmic side of medicine. However, it cannot search out the deeper influencers of symptoms and conditions people are experiencing. It takes a human to know and understand a human.

If we’re truly after our healthiest selves, and want to experience the best possible lives, then we will have to change the way we experience primary care delivery. We will have to reinvest in the kind of engagement that produces the desired outcomes. And the outcome is for everyone to experience their best health.

Join us at Health Shepherds. The only way we’ll ever get a different system is if we work together to demand a different system.

Transforming Your Habits to Transform Your Health Part 7

The last blog in our Transforming Your Habits to Transform Your Health series could have been a little confusing, but I hope you begin to really examine why you do what you do. Especially when it comes to the behaviors that are taking your health from you.

I want to briefly cover the conscious and the subconscious. Technically speaking, they’re not two different systems. They’re just levels of consciousness and processing within the brain. It’s helpful in a general way to use these two terms.

Your conscious thinking is your critical mind. It analyzes things, makes decisions, and judges things. Your subconscious mind is your feeling and intuitive mind. It’s very powerful. Ultimately, your subconscious mind drives your behaviors.

What is the Job of the Subconscious?

The job of your subconscious mind is to align the reality you experience with your beliefs. What I mean by that is, if your subconscious mind believes you desire to binge eat sugar more than you desire to be healthy, then sooner or later you will give in to binge eating sugar. It’s far more complex than I’m telling you now, but for the purpose of this blog, this is true. If you want to get into the details, you can watch our video series on mindset, willpower, and desire, which teaches how this is based on neuroscience.

colorful stacked macarons

For now, you just need to understand that ultimately your subconscious mind will be determining what you do. It is more powerful than your conscious thinking mind. Your conscious thinking mind informs it, but the subconscious mind drives your behaviors. Your behaviors, what you do, are based on emotions and feelings, not just what you think.

The job of your subconscious mind is to align the reality you experience with your beliefs.

How Can I Help my Subconscious?

That’s why in the visualization exercise we covered in week 3, “How to Visualize Your Best Health in Five Minutes of Less”, I wanted you to cultivate strong, positive emotions associated with the healthiest version of you. Because the more you feel who you’re becoming, the more your subconscious will connect to and accept that that is the version of you that you want to be. It will begin to automate the habits to take you on this new path.

woman walking on a path into the woods

When you use language such as, “I have to,” or, “I ought to,” it’s already telling your subconscious mind that you don’t really want to do whatever it is. You can use strong willpower to take you a certain distance with that type of thinking. You can use strong willpower to say, “I guess I have to get my taxes done,” and you’ll get it done. But you’ll do it groaning about the fact that you have to do your taxes.

However, when it comes to behaviors such as the use of drugs and alcohol, being addicted to forms of entertainment, eating certain foods—essentially behaviors that have strong reward system elements in your mind—you really won’t be able to use the language of “have to” or “ought to” to be successful. It actually has to be your true heart’s desire.

We Must Convince the Subconscious.

As you can see, you have to genuinely want it for yourself, and your subconscious has to believe this. So we’re going to work on imprinting into our subconscious a strong emotional attachment to being our healthiest self. Until our mind believes that’s what we want more than any other thing, we will continue to give in to the habits that make us feel good in the moment. But these short-term artificially generated pleasures never last. There’s a reason for that, and we’re going to get into it in a later post.

For now, it’s important to understand that those beliefs reside in your subconscious, although you’re able to consciously provide yourself an interpretation or meaning about that belief. Your conscious mind can examine it and judge it as serving you or not. Your subconscious mind cannot do that work, so we have to use both.

When we do our journaling and we’re writing down our desires, we’re using our conscious mind. When we’re examining our beliefs and determining do they serve us or not, we’re using our conscious mind. In the end, we want to re-imprint to our subconscious mind the beliefs that will take us where we want to go.

It’s important to understand that those beliefs reside in your subconscious, although you’re able to consciously provide yourself an interpretation or meaning about that belief.

I know this is complex, but it’s so important. Recognize that feelings and emotions are stronger than just how you think about things. You have to work with your feelings and emotions, and begin to direct them to where you want to go. Shame, guilt, and blame will not help you. They’ll actually make you more susceptible to the same habits that have made you sick in the first place. You have to discard that. Whatever came before, came before.

young man thinking and feeling

You Will be Rewarded.

But you’re starting fresh, and you have a true desire to be your healthiest self. You should congratulate yourself for that. You should pat yourself on the back that you’re willing to take this hero’s journey for the quest for your best health in our time. Feel good about that.

Keep journaling. Continue understanding yourself. Work on imprinting your deep desire for your best health. We will get your subconscious to accept this new system of belief and desire. It will give you power over your choices. It takes time because we’re creating new networks of brain cells that will override the old ones that weren’t serving you. This will take time and intentionality but stick with it. You’ll never regret it.

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In a recent article about the correlation of eating fat and weight gain entitled, Largest Study of its Kind Shows Eating Fat is The Only Cause of Weight Gain, it’s crucial to note that the journalist, NOT the scientists who conducted the research, titled the article.

This is just an example of why you have to be very careful when you read articles about health. The journalist chose to use a title that is an incorrect interpretation of the research study itself.

Anti-fat Bias

I’m not going to go into the details of the study. Essentially, it was on mice in a controlled setting. While you can develop models about metabolism based on studies in mice, it’s very difficult to then draw conclusions about the root causes of more complex issues, such as chronic weight gain.

Obviously, the title is meant to get attention. The problem is some people will actually accept the journalist’s conclusions as accurate.

“Consuming a higher fat diet does not cause you to gain weight unless you eat too much of it.”

We live in a time where there is a bias against fat because of the decades of teaching that diets higher in fat cause heart disease and weight gain. We now know this is not true.

Consuming a higher fat diet does not cause you to gain weight unless you eat too much of it. Eating any primary macronutrient—protein, carbohydrate, fat—in excessive quantities will eventually lead to weight gain. It doesn’t matter who you are, a mouse or a man.

Healthy fresh vegetables prepared by two people. Low fat fresh.

Higher Fat Diets Aren’t the Problem

I have many patients with insulin resistance and chronic weight gain issues who really need to use a lower carbohydrate, higher fat diet to correct the hormonal signaling going on in their body so they can begin to lose weight successfully. They are already nervous about eating a diet higher in fat because of all the past information they’ve been exposed to.

“If you were to try to pick one primary cause or contributor to chronic weight gain and metabolic derangement, it would actually be inflammation.”

When they read an article like the one I’m discussing, it reinforces that old and inaccurate bias and makes it even harder for them to embrace the right next steps to actually solve their problem. Chronic obesity is a condition with many contributing causes. It involves genetics, hormones, environmental factors, stress, sleep, body movement, and many other variables. There is no one variable that causes weight gain, and certainly not the eating of fat.

Inflammation and its Role

If you were to try to pick one primary cause or contributor to chronic weight gain and metabolic derangement, it would actually be inflammation. Chronic inflammation is a major cause of many chronic diseases. There are various contributors to chronic inflammation. You can read about them in our resources.

I would suggest that if you eat fake, industrialized fats, such as vegetable oils, canola oils, soybean oils, and other inflammatory sources of fat, then you will create inflammation and therefore gain weight. In this case, eating a lot of fat could cause weight gain. But it would be primarily because you were eating unhealthy fats. Eating healthy fats reduces inflammation and can help with weight loss.

Read between the Lines

I suspect you get the point. You have to read things carefully. Whether it’s to sell more papers, or get people to consume large amounts of sugar, there’s always an agenda. I don’t know the agenda behind this article, but it wasn’t to accurately communicate applicable conclusions from this study.

Man on park bench reading fat fact article.

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