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    Lt_Dan is offline Senior Member
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    Default The U.S.A.'s food conspiracy? O.O

    Hi, I had a hypothesis I would like to share, that dawned on me a short time ago.
    I drank a pint sized bottle of Dean's whole chocolate milk and felt reasonably full, and I thought of how different that feeling was to when I drank low or fat-free milk. Then I thought 'what's wrong with fatty foods?' Well obviously, among other things, they can make you fat and lead to health problems. But its a well known fact that the average American serving of almost any given food, is larger in comparison to other countries.
    So why not smaller servings? Because smaller servings don't sell as much and people aren't satisfied. So what the food and health companies are doing is saying fatty foods are bad, and begin offering low and fat free foods. This works well because fat free foods fill you up less, and you have to eat more and more to feel satisfied. Thus resulting in more obesity, health problems, and fatter (no pun intended) wallets for the big food corporations.
    THIS IS ONLY A HYPOTHESIS! NOT FACT! This is based on what I've experienced and seen, not on any scientific data.
    I would appreciate any feedback.
    Thank you for reading.

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    Rant is offline Junior Member
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    Forget about animal products and focus on whole grains, vegetables and fruits.

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    Jason-HKC is offline Senior Member
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    I have read others on the Internet who say the same thing.

    I also recall someone saying something similar about promoting 6 meals a day was a 'conspiracy' to sell more food.

    If this is an actual 'conspiracy' or 'marketing ploy', I don't know... Though, I believe both to be poor recommendations for fat-loss/healthy diets.


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    Spikeman1444 is offline Senior Member
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    I've noticed the same thing. They sell Coca Cola bottles, that say 4 servings. Why don't they just sell it in the proper serving for a single person? I tend to stick to grains, veggies,whole dairy, fruits, and meat only at night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spikeman1444 View Post
    They sell Coca Cola bottles, that say 4 servings.
    The Federal Government sets the "serving size" that must be used in product labeling. As you have noted Spikeman, many times these "servings" have no connection with how much (or little) the average person consumes.

    I'm in favor of food labeling, this is one example how convoluted and stupid it becomes when you get governmental pinheads setting the requirements. Oh well ...
    Be well ... Lee.

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    This is not just some US thing.. it's all over.

    Fat and protein is, for most people, way more filling per calorie than carbs. Mostly related to hormone secretion.

    Being fat comes from eating too many calories. On a low fat high-carb diet it is usually a lot easier to overeat.

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    Hi Forth,

    I forget sometimes that this forum attracts an international audience.

    About the time I really get frustrated with U.S. regulations (and the attendant pin-headed bureaucrats that make and enforce them) I only need to be reminded of what our European brothers and sisters must bear, then I feel a bit better!

    I agree, by the way, high carb diets are much more likely to cause weight issues than the alternatives. It's particularly true in my case.

    Cheers,
    Be well ... Lee.

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    Same country-problem as forth:
    You should eat 1/3 potatoes, 1/3 dead animal, 1/3 vegetables.
    You have to eat breakfast!
    You should not eat fat cause then you get fat.


    Don't know if it is a conspiracy, stupidity or just stubbornness. Sometimes i wish someone stopped telling me what to do and just allow me to eat... And train...

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    From what I have heard the swedish recommendations come from an age long gone.. where people worked hard manual labour 10-12 hours 6 days / week.

    That SLVs recommendations and campaigns the last 20-30 years have been a catastrophy is pretty easy to figure out by just checking the statistics on how many people are overweight in this country. And I guess it is much the same everywhere in the western world.

    A bit of the problem is that people, in general, don't actually follow the recommendations.. but the flip side of that coin is that the recommendations need to be changed so people don't have such a pain actually following them.


    If it's a big conspiracy I don't know. I'm going with Jason-HKC here. The recommendations are not proper for Joe Average anno 2012.

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    Mike Mahler has some very good info on correct eating procedures.

    I make sure I eat whole organic foods such as meats, beans/pulses, eggs, green veg, berries, olive and coconut oils, oats etc.

    I eat 3-4 times a day, I don't overdo the protein and get a good balance of each macro at each meal. With whole food it is a lot more difficult to overeat (if you avoid carb heavy foods such as pasta, rice, whole potatos etc). I eat 250g of pulses and beans at lunch with meat and that keeps me going for a long time.

    Main fact: avoid processed foods and foods loaded with hormones and chemicals such as those in intensively factory farmed meat and on veg.

    Constantly feeding yourself every 3 hours is more effective for those who want to put on some size and can't physically get their calorie intake in 3 or 4 meals.

    Life is a constant battle against the environment these days - one which I am not going to lose. If I fall into the trap of no exercise and poor food choices every now and again for a prolonged period I do not feel mentally all 'there' and my appearance will look more tired and drained.

    I believe it is all a conspiracy too.
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