Have you ever been told that a calorie, regardless of its source, is the same as any other? Holistic health care says that the statement is far from the truth. Where your calories come from matters. A calorie from fat will be treated differently than one from protein. Fiber will be treated differently than sugar. In fact fats can differ completely as well. If you look at omega-3 fats vs transfats, one type is heart healthy while the other is not. For more examples and a complete story on this topic, please read below.
By Dr. Robert Lustig, MD
From Huffington Post
Holistic Health Care Information: All Calories Are NOT Equal.
If you do, you fly in the face of mounting and incontrovertible evidence that some calories — in particular, “sugar calories” — are jeopardizing both your and your family’s health. Physicians and politicians who cling to the dogma that “all calories should be treated equally” imperil our country’s health care system, food supply and standing in the world for the next hundred years.
A calorie is a measurement of energy (a matter of physics), not a value judgment on where that energy goes (a matter of biochemistry). As my book Fat Chance explains, you get sick from inappropriate energy storage (in your liver and muscle), not defective energy balance (bigger love handles). Nonetheless, “a calorie is a calorie” continues to be promulgated by the food industry as their defense against their culpability for the current epidemic of obesity and chronic metabolic disease. But it is as dishonest as a three-dollar bill. Here are just four examples that refute this dogma:
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Armed with the correct holistic health care advice you can choose what calories should enter your body. Try to eat less simple sugars and replace them with natural sugar found in fruit and benefit from a boost in fiber as well. Avoid transfats and saturated fats. Instead try to eat more omega-3 fatty acids to benefit your heart. If we can train ourselves to eat smart, we will see an increase in our health and a decrease in our waist lines.
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