We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
"Whole grain." Don't bother with it unless you like the taste of it. It has zero "health" benefit. Living as we do in a prosperous part of the world with an abundance of varied foodstuffs, there is no reason to consume any grain products at all except for enjoyment and to soak up gravy. Breads were once poverty food, just enough carbs to keep the proles and soldiers working one more day. The rich ate meat and lived far longer and more happily.
The American lobbying and advertising Whole Grains Council has had huge success in selling their health scam. Just like Whole Foods. Food piety has two arms: the ignorant, and their commercial predators.
Enjoyment applies to OJ too. It's basically sugar with no other food value. Years ago, the Florida Citrus cabal convinced Americans that they should have it for breakfast. Tasty, but no different from a Coke. Scurvy is not a problem.
My point with my nutrition myth posts is that you should eat whatever you enjoy. If you have a weight problem or a health problem, that's another matter. Just don't pretend, for example, that an OJ is any "healthier" than a Pepsi, or brown bread is "healthier" than white bread. That is just marketing to the low-info shopper and gullibles like Michelle Obama.
We all love happy myths, do we not? The fantasy that we can control fate.
Back in the day, when I was a schoolgirl, I was taught that Boston brown beans were an "incomplete protein"; one had to also have brown bread to complete the protein. Can you tell me why? We had three choices of bread back then: white, brown, whole wheat. Can you New Englanders elucidate, please.
Am writing this to the music of the massed pipes and drums of the Edinburgh Tattoo 2015. Back in the day, a dance studio opened up down the street and put youngest daughter into Highland dancing. Come the annual concert, there were the usual amorphous flows of young girls doing various dances. The highlight was always the Highland crew: stirring music and crisp dancing (okay, forget the occasional sword flying across the stage).
I believe cardiac problems happen when you are genetically disposed to them.
I just had a horse with no health problems and nothing wrong with him drop dead of an apparent heart attack. He wasn't old and he was at rest when it happened. He showed no signs of being sick or being "off" until about 5 minutes before it happened.
Three days before that a cart-horse on an Amish buggy dropped dead from heart attack on the road near my house.
Yes there are toxins and drugs we take that can exacerbate damage to heart muscle (and other organs) but the whole focus on one part of your diet as the culprit for poor health is crap.
My friend had a massive heart attack as did 2 out of 3 of his brothers and his dad. The doctors told him "everything in moderation". (he isn't overweight and he didn't smoke and he was moderately active or on the + side of activity)
According to at least one source (I looked it up just to be sure my memory served... It does).
Pepsi 7.5 oz = 94 calories, 25.6 grams of sugar
OJ 8 oz = 112 calories, 20.9 grams of sugar (+ 5 gms starch)
So there is not a 'HUGE DIFFERENCE'. No. Orange juice is flavored sugar water.
I would also dispute that ludicrous statement that fiber is 'heart healthy'. There are no decent (well designed) studies that suggest any such thing.
The one thing you CAN do to limit damage to your system is to lower your blood sugar. (Maybe. See below.)
Guess who dies of EVERY chronic disease far younger than the 'normal' population. Wait for it..... Diabetics.
It could be that there is something inherent in diabetes not related to elevated blood-sugar that triggers cancer and heart disease (and stroke, and neuropathy and...), but it appears that diabetics that keep their blood sugar in check stay healthier. The 'next new thing' in diabetes is keeping the A1C number low. Good, that is a good thing. I contend that it is important to keep your blood sugar in check EVERY DAY. (With an occasional celebratory piece of cake, if you can handle it.)
Here's the deal, people can 'believe' what they want. Lots of folks just follow the old saw "If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts.". I believe that Ancel Keys got his Ph.D. in picking his facts to fit his conclusions.
It is true that grains complement other vegetables with incomplete proteins. I cannot accurately say if brown bread with beans provides complete proteins but I can say I always loved brown bread and we ate it often with beans. Probably most people outside of New England will not even know what we mean by "brown bread". It is not too common outside of New England.
Diabetes is a genetic disease. If you have it than it is very important to follow a diet for diabetics and to control your blood sugar and consumption. But if you do not have diabetes sugar consumption is not going to give you diabetes or cause you diabetic-like health problems. Your body runs on sugar, your thinking is powered by sugar, your muscles require sugar, your body temperature is maintained by sugar. Without sugar you die. If you don't eat it your body will convert your fat and muscle into sugar.