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Where We Went Wrong With Food & What We Can Do About It
This episode is about the “standard” American diet and how the food industry is fueled by money rather than health. Plus, we dive deep into eating healthily on a budget, the problems with Game Changers, and how humans are actually designed to eat meat
Brian Sanders is the filmmaker behind the feature-length documentary Food Lies and host of the Peak Human podcast. He graduated from UCLA with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and then turned to technology and sold an app company. He’s used his technical background and love for fitness & nutrition to also work as a Health Coach and be the co-founder of the health, media, and technology company SAPIEN.
In this podcast of where we went wrong with food, we cover:
- – The reason we need to start eating whole foods
- – How the “standard” American diet started
- – Why a vegan diet is not an optimum way to live
- – How humans are designed to eat meat
- – Why we should be eating more meat, not less
- – What Brain says about Game Changers
- – The importance of being metabolically flexible
- – How poor neighborhoods can still eat healthily
When Brian changed his diet, he went from eating packaged foods to eating whole foods. People don’t even know what processed foods are. For instance, bread is not a whole food. We are not eating real food when we consume bread. Another example is cheese. When you think something is cheese, it’s actually not! Real cheese doesn’t have additives. Eat the real version of cheese and be perfectly healthy.
Due to religious influence, people started to think that meat was terrible. So, people began to eat more grains and a plant-based diet. This shift is the reason for the massive boom in cereal companies. Plus, we needed processed foods for the war. Then, there was a heart disease epidemic. It was determined that fat caused heart attacks. Later, it was determined that meat was a carcinogen. If we say that meat and fat are bad, then carbs and processed foods are good. This idea isn’t a conspiracy theory – it’s just about people making money.
Usually, our environment serves us, and we can derive great nutrition from it in a sustainable way. Humans are so adaptable that they can survive on an inadequate diet. For instance, humans can survive by only eating potatoes. When our environment fails us, we can still live. Brian does not believe in a vegan diet – that’s like a failed environment. Yes, you can live on a vegan diet. However, it’s not an optimum way to live.
Humans evolved to eat meat; we are not plant-eaters. Our digestive systems have changed over time. We came from primates, and we used to eat plants. When we started getting access to meat, our brain size increased. Fire and cooking meat lead to our brains growing. Also, hunting was tremendous to humans. A typical vegan diet will argue that humans don’t have fangs or claws. Therefore, we are not equipped to eat meat. However, we made knives and fires. Once we started hunting, we got first access to the animals.
Always look at who is backing the research and look at who is supporting the studies. It’s easy to take everything at face value. When in reality, the people that made Game Changers had so much money in pea protein. Two people can have different diets, but both be in shape. When people are not eating processed foods, then they can be healthy. However, not many people discuss these nuisances.
It’s wild that we thought vegetable oils are good for us. Refined carbs and refined oils are making us fat. Seed oils have gone way up, and so have refined sugars and refined oils. These things will wreak havoc on our bodies. When we eat fats and carbs together, it makes us eat more. Therefore, companies will be able to sell more food. It indeed explains everything that went wrong with the food industry.
The carnivore community is super healthy, and all they eat are meats and eggs. You do not need expensive fruits and vegetables to be healthy. For instance, you can get a liver for a few dollars per pound. If you don’t have a lot of money and want to be healthy, you can get inexpensive foods. Just eat some ground beef and eggs!
Stay tuned as Brian reveals the solutions to fix America’s food industry. Plus, Brian dives deep into the inspiration behind his upcoming documentary.
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