Just watched this great video from the Center for Science in the Public Interest. This is the first I have seen from the CDSI and it is refreshing to find out that there are groups that are dedicated to helping the public from the bad information that is out there. As you may know, there are officials in offices such as the Food and Drug Administration from Big Business. People who refer to government provided guidelines to health need to be aware that the people who are in charge may not have their best interests at heart. Anyways, on to the video and how it concerns your choice of survival foods.
Sugar vs. carbs
While the video was specifically focused on the evils of sugary soda, almost any type of carb could substitute for the effects. Soda is almost entirely high fructose corn syrup, which is one of the most abundant additives to western food. At 40-50 grams of carbohydrates per can, almost any processed food source around 200 calories could be exchanged for one can of soda.
1. Largest source of calories
According to the 2010 dietary guide for Americans, soda and sugary drinks are a major source of calories but not necessarily the largest one. If you extended the definition to carbohydrates, it would easily become the biggest piece however. Following grain recommendations from the FDA food pyramid could easily put the portion of calories coming from carbohydrates above 50%. As we have learned before, this is not a good thing.
2. Extra sugary drink increases child obesity by 60%
For preppers that are looking to feed a family after the collapse, this is a major red light. While obesity might not be as much of a concern, the effects on causing diabetes is much more of an issue.
3. One or two sugary drinks increases diabetes by 25%
This would translate to 200-400 calories from a fast digesting carbohydrate or processed food containing high fructose corn syrup. Type II diabetes is nothing short of a death sentence in the absence of insulin. Eating large amounts of calories from carbohydrates is setting yourself up for the fall and without infrastructure there will be no way to catch you.
4. Half of men w/ diabetes erectile dysfunction
This was sort of a joke but repopulating the planet is still a concern, right?
5. Sugar and acids cause tooth decay
Do you remember that scene in the movie Cast Away when Tom Hanks had to knock out a tooth with an old ice skate? This is the reality of tooth decay in a world without medicine. Moreover, this statistic was found in a world where people have the supplies to brush teeth every day. How many of you are stockpiling toothpaste?
6. Diabetes 60k amputations/year
Without painkillers or antibiotics, any procedure like this can become life threatening with the risk of infection and blood loss. This also goes for any dental procedures like above to some extent. The disadvantages of losing a limb in a post-apocalyptic world should be painfully obvious, knocking out the ability to move quickly over terrain or defend oneself in
close quarters come to mind.