ADA Diet Scam

Just about everyone that gets a diagnosis of Type 2 Diabetes gets introduced to the ADA diet plan. When I was diagnosed a few years ago, we were told we were allowed to have three servings of carbohydrates per meal, which was supposed to consist of about 60 carbohydrates per meal. Then you could have a snack with 10 to 20 carbs, for a total of 200 carbs per day. The only problem with that is, for me, that required about 100 units of insulin per day. Unbelievable.


Nowadays they are using what they call the Diabetes Plate Method. Half your plate should be covered with non-starchy vegetables (they say carrots and peas aren’t starchy – they are). Then a quarter of your plate should be “lean protein” (wrong – diabetics need lots of fatty meat – saturated fats protect you from stroke). And a quarter of your plate should be grains, starchy vegetables, beans and legumes, fruit, yogurt, and milk (wrong. – these foods are toxic to diabetics).

Not only that, but the corporate sponsors of the ADA are Blue Apron, a company owned in large part be Jana Partners, a hedge fund; Performance Kitchen, who recommends a Mediterranean, low-sodium diet (the American version of the Mediterranean Diet is whitewashed. They eat lots of butter and salt over there); and The National Pork Board. Their “strategic partners” are VSP Vision Care and CVS Pharmacy. These sponsors give thousands of dollars per year to the ADA in return for recommending their products.


Let me stop here and say that everything you read on the Unhindered Living website is backed up by research. I have a degree in holistic nutrition, and am a Type 2 diabetic myself. So I have both research and personal experience to back up everything we say. I will try as much as possible to post links to research and other trustworthy authoritative sources. I do not consider the American Diabetes Association to be a trustworthy, authoritative source.

Why? Because the diet they are proposing is incredibly unhealthy and dangerous for diabetics. I tried to follow their diet for ten years, and all it did was raise my A1c, increased the amount of insulin and other drugs I had to take, and made me gain 75 pounds. As soon as I switched to The Ketogenic Lifestyle, I was immediately able to decrease my insulin, and I started losing weight.


Even though the ADA limits starchy foods to only 1/4 of the dinner plate, that’s still too much. 1 cup of mashed potatoes is 33 carbs. 1/2 an acorn squash (which is the way it’s usually eaten) is 81 carbs. 1 dinner roll is 35 carbs. These are all too much! To keep from gaining weight, lower your A1c, lower inflammation, prevent kidney damage, you need to eat less than 20 CARBS PER DAY( not per meal).


How can you do this, and why?


See The Optimum Human Diet

See The Ketogenic Lifestyle

See Why Do We Continue to Accept Ineffective Diabetes Care?


As I was perusing the ADA website for nutrition information, on the “What Can I Eat” page, there was a chart of all the different diets: Mediterranean, DASH, low-carb, low-fat, paleo. And under the chart is this explanation: “Random Controlled Trials (RCTs), Meta-analyses, Observational studies, non-random single-arm studies, and cohort studies.” What this means is, this chart proves nothing about what the best diet is. Why?

First of all if some of the studies are randomized and some are non-randomized, that’s like comparing apples and oranges. Second, for a study to actually show a causal link between two things, they must be random, double blind, controlled trials. Observational studies, non-random studies, and cohort studies CANNOT prove anything. Correlation is not causation. Therefore, pay no attention to these studies. Check out the diet links above.


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