In This Issue:
Diet, Children, and the Future
An Independent Critique of Low-carb Diets: The Diet Wars Continue
Featured Recipes
Dr. McDougall Speaks Coast to Coast

September 2012 Printer Friendly PDF Volume 11 Issue 9


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Diet, Children, and the Future

Once weaned, children are just like small adults when it comes to nutrition. Starches (potatoes, corn, rice, sweet potatoes, beans, etc.) must provide the bulk of their calories in order for them to thrive. Meat and dairy products, along with oils and simple sugars, make them fat and sick. You never need to worry about children getting enough protein, essential amino acids, calcium, iron, zinc, or essential fats when they are eating a starch-based diet, as I recommend. However, extra attention does need to be paid to providing sufficient calories for growth.

Food industries have built their customer bases with the marketing strategy of “unique positioning,” where each big business tries to make its food product stand apart by overly promoting one of its more plentiful nutrients. Their efforts have been very effective, and as a result, calcium has become synonymous with dairy foods, as has protein with meat, poultry and eggs, iron with beef, and essential omega-3 fats with fish. Without these animal-derived foods in their daily diets, the public, both lay and professional, has come to believe that people, and especially children, will suffer from deficiencies. These beliefs are scientifically untrue, as discussed in detail in my book The Starch Solution.


An Independent Critique of Low-carb Diets: The Diet Wars Continue

I am Travis (full identity withheld*) and my background is a concerned person who is passionate about the scientific literature. I have been in search for truth about diet, health, and longevity for the past five years. As with most people, I once believed that progressive physical dysfunction and illness were processes of natural aging, and that my genes would decide my fate. However, I have uncovered convincing evidence to the contrary: many long-lived populations remain fully functional and active until very late in life. Their diets are all similar: high in plant foods, and low in animal foods. I want to be one of these people.


Featured Recipes

  • Roasted Tomato Basil Soup
  • Injera
  • Berbere
  • Niter Kebbeh
  • Doro Wat
  • Yemisir Kik Wat (Lentil Sauce)
  • Yeater Kik Alicha Wat (Yellow Split Pea Sauce) 
  • Gomen Wat (Collard Green)
  • Alicha Wat (Ethiopian Cabbage Stew)
  • Yetakelt Wat (Potato and Tomato Stew) 
  • Ethiopian Salad
  • Ethiopian Dressing


Upcoming Speaking Events: Dr. McDougall

October 7, 2012 - San Francisco World Veg Festival

October 14, 2012 – The Healthy Lifestyle Expo, Los Angeles, CA

November 3, 2012 – The Wellness Forum, Columbus OH

November 10, 1012 – TED Conference, Palo Alto, CA

November 13, 2012 – Hawaii Vegetarian Society Conference






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