The China Study What It Really Tells Us
There are a lot of people giving The China Study a lot of praise and attention at the moment claiming that it proves we should all eat, low protein high carb diets, but are they right?
What Is The China Study?
The China study is based on a study of rural Chinese and examines the relationship between the consumption of animal products and illness such as breast and prostate cancer, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, autoimmune disease and many other chronic diseases that plague society today.
The authors conclusion recommends that people eat a whole food, plant based diet and avoid consuming beef, poultry, eggs, fish and milk in order to minimize or reverse the development of chronic disease.
Is This Conclusion Correct For Everyone?
No. A study published in 1977 by Draper titled the Aboriginal Eskimo Diet In Modern Perspective looked at native Alaskan Eskimo and Australian Aboriginals who lived in remote regions living off of the land like their ancestors did. Whilst the Aboriginals whose diet consisted of 90% carbohydrates and 10% animal products provides strong evidence that the China Study is correct the Alaskan Eskimo diet contradicts the Aboriginal diet and the China Study. All 3 rurual communities showed very little if any chronic disease, the type of which plagues modern society today.
The truth is no one diet is correct for everyone. We are all unique on a biochemical level and the macronutrient ratios (carbohydrate, protein and fats) that are correct for one person will be completely wrong for another person. In today’s modern society where migration and interbreeding between different cultures and nationalities is normal a one size fits all approach to nutrition is completely wrong! If you try to find the nutritional needs that are right for you from a book or by following a system developed by a health care professional that takes a one size fits all approach to nutrition the chances of you losing weight or improving your health and stacked against you. To find the correct macronutrients for you there are three steps you need to take.
1) Determine your own unique biochemical needs by completing a Metabolic Typing Questionnaire. This will give you an idea of what macronutrient ratio is correct for you based upon information stored within your genes which is based upon genetic heritage which is sub consciously expressed by your body in the form of preferences for certain foods over others.
2) Eat like your ancestors. We have only changed 0.01% from when we are cavemen as it takes 100,000 years for our genes to change 1%! Cavemen didn’t eat bread, crisps etc. Stay away from them as much as possible and drink lots of clean, filtered water.
3) Learn to listen to your body. When you start eating correctly for your Metabolic Type you will soon start to realise what your body really wants when you get certain food cravings.