A reader sent me a paper about a study in which researchers got people to eat less by adding pureed vegetables to foods. (Maybe they didn’t like the puree.) That wasn’t the interesting part. This was — a breakdown of where the average American adult’s calories come from, according to the USDA’s data.
I can almost hear the members of the Dietary Guidelines Committee tsk-tsking about the 638.6 calories of added fats and oils and the 468.8 calories of added sugars — and of course I’d agree about the sugar, which they now recommend only “in moderation.” (How about none? Is that too extreme?)
But look at the calories from grains — 617 calories. In America, grains mostly means wheat. So the average adult is getting around 1,000 calories per day from sugar and wheat.
I recently finished reading an advance copy of Dr. William Davis’ soon-to-be-released (and terrific) book Wheat Belly. I already knew wheat is bad news, but until I read his book, I didn’t realize how dramatically the wheat we consume today differs from the wheat people consumed just 100 years ago.
I’ll write a full review of the book next week. Until then, I’ll just say that 1,000 calories per day of sugar and wheat is a prescription for lousy health and runaway health-care costs — in other words, pretty much what we’re facing today.