Cancer and Other Diseases
I found the studies on American Indians in chapter 5 very interesting. How when populations were exposed to “American diets" of sugar, white flour and white rice, diseases appeared. Prior to this diet, Indians did not have cancer or it was incredibly rare. I would think that Native Americans would have had higher rates or cancer because of other lifestyle factors such as smoking tobacco or exposure to the sun. Even cooking and smoking foods can causes cancer. This evidence could support the hypothesis that refined carbohydrates, starches and sugars are bad for your health, or could it just be that the doctors did not have adequate tools to identify cancer? Even if they did not have adequate equipment to identify cancer, the rate of other diseases greatly increased. For me, this evidence was very strong in convincing me to eat sugars, refined carbohydrates, and starches sparingly.