Journal of the American Dietetic Association 91, , The Spectrum is basically an outline for a healthy lifestyle that you will tailor to suit your requirements. It found that individuals assigned to eat high-fat 41 percent calories from fat, Mediterranean-style diets for nearly five years were about 30 percent less likely to experience serious heart-related problems compared with individuals who were told to avoid fat. I am not against all forms of animal protein. A meta-analysis of sixteen observational studies aimed at exploring the hypothesis that high-fat dairy foods contribute to obesity and heart disease found that high-fat dairy consumption was associated with a lower risk of obesity . Ornish also dismisses the randomized controlled trials I cited in large part because the subjects in these trials did not adhere to the diets and reduce their fat intake enough. Some individuals show little or no increase in blood beta-carotene after an oral dose of beta-carotene they are called non-responders. At the unhealthy end of the spectrum you find foods that contain saturated and trans fats. It is a common belief that the larger the number of patients, the more valid a study is. Rather, you have complete freedom to choose the types of foods you eat.
The Spectrum Diet is a very low-fat diet recommending high intake of whole grains, legumes and vegetables, while minimizing intake of sugar, fats, especially saturated, and meats. The central hypothesis of the book is that all fats except omega-3 oils are disease promoting and must be minimized. For optimum health one is to consume only a little canola or flaxseed oil plus fish oil supplements. Group 3 called intermediate choices contains sweeteners like honey and high fructose corn syrup in the same group! Group 5, the least-healthful group, contains cakes and fried foods, pork, beef, egg yolks, organ meats, full-fat cheeses, heavy cream, coconut milk, palm oil, butter and trans fats in the same category! The reader is asked to change their eating habits towards the healthy end of the spectrum, but allowed to occasionally consume foods from the unhealthier end Groups 4 and 5, as long as they are then balanced with more foods from Group 1 and 2. Ornish explains the difference between complex carbohydrates and refined, and recommends minimizing refined carbs. He argues that fruits, which have a high glycemic index, are fine, and that only the glycemic load is what matters.
I have presented spectrum research. Here’s a blog in which I addressed this issue. He should know better. On the upside, Mr. The fact that not all no foods are diet and U. As I wrote about in food have shown this risk groups not mean that it.