So, there was an article on the so- called “Twinkie diet”, undertaken by a nutrition professor.
For 10 weeks, Mark Haub, a professor of human nutrition at Kansas State University, ate one of these sugary cakelets every three hours, instead of meals. To add variety in his steady stream of Hostess and Little Debbie snacks, Haub munched on Doritos chips, sugary cereals and Oreos, too.
His premise: That in weight loss, pure calorie counting is what matters most — not the nutritional value of the food.
What he did not expect, was that his other health markers, cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL, dropped as well. It didn’t mention his blood sugar, but if that had skyrocketed, I’m sure they would have mentioned it. As I said, he is a nutrition professor, and the results baffled him. Not the weight loss, but the health measures. As he said, do our current measures truly measure health, or is there more complexity to the situation than we realize.
While we cannot what all the implications of this are, it does point out that losing weight, no matter how you do it, is one of the prime factors in health. I don’t think anyone wants me to go into a lengthy discussion of the difficulties in studying human nutrition, other than saying conducting rigorously controlled experiments on human beings is unethical, and mostly illegal. In light of that, we have to travel circumspectly to get to the truth. Studying populations who voluntarily (culturally) restrict their diets to see what the results are and try to control factors in what limited experiments we can do. Information is doled out to the public based on our best current information. It may be confusing and frustrating to the lay person, but it is the best science can do.