- - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Oreo’s creation of “Oreo Thins” is about as effective as putting bricks in your toilet tank to save water and then flushing three times to get the job done (“Oreo slims cookies to shrink waistlines,” Page I, July 7). Of course, before you jump on the Oreo people, maybe it is way past time to look at the food-pyramid-obesity-Type-2-diabetes correlation.

Why not consider a couple of indisputable facts: the amount of carbohydrate required by the human body is zero and the amount of glucose (carbohydrate) in all of your blood serum is about five grams, or one teaspoonful.

So what happens when you eat three bags of “Oreo Thins” to feel as sated as you would have by fewer of the original Oreos? In fact, what happens when the diet recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for the past 30 years is mostly wheat and sugar, say 300 grams to 400 grams per day? Well, it is panic time for your liver. Your liver and your body either metabolize this garbage right away or you are dead, period. The sugar can come in a banana-pineapple fruit smoothie, an Oreo, or a low-fat, heart-healthy (ha!), whole-grain bagel. It makes little difference.

If you think you can outrun the above metabolic scenario by jogging 15 miles before eating a box of “Oreo Thins,” you need to look at a list of professional endurance athletes who became type II diabetics before the age of 30 because they thought they had to “carb up” to be competitive. Basically, the Oreo people are just reflecting federal food policy, the effect of which has been to start the next great mass extinction. Either people finally realize that their diet was a lot healthier when they ate fat instead of carbohydrates or they are going to drop dead.

SAMUEL BURKEEN

Reston


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