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Cereal Killer [Kindle Edition]

Alan L. Watson
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Book Description

Cereal Killer takes on the unproven hypothesis that saturated fat and dietary cholesterol cause coronary heart disease. Instead, Watson identifies the real culprits: Excess carbohydrates and the highly processed vegetable oils that have replaced our traditional, wholesome more saturated animal and tropical fats.

Cereal Killer answers the question, “Has low fat failed the test of time?” Watson describes how food pyramid schemes and sugary cereals are associated with obesity, high blood sugar, and widespread diabetes. Part 2, life in the fat lane, combats decades of fat-bashing by providing a positive analysis of the wholesome nature of saturated fat and foods rich in cholesterol.

Watson says the problem with the American diet has nothing to do with fat, cholesterol or eating too many calories. Instead, the underlying common denominator of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease is the emphasis on carbohydrates in the official Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Since 1980, the official healthy diet has been the high carbohydrate diet. University dietitians and medical authorities advised us to eat 6 to 11 servings of grain each day. The big food companies produced thousands of new “low fat” products. We complied, and today the federal government feeds 31 million school children and overloads millions of low income people on food assistance with cereals, fruit juices, and breakfast pastries.

Today, as a result, Americans are fatter and sicker than ever. Two-thirds are overweight; a third clinically obese. Ten percent of Americans suffer from Type II diabetes. According to the CDC in Atlanta, 1 out of every 3 children born since the year 2000 will become diabetic.

Watson describes how Ancel Keys, University of Minnesota professor and American Heart Association (AHA) board member, showed an association between fat intake and heart disease in his famous Six Country Analysis. But “association” is not cause and effect, and Keys selected data (six of 21 countries) to “prove” his hypothesis – ignoring countries like France and Switzerland that had high fat diets and low rates of heart disease.

In 1961, Keys recognized that he did not have definitive proof that dietary fat caused heart disease, but he and fellow AHA board member Jeremiah Stamler, Professor at Northwestern - who received most of his funding from vegetable oil interests – advised the American Heart Association to adopt a low fat diet “even before the final proof is nailed down.”

Advised to cut fat and dietary cholesterol, Americans had to increase something and that something has been carbohydrates. As a result, especially since 1980, obesity and diabetes have become serious public health issues and heart disease has not gone down as promised. Today, heart failure is the number # Medicare expenditure.

When you replace dietary fat with carbohydrates, your body responds by flooding your blood with insulin. Insulin is the fat storage hormone. Highly responsive to insulin, fat cells readily convert excess carbohydrates to fat. Also, high levels of insulin reduce the responsiveness of muscle cells to insulin, leading to insulin resistance and type II diabetes.

Certain carbohydrates – especially high fructose corn syrup - are converted by the liver into triglycerides - blood fats associated with heart disease. In Watson’s analysis, obesity, diabetes, and heart disease are manifestations of a single underlying disorder known as Metabolic Syndrome, which is a result of chronically elevated insulin levels.

Cereal Killer is a rallying cry for revising the federal 2010 Dietary Guidelines in favor of a higher fat, protein-emphasized diet. Cereal Killer contains two sections, ten chapters, two appendices, and a comprehensive one-of-a-kind lipid glossary. In March 2009, The Midwest Book Review said “Cereal Killer is well worth the read for those concerned with the health of a nation…”

Editorial Reviews


I think of Alan Watson's very inviting and easy-to-read 144-page Cereal Killer as a handbook. Both authors address a gamut of health issues, but Watson centers on cardiovascular health while Taubes spends more time on weight gain and obesity. Watson's style is brief and to the point. His succinct review of fats, a complex subject, seems exceptionally understandable. Bullet-ed lists are presented in place of paragraphs of prose. Each chapter ends with a friendly More to Explore section that provides helpful suggestions for further reading. A sprinkling of photos--of the Watson family, cows, and such--give it a pleasant and homespun quality. Cereal Killer goes beyond the narrow focus on carbohydrates vs. fats, to other related topics, such as grass-fed beef, and lard, but it left me wondering whether these topics were as well-supported by clinical studies as the fundamental carbohydrate vs. fat issue. Throughout, this book is a model of clarity and conciseness while presenting valuable information about which the author is passionate. --Dr. Stephanie Seneff, Senior Researcher, MIT

About the Author

Alan L. Watson is a history graduate from the University of Minnesota. After a decade of research, Watson provides compelling evidence that virtually everything the experts have told us about obesity, diabetes, and weight loss are wrong. Watson is the author of 21 Days to a Healthy Heart.

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  • File Size: 2309 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Diet Heart Publishing; 3rd Edition February 2010 edition (November 1, 2008)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004C4455Q
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117 of 119 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cereal Killer and Good Calories, Bad Calories April 30, 2009
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This review offers a comparison of Gary Taubes' Good Calories, Bad Calories: Challenging the Conventional Wisdom of Diet, Weight Control, and Disease, and Alan Watson's Cereal Killer: The Unintended Consequences of the Low Fat Diet. The primary thesis of both books is that the established health advice of the last few decades--avoid fats in favor of carbohydrates--is wrong. Both cite ample evidence that we should depend on diets that are relatively higher in fats, and relatively lower in carbohydrates, especially the highly refined carbohydrates including sugars. Both single out a particular sweetener, high fructose corn syrup, for special avoidance. Both question the value of today's preoccupation with cholesterol. Both authors have spent years researching the topic, and while their positions are congruent, there are a number of interesting differences.

Gary Taubes, in Good Calories, Bad Calories, traces the historical development of the recommended low fat diet and the carbohydrate-heavy food pyramid. Rather than lambasting the process by which our nutrition advice went so awry, he dispassionately traces, in incredible depth, the medical studies, people, organizations, and events that led to this situation. In so doing, he built credibility with me. Considering the well-documented sequence of events and influences, it became convincing that the organizations we respect for guidance actually got it quite wrong. However, I found the convoluted and voluminous detail to be excruciating; the book goes 453 pages before it provides us with Taubes' well-reasoned conclusions. But, it was certainly worth the effort to read, and it provided me with new information. For example, a) weight gain or loss is not determined primarily by total calorie intake vs.
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to understand weight loss advice November 26, 2008
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I've read many articles and books about obesity, weight loss, and diabetes, but Cereal Killer was easiest to understand. Just the weight loss chapter - "Atkins without Atkins" - is worth the price of the book. I've been reading Gary Taubes' Good Calories Bad Calories but it is lengthy and I get bogged down. If you are looking for an easier read (read mine in two days), clear succinct information about dietary fat, and a simple explanation for what causes diabetes and heart disease, Cereal Killer is a great choice. Besides - it's got an absolutely great cover! I was both educated and entertained.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Challenge the Conventional Wisdom November 14, 2008
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Once again Alan Watson challenges the conventional ideology concerning what we should and should not consume with his latest book
"Cereal Killer."

The American Heart Association continues to shovel false information down the throats of the American consumers about that dreaded word "Fat".

The facts on High vs. Low and Saturated vs. Unsaturated has been a hot button issue for all of us and strikes fear in our minds about it's affects on our heart and body.

This scientifically proven information dispels the myths surrounding our intake of Fat and how it affects our overall health.

Statements about Fat and High Cholesterol have been drummed into our heads as something bad and unhealthy without giving us the knowledge required to understand the proper use of fat in our diet and how it can and will be advantageous to our health.

Part I discusses the unintended consequences of low fat; while Part II explains the value of saturated fat and foods rich in cholesterol.

The federal nutrition guidelines will be revised in 2010 concerning these important issues.

"Cereal Killer" is out there challenging the corn syrup pushers who intend to spend $30 million between now and 2010 to make sure the guidelines don't single them out of the food supply.

This is a must read for all to understand how to become truly informed and challenge the conventional theory and enjoy the foods that we are told not to eat.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the sugar killer May 19, 2009
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As a nutritionist I found this book to be a challenge to every day thought about what is considered a healthy diet. The U.S. government,USDA,FDA and big pharmacy have it wrong. its not fat that is making as fat but the over consumption of sugar and processed foods. This book shows how money and the drug companies contribute to what is labeled as healthy in the food pyramid that is pushed on the uninformed. Great read.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!!! December 6, 2008
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This book should be constantly sold out. If people care about themselves and or their friends and family they better read, buy and keep a copy in their houses for the rest of their lives!!! This is timeless and what I would like to call "God's Diet". In other words, if God didn't make it, you shouldn't eat it. No wonder the medical industry and pharmaceutical companies continue to cash in regardless of all the lawsuits filed and obvious misleadings of what are supposed "governmental leaders." I am enraged knowing that I lost multiple family members because of simple ignorance and literal brainwashing through mass media campaigns. "Genetic Predisposition"?, Give me a break!!! (ok, maybe with a small exception or two) Well of course your DNA changes when you spend your whole life shoving your face with MAN-MADE chemicals and products that are called "food" I have a feeling, it's all a big money making scam. Why don't the Call the American Heart Association the "UN amercian Heartless DisAssocitaion"? But they can't all have jobs and money if we dont have health issues, right? What a crock. I am so glad someone finally STEPPED UP and called these fools out. We are ameriCAN's not ameriCANT's and if we can't get the REAL INFO that is sooooo simply delivered in this book, in order to live better QUALITY of LIFE we deserve, then who cares about the QUANTITY of life we have. I'd rather be dead than spend the rest of my life finding "the right health path", when the obvious solutions addressed in CEREAL KILLER are right in front of us. WAKE UP AMERICA!!! Read this book and DO SOMETHING for YOURSELVES and your loved ones. The government WILL NOT do it for you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the grains of wrath
Alan L Watson provides a personal and complete telling of the lipid hypothesis and the rise of diabetes, and obesity. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jeffrey R. Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent, informative
If you care at all about your health, read this book, excellent, informative, a must read. It has great references.
Published 4 months ago by Joe Starr
5.0 out of 5 stars Reversing a Pyrdiam
Anyone who is serious about their health and the health of their family should read this book. It is easy to read, understandable and has outstanding resources sited throughout its... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Isabel Orellana
4.0 out of 5 stars excellen book
Easy reading & easy to understand. Only wish it had more info on actually what to eat as a menu plan.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good easy read. Very informative.
Published 8 months ago by Red
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Anyone who is serious about their health should read this book.
I have changed my diet, for health reasons, after reading this.
Published 10 months ago by Werner Jansen van vuuren
4.0 out of 5 stars It's about time!
it's about time someone told the story of how our country has turned into a country full of obese diabetic people. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book!
This book is a great compilation of studies and information. My German naturopathic doctor recommended I read it and I'm so glad I did. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Christopher Ketcham
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER GREAT ONE
This book should be read by anyone contemplating having a family. Our government and the mega food companies have sold America a bill of goods. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Simon Legree
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Easy Stars
Small book, and perfect amount of pages. An excellent explanation of why we need grass fed animal fats, coconut oil, and extra virgin olive oil. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Flat Belly
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More About the Author

Alan Watson is author of 21 Days to a Healthy Heart (2002) and Cereal Killer, the unintended consequences of the low fat diet (2008). Watson is a health and nutrition researcher - a "you can't trust the experts" patient advocate - and a long term proponent of a low carb, high fat, whole foods diet.
I began researching and writing about "Diet Heart" issues after attending the "Atkins vs. Whitaker" debate in New York City in April, 1997. The rosy cheeked Dr. Atkins - citing compelling scientific and clinical data - easily defeated his overweight, vegetarian opponent. Atkins was walking the talk and telling the truth about America's failed low fat diet.

Referring to my first book, "21 Days to a Healthy Heart," Writer's Digest said: "Although he's not a doctor himself, Watson does seem to be qualified to discuss cardiovascular nutrition, and he definitely did his homework on this book; his research here is impressive, making his argument/theories well-substantiated and convincing.... "

In March 2009, Midwest Book Review said: "Cereal Killer is a look at the plague of diabetes and obesity that is becoming a huge problem among all age groups of children.... Watson discusses remedies to America's epidemic as well as speaking of its origins. Cereal Killer is well worth the read for those concerned with the health of a nation..."

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