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Full-Belly Starvation: An American Invention

October 2, 2012 by  

Can we feel full and be starving at the same time?

Almost everybody is familiar with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s My Plate. The food protocol is mostly very high in calories and extremely low in nutrition. The only good parts are the fruit and vegetable levels, which are high in nutrition but low in calories.

Starvation in America suggests not getting enough food. But starvation is best described as a diet very high in calories while very low in nutrition. This is the American diet as portrayed by the USDA’s My Plate.

The deception is that we are satiated with a lot of calories but starving for nutrition. This is the perfect formula for the conditions that are so prevalent in America: overweight, obesity, heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

We can feel “full” but be starving. This is what we need to understand. Starvation by definition is lack of sufficient nutrition. Thus, we have full bellies but very low nutrition, or full-belly starvation.

Look here next week for information on the nutrient-density line to help you determine what you should and should not eat.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American and author of The Bob Livingston Letter™, founded in 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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  • Robert Smith

    “This is the American diet as portrayed by the USDA’s My Plate.”

    Pretty much bought and paid for by Monsanto and other corporatoins.

    Going after the abuses by corporations is far better than creating a nanny state that regulates the size of a soft drink, but small business owners who sell soft drinks don’t contribute like Monsanto, so they are an easy target.


  • Tim

    And lets look at the price of fresh fruit while we’re at it,2 apples cost as much as a large bucket of cheese puff’s hmmm what’ wrong here,I really believe we need to get back to the old day’s when We The People use to plant gardens and fruit tree’s and while we’re at it tell Monsanto to stick it where the sun son don’t shine.

    • MichaelSee

      Lotsa luck with “going back to the land” and planting and growing your own food.

      Firstly, because most people don’t own land to plant on. If you live in downtown Manhattan how far are you going to have to travel to find available arable land? Most farmland today is owned by large corporations. You can produce some of your own food in window boxes or tubs on the roof or in vacant lots, but not enough to support a family

      Secondly, because most of the seed produced today is produced by large corporations like Burpee and are hybreds. That means you cannot save seeds from your crop to plant next year. They are often genetically-modified as well. “Heritage” type seeds are available but sometimes hard to find. Going “back to the land” has been a wonderful dream since at least before the French Revolution, but it’s just not practical today, at least for most people.

      We have pretty much painted ourselves into a corner with the Industrial Revolution and wholesale relocation into the cities. The formation of large industrial-type factory farms and the modern transport system have further worsened the problem. 200 years ago most agricultual products were produced and consumed locally. It took something like 500 to 1000 subsistance-type farmers to produce what 10 to 20 modern oil-fueled farmers can.

      I believe that if EVERYONE had to produce their own food, 80-90% of people would starve. That is what we’d face if there was a large scale disruption of the fragile web that supports us today. The old-time “survivalists” thought that all they had to do was to run up into the hills and hunt, fish and gather natural foods to live on, but how long do you think the game would last if literally millions of people tried to do that?

      • duane

        Such a defeatist attitude. There are companies that sell organic and heirloom seeds for most all fruits and vegetables. I am a libertarian/conservative in my political thinking. However; this does not keep me from reading excellent magazines such as Urban Farms, and Mother Earth News. Despite their politics these magazines are just chock full of good ideas and ways to implement them for people who want to take control of the food that they eat.

      • Nadzieja Batki

        Heirloom seeds are great but if you have no viable seeds but a baggie of dead seeds your garden is for nought. You also cannot predict that all soil and weather conditions will not leave you with crop failure.
        Another thing, farms that use hybrid seeds do not want heirloom seeds within distance to contaminate their plants.

  • Gordon

    Modern food values/ nutrition sucks. Cooking in a microwave makes it even worse. Calories with no nutrition. proven

  • jruss45

    You can buy fast food and eat until you are full and still be hungry because your body has not yet received the nutrients it needs. Or you eat an organic meal with an emphasis on green vegetables, eat half as much, not be full and also not hungry because you received the nutrients you need. When I was young, I was told to avoid eating foods that were white [white bread, white sugar, white trans-fats] to be healthy. Now we have the additional problem of foods genetically engineered to be deficient in metal nutrients [RoundUp Ready]. Fast food loves these foods because they are cheap and cannot satisfy your hunger so you eat more. Because these foods are deficient in chromium, you insulin is not activated to metabolize your food. [insulin resistance aka type 2 diabetes] You either need to eat non-GMO food to survive, or use supplements to provide ALL the missing nutrients. [calcium, copper, chrome, zinc, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, iron, selenium, iodine, etc.] Note that most off the shelf supplements do not even come close to providing the amount of these essential minerals that our bodies need. Organic food is better.

  • jruss45

    As a quick note I should add, California Proposition 37 if passed, will require manufacturers to identify what foods have been genetically modified. It will therefore identify foods that have been genetically modified to manufacture the Bt-toxin to which many are allergic, and identify foods that have been genetically modified to grow without metal nutrients [RoundUp Ready]. These foods cannot sustain life by themselves. It has been estimated that half the cost of non-trauma health care is due to GM foods and certain vaccines. i.e. GM foods and certain vaccines can lead to type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, stomach and gut problems, autism, ADD, MS, ALS, and even cancer.

    • tlgeer

      I am all for knowing what is in our food. But part of the problem is that some of our food, meat, gets fed from other parts. I know that at least one company, Tillamook Cheese Factory, does not allow the cooperative cattle to be fed with GM food, and they cannot be routinely treated with artificial growth hormones.


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