I was reading through my Nourishing Traditions book when I found this little story I thought that I would share. It is a great reason to eat low carb and sugar free.
Ann Arbor University researchers performed a dietary experiment on 18 rats. They were divided into three groups. One group was fed regular rat food, the second group was fed cornflakes, and the third group was fed the cardboard box that the cornflakes came in. All the rats were also given water.
The rats eating regular rat food remained healthy throughout the experiment.
The rats being fed the cardboard box eventually became lethargic and malnourished and died.
But the rats that were fed the cornflakes developed some interesting symptoms. They started showing signs of aggressive behaviour, schizophrenic behaviour, they began biting each other, throwing fits and going into convulsions.
Autopsy revealed dysfunction of the pancreas, liver and kidneys and degeneration of the nerves in the spine – all signs of “insulin shock” pg 469 Nourishing Traditions 2001
The rats being fed the cornflakes died *before* the rats that were fed the cardboard box!
The researchers concluded that there was more nutrition in the cardboard boxes that the cereals came in than in the actual cereals themselves.
This experiment was performed in 1960 but was never published in any journal. And there has been no other similar study like this.