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October 2009

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Follow this link to a great video of a lecture given at Stamford Uni by a professor in Nutrition who is reluctantly admitting that perhaps low carb does beat low fat.

It is certainly easy to follow and his humility at the end is charming.

What it shows is that whether you blame the results on insulin or water or satiety , low carb does better than low fat.

The reality is, whether we like it or not, our natural diet ( otherwise known as a caveman diet) is a great way to lose fat and sustain weight loss for life.

http://www.academicearth.org/lectures/battle-of-the-diets

12 October 2009

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Last week, Prof Feinman ( who has been a great help to golower and the low starch movement) spoke at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes Annual Meeting to present the case for low starch / low sugar diets in the management of diabetes.

Prof Feinman explained

“Keeping carbohydrates low would actually reduce the risk of CVD. In essence, fat in the presence of carbohydrate is where we find the problems, which is very different from fat in the absence of carbohydrate.”

He went on to explain that carbohydrates, either directly or through insulin, are control elements in the metabolism. “They determine the disposition of fat whether stored for obesity or whether having an effect on lipoproteins and vasculature. The metabolic effect of reducing carbohydrates is that it predisposes to oxidizing the fat rather than storing it, and in diabetes specifically, it prevents the metabolic state of high glucose and high insulin, which is detrimental across the board.”

Supporting this view were a number of other experts who agree with the desperate need to challange the current othodoxy that a high carb low fat diet is best for diabetics.

Naturally the usual low fat experts were there to argue the contrary. What is really encouraging though is that three years ago the arguement was that there was no evidence in favour of low carb. Now the arguement has had to move to the slightly dodgy arguement that we need more time to see what happens. In otherwords whilst the low fat fools cant ignore the ever increasing pile of clincial trials in favour of low carb they can sink back into the defensive position of ” we need longer trials etc” The longer this goes on the more people that are slowly but surely dying of carbs….which have never been an essential food to the human diet.

9 October 2009

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The latest dictate from the government is to reduce salt. This reduction message is linked to various health concern from hypertension and stomach cancer. Hopefully the science that they are relying on is a little more robust than the science that supports the low saturated fat message.

The saturarted fat message is based on various studies that have been accumulated over the past 30-40 years and one might have presumed that the studies being provided as robust evidence of a link between CVD and saturated fat would show conclusively that saturated fats cause CVD.

Well guess what ……they don’t!

Here is a very brief summary of what the studies and you will be surprised to find that not one study conclusively proves that there is a link and not only that most of the studies always combine a high fat diet with a high starch diet. Clearly our Government is not particularly interested in the quality of the information it recieves. This is not a new problem.

Since the early 80s there have been 46 studies trying to show this absolute link between the intake of saturated fats and heart disease. Of these only four show any association and those were epidemiological and a further 6 found a slight benefit from reducing saturated fats but those had many other variables from medication or supplements, or other factors such as smoking and exercise which could have distorted the outcomes. The very best studies to prove cause and effect are called double-blind studies. These ensure that neither the researchers nor the participants
know who is and who is not receiving intervention. To date there have only been two double-blind studies and neither showed a connection between saturated fats and heart disease.

All in all this is not very robust science but this has not stopped our government blaming much of the obestiy epedemic and CVD figures on the intake of saturated fat.

Here hoping that the salt message is based on proper clincial trials which show the impact of salt when you combine different foods.

6 October 2009

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I am lucky enough to part of a scientific forum of experts who are interested in diabetes obesity and CVD in relation to diet. These experts come from across the globe and have together published literally hundreds of peer reviewed papers and books on the subject of food and health.
In particular they are all interested in the impact of insulin and fat gain. As you will note I use the word fat rather than weight.

Today one of the professors will be giving a talk at the European Conference on Diabetes and he will., I suspect, be suggesting something very very radical. He is going to suggest that diabetes is connected with an imbalance in insulin production and that this disease may be connected with a diet which causes an in balance in insulin production.

The arugument is very complex but it can be really simplified as follows:-

The only foods that cause significant insulin release are sugar and starch and therefore it may be the levels of sugar and starch in peoples diets that might be causing the diabetes epedemic. Interestingly most diabetics can come off medication when they strip sugar and starch out of thier diet.

No doubt the majority of dieticians will be horrified by this argument since it completly undermines the recommended diet for diabetics.

I am looking forward to finding out what he spoke about and what the reaction was.

1 October 2009

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