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Last time I blogged I was really angry about the ridiculous publication of a piece of nonsense research apparently showing no benefit from reducing carbohydrates. The study was funded by the Sugar Board and the poor definition of a “low carb diet” highlighted the poor quality of the study. For god sake, if the Sugar Board is going to fund research designed to bad mouth low carb,it really should do it with a more professional approach.
Well, within days of this silly piece of nonsense there was another study published in Circulation ( the magazine of the American Heart Association ( the same set up as out British Heart Foundation) which showed that guess what …… a low fat diet might not be as good as a moderate fat diet! No way!
That in itself was a good read but the best bit about the whole thing was the comments made by representatives of the AHA.
A moderate-fat diet may work better than a low-fat regimen for people suffering from metabolic syndrome, a collection of conditions putting them at higher risk for cardiovascular disease, new research finds.
“This is a good study that essentially confirms that the current recommendations are appropriate,” said Alice Lichtenstein, a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association (AHA). “Since 2000, the AHA has been recommending not a low-fat diet, but one that is low in saturated fats and trans fatty acids.”
Lichtenstein explained that people with metabolic syndrome are glucose-intolerant, meaning they can’t process blood sugar well. Low-fat, high-carbohydrate diets exacerbate this condition.
Now read the following which was also picked up in the US……………………………….!

Dr. Alfred Bove, president of the American College of Cardiology was not surprised by the findings. “This sort of falls within the boundaries of what we used to call the Atkins diet, which was a high-lipid and low-carb diet. Normally this kind of diet suppresses appetite, improves diabetes,” said “This diet looks like it does a good job of altering the negative metabolic effects of early diabetes or high carbohydrate stimulation,” he said.
Could it be that someone somewhere is finally bothering to read the research? Has some great mind suddenly put two and two together and work out that a high carb diet might be actually making the diabetes and obesity epidemic worse?

5 December 2009

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