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Norway’s biggest newspaper writes that the new Nordic Nutrition Recommendations (NNR) are incorrect about fats. A new review of all studies on the subject shows that butter is most likely better for the heart than the Omega-6-rich vegetable oils that are recommended:
VG: Danish researchers: – Butter is not more harmful than vegetable oils (Google translated from Norwegian)
The most interesting part of the article is the comment from the Head of the Division of Nutrition of the Danish National Food Institute, Gitte Gross, who’s been involved in coming up with the fat-phobic Nordic nutritional recommendations: Continue Reading →
What is the Mediterranean diet? Do you know? A reader sent me this picture, from a place in Spain. The picture provides good evidence on how the fuzzy concept of the “Mediterranean diet” can be applied to almost anything.
If the “Mediterranean diet” is about vegetables, fish, olive oil and various other real foods, free of processed junk, then it’s certainly a very healthy diet. But if you, unbelievably enough, mean bread with low-fat margarine on it (as some do), then it’s just as unhealthful as the breakfast in the picture.
What is the Mediterranean diet to you? Continue Reading →
Butter is better for your heart than most vegetable oils. More and more experts realize it:
Here’s an opinion piece in a Swedish morning paper, highlighting the fact that many hospitals have chosen not to offer any help to obese children:
DN Opinion: “Hospital Closes the Door on Obese Children” (Google translated from Swedish).
Prof. Claude Marcus and others are right that it’s terrible that hospitals fail children with serious medical problems. This is not acceptable. But the problem is even greater: The outcome in hospitals treating childhood obesity is woefully bad. Very few children are treated successfully.
In hospitals that do treat obese children, the treatment is usually based on the outdated idea “eat less, run more”. They seriously advise parents to limit their child’s food intake, dismissing the kids from the table still hungry. They’re then advised to try to make the kids run outside, despite not having had enough to eat.
At the same time they ignore study after study showing that children who eat their fill on a low-carb diet will lose more weight.
Because health care workers ignore inconvenient new knowledge, obese children and their parents are given advice that lead to worse outcomes and unnecessary suffering.
Today’s treatment for childhood obesity isn’t just child abuse. It’s family abuse.
Here’s a suggestion that may improve the situation within the health care system: Let go of the old dogmas about low-fat products and the oversimplified advice on energy balance. When childhood obesity treatment works this poorly, it’s time to wake up.
Here’s what might work better: Give the dietary advice that’s been proven best in scientific studies. Shouldn’t this be obvious? Continue Reading →
Recently a new 90 minute talk with professor Robert Lustig was posted on YouTube (his most watched – “Sugar, the Bitter Truth“ from 2009 – has 4 millions views).
You can see the new one above. It’s almost identical to his talk in Oslo that I attended yesterday. Well worth watching, even before Will Smith makes a surprise appearance!
See the talk for more on why sugar is a potential poison.
I’m in Oslo, Norway, for a conference featuring professor Robert Lustig among others. Here’s the minibar in my hotel room. This is the largest pile of sweet candy that I’ve ever seen in a hotel room. Are Norwegians bigger sugar junkies than others?
The outdated fear-mongering propaganda claiming that a dramatically increased butter consumption in Sweden has also increased the incidence of heart disease is once again crushed by reality.
New statistics from The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare show the exact opposite. The incidence of heart attacks in Sweden keeps plummeting, for both men and women, just as they have done since 2005. We are becoming healthier, despite eating more and more butter.
The Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare: Fewer people suffer heart attacks (statistics 1988-2012, Google translated)
As modern science time and time again has shown that a low-fat diet doesn’t do anything good for heart health, nobody should be surprised. But there are definitely people that need to update their knowledge.
Above is the butter consumption in Sweden (yellow line) in relation to statistics on heart disease (blue + purple). The axis for butter consumption is to the right.
The Swedish butter consumption just keeps going up, while the incidence of heart attacks keeps going down.
So, what’s the correlation between butter consumption and heart disease? None. There is no correlation.
That the old theory on saturated fat and heart disease has been a mistake has already been proven in high quality studies (RCT). This is just a telling illustration.
Fear of butter is as scientifically well-founded as fear of monsters under the bed. Continue Reading →
Do you want free bacon? Go get it:
According to an article in Wired almost anything is better with bacon – it’s been mathematically proven.
Do you know something that doesn’t go with bacon? Continue Reading →
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