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“Now Sugar Is the Bad Guy”

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Is fat or sugar the enemy when it comes to overcoming heart disease?

Last week, we wrote about an episode at CBC Radio that examined this question. Now it’s time for part 2, featuring experts such as Gary Taubes, Nina Teicholz and Dr. David Ludwig.

First, fat was the dietary bad guy. We were warned back in the 1980s to cut back on eggs, meat and full-fat dairy to avoid heart disease. So we started eating more bread, rice and pasta and fat-free snacks. But we got sicker and fatter. Now sugar is the bad guy. Contributor Jill Eisen explores the complex, and sometimes contradictory, science of nutrition — and tries to find clarity amidst the thicket of studies and ambiguous research.

Listen to the program:

CBC Radio: Fat or Sugar, Part 2

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“She Finally Feels Good and It Warms My Heart”

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The little girl Alicia suffered from severe migraines – until her mother Isabelle decided to take out sugar from her diet. This is what happened:

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Hello!

The story I’m going to tell is about my daughter Alicia, age 7, who suffers from terrible migraines that have gotten worse over time. She throws up and has to lay down in a dark, silent room for many hours, completely unable to do anything. Last fall she had several migraines per week. I went to the doctor, like so many times before. They increased the dosage of her blood pressure medicine.

I called for X-rays and a thorough screening. It showed “nothing of significance”. After Christmas, doctors prescribed pills that she were to take six times per day. This made me feel that we’ve had enough. I thought that we should try eliminating sugar from her diet and see what would happen. We allow her to have stevia, erythritol and fruit (or should I say us, because we didn’t want her to feel alone with her new diet).

She didn’t have a single migraine episode in January until she had sugar on the 30th when she had a party. We were able to lower her dosage. As of today (26th of April), she hasn’t had another migraine episode since the 1st of January, other than three times when she consumed sugar. She went completely off her medications two months ago.

She finally feels good and it warms my heart. I hope that this story can serve as an inspiration. Especially to other children that suffer from migraines. And then again, we weren’t people who consumed a lot of sugar before either.

Best, Isabelle

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Butter Is Back – Even at McDonald’s

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Finally, McDonald’s has caught up to the real world (to a small extent)!

Bloomberg: It Took McDonald’s 6 Months to Swap from Margarine to Butter

Now, you’ll get real butter instead of nasty margarine if you order an Egg McMuffin. It’s another sign of the death of the low-fat diet. But will McDonald’s ever change the entire menu to real food? Most likely, not.

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Low-Carb Living – in Ketosis


4.8 out of 5 stars5 star87%4 star6%3 star4%2 star0%1 star2%49 ratings2,153 viewsHow do you successfully eat low carb for life? And what’s the role of ketosis?

Dr Stephen Phinney, MD, PhD, knows more about this than almost anybody. He has researched adaptation to very low-carb diets (and exercise) for a long time.

Above is a segment of Dr. Phinney’s presentation in Cape Town, where he talks about how to get the brain and body to run on ketones, freeing ourselves from relying on carbohydrates (transcript).

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You can buy access to the entire LCHF convention for $49 from the organizers. Or you can watch this and many other convention talks on our member pages, including captions and transcript:

Low-Carb Living – Full presentation

Start your free membership trial and you can watch it instantly – as well as many video courses, movies, interviews, other presentations, Q&A with experts, etc.

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The Top 10 Ways to Eat More Fat

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Flavorful, full-fat ingredients topped with creamy, satisfying sauces… Low-carb eating can be decadent! Fat is an amazing flavor enhancer – it makes everything taste better. And if you eat enough fat, it’s filling, too. Get ready for a new, luscious take on deliciousness!

Remember that a low-carb diet needs to be higher in fat, to make it satisfying. Don’t fear fat. Don’t stay hungry. Add enough fat to feel satisfied after eating.

This can sometimes be a challenge for people who are not used to eating natural fat. Our new guide gives you the top 10 tips on how to eat more fat – plus it tells you HOW much to eat!

The Top 10 Ways to Eat More Fat

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Is Sugar Toxic?

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Is sugar toxic? Professor Robert Lustig is perhaps the number one enemy of Big Sugar. His famous YouTube video “Sugar: The Bitter Truth” has been watched more than 6 million times.

In that video Lustig calls sugar toxic. So is it? Of course Dr. Lustig has had quite some pushback on that. Could sugar really be toxic? Isn’t it natural and part of the human diet since like forever?

I sat down with Dr. Lustig recently to let him explain himself in depth, and answer the criticism, beyond the 30-second soundbites in the media. Here’s why added sugar could be toxic to you, and what to do about it.

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The entire interview is now available (with captions and transcript) on our member site:

Is Sugar Toxic? – Interview with Dr. Robert Lustig

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Top 10 Fattest Countries in the World – 2016 List

Here’s the top 10 fattest countries in the world in 2016. The top of the list might surprise you:

Gazette Review: Top 10 Fattest Countries in the World – 2016 List

The number one country is Kuwait and number 2 is Saudi Arabia, and the list contains several other Muslim countries with hot climates. So why?

There’s a simple possible explanation. When it’s hot you need to drink a lot. And if you’re Muslim you’re not likely to drink alcohol. So what will it be? For many people it’s soda or other sugary drinks. The number one thing that makes people fat.

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The Top Low-Carb Breakfasts Without Eggs

Bacon and eggs is a great low-carb breakfast. There are many others… with eggs. Sometimes you surely wish for a breakfast that does not include eggs.

Fear not, here’s our new guide:

The Top Low-Carb Breakfasts Without Eggs

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Low-Carb Benefits and How to Maximize Them

Are you interested in losing weight or improving health on low carb? Is there any area in particular that you’d like to know more about?

I’m setting up a new page to detail what health improvements are common on low carb, and how to tweak it for maximum effectiveness. The page is still just started, but feel free to leave feedback on what you’d like to see there:

Low-Carb Benefits and How to Maximize Them

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Q&A: I’m Not Losing Weight on LCHF – What Should I Do?

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What if you’re doing an LCHF diet but after an initial loss of weight you’ve hit a weight plateau? What should you do to start losing weight again?

The answer to his and other questions – for example, is dairy bad? – in this week’s Q&A with Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt: Continue Reading →

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