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The Beginning and End of the Fear of Fat

 
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This is the book that contributes to finally dismissing the old fear of fat. When the book The Big Fat Surprise came out in June last year, major American newspapers praised it. It has become a New York Times  best seller and The Wall Street Journal appointed it one of the best books of the year.

This book redefines food for many influential people and the fear of fat is losing its grip on the world.

Finally, I too have read the book. It’s a big book that initially is very similar to the fantastic Good Calories, Bad Calories (2007). But once you’ve read the first chapters you realize that this book is so much more. It’s an updated version with a somewhat different focus – and for most readers probably far more entertaining, clarifying and upsetting.

This is the definitive story on how fear of fat was based on how ambitious researchers and well-meaning politicians took short cuts and ignored the lack of real evidence. And as gigantic economic interests entered the picture things went very wrong.

The Problem with Fear of Fat

We know the result: instead of harmless fat – that we’ve been unnecessarily afraid of – people began to eat more sugar, wheat flour and other refined carbohydrates, which increase the fat-storing hormone insulin. Voilá: an epidemic of obesity and diabetes.

The book also goes in detail through the tragicomic and terrifying hunt for a replacement for natural saturated fat. Continue Reading →

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The Quest for the Eggless Egg

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Eggs or non-eggs?

What if there were an egg that wasn’t an egg? Scientists in the US are trying to create a plant-based “egg” for vegans. The current version contains half a dozen ingredients, mainly pea protein, but is not getting high grades from chefs:

TIME: Eggless Eggs Exist and This Is What They Taste Like

I myself don’t fancy industrially produced ersatz eggs with many secret ingredients, a taste of “grass” and a chef rating of 5/10. I see no health reasons either.

Those who are not vegans can safely eat regular, good old eggs, at least as long as the chickens have been treated well (egg production only aiming for cheap eggs quickly becomes unethical).

Eggs have developed to perfection over millions of years of evolution. There is no more nutritious food and the old 80’s fear of cholesterol has proven completely unfounded. Eggs provide a good cholesterol profile, good weight and a good blood sugar. Proper health and nutrition pills!

So how many eggs can you eat without risking that it turns harmful? I’ll say what I usually say: Preferably eat no more than 36 eggs per day.

How many do you eat?

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Feeding Infants Gluten INCREASES the Risk of Gluten Intolerance

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Do you have an infant and wonder about the official speculative and controversial advice to give gluten (wheat-based food) to infants early, under “protection of nursing”? Forget this piece of advice.

I’m sure it’s well-meaning advice (whether or not it has been influenced by formula-manufacturers) but new science shows with certainty that this is wrong. This past fall I wrote about two new high-quality studies that show that early gluten introduction on the contrary INCREASES the risk for early gluten intolerance.

The other day, yet another study came out that blew another hole in the official dietary guidelines. However, this is just a statistical observational study. Children in various countries don’t develop less gluten intolerance if they are introduced to gluten earlier.

On the contrary, Swedish children, who on average are given gluten earlier than children in other countries, are significantly MORE gluten intolerant compared to American children, who are given gluten later than all other. This new statistics further supports last fall’s high-quality studies.

Do you want to avoid that your child becomes gluten intolerant, or at least postpone potential future intolerance? The best science we have then points in this direction: The later you have gluten and the less you have, the better it is.

Time for an Update?

So when will the agencies that issue dietary guidelines update themselves and stop giving advice on early gluten-introduction? Who knows. Judging from their record on the issue of natural saturated fat they can be at least a decade behind the science.

Perhaps todays infants will see updated official advice when they have their own children? Continue Reading →

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World’s Biggest LCHF Health Summit Coming!

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This is going to be exciting. Late next month (20-22 February), the world’s biggest summit on LCHF diets and health will take place.

The meeting is in Cape Town, South Africa where such food has become extremely popular in recent years. This after the legendary professor of exercise and sports medicine Tim Noakes attracted much attention in the country with his complete about-face in recommending such food – not only for weight loss and diabetes but also for many endurance athletes.

The gathering of the world’s foremost experts on low-carbohydrate diets is perhaps the biggest ever (with competition only in recent years with ASBP/NMS meetings in the US). I’m in it too:

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Do you want to combine a holiday from winter in summer-warm and wonderful Cape Town with learning more about health and weight? Then this conference is for you.

The first two days are primarily directed towards professional health workers – such as physicians, researchers, nurses – while the last day is clearly directed at the public. This means that there will be more medical jargon during the first two days. If you’re fine with that you’re of course welcome during those days too.

Read more about the summit and the program

Those who don’t want to go all the way to Cape Town will of course see plenty of reports from the summit here at Diet Doctor.

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Reduced Soda Consumption Forces Coca-Cola to Cut Thousands of Jobs

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Good news! For every year that passes, fewer and fewer people are drinking soda and now it’s starting to hurt the soda giants.

The biggest one, Coca-Cola, has until now managed by just for example cutting back on their advertising. But now they have to let thousands go.

NYT: Coca-Cola to Cut Up to 1,800 Jobs

It’s always sad when people lose their jobs. But hopefully they can find something better than pushing sugar water – that fewer and fewer want – in the midst of an obesity epidemic.

Soda drinking is not only bad for weight, teeth and health. It has also become deeply unfashionable.

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Bread and Pasta Sales Plummet in More and More Places

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Low-carbohydrate diets are getting more popular in England as well – newspapers report that sales of bread and pasta are plummeting! This is blamed on the idea that this kind of food is fattening (which it is).

Several versions of low-carbohydrate diets are popular in England, including the ketogenic LCHF diet and definitely the paleo diet, free from all sugar and grains.

Mail Online: Fad for low carbohydrate diets sees supermarket bread sales plunge faster than any other product

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“Why Is It So Difficult to Eat Real Food In the 21st Century?”

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Yes, it’s hard to eat real food in the 21st century:

The Verge: Why is it so difficult to eat real food in the 21st century?

However there is an upside if you actually manage to do it. If you don’t just passively eat whatever processed junk is most profitable for some giant company.

Your health, weight (and probably life) will be vastly improved. Yes, it’s hard. Yes, it’s worth it.

Earlier on real food

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