Low-carb and high-fat diets have become extremely popular in Sweden. As many as one Swede in five is said to be on some kind of LCHF diet. Swedes just don’t fear fat like they used to.
But as you can imagine there are still a few old-fashioned fat-fearing “experts” around.
The other day was one of those days. It was once again time for headlines with imaginative warnings about LCHF. I use the word “imaginative” as the alert is, as usual, not based on any study on a LCHF diet. Instead this is about speculation about selected statistics. And of course a physician, who without knowing, ”fears” that LCHF is what is behind an increase in breast cancer rates.
Here’s the translated headline from the Swedish tabloid The Evening Post: Doctor Fears: Fatty Foods Will Give You LCHF-Cancer
Google translated Swedish articles:
- Metro: Doctors warn of LCHF-cancer (article including comments by me)
- Expressen: A GI and LCHF diet may increase the risk of breast cancer (also with comments)
- NT: A GI and LCHF diet may increase the risk of cancer (wherein a wise expert summarizes what has caused the increase in breast cancer rates: “no one really knows, they just believe”.)
A Disproven Theory
Do you get breast cancer from fatty foods? Hardly, this is an outdated belief. Modern, well designed studies have shown that a low-fat diet neither prevents breast cancer nor does it make people with breast cancer any healthier. It’s an old and disproven theory.
There are much better explanations for the statistics. Continue Reading →