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Study Shows That Low-Fat Products Contain More Sugar Than Regular

The usual low-fat hoax

The usual low-fat hoax

It’s official. A systematic comparison shows that low-fat products contain more sugar than regular products. When manufacturers take away the fat the flavor disappears too, so they use more sugar to make it taste ok.

Bottom line? Don’t buy low-fat products. Eat real food.

Nutrition & Diabetes: A systematic comparison of sugar content in low-fat vs regular versions of food

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Ooops, We Made People Fat

Correlations do not by themselves prove causation. That being said, this chart does not just look awful. There are also strong scientific reasons to believe that the dietary guidelines actually may have been part of the cause of the obesity epidemic.

For example, low-fat diets like these have been shown to be the worst option for weight loss.


Why a Low-Fat Diet is Bad for You

4.6 out of 5 stars5 star78%4 star10%3 star5%2 star5%1 star0%38 ratings2,927 viewsHere’s why a low-fat diet is likely bad for you – and why you can’t outrun a bad diet.

This is a short segment from a longer interview with the fantastic Dr. Aseem Malhotra. Watch the full 22-minute interview on the member site (free trial available).

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New US Dietary Guidelines “A Recipe For Disaster” and “An Evidence-Free Zone”

Are the new US Dietary Guidelines “an evidence-free zone”?

Why are the new US Dietary Guidelines still issuing warnings about saturated fat in 2016? And why are they still mumbling about cholesterol, even after removing the limit and even after their own preliminary report clearly said cholesterol is “no longer a nutrient of concern”?

Even more disturbingly, the guidelines pretend to have scientific support when in fact there is little to no evidence supporting them. A prominent cardiologist writing in the prestigious Annals of Internal Medicine yesterday even calls the guidelines “an evidence-free zone”!

Pretty remarkable, and it shows how non-existent the consensus behind the guidelines is.

Just forget about the saturated fat phobia. It’s a relic of a past age, and there is no real evidence to support it.

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Why We Fear Fat

This is how it all began. How we started to fear natural fat with no real scientific evidence.

Many decades later the fear of fat is on life support and most people realize it’s been a mistake. American guidelines have now stopped advising people to eat less total fat and (just this week) dietary cholesterol. And more and more people realize the remaining restriction on saturated fat is just an old relic that needs to go too.

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The Scientific Basis of Low-Fat Dietary Advice? “Best Guesses”

Have we been totally wrong about what to eat? Did the low-fat diet start the obesity epidemic? Here’s an interesting 10 minute mini-documentary from The New York Times, featuring two wise men, Gary Taubes and Dr. Dariush Mozaffarian.

NYT: A Healthy Diet’s Main Ingredients? Best Guesses

While the low-fat high-sugar diet of the 80s was a huge mistake, we should not take for granted that we know everything yet. As Dr. Mozaffarian says, conventional low-fat advice may have been based mostly on “best guesses”. But we still might only know about 50% of what we need to know – and we don’t know which 50% of is wrong.

More studies are needed, etc. But I’ll still venture a few guesses about common beliefs in 2016 that we’ll laugh about in the future:

  • Fear of natural fat like butter
  • Fixating on calories and neglecting hormonal regulation
  • Advice to eat often to lose weight (LOL)
  • All diets being equally good for losing weight
  • Magical belief in antioxidants and polyphenols etc., based on observational non-evidence
  • Cow farts being a danger to the environment (if no fossil fuels involved)

What is your best guesses about what is wrong in what people believe today?

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“The Low-Fat Diet Has Been One of the Biggest Disasters in Modern Medicine”


Do you want to eat better and lose weight in 2016? Here’s a new article with great quotes by smart doctors. like Dr. Aseem Malhotra:

The low-fat diet has been one of the biggest disasters in modern medicine, and in my view has fuelled the obesity epidemic. It’s time we stopped counting calories and ate real food.

One person who certainly agrees is the obesity researcher and practicing physician Dr. David Ludwig, author of the soon-to-be-published book Always Hungry. He says that…

…low-fat diets popularised since the 1970s had ‘not only fuelled the obesity epidemic but also contributed to cardiovascular disease’.

The theory that high-calorie fat should be eliminated because all calories were created equal was ‘profoundly misguided’, he said, adding: ‘With low-fat diets, you are destined to fail.’

Here’s the full article:

DailyMail: Hurrah! It’s the steak and chocolate diet – which is easier to keep to because it has enough fat

Ignore the silly chocolate-eating pictures. Obviously eating tons of chocolate is not the way to lose weight. There’s always some sugar in chocolate. But small amounts of dark chocolate (70%+) is a smart choice for an occasional indulgence.

Try it

Do you want to try a low-carb and higher-fat diet? Learn more here, or get started right away on our two-week low-carb challenge.

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“Low-Fat Lie One Big Diet Cover-Up”

It’s hard not to agree:

In the totality of human history, the low fat diet will be seen as perhaps the worst fad diet.

WAtoday: Low-fat lie one big diet cover-up: Dr Joe Kosterich


The Death of the Low-Fat Diet (Again)

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The low-fat diet just died. Again. Science has already pretty much confirmed it’s useless for improving heart health. Now it’s confirmed that it’s bad advice for losing weight as well.

A just-published article in the prestigious journal The Lancet summarizes all major scientific trials on losing weight on low fat. The conclusion? There’s no evidence that low-fat helps to lose weight, compared to any other diet advice.

In fact, giving any other diet advice tends to be better, with people given the opposite advice (low carb, higher fat) in studies losing significantly MORE weight.

The only situation where the low fat looks decent is when comparing it to no diet at all. I.e. a low-fat diet might be less bad than eating donuts and pizza. Not really a surprise. But when choosing a diet for weight loss, low fat looks like the worst option.


The study:


The low-fat diet is dead. All the last decades of fat phobic advice managed to do was make people hungry, eat more bad carbs, and make the obesity epidemic worse. Time to move on.

A better way

Are you ready for better weight-loss advice? You can find it right here: How to Lose Weight

Do you want to try a low-carb diet? Here’s your guides: LCHF for Beginners / Low-Carb Foods Guide

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Demonization and Deception in Cholesterol Research – Great New Presentation by Professor David Diamond

Have you heard that saturated fat has been wrongly accused, starting with the shenanigans of Ancel Keys? Or that a total cholesterol number is not very helpful for determining risk of heart disease? Or that the benefits of statins have been vastly exaggerated?

Probably all these facts are familiar to you already. But I’d still recommend to watch this new presentation by Professor David Diamond. I’ve heard this story many times but still found the presentation well-worth watching. Not only does Professor Diamond bring up new details to the story, he also does it in great style and with lots of (sometimes dark) humor.

Statin humor

A quick example, which of these drug ads would make you most likely to have a pill a day for the rest of your life?


Obviously the left ad is the original one, for the biggest blockbuster drug of all time. Amazingly the right ad may be a more honest and transparent way to present the exact same study finding.

The 1 percent number is the real chance that the drug will benefit you, over many years of taking it (without even mentioning the risk of side effects).

Could you even imagine a drug company printing the more honest right ad? It would look like a joke.