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The Problems with the American Dietary Guidelines

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Is there enough scientific evidence supporting the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans? Not according to this article:

ResearchGate: Problems with the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans

For example there’s no sound evidence for allowing about half of all grains to be refined (!) or for the truly old and moldy recommendation to eat low-fat dairy and to avoid natural saturated fats.

There’s even a great risk that these guidelines lead to higher risk of diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, obesity, diabetes etc.

This means that you’re likely better off going against the recommendations by consuming natural foods such as meat, fish, eggs, natural fats and vegetables, rather than foods low in saturated fats and sodium, but full of grains and industrial oils.

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New Study: There’s No Connection Between Butter and Heart Disease

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Is butter back? Surprise, surprise, a new study goes through all earlier science tracking people who eat butter, and the risk of disease.

The study reveals that there is no link between butter and heart disease, and that if anything, eating butter may even reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

I’m certainly not surprised. This is completely in line with other modern studies. The question is when the nutritional guidelines will catch up to reality, and stop scaremongering about harmless old butter.

When do you think?

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Chinese Balanced Diet Guideline: 250-400 g Carbs

With a balanced diet guide from the Chinese Nutrition Society coming in at 250 – 400 gram carbs per day (source) it’s perhaps not surprising that China is now suffering a diabetes explosion.

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“The Government’s Carb-Heavy Healthy Eating Guide Could Be CAUSING Obesity”

eatwellplate2In March the latest version of the official UK Eatwell Guide was publicized, recommending people to base their meals on bread, rice, pasta and potatoes. Dietary expert Dr. Zoe Harcombe has this to say:

I would call this the “EatBadly” plate rather than the “EatWell” plate.

The Government’s most recent recommendations could lead to both weight gain and type 2 diabetes according to Dr. Harcombe. And she points out that there is no credible evidence supporting the Eatwell Guide.

On a side note almost half of the reference group that assisted in designing the graphic for the Eatwell plate were representatives of the food industry.

MailOnline: The Government’s carb-heavy healthy eating guide could be CAUSING obesity and type 2 diabetes, nutritionist claims

Prima: Healthy eating guidelines come under fire again

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Why the First Law of Thermodynamics Is Utterly Irrelevant

There are many adherents to the Calories In/ Calories Out (CICO) theory that constantly bleat about “It all comes down to the First Law of Thermodynamics”. The First Law of Thermodynamics refers to a law of physics where energy cannot be created or destroyed in a closed system and is ALWAYS true.

However, in the complex world of human physiology, it is true but completely irrelevant. What the CICO people think it means is that if you reduce calories in, you will lose weight. Of course, it means nothing of the sort.

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Dr. Michael Mosley: ‘I’m Proof Low-Fat Diets Don’t Work’

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Eat more fat, said a UK health charity earlier this week. This got them huge headlines and attacks from conventional experts clinging to old ideas.

But they get strong support from Dr. Michael Mosley. He says he’s proof that low-fat diets don’t work.

The Telegraph: 5:2 Author Michael Mosley: ‘I’m Proof Low-Fat Diets Don’t Work’

Dr. Mosley recommends a lower-carb, higher-fat diet as well as intermittent fasting. Two good ideas for sure.

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Sky News: “Eat More Fat – and Stop Counting Calories”

Here’s a fun report from yesterday. Sam Feltham from the Public Health Collaboration faces off against a government obesity advisor and professor on the topic of low-carb diets.

Unfortunately the professor seems completely clueless, emphasizing that low-carb studies only test Mediterranean diets and never with unlimited amounts of saturated fats. Of course she’s completely wrong. There are many such studies, here’s one of the more well-known examples.

It’s not too strange that the UK official guidelines are so bad, when the government’s own obesity adviser talk with absolute certainty about a fundamental topic, while being absolutely wrong.

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Massive Headlines in the UK: Eat More Fat

Most of what we’ve been told about healthy eating is wrong – and we should be eating more fat. This according to a new report from a UK health charity. Clearly they are right.

The report resulted in lots of massive headlines in the UK today:

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Learn more about the Public Health Collaboration and their report here:

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PHC UK: Eat Fat, Cut The Carbs and Avoid Snacking To Reverse Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes

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Taubes Op-Ed in LA Times: Why Do We Get Fat?

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Why do we get fat? And why is conventional dieting such a dismal failure?

Gary Taubes bets he has the answer in this op-ed. Do you want to bet against him?

LA Times Op-Ed: Why do we get fat?

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Will the Real Dietary Guidelines Please Stand Up?

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The official low-fat dietary guidelines of the last 30 years has turned into quite a train wreck. Do you have any doubt that they are now in the process of completely unravelling? If so, check out this amusing post:

Eathropoly: Will the real Dietary Guidelines please stand up?

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