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Are you ready for the destruction of a few choice low-carb myths? A week ago I participated in a discussion, invited by a very popular Brazilian health site. Here’s the video – the English part starts at 2:28, after an introduction in Portuguese.
Some of the myths we discuss are:
- Myth: Carbohydrates are an essential part of a healthy diet.
- Myth: Fats are fattening and cause heart problems.
- Myth: Cholesterol in food is bad for your heart.
- Myth: To lose weight you need to count calories.
- Myth: Exercise is effective for weight loss.
Did you ever believe in any of these myths? I did.
Here’s a heart-warming story, and something to chew on for people still believing the myth that we need to eat carbs for our brains to work:
- NY Daily News: Little girl’s cream cheese-heavy diet helps her speak first words
- Mirror: Mute girl can finally talk after eating CREAM CHEESE every week
The girl in the story has a genetic defect (GLUT1) that prevents her body from transporting glucose into her brain for fuel. This results in brain starvation, epilepsy and an intellectual disability.
The solution was to eat a ketogenic LCHF diet (very few carbs, a modest amount of protein and plenty of fat). The body then produces ketones from the fat, which is a great fuel for the brain. Just like in healthy people eating a strict LCHF diet.
A ketogenic LCHF diet is also an effective treatment in other forms of epilepsy, both for kids and for adults. Some stop having seizures completely and need no medication. A lot of people need less medication and suffer fewer side-effects – their brains work better again. Just like the little girl’s in the story.
Gwyneth Paltrow says that her kids are on a low-carb diet – no bread, pasta or rice – as she thinks that is good for them. Predictably a few old-school dietitians immediately panicked.
The kids risk “nutrient deficiencies” warns one dietitian and another says that they “won’t be able to think straight as their brain won’t be functioning”. There is no end to the hysteria or the old myths that are dusted off. It’s even noted that Paltrow’s kids are thin (!) as if that must be bad. Apparently overweight kids are so common today that people are worried when they see a child without weight issues.
Fortunately more and more people are seeing through the nonsense. Nobody needs bread or pasta as long as they eat real food until satisfied (when on low carb this means more fat). And no, the brain does not quit working. It has never happened in reality, only in some book that dietitians are taught to memorize in school.
Here’s a great article about the Paltrow debate:
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