Australian government research agency releases low-carb diet book


Anyone still believe that low carb is a fad? Check this out.

The CSIRO government research agency in Australia has just released a book about low-carb eating, to help combat the rising problems of obesity and type 2 diabetes:

This is great news for Australians – some proper government-backed diet advice backed by science to improve their health!


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  1. Craig
    Is it me, or does their sample meal plan seem to be rather high in carbs? They recommend cereal, crisp breads, and low-fat milk and yogurt.
  2. Astrid
    No, you were just the first to discover that this so called "low-carb" is a fake. This is the second time I find Dietdoctors interpretation of other websites let´s say a bit too enthusiastic. Guys - the proof is in the recipes so check them before publishing incorrect news.
  3. Eliza
    Cereal and Ryvita for breakfast, low fat ricotta cheese and tuna for dinner? I'd be starving!!
  4. Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, MD Team Diet Doctor
    Apparently their study aims for 50 grams of carbs per day so it should be low carb, even if it's not strictly ketogenic.

    Unfortunately they are still worried about saturated fats (or they are just trying to be politically correct) so the diet is just "high unsaturated fat". That's why the low-fat dairy is there.

    Reply: #20
  5. Chris
    I think this a very good start for the people who think it is just a 'fad diet'. The CSIRO is a very respected and trusted organisation in Australia
  6. Shane
    One look at their sample menu and it made me shudder! Cereal and Ryvita? Low Fat Greek Yoghurt?
    As for CSIRO being a 'trusted' Aussie organisation, so is the NHS here in the UK - but they tell us we need to eat c.300g/day of carbs! This may be low-carb COMPARED to that, but this isn't my idea of low-carb eating plan.
    Vested interests at work again...???? Think there might have been a bandwagon passing by CSIRO's HQ one day with the words 'Low Carb' on the side and they decided to jump on it.
    Not sure I'll be recommending any of my clients buy their book any time soon.....
  7. gail
    They are recommending people eat low fat versions of everthing...gross...and I think this adds sugars
  8. SuW
    I'm confused as to how this article is "great news" as it seems to be at odds with most of what I have learnt from Diet Doctor.

    Also, their statement: "We do not know what the longer term implications of a low-carbohydrate diet are due to a lack of data, but there is some evidence that they may increase the risk of bowel cancers" is worrying. Anyone know what 'evidence' there is to support this claim?

  9. Steven
    Notice the reaction from another respected Australian institution, the Dietitians Association of Australia — DAA, whose members are called Accredited Practising Dietitians — APDs:

    LCHF is not the best option:

    "A lower carbohydrate diet is one way of losing weight, but not necessarily the best option"

    It's just calories-in v calories-out:

    "To lose weight, people need to consume less kilojoules than their typical daily requirement"

    Add some fear:

    "We do not know what the longer term implications of a low-carbohydrate diet are due to a lack of data, but there is some evidence that they may increase the risk of bowel cancers. "

    The dieters from the study were only successful because of the university-trained dieticians (not the diet):

    "Over the course of the year-long study, both groups were frequently advised by university-trained dieticians"

    The DAA are worried that overweight folks will no longer need their services for "individualised diets".

    "So, there is no one-size-fits-all approach for everyone, as we’re all different."

    How different are we? That said, some folks seem to do well on vegan diets and others may do better with dietary coaching. However, I'm not sure that a 3 year DAA approved degree would be warranted to help the average overweight person. It's not like the APDs have no other areas to apply their skills: e.g. working in hospitals to give dietary advice for coma patients, cancer patients and the like (I'm worried that they'll put the cancer patients on a high-glucose drip though), and folks with thyroid dysfunction etc.

    I get the strong impression that a "one-size-fits-all" diet for overweight people would dramatically injure the business interests of many dieticians in Australia.

  10. Marcin
    I wonder if those Dieticians in Tassie have "egg" all over their face in light of the C.S.I.R.O findings. MMMM should not Dr Fetke sue them now?
  11. Tom Bentley
    If we put all criticism aside and look at the progress that is made with the release of this diet it bodes well for the Future. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation is the Australian federal government agency for scientific research in Australia. Its chief role is to improve the economic and social performance of industry, for the benefit of the community.

    CSIRO previously released The Wellbeing Diet which was a High Protein Low GI diet. This was very well received due to the credibility the organisation has developed over many years. The Low Carb Diet can be seen as the next step in their dietary evolution and should be applauded in the context they are moving the general populace toward the LCHF/Keto/Paleo field.

    CSIRO are involved in many areas of research and one, in collaboration with the University of Tasmania after 10 years of painstaking research, hundreds of tests in the lab and numerous feed trials on countless sheep, scientists from the University of Tasmania and the CSIRO have come up with a way of boosting heart-protecting omega-3 fatty acid levels in lamb.
    Surely this is another step to the 'Promised Land'

    Reply: #12
  12. Steven
    Hi Tom, I watched the story on feeding oil pellets to sheep prior to slaughter to give lamb more omega-3. The oil was canola, safflower and rice-brain which apparently isn't the best kinds of oils to cook with... The whole process reeks a bit of "fake food". Love lamb though!
  13. Dennis
    CSIRO is only trusted by people who don't know shit from clay. In the sample meal plan apart from all the low fat garbage they include canola oil. All canola oil is good for is a diesel fuel replacement.
    CSIRO diet will kill more than it will save!!
  14. Sandra
    not so healthy 'healthy' diet filled with wheat etc, wonder who paid them for this one?

    Heart 1st BarleyMAX

    INGREDIENTS: Wholegrain Barley Flakes (BARLEYmax) 47%, Rolled Oats 25%, Cranberries 8% (Cranberries, Cane Sugar, Sunflower Oil), Golden Syrup, Almonds 5%, Buckwheat, Rice Syrup, Seeds 3% (Sunflower Seeds, Linseed), Cinnamon 0.5%, Antioxidant (Vitamin E[Soy]).
    Contains: Gluten – containing Cereals, Soy and Tree Nuts
    May be present: Traces of Milk, Peanuts and Sesame Seeds.

  15. Gentiann
    If you skip the breakfast, then it's a Low Carb / Low Fat / Low Calories diet....I bet that anybody would be starving on this diet. The only positive point is the recommendation to stay under 50 g of carbs and I think that was what DietDoctor was celebrating......... small victory, indeed, but a big step anyway!
  16. gbl
    By adding grain/fibre carb back into my diet, I am only now beginning to overcome a months drop into IBS, or the whole time I was on Low/medium carb but no grain. I have carefully added grain, and I have lowered fat/meat. I am now eating grain, some dairy, beans and below ground vegs (primarily). I can't afford $8 boxes of dried out greens, even if I did want to eat them. I can't eat cruciferous more than very rarely, and being willing to suffer for delicious broccoli cheese soup or the like.

    This Aussie book was based on science. So far here, we have a lot of people who have lost weight (good) and altered Diabetes 2 (also good), but we don't have an actual study or a long term outcome. I'm betting in spite of desire to continue, and heroic attempts to do so, the vast majority of low carbers have regressed, and yo-yo'd, just like people do on low-calorie diets. I'm also betting all low-carbers/paleos have lousy gastro-intestinal health. None of this is to say LOWERING carbs and being careful about fat intake (type, amount) is not good. Being a zealot is not.

    Reply: #17
  17. Gentiann
    It's great that you found what is working the best for you. But it does not mean that the rest of us are wrong.....I'm surprised to see such negative feelings in your comments..... it's almost sound like you're triying to discourage other from following the LCHF diet.
  18. gbl
    This is not about what's working best for one person. This is about the science of various dietary measures to control disease. For low carb we don't know what's working, because we don't have any studies on what happens to people after the first flush of "success".

    We know ONLY what's worked for several months, with subjective reporting, and possibly some photo-shopping, for a small number of people, for two end points: Weight loss and Diabetes. What's going on with those people one year, two years after. Some HONEST reporting would be better.

    "It's great that you found what is working the best for you."

    It's pathetic you and some others try to make a contest out of this.

  19. gbl
    "Questions, suggestions, or critical inquiry are forbidden."

    One of the tenents of a cult.

  20. bill
    Dr. E:

    Be conservative and put their "sample meal plan low
    carb diet" into your macro analyzer. Here's the link:

    Go to the bottom of that page and choose "Sample meal plan"

    No matter how you look at that day's meal, there
    is no way it's under even 50 grams carbs. It is nothing
    but fraudulent, notwithstanding they also advocate
    canola oil and grains and no saturated fat.

    And again, don't give us the line, "don't let the perfect
    be the enemy of the good." How is this "good"?

  21. Margaret
    The CSIRO research and findings are influencing current dietary advice given in Australia. The diet is not keto but low carb (50g), moderate to high protein and “healthy” fats. Last year, when my son was being treated for a serious illness at a leading teaching Hospital, the hospital dietitian recommended a diet which was low carb, healthy fat and high protein (for my son) and moderate protein for the rest of the family. This has resulted in the whole family’s diet changing for the better over the past year. Change to the traditional food pyramid has most definitely begun in Australia. I have nothing but praise for CSIRO recommendations and their continuing research.

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