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Experts: Popular Belief That Saturated Fats Clog Up Arteries “Plain Wrong”

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The poplar belief that saturated fats clog up arteries is just plain wrong. That’s the message from three cardiologists in a just published editorial, summarizing the fairly convincing evidence:

BJSM: Saturated fat does not clog the arteries: coronary heart disease is a chronic inflammatory condition, the risk of which can be effectively reduced from healthy lifestyle interventions

Instead of worrying about saturated fats or cholesterol, the cardiologists advise people to eat “real food” (like a higher-fat Mediterranean diet), stop smoking and consider stress reduction and regular physical activity. See the image above.

Here’s the main message in the editorial by Dr. Aseem Malhotra and colleagues:

It is time to shift the public health message in the prevention and treatment of coronary artery disease away from measuring serum lipids and reducing dietary saturated fat.

Coronary artery disease is a chronic inflammatory disease and it can be reduced effectively by walking 22 minutes a day and eating real food.

The media is all over the message this morning. It gets criticism from some experts, and support from many others:

If you ask me the experts are likely to be right. It’s certainly time to stop obsessing about saturated fats and LDL cholesterol, as the link to heart disease in likely to be nonexistent and weak, respectively. If eating low-fat foods make you hungry and cause you to increase intake of sugar and refined carbs (as often happens) it may even be harmful.

Many experts are still stuck in an old failed paradigm, still fearing natural fats. It’s time to let it go. Fat is your friend.

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Professor Lustig: “Insulin Drives All of the Behaviors Seen in Obesity”

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The only way to fight the diabesity epidemic effectively is to switch to a low-sugar diet with real food, argues Professor Robert Lustig. That way your insulin (the fat-storing hormone) dramatically drops and you can lose weight effortlessly.

In contrast to popular false beliefs, weight loss and health should not be a constant battle uphill through calorie restriction, which simply doesn’t work:

Following current dietary advice is counterintuitive to achieving a healthy weight.

The reason is the myth of energy balance. If you believe this, then you believe that obesity is a physics problem; too much energy in, too little energy out. Energy balance assumes that all calories are equal, no matter where they come from. Rather, obesity is about energy deposition into fat tissue. Obesity is a biochemistry problem, and where those nutrients came from determine where they go in the body. It’s called nutritional biochemistry and it shows that all calories are not created equal.

The Sydney Morning Herald: Dietary Factions Are Hurting the Fight Against Obesity

If you prefer to watch Professor Lustig discuss the issue in a new interview, check out the link below at 5:21:

ABC News: The Damage Sugar Does to Us

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Clean Out Your Fat-Free ‘Healthy’ Substitutes for Spring

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It’s time for spring cleaning. And according to Nina Teicholz, writing for the Washington Post, it’s time to put egg-white-only omelets, agave syrup and soy milk where they belong (in the trash). Fill up on real low-carb foods instead and you’ll do your health a favor:

Government nutrition guidelines and magazine advice columns have long promoted healthy substitutes for everyday foods. Whole industries have been built around alternate foods that are supposed to make us feel better and live longer. But in many cases, the healthiest choice is to forgo the “healthy” substitutes.

The Washington Post: Spring Cleaning: Healthy Substitutes

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The Twitter Hearing of Professor Noakes Is Almost Over

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The years-long Twitter hearing of South African professor Tim Noakes has made big headlines. It could potentially have a big impact on future nutritional advice, far beyond South Africa.

The closing arguments have just been presented and the final verdict is expected on April 21 (finally). Here are new summaries of the hearing and what’s at stake from The Noakes Foundation:

Prof Noakes believes that the hearing is “an important event in the history of nutrition in South Africa” and that the public “has the right to hear the truth about what constitutes optimum nutrition”…/…”The goal is not to ‘prove’ that I am correct but to advance knowledge by discovering truths that will improve the nutritional health of all South Africans”

The HPCSA Enquiry into Prof Noakes – The Timeline of Events

Why Prof Noakes Decided to Fight

HPCSA Enquiry into Prof Noakes – Unprecedented

A lot of people are saying there’s really no way that Prof Noakes could be found guilty… but really, who knows? We’ll have to wait until April 21.

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Healthy Food for Your Family


4.7 out of 5 stars5 stars83%4 stars3%3 stars10%2 stars3%1 star0%30 ratings1,794 viewsIf you’re a parent and you want to help your family to eat more healthy foods and fewer refined carbs… what should you do? It’s not always easy. Jenni Calihan has plenty of experience trying, and she blogs about it at EatTheButter.org.

Watch a segment above (transcript). The full, longer video is on our member site:

Healthy Food for Your Family – Jenni Calihan

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The Legal and Political Challenges with Low Carb


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How can we change public health policies around the world? What natural industry allies does the LCHF movement have? And what mistakes can we not afford to make?

Antonio Martinez, JD, answers all these questions in this talk from the Low Carb USA conference, and presents a very different angle on the challenges which we face.

Martinez has reversed his own type 2 diabetes using a low-carb high-fat approach.

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The Legal and Political Challenges with Low Carb – Antonio Martinez, JD

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Carb vs. Fat Metabolism – The Dr. Ted Naiman Hydraulic Model

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What happens in your body when you eat fat or carbs? Here are more awesome and simple illustrations from Dr. Ted Naiman, an “über-geeky mechanical hydraulic model of metabolism”.

Above you can see what happens when you eat a low-carb, high-fat diet. Your body gets its energy from the vast fat stores (in blue, to the right).

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Is Low Carb an Extreme Diet?

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Is low carb an extreme diet? It’s a common belief, so how do some of the top low-carb doctors in the world answer this question? Check it out in this new 6-minute video, that so far has a 4.9 out of 5 rating.

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Do you have any other questions that you’d like answered in a similar video? Feel free to let us know in the comments below.

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Should You Eat Everything in Moderation?

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What’s the point of low carb, shouldn’t we all just try to eat everything in moderation?

In this video, six of the top low-carb doctors in the world give their quick and spontaneous answers to that annoying question.

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Answers to Common Questions: Everything in Moderation?

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Is Low Carb Expensive?

Many people believe it’s expensive to eat low carb or keto. But is it really?

According to this story, it’s even possible to save thousands of dollars per month by eating real low-carb food:

Carrie Brown: Show Me the Money!

When you start considering how much you can save in health care costs by staying healthy with real food, the relatively small costs of grass-fed meat or organic produce don’t seem to matter that much.

Have you saved money by eating low carb?

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