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Soda Sales at Deepest Valley Since 1985


US soda sales are at the lowest since 1985. And they’re not likely to pick up soon, as reports about the potentially brain-damaging properties of sugary drinks are spreading.

Great news for people’s enlightenment and health, but not-so-great news for Big Soda:

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Professor Schofield: End Chocolate-Selling As a Fundraiser

Professor Grant Schofield, health adviser to the New Zealand government and proponent of a low-carb, high-fat diet, wants to see an end to the selling of chocolate as a fundraiser in schools:

Fundraising through confectionery just isn’t a good look. Families like mine end up with 60-plus chocolate bars in the house.

We don’t want to have to ask others to buy them and don’t want to return them so we end up with that many bars. They will get eaten and we don’t need that much sugar in our house. Surely we can do something more imaginative.

Sounds like an excellent idea.

The New Zealand Herald: New Government Health Adviser Hopes to End the Sale of Chocolate As a Fundraiser in Schools

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


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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Sugar: Friend or Foe?

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Is sugar really the enemy? Doesn’t it have a place in our diets? How addictive is it? And what exactly does it do in our bodies?

In this presentation from the Low Carb USA conference, nutritionist Emily Maguire answers all these questions.

You can watch a segment from the presentation above (transcript). The full presentation is available on our member site:

Sugar: Friend or Foe? – Emily Maguire

Join free for a month to get instant access to this and hundreds of other low-carb TV videos. Plus Q&A with experts and our awesome low-carb meal planner service.

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Is There Any Real Evidence That Diet Drinks Are Bad for You – or Is It All Just Opinion?

Ask Bitten Jonsson

Is there any real evidence that diet drinks are bad for you – or is it all just opinion? And is it normal to feel bloated when you start out on a low-carb diet?

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Can Eating Too Much Fruit Cause Diabetes?

Pregnant woman holding fruit plate

A bad idea?

Can eating too much fruit cause diabetes?

According to a new study, eating plenty of fruit during pregnancy was strongly associated with developing gestational diabetes. Women eating lots of fruit had almost an almost 400% percent increase in risk of developing diabetes!

Scientific reports: Excessive fruit consumption during the second trimester is associated with increased likelihood of gestational diabetes mellitus: a prospective study

As usual, this kind of observational study do not prove causation, but the massive effect in this case (a 400 percent increase in risk!) is hard to explain away.

Fruit is full of sugar, so the connection shouldn’t be too surprising. And while fruit is considered very natural, the fruit you find in the supermarket today has been grown to be both bigger and sweeter than it used to be in nature.

So if you have, or are at risk of developing diabetes, it’s likely smart to limit your consumption of sugary fruits. Check out our guide below for the worst and best kinds of fruit on a low-carb diet.

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Gary Taubes: Treating Sugar Like Cigarettes Key for Children’s Health


The British government is doing too little to combat rising issues with childhood obesity and type 2 diabetes, argues Gary Taubes. Relying on voluntary sugar reduction won’t solve the massive problems – but treating sugar like cigarettes could get the job done:

Let’s use cigarettes and lung cancer as our pedagogical example, confident, as we are, that cigarettes cause lung cancer. Cigarette consumption in the UK peaked in the mid-1970s when half of all men smoked and over 40% of women. Together they averaged 17 cigarettes a day. Now let’s imagine that we didn’t get those smokers to quit, but we managed to cut their consumption by 20%. Instead of 17 cigarettes a day, they’re averaging 14.

Would we expect to see a decrease in lung cancer prevalence? Would we expect that the lung cancer epidemic would be curbed at all, let alone within a few years of peak consumption? I would wager that even the PHE authorities would acknowledge that such a change would have little effect.

The Guardian: For Children’s Health, the Government Has to Treat Sugar Like Cigarettes

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Gary Taubes on What He Eats for Breakfast and Why America Is Fat


If you ever wondered what low-carb pioneer and author Gary Taubes eats in a typical day, or pondered about the whys of the obesity epidemic, then you should read this article:

GQ: Gary Taubes, the Man Who Knows Why America Is Fat

Once you’re insulin resistant — metabolically disturbed, as the paleo/LCHF folks like to say — you’re secreting more insulin to handle the carbohydrates you’re consuming, and you’re gaining fat, heading toward becoming diabetic. The question then is what do you have to do to solve that problem. For most people, just removing the sugar is not enough. You need to remove all the easily digestible carbs, which means pretty much all those except the carbs in green vegetables.

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Is Fat Killing You, or Is Sugar?


Is it the fat or the sugar in your diet that is causing harm? Here’s an interesting article and historical account of that question – going through everything from the great fat-scare in the mid-20th century to the impact of pioneering journalist Gary Taubes:

The New Yorker: Is Fat Killing You, or Is Sugar?

However, beware of the not-so-up-to-date conclusion to eat everything in moderation. This conventional and “common sense” piece of advice has failed miserably for decades, illustrated by the exploding disasters of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

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Leaked Emails: Coke-Funded Research Deflects Blame for Obesity Away from Sugar


Can you trust a study which claims that the main culprits in obesity are lack of exercise and sleep, and excessive screen time? Maybe not if it is funded by Coke, in an attempt to deflect the blame away from sugar.

Here’s yet another example, where leaked emails show what’s really going on:

You can see Coca-Cola pulling the strings – the studies tend to be positive for them. When the studies are independent they are not. This is the tip of the iceberg. Commercial corruption of science and medicine is endemic. Science institutions collude with industry for financial gain at the expense of public health.
– Dr. Aseem Malhotra

Mail Online: Coca-Cola Funded Studies Which ‘Diverted Blame for Obesity Away from Sugar’ and Pointed the Finger at Too Much Screen Time and Lack of Exercise and Sleep

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