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Vegan Vs. LCHF Cardiology Battle


Is a low-fat vegan or an LCHF diet better for lowering the risks of diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular disease? If you want to hear the arguments for both sides, you can watch this video with Dr. Aseem Malhotra and the vegan-inclined Dr. Joel Kahn.

Skip to 1:48 unless you want to learn more about penile arteries:

Mind Body Green: Two Cardiologists Debate Fat, Sugar, And Coconut Oil

The common ground between the two debaters and cardiologists is that sugar is bad for you and lifestyle (movement, stress reduction, not smoking) is important in decreasing risk factors. When it comes to fat they predictably disagreed.

According to Dr. Naiman – from whom I’ve stolen the header to this post – there was a clear winner to the debate. What do you think?

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How to Change the Way A Country Eats

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How can we turn the epidemics of obesity, cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes around in a country? Dr. Salih Solomon is a researcher at The Noakes Foundation in South Africa, and talks about this in his presentation from the Low Carb USA presentation.

South Africa is known as a country where LCHF diets (often called “Banting” there) have become very popular in recent years. But it is also a country facing huge problems with obesity and diabetes, not least in the less wealthy segments of the population.

So what interventions exactly are necessary to turn this problem around? That’s what this talk is about.

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How to Change the Way A Country Eats – Dr. Salih Solomon

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How to Change the Way A Country Eats

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How do you change the way a country eats? On a total budget of only $6,000? That’s the question Jayne Bullen answered at the recent Low Carb USA conference.

Bullen is a manager at the Noakes Foundation, working closely with Professor Tim Noakes. She talks about how the foundation is making a huge impact in South Africa, a country facing an immense diabesity epidemic. All this without massive budgets or funding through commercial channels.

It’s a great talk – one of the most inspiring of the conference – about people doing incredible work that is desperately needed.

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How to Change the Way A Country Eats – Jayne Bullen

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Here’s What Happened as Obesity Doubled

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Between 1971 and 2000, obesity doubled. Look at what happened to macronutrients at the same time (above).

People ate way more carbs and much less saturated fat. Maybe that was not such a great idea?

Data from this study – as pointed out by Dr. Ted Naiman.

Of course this is only statistical correlations, but if you want even more check this out: Continue Reading →


UK: Disappointing Strategy to Tackle Childhood Obesity

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A lot of people in the UK – like Jamie Oliver – are disappointed in the newly released action plan for tackling childhood obesity.

What was laid out as an important turning point in health, turns out to instead consist mostly of weak messages about personal responsibility and utopian dreams about the fast-food industry taking responsibility.

So what’s missing? Strategies that would have real effects, such as bans on junk food ads to children. The only thing of real value is the soda tax, planned for 2018. But in isolation it’s unlikely to have more than a minor impact.

  • Childhood Obesity: a Plan for Action
  • The Independent: Jamie Oliver ‘Shocked’ by Government’s Childhood Obesity Strategy
  • The Guardian: Childhood Obesity: UK’s ‘Inexcusable’ Strategy is Wasted Opportunity, Say Experts
  • The Guardian: The Government’s Response to Obesity and Diabetes is Insulting

    It’s naive and uninformed to think that the food industry will take responsibility and self-regulate. There are numerous examples showing that that simply doesn’t work. The only explanation to keep this failed strategy is influence from industry lobbyists.

    Companies that care for things other than profitability rapidly lose market share. In other words, the industry is simply unable to regulate itself. The only chance is a leveled playing field, where all junk food companies have to comply with the same regulations.

    If we instead let the junk food firms do what they want, our children will be the ones who pay the price.

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    How Obesity Can Protect From Disease


    Obesity is not widely considered a protective mechanism. Quite the opposite. It’s usually considered one of the causal factors of the metabolic syndrome and insulin resistance.

    I think obesity is a marker of disease, but ultimately it serves to protect the body from the effects of hyperinsulinemia. Let me explain.

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    Indian State Imposes “Fat Tax” – Here’s the Problem

    The Indian state Kerala imposes what the media calls a “fat tax” on junk food served at fast food restaurants to combat obesity. And while it certainly is good that this tax is hitting junk food, the name “fat tax” is a quite misleading.

    BBC News: Why Has an Indian State Imposed a ‘Fat Tax’?

    Kerala is the first state in India to introduce a “fat tax” on burgers, pizzas, doughnuts and tacos served in branded restaurants.

    All these products are equally full of bad carbs, and on top of that people usually drink sugar water with them. So the tax could conceivably just as well be called a “carb tax”.

    The word choice shows how outdated paradigms about fat being the cause of obesity still pervade. Is there a better name for the tax? Maybe a “junk food tax”?

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    Prevent Obesity by Starting Before Birth


    To prevent childhood obesity, it may help to start before birth:

    The New York Times: To Stem Obesity, Start Before Birth

    Things that may help include both the mother and father staying at a good weight, breastfeeding the infant and avoiding antibiotic use for children unless absolutely necessary.

    Perhaps most importantly, try to get rid of bad foods from the house, and model good eating habits. Because…

    “If you do it, they’ll do it,” David S. Ludwig, an obesity specialist at Children’s Hospital Boston, said. “Young children are like ducklings, they want to do what their mothers [and fathers?] do.”

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    What Do Overweight and Obese People Eat?


    Here’s what a group of mostly overweight or obese people are eating (via Dr. Ted Naiman).

    Does it suggest anything to you?

    By the way, here’s the average daily intake in the US: Continue Reading →


    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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