Crazy LCHF-times in Sweden

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If you wonder why this blog hasn’t been updated as often as usual in the last weeks the answer is that it’s just crazy in Sweden now. The interest in LCHF diets has never been bigger.

Just in the last weeks I’ve been called in to debate it on TV four times (pictured above). Between that, working as a doctor, updating my main Swedish blog, lecturing, writing a new book and taking care of my 5 months old daughter, the time has a tendency to run out!

But all that’s fine. I really think there’s a revolution going on. Swedes in general aren’t afraid of eating natural fat anymore.

30 Comments

  1. Things are really happening, and not only in Sweden!
    Just received a mail from a professor in SA about low carb over there! The world is going through change! WE LIKE! :)
  2. Rachel
    In the UK, BBC Radio 4 discussed low carb last week, and BBC TV in Wales had a programme devoted to weight loss which featured Zoe Harcombe, who's low carb/whole foods. It's helped by people like Dawn French, Stephen Fry and James Corden losing weight and saying they did it by cutting out bread, alcohol and potatoes. We're getting somewhere. Slowly!
  3. JAUS
    Crazy is the right word, now they are starting to fight seriously in any way they can instead trying to ridicule us, like before. Their desperation shows that they are starting to loose the battle.
  4. Janknitz
    I'm jealous of the Swedes! In my hometown we get ridiculous "debates" like this instead: http://m.pressdemocrat.com/article/20120219/articles/120219504/1033/d...

    "Moderator John Mackey, founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market, said the approaches are about 98 percent similar, with both urging the elimination of the “poisons” like grease and animal products common in American diets."

    Sigh . . .

    I have a feeling in a battle with Sweden it's the Americans who follow these doctors' advice would be the ones wiped out.

  5. Funny, I wrote about that just about a month ago in my Hebrew blog. :-) ("ABBA, Volvo, and ... LCHF?" http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=iw&tl=en...)

    Monique, do you have a name or a link? (To use as a follow up or something ...)

  6. chuck
    would love to read any articles on the debates in sweded.
  7. Margaretrc
    No worries, Doc. We always appreciate all your efforts and certainly understand that this blog is not your only --or even your most important--pursuit. So glad things are going well in Sweden and elsewhere in the world. Only wish it were going better here!
  8. Margaretrc
    At least there is progress: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/news/features/coverage-in-the-media/time-...|utmccn%3D%28referral%29|utmcmd%3Dreferral|utmcct%3D%2Fnutritionsource%2Fwhat-should-you-eat%2Fvitamin-d%2F&__utmv=-&__utmk=205522579 A long way from LCHF, but at least they're not recommending low fat, any more!
  9. Alexandra M
    Actually, the Harvard press release is not all it could be. It quotes the conclusion of a large meta-analysis of diet studies:

    “There is insufficient evidence from prospective epidemiologic studies to conclude that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD, stroke, or CVD.”

    Great! They're finally coming out and admitting they were wrong! They then go on to say:

    "Eating refined carbs in place of saturated fat does lower “bad” LDL cholesterol—but it also lowers the “good” HDL cholesterol and increases triglycerides. The net effect is as bad for the heart as eating too much saturated fat—and perhaps even worse for people who have insulin resistance because they are overweight or inactive."

    But wait! I thought you said there was "insufficient evidence?" Oh, well...

    So they're still saying "saturated fat is BAD," but now they don't want you to replace fats with "healthywholegrains," they want you to replace them with "hearthealthy" polyunsaturated fats like canola, corn and soybean oils!

    Uh, no thanks.

    http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/what-should-you-eat/fats-...

  10. I have just finished conducting a 30 day LCHF diet with 20 women in Shropshire, UK. 17 out of the 20 were compliant, with an average weight loss of 7lbs. Many lost more than 3% fat or 3 inches off their waist or hips. Their feedback at the end proved invaluable reporting that they found it easy to follow, they didn't feel hungry, their eczema and asthma improved and their sleep improved dramatically. As a fitness trainer of 25 years I have, at long last, found a successful weight loss and health improvement system. I'm planning to do a much larger scale 30 day challenge after Easter. Things are changing and it's coming from blogs and social network sites like this, not from the general media whose main advertisers come from the likes of Kellogg's, Coca Cola and Dominos Pizza!
  11. Honora Carroll
    As a parent of a student at Harvard, I can only say that I wish they would send this to their food service people. My daughter is having a horrible time trying to find healthy food in the dining rooms. First, they got rid of 'hot' breakfast to save money, which means for breakfast they only serve carbs and 'low fat' dairy. So she is offered fat free cream cheese on her white bread. Great. She is gluten free and low carb and really struggling. It is sad that the Harvard can do all these studies and not follow any of them. I was disappointed that the Ancestral Health Society is going to be at Harvard next August. It would have been nice to them to hold the summit at a place that 'walks the walk' instead of just 'talking the talk'
  12. Sweden doesn't afraid of anything!

    Sadly, in countries like the USA, where corporations dictate the rules, such a revolution won't be televised.

  13. marydaisydinkle
    Wow! I wish I lived in Sweden! And not just because of the low carb phenomena, although that wouldn't hurt!
  14. marydaisydinkle
    p.s. Please make your new book available in the U.S.! Thanks!
  15. aviator1945
    The National Food Agency of Sweden (SLV, similar to the US FDA less the drug part) is evidently now feeling the heat with regard to LCHF. Today on their website they published "Q & A on LCHF"; it's fairly lengthy, but for the benefit of my non-Swedish speaking friends, here is an excerpt (note that there are several inaccuracies by SLV, but that should be expected, given the pressure they are currently under):

    "What is known is that

    * LCHF often results in constipation, since the diet is low in fiber. Fiber and whole grains reduce the rsk of intestinal cancer, but LCHF contains no whole grains and only little fiber.

    * In general, the LCHF diet raises dangerous blood lipids, particularly if the diet does not result in weight loss. It is known that high blood lipids increase the risk of cardiovascular disease.

    * Saturated fats increase the risk of cardiovascular disease: The LCHF diet contains much saturated fat. If saturated fats are exchanged for polyunsaturated fats the risk of cardiovascular disease is reduced.

    * Persons that eat whole grains, fruit and vegetables, fish and oils are usually more healthy than those eating much meat, butter and cream and few vegetables.

    * A one-sided diet results in greater difficulty in taking in all nutrients: LCHF most often provides insufficient fiber and no full grains, which are onlY available in grains and rice. The diet also contains only few berries and almost no fruit."

    As many of you can see, there are a number of fallacies in the quote above. But the debate nevertheless appears to have become somewhat more moderate; only a month ago the nutritional establishment were saying things like: "carbohydrates are essential for functioning of the brain", "people on LCHF will become less intelligent and suffer from loss of memory" and "people on LCHF lead inadequate social lives, since they don't eat as the mainstream population does".

    Haven't yet seen many reactions from the LCHF movement, but rest assured, we will be heard from.....

    So stay tuned!

  16. Maggan A
    aviator 1945

    as you may have seen doc has answerd in his usual "less is more" kind of style whit not many words - but raizor sharpe.

    we are all waiting for SLV's evidence for there assertions - something tells me we will have to wait very long...

  17. aviator1945
    Maggan A

    Indeed, in his Swedish blog Doc has answered very well!

    Actually, SLV in 2010 published a number of links to various studies (in English) that they consider as supporting their nutritional recommendations, on the lower part of http://www.slv.se/sv/grupp1/Mat-och-naring/Svenska-narings-rekommenda.... IMHO, most of them lack relevance to their Q & A yesterday and/or have been overcome by subsequent research, which SLV obviously has omitted to include on their site. I suggest that we not hold our breath while waiting for their justification for statements made in the Q & A.....

  18. Mike Hurley
    It's too bad all this fun stuff is happening in Sweden and not in the US. I would love to see Dr. Eenfeldt on American TV debating this subject, or at least links to the Swedish video with English subtitles.
  19. Simon Shorrock
    This article appeared in the Daily Mail yesterday and caused quite a stir, mainly from comments left online by Vegan and Vegetarians. I thought they were a peaceful bunch but their aggression towards meat-eaters is astounding!

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2105132/Damn-low-fat-diet-H...

  20. Egil
    Mike Hurley,
    You can start with this lecture in english from Doc:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FSeSTq-N4U4
    .
  21. Alexandra M
    "I thought they were a peaceful bunch but their aggression towards meat-eaters is astounding!"

    You got that right! I can't remember where it was, but some vegan commenting on a low-carb website said she looked forward to the day when meat eaters would have to stand outside in the rain with the smokers!

    Glad to see that in the Daily Mail, though. Maybe some of my UK friends will see it - though that would be more likely had it appeared in the Telegraph...

  22. finn
    Same thing in Finland. "Food authorities" cries that citizens are calling them killers, nazis and poisoners. Authorities blames that LCHF-people are opposing them not scientific but bit religious way.

    http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=fi&tl=en&js=n&... or short link http://bit.ly/Af47vW

    original http://www.taloussanomat.fi/ihmiset/2012/02/24/meita-on-sanottu-tappa...

  23. Maggan A
    finn

    Yes the opponents to LCHF often play the "religion" card. What they miss (ore refuse to agnolidge) is that most of us hwo live LCHF experience a dramatic helathgaine. Has nothing to do with religion or belife.... we dont BELIVE we feel better. We actually really DO it.

  24. Alexandra M
    Interesting that they bring up religion, because it's the "conventional" diet that is defended with religious fervor in the absence of evidence. Gary Taubes made exactly that point in Good Calories, Bad Calories. The emotion behind the attacks is telling, isn't it?

    I notice that a lot of people are simply outraged by the idea that there might be an explanation behind the obesity epidemic that doesn't involve stupidity, laziness or gluttony. It's like these people lie awake at night worrying that if someone loses weight and improves their health without starving themselves and beating themselves up at the gym, they'll have "gotten away with" something. They're the same people who'd rather dismantle the whole welfare system rather that see one person help himself to a potato chip to which he isn't entitled.

    It will be interesting to see what happens, though. It's like Scandinavia is suddenly conducting a huge (poorly controlled) clinical trial. I hope many of the people low-carbing will go to their doctors for blood work so that there's a record of the health improvement instead of speculation that all those people (as my Norwegian friend guarantees) are headed for cardiovascular problems.

  25. Zepp
    And there is more than LCHF thats going on in Sweden!

    One can say there is two parallel movments.. both LCHF and a upprise about fake food!

    http://translate.google.se/translate?hl=sv&sl=sv&tl=en&...

    So there is a public concern about real food and a reaction about crap diet advice and fake food!

    http://translate.google.se/translate?hl=sv&sl=sv&tl=en&...

    I count 41 books about LCHF to day on a online bookshop.. and there is more coming!

    http://translate.google.se/translate?hl=sv&sl=sv&tl=en&...

  26. finn
    Maggan, Alexanda: I think the same, good points you have.

    Zepp, good links and I am going to read them carefully. Oh yes, Mats-Erik Nilsson who told us (first?) the truth about food. :) His book is very popular in Finland and got many headlines back then and still today few times a year. Maybe his book was the first hit that started the whole thing in 2008. Then LCHF really came in 2010 and hit jackpot. This whole thing may hurt a bit but it's good because we are going to the right direction.

    Good times.

  27. Maggan A
    finn

    Yes we are going in the right direction and nothing can stop us. I dont know about the rest of you, but I´m trhilled about being a part of a revolution ;-)

  28. Nads
    Bring on the revolution!

    David Gillespie in Australia had the biggest selling non-fiction book in Australia last year with his Sweet Poison. This year he has brought out a book called Big Fat Lies. Both of these are good supports to the LCHF way of eating.

    It's coming and it's slow now but it's going to be overwhelming when it does come.

  29. So cool to see LCHF spread and grow, I´d say bring it on as well! :)
  30. Lena
    These lines from Amanda M are the best I have read for a long time. They are like, what we in Sweden would call, "the dot above the i".

    "I notice that a lot of people are simply outraged by the idea that there might be an explanation behind the obesity epidemic that doesn't involve stupidity, laziness or gluttony. It's like these people lie awake at night worrying that if someone loses weight and improves their health without starving themselves and beating themselves up at the gym, they'll have "gotten away with" something. They're the same people who'd rather dismantle the whole welfare system rather that see one person help himself to a potato chip to which he isn't entitled."

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