December low-carb and keto news highlights

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“There’s always protein on the menu and you have it with salad with olive oil and cooked vegetables with butter on it.”
says Kim Kardashian’s nutritionist, Colette Heimowitz,
on how Kim keeps it keto when on vacation or dining out.

In case you missed any of these newsworthy stories, here is a wrap on the best real-food-more-fat headlines last month.

  1. Sugar industry deceit is back in the news. The New York Times reports that “the sugar industry funded animal research in the 1960s that looked into the effects of sugar consumption on cardiovascular health — and then buried the data when it suggested that sugar could be harmful, according to newly released historical documents.” Forbes weighs in on the ethics of this intentional obfuscation.
  2. A new study out of Washington University takes aim at ultra-processed food.  “This review shows that ultra-processed foods, in particular products made from substances extracted from whole foods, particularly oils, flours and sugar, were not part of evolutionary diets and may be a main driver of malnutrition” including over-nutrition (obesity). Back to basic whole foods, folks.
  3. Cardiologist John Warner, president of the American Heart Association, suffered a heart attack while at an AHA conference. Thankfully, Dr. Warner is doing well. But is this a sign (from the universe) that there is something terribly wrong with AHA advice?
  4. The New York Times reports on the importance of maintaining muscle mass as we age, with a review of a new study that evaluates walking vs. weight lifting for weight loss among overweight seniors. Separately, another new study looks at declining muscle mass (aka sarcopenia) as a risk factor for cardiometabolic disease. So eat your protein and lift heavy things.
  5. The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health predicts 57% of today’s children will be obese by age 35 (if current trends continue).

Want more?

Watch an episode of the aptly named series, WRONG, that takes a look at the food pyramid. This 5 min video explores how and why policy makers and nutrition experts got it—you guessed it—wrong.

Read about and be inspired by these three moms, who have had great success with keto: Emily (down 150 pounds), Manuela (down 80 pounds), or Lashara (down 40 pounds). Or read about how an eighty-year-old former track coach lost 50 pounds and shaped up with keto. #itsnevertoolate

Can keto essentials be delivered in a box? What are fat balls and why are people eating them? What are we learning about the link between high glucose levels and Alzheimer’s? Why is whole wheat bread (actually) not healthier than white bread? Is food so cheap that we have stopped eating leftovers? Why do bitter veggies have anti-cancer properties? (And btw, they test better with butter!) Why do two fast food burgers beat a burger and fries combo? Could cooking at home be the key to a healthy weight? Can ketone supplements rev up your workout? And what do ketone supplements taste like? (Hint: it’s not good.) Why does butter make French people happy? Why might many primary care physicians ignore the new guidance for even lower blood pressure targets? Is the public health message to not drink sugary beverages finally making an impact? Roughly how many germs live on your grocery cart handle?

From the wall of shame

  • America’s #1 breakfast cereal, Honey Nut Cheerios, gets called out (by the NYT) for having 9X the sugar of regular Cheerios, and almost 30g of carbs per cup.
  • Kellogg is about to open a new “cereal cafe” in Manhattan. It’s designed to make cereal “come to life” (and especially targeted at Instagram users). #crappycarbs #NOTgrrrrrrreat
  • Dunkin’ Donuts offers holiday cookie-doughnut mashups: Frosted Sugar Cookie, Gingerbread Cookie, and Snowflake Sprinkle doughnuts. Sugar layered on sugar for the holiday season.
  • “Creamelt,” a fake fat designed to replace saturated fat in chocolates, debuts in Europe. As author Nina Teicholz points out, “Do we need a new chemistry experiment in our food supply?”

Finally, for some fun with BUTTER…

Bacon-sage butter. ButterUp. Buttered rum. Butter book. Butter info. Butter primer. Butter crisis. Butter trends.

Happy December,

The Moms @ Eat the Butter


This news gathering is from our collaborator Jennifer Calihan, who also blogs at Eat the Butter. Feel free to sign up for her monthly newsletter.

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  1. Michael Cook
    I read Diet Doctor in a newsfeed aggregator (feedly). When your posts show up there, they are always followed by a LONG string of full-width video links. I have to scroll and scroll to get past them. I think it has to do with whatever software is setting up your RSS feed. This post was followed with over 130 full-size links. When I look at this page on your site, they just show up as two rows of sliders - but in the newsfeed, every single one of those links gets listed in a scrolling row, and they're not just links, they're big link images (video stills). This single post was 68 screen-heights worth of scrolling on my large monitor, and a lot of them are multiple links to the same video. For comparison, the post itself was 3 screens high.

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