“When I Give Advice to My Indian Relatives, They Are Shocked”


Should Indians trade rice, fruit and bread for high-fat foods such as ghee and eggs in order to combat the rising number of diabetics in their country? Dr. Aseem Malthora thinks so!

If you are Indian, I would recommend no more than two portions, three maximum of fruit a day.

India has the second highest percentage of diabetics in the world. Dr. Malthora, one of the most influential people in medicine and science in Britain and the youngest person to be appointed to the board of trustees by the King’s Fund, has a few suggestions to reverse this problem that go against conventional advice.

First of all, sugar should be avoided, along with vegetable oils, refined carbohydrates and juice. Fruit should be limited to no more than two portions per day. Dr. Malthora emphasizes that there is no proven benefit of lowering cholesterol through dietary means. It doesn’t seem to prevent stroke, heart attack or death, so people should not be afraid of eating high-fat foods.

Furthermore, exercise has many benefits, but it treats neither obesity nor diabetes. Only diet does!

Read the entire interview here:

Rediff: Ghee, butter, cheese, eggs: Yes! Sugar, carbs: NO!

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  1. Pierre
    "Should Indians trade rice, fruit and bread for high-fat foods such as ghee and eggs in order to combat the rising number of diabetics in their country?"

    Good luck!


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  3. Apicius
    I've been to India and was surprised with how carbaceous their food was. I also had trouble keeping people's attention in meetings after lunch time. Their metabolism would crash. Their desserts were super super sweet. They use sugar syrup that literally made my mouth hurt, for how sweet it was.
  4. Andre Forbes
    I know the benefits of the Low carb diet for weight loss but the high fat diet does have an impact on your cholesterol levels. Is it possible that having the Indians switch to lower carb diets could be substituting one comorbid illness for another?
  5. Mariane Cunningham
    If you read the literature on this website you will find that the high fat diet does NOT have an impact on your cholesterol levels. The body makes its own cholesterol it does not get it from the food we eat. My mom is from India and her health has totally turned around since she started eating low carb. She ditched the fruit (she used to eat tons of fruit) and stopped eating roti which she used to eat with every meal. She skips the rice, sweets and potatoes. The benefits have been: cholesterol has remained the same, she has way more energy, her legs are not as swollen, blood pressure is not out of control and she seems to be less confused. I feel like my mom will get extra years of a good, healthy life because of LCHF. She is 83 right now and her health has vastly improved over the last couple of years after starting LCHF. Thank you Diet Doctor.

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