“Veggies were not eaten for their own sake anymore.
They were a vehicle to eat fat,”
says Melanie Seder of her transition to full-fat eating
due to her romance with now husband, Kory. A low-carb love story.
In case you missed any of these newsworthy stories, here is a wrap on the best real-food-more-fat headlines last month.
- Doubling down, the American Heart Association reaffirms its counterintuitive advice to replace whole, full-fat food with refined, processed seed oils in this Presidential Advisory published in Circulation. Investigative journalist Gary Taubes parses the AHA’s Advisory, and the actual science, in a quick but effective takedown. Meanwhile, a new meta-analysis by Hamley, just published in Nutrition Journal, concludes there is no benefit to replacing saturated fats with PUFA’s, and adds, “the suggestion of benefits reported in earlier meta-analyses is due to the inclusion of inadequately controlled trials.”
- Virta Health continues to slay diabetes. The VC funded firm, dedicated to reversing diabetes in 100 million people by 2025, shared some preliminary results. At one year, 82% remained in the trial, and body weight was down an average of 13.6%. WOW. Additionally, 97% reduced or halted insulin use; oral meds, excluding metformin, were reduced by 84%. ?
- “’It’s a disgrace’ that so little is known [about diabetes drugs and their efficacy], said Dr. Victor M. Montori, a diabetes expert at the Mayo Clinic.” That’s The New York Times reporting on the failure of the medical community and pharmaceutical companies to study and understand the affects of diabetes drugs on patient outcomes, especially real endpoints like heart disease mortality. “’Daunting’ is how Dr. JoAnn Manson, the chief of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, describes the situation for patients and their doctors. She explained the options and uncertainties in a recent commentary in JAMA.”
- TribuneIndia asks if the Green Revolution, emphasizing ample rice and wheat rations, is fueling a diabetes epidemic among India’s urban poor. A new study in The Lancet—Diabetes and Endocrinology explores the evidence.
- The Gaples Institute reports on cardiologists and their nutrition IQs. A new study documents that few have adequate training in nutrition, and most spend less than 3 minutes per visit discussing nutrition with patients. Lead author, Dr. Andrew Freedman, adds “using nutrition as medicine is probably one of the most cost effective ways to treat disease but is incredibly underutilized by healthcare providers.” Indeed.
If you haven’t had a chance, check out Eat the Butter’s fun, new animated short. It attempts to explain our nation’s dietary woes in just two and a half minutes… and solve them with vintage eating! You can also check in with Eathropology’s Adele Hite, for an RD/MPH’s credentialed perspective on the animated short, in her post entitled, “The Food Pyramid? It’s just wrong.”
Or check out this new practical guide on Diet Doctor—How to Shop for Low-Carb Extras Online.
Read about why “insulin is like Miracle-Gro for your fat cells” according to Dr. David Ludwig, in this piece about why calorie counting isn’t the answer. Or, drop in while Dr. Mark Hyman and Chris Kresser dish about diet and health, including “why fat and butter might be good for you after all.”
Is bad nutrition research making us fat and sick? Can a low-carb diet make you nicer? Is keto a fad? Does leptin keep people lean, and why isn’t it being studied? Is there such a thing as healthy sugar? Why is a day in the life of a NYC grocery delivery driver so stressful? Can jazzed-up names for veggie dishes make them “sell better” in a college dining hall? Do 7% of American adults really believe chocolate milk comes from brown cows? Is our narrative about who eats fast food accurate? Can you avoid the confusion of modern supermarkets (with 40,000 items) by simply purchasing whole foods? Can reversing diabetes make for exciting reality TV?
From the wall of shame:
- IT’S ORGANIC. The new brand extension from Unilever’s I Can’t Believe It’ Not Butter. I can’t believe it’s not a joke—processed, refined, organic margarine. Meaningless.
- Thomas’ introduces “S’mores” flavored English muffins and mini bagels, proving crappy carbs for breakfast can get even crappier.
- Post revives an old, bad idea: Oreo O’s breakfast cereal. Cookies for breakfast, anyone?
- Post partners with Nabisco to bring us Honey Maid S’mores Cereal. Seriously?
- Nestlé contemplates the sale of its US candy business. Small market share and growing consumer fears re: sugar are contributing factors.
- FDA delays indefinitely the mandated changes to Nutrition Facts label.