How knowledge is power in nutrition

What happens if you do the opposite of what the American Diabetes Association recommends? That’s what this TEDx-talk addresses.

Dr. Wendy Pogozelski investigated just this after she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 40. She was told to eat chocolate, pasta and bread and then use insulin injections to control her blood sugar. However, as a chemist working with linking nutrition and biochemistry she intuitively preferred a low-carb diet.

In her experiment she compared the effect of the ADA advice and a low-carb diet on blood sugar levels. What was the result? The ADA diet caused way bigger swings in blood sugar, something that is both inconvenient and potentially dangerous in type 1 diabetes.

Watch her TEDx talk above for more. The main message – that knowledge is power – shouldn’t be controversial. What’s controversial is when that knowledge leads to distrust of authority. But sometimes it should.


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  1. Cindy C
    This was in the news today. I read it only once and did not read the study itself. Was it done individually according to how much carbs the person can tolerate? The article mentions using 40 % carbs and the rest fat and protein which is less carbs than usually recommended for diabetics.

    I also found this interesting -McDonalds going back to using butter.

  2. Olwen Anderson
    Thanks for sharing this video, it's excellent. One of the best layman explanations of blood glucose management that I've come across - and from an academic too.
  3. Tricia Bell
    As a nurse I've never heard diabetic patients "encouraged to eat chocolate, pasta and bread." They are taught to limit these things, better still avoid them. If you are going to exaggerate the difference in advice then the whole LCHF approach becomes questionable to me.
  4. Lucy
    Excellent talk. Bump it again?

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