Low-carb and keto news highlights

DD June 4

This week, we summarize the top five news articles and studies in the low-carb realm, plus, some additional reads and inspiration.

News and emerging science

  1. Reinsurance giant, Swiss Re, hosted a “meeting of the minds” on nutrition and health in Zurich last week. Experts on many sides came together to highlight common ground and debate differences. A key message: type 2 diabetes is often reversible and offering patients options to do so should become the standard.
  2. Pittsburgh area politician, John Fetterman, loses ~150 pounds by cutting out sugar/grains and walking more. Will this mayor and Democratic nominee for LT Governor help bring the message of reducing sugar and starch for better health to the people of Pennsylvania?
  3. Former FDA Commissioner, Dr. David Kessler, argues with food pundit Marion Nestle about what we really know about healthful eating: “I think we have failed in giving nutritional advice to people. If diet & exercise were the answer, we’d all do it & there wouldn’t be a problem…I would try to get answers to very basic questions…Is a calorie a calorie?” Unfortunately, NuSI’s crusade to address this sort of question has been diminished.
  4. CNBC reports on how low-carb food can power innovative interventions for treating type 2 diabetes with fewer drugs. Geisinger Health and Virta Health are both making headway, reversing diabetes by carefully guiding patients toward low-carb, whole food diets.
  5. Gary Taubes and Adele Hite hope to help the low-carb practitioner community come together to develop a Standard of Care for prescribing carbohydrate restriction. The work begins at Low Carb USA (San Diego, July  26-29).

Want more?

Can talented surgeon, writer, and health care problem solver Atul Gawande help us fix health care in his new role as CEO of the nascent health care concern formed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, & JPMorgan Chase? What does the WSJ have to say about “full-fat’s return to respectability“—in the yogurt aisle? Are top athletes suffering from dental disease due to their reliance on high-carb sports drinks and gels? Do tariffs and production quotas doom Canadians to mediocre butter supplies?

Robert Morris loses over 250 pounds in just over a year with a keto diet and intermittent fasting. “Losing the weight was the easiest thing to do. The hardest thing was actually just starting,” he said. Young mom uses a low-carb diet (Atkins) and walking to lose over 100 pounds. Her advice? “Don’t give up. Don’t throw in the towel because of one off-track choice.” A husband who has lost 30 pounds in 3 months talks about how he does keto. “I’m practically never hungry. And when I do eat, I stay full.”

Tune in next week!


This news gathering is from our collaborator Jennifer Calihan, who also blogs at Eat the Butter. Feel free to check out the keto meal-idea-generator on her site.

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One comment

  1. Catherine
    I really like this series of 'Real Food Updates'. A great mix of links to science, personal interest and politics. Good one.

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