Low-carb and keto news highlights

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This week, we highlight the biggest stories from the last month of real-food-more-fat in the news:

  1. Is it possible to reverse type-2 diabetes? Virta Health proves the answer is “yes,” releasing hands-down stellar one year results, published in JIMR Diabetes. Here’s an easy-to-understand animated short that explains how Virta works.  For a longer read, try this interview with Dr. James McCarter, Virta’s Head of Research. Separately, the British Journal of Sports Medicine runs the text of Virta Medical Director Dr. Sarah Hallberg’s popular (~3 million views) TEDx, “Reversing type 2 diabetes starts with ignoring the guidelines.”
  2. Dr. David Ludwig pens a grim reality check on rising obesity rates in kids, published last month in Pediatrics. Ludwig writes: “The second, more fundamental lesson is that our public health approach to the epidemic has largely failed so far.” Fortune reports briefly on the same study to which Ludwig was responding, which is based on NHANES data from 1999-2016.
  3. The obesity paradox—the idea that obesity might protect patients with heart disease and help them live longer—has been debunked. The LA Times explains why a new study published in JAMA Cardiology demonstrates that excess weight can mean younger onset of CVD and, thus, fewer years of disease free life.
  4. The NYT reports on a new comprehensive scientific review that found optimal protein levels for people over 40 trying to gain muscle mass are roughly twice our federal recommendations. And remember, many women do not even get the recommended level of 46g/day.
  5. The NYT reports on a JAMA study that showed diet macronutrient ratios don’t matter for weight loss, but rather, it is the quality of food that does. But guess what both groups eliminated? Sugar and ultra-processed carbs.

Heads up

The USDA and HHS are looking for public input on specific priority topics and supporting scientific questions that will guide the development of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Included in the list is a question at the heart of America’s nutrition debate: “What is the relationship between saturated fats consumption (types and amounts) during adulthood and risk of cardiovascular disease?”

Readers, please chime in with your experiences. You can click here to get started.

Want more?

Soy sauce + butter. Bloomberg on butter. Butter shopping cart.

Plus, watch the Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Mark Hyman debunk low-fat food myths with real-food-more-fat wisdom on Today with Megyn Kelly. Key headline: “Yes, you can eat butter.”

Tune in next week for reports on emerging science and real food success stories.


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

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