Low carb winning in Sweden


Unbelievable times in Sweden right now, low carb has never been this popular. Lara Dolson may be right:

Is Sweden Leading Other Countries to Give up Carbs?

Just this week these three things happened:

  • The biggest news show reported on a new survey ordered by the government agency behind the official low fat guidelines. It showed that three percent of Swedes thought that eating large amounts of fat was good for your health. Another 29 percent did not think that fat should be avoided any more. So one in three Swedes like fat now! The old fear of fat is melting away.

It’s crazy. I haven’t even mentioned yet that the highest medical authority in Sweden, the National Board of Health, late last year started recommending a “modest” low carb diet for diabetics. More on that later!

We’ve even had a butter shortage recently. And low carb books are currently outselling all other health books by far. Low carb is winning in Sweden.


  1. Jenn (NZ)
    Wow! That's great news! I hope New Zealand isn't far behind.
  2. Nads
    Hope to see stats on heart disease etc on the downward trend in Sweden, while the other countries go up. Won't be a paradox any more!
  3. Nads
    In the TV show, the pro-LCHF side of the debate looked positive, enthusiastic and attractive. The other side looked rather old-school, and a little angry. I had no idea what they were saying!!!
  4. Zepp
    It can be sumarized as "eat little of everything", "the brain do needs carbohydrates", "some can do get high blood lipids"!

    Its almost the old dietians and some leading obesesity doctors that oppose LCHF.. nothing strange whit that.. LCHF is quite opposite to what they have preched.

  5. What great news Andreas. It would be nice to see some of the news about LCHF in Sweden onto American national news. Instead we just get news about a new TV series on the Food Network called "Fat Chef"!
    Dr Jeff Gerber, Denver's Diet Doctor
  6. CathyN
    Great job, Dr. Eenfelt. I also wish America would wake up. But on the bright side, the Low Fat, High Carb prescribed diet here is making big agra and big pharma very rich (too bad about all the sick, obese people that result from LFHC).
  7. Dan
    Great news. How are the results? Are people losing weight?
  8. Congrats on your leadership Andreas!
  9. Raclette
    My Swedish is not very good, but why are fruit and vegetables always mentioned as one?
    LCHF - as I understand it - includes plenty of green things, does it not?
  10. aviator1945
    Vegetables grown above ground are normally considered as LCHF, whereas plant roots (like for example potatoes) are not, in light of their higher carb content. Fruits are considered as "nature's candy", and thus not part of LCHF, perhaps with the exception of avocados and some berries.

    Having said this, the LCHF movement is not in any way dogmatic; in the final analysis, it's entirely up to the individual to decide what food to include on his/her plate.

  11. This is great news, well done to you and all the other LCHF ambassadeurs in Sweden that is making this happen.
    We want to start the revolution in Malta now, where we can really make some difference! Slowly, slowly but I'm sure we can make it happen and make people more aware.

    We are starting with Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/LCHFMalta

    Let's spread the word together!

  12. I wish the debate was translated in English!

    Hopefully LCHF in Sweden will translate to healthier bio-markers so the world can see its benefits.

  13. Nads
    Aviator, I agree, it's not dogmatic. I've been doing LCHF for about 4 months now and I've decided that my body needs more than the 60g of carbs I was giving it. So I'm introducing more milk, potatoes, pulses and beans, fruit and perhaps some corn. And since I've been doing that I've been feeling like exercising again, instead of lazing around. So even though I would like to do the stricter LCHF for my health I'll do what seems right for my body. I still will call myself an LCHF'er though! ps I don't really have any weight to lose to speak of.
    I've got a Facebook LCHF eating group too that's open to anybody.
  14. Margaretrc
    That would be a great logo for a shirt!
  15. Short summery of the Swedish tv-debate:
    Pictures of celebrity blogger Katrin Zytomierska before and after LCHF was shown (36 kg = 66 pounds weigt loss) and she descibed the diet.
    Dr Andreas Eenfeldt described his positve, every day experiense of the diet, working with obese and diabetic patients. He held up prints of 16 RCT:s showing the advantage of low carb diets.

    A body builder, sitting next to Zytomierska claimed LCHF was only for "couch potatoes" and impossible to perform physically on. Zytomierska replied describing her own experiense training and getting fit on LCHF and she also mentioned Björn Ferry who won an winter olympic gold medal in Vancouver in mens biathlon (cross country skiing and rifle shooting) on a strict LCHF diet.

    The chairman of the Swedish Dietitians Association warned Zytomierska that she would suffer severe nutritional deficiencies, missing all the vital vitamins and minerals present in healthy whole grains and fruit. Zytomierska told about her taking two full health surveys before starting LCHF and 1,5 years later on. All results had improved.

    Other proponents of the conventional babbeled on about the brain needing carbs. Unfortunately there was only 15 miutes för this debate with far to many participants. But I think most people noted that both Andreas and Katrin Zutomierska´s brains seemed to work just well without eating carbs. And perhaps some wondered how on earth you can win an olympic gold in a sport involving rifle shooting without a fully fonctional brain.

    Had there been moore time, I´m sure Andreas would have also spoken about Mattias Ribbing, the man who holds just about all Swedish records in best memory, all of them won on a strict LCHF diet.

    A diabetic man also got a chance to tell about his health improvments. In short: It was science and personal experiencies against old, unproven dogmas.

  16. Michael
    Great stuff !

    Freckles, careful with Facebook - you never know who might show up :) :

  17. Donna
    I saw a small sign of progress on this side of the Atlantic today (US East Coast). My Trader Joe's has just started carrying coconut oil! (along with the LCHF staple almond meal, which they've had for quite some time). Andreas, we need you to come over and make an appearance on Paula Deen's show, explaining that dietary fat is NOT the main cause of diabetes!
  18. Well, it's just a delight to see the progress! :-)

    Hopefully Sweden will be known for not only Björn Borg and Volvo, but also for taking the lead back to real food.

  19. Margaretrc
    What Donna said. My Trader Joe's in So Cal also carries coconut oil now, so it's not just the east coast. They also have almond meal. I, too, would so love to see you or Dr. Eades (or both!) or some other authority figure (most people aren't inclined to believe anyone but a doctor or scientist) on Paula Deen's show to counteract the prevalent message being propagated by the media
    that it's the fat in her food that is bad and caused her diabetes.
  20. Jay Wortman MD
    Give yourself a pat on the back. I am certain you were a major influence in getting your country onto the right track with LCHF. Congratulations on the success!
  21. Garth Turner
    Dont forget ABBA Dina ;-)
  22. Garth T:
    ABBA still exists in Sweden! It is still the brand name of a major fish and seafood producer, especially famous for their different varieties of pickled hearring.

    ABBA, the fish company acctually existited before the famous pop group ABBA so they kindly had to ask the company if it was OK to name their pop group ABBA.


  23. Nads
    Yes, ABBA! That's what I was going to add.

    Also Ikea. But there is no LCHF food in Ikea. Except I think I saw some fish of some sort.

  24. jake3_14
    Deen's just announced a partnership with Novo Nordisk to promote a HCLF healthy lifestyle program. What are the odds that any LCHF advocate, no matter his/her credentials, will get within a mile of Deen's studio?
  25. Maggan A

    Deen hwo?

  26. Jenn (NZ)
    @Maggan A - Paula Deen, TV chef on the Food Network
  27. Alexandra
    Paula Deen is famous for Southern cooking which features classics like deep fried chicken, biscuits, macaroni and cheese, cakes, pies, sweet tea, etc, but most of the media here in the US has focused exclusively on the fat content of the food she cooks. They're all saying she got diabetes from eating too much LARD. Unfortunately, if you go to the American Diabetes Association's website looking for information to contradict this, you will instead find recommendations that diabetics eat a "healthy" diet low in saturated fats, with lots of "healthy" whole grains. The last time I looked, even the Centers for Disease Control website said the same thing.
  28. Maggan A

    okej I got the picture. Same old, same old... my heart weeps for the obese and diabetics who don´t get any help at all whit this outdated advises that never worked.

    I hope the wright people will have to pay the bill when the day comes....

  29. Steve
    I hope the same food revolution takes off here in the UK soon.

    I feel dismayed when I see obese people's shopping trolleys full of low fat/high carb processed food. I often think to myself - When will the penny finally drop?

    I'm stocking up on butter just in case :)

  30. Nice one! Go Sweden! :)
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  32. Emory
    I just subscribed to the Dr.'s newsletter and have been doing low carb since Atkins did his study in the seventies.
    My concern is that U.S. dieticians are stubbornly sticking to the erroneous FDA pyramid. Perhaps, in the future, with enough overwhelming information, they will change.
  33. Dawn
    Sure wish Canada would catch up.

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