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  1. Steve
    I find it interesting that the "smart choices for a sugar-free diet" listed in that article include: icing sugar, raisins, apple juice, cranberries and oranges.
  2. sten
    There is a great comment hidden in that article:
    "As soon as I cut out carbs, the weight just fell off – it was quite remarkable. I didn’t change my diet for that reason but it’s a happy by-product."
    Her great doctor recommended the diet to correct her blood sugar, not her weight!
    With another doctor she would have been deep into getting used to blood sugar meter and tablets by now, worrying.

    The prevalence of diabetes 1850 was estimated to 0.003 %. Today it is some 2000x higher at about 7% in the US. 1900 sugar was expensive and reserved for the rich and diabetes-2 just started to increase.
    But it was mainly the rich that got it. A wealth disease, the rich were then the only ones that could afford refined sugar. Today sugar is the cheapest calorie money can buy, a staple for the poor. And diabetes is now most common among the poor. An interesting switch following the sugar. A coincidence?

    For the human set of genes to change significantly many 100's of generations are required.
    Still some scientists(?) believe there are "obesity genes" and "diabetes genes" to be found, and they get cash to -as I see it - waste on their research!
    Can somebody get them to understand that they are barking up the wrong tree?

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  3. bill
    As good as the article is, too bad it still pushes fat phobia.
  4. Fiona
    Several years ago Gloria was promoting the dangers of high cholesterol in a similar manner and promoting (one has to assume for excellent remuneration) high profit generating "cholesterol reducing processed food products". It is a pity, as Bill highlights, that the article does not include the essential and possitive role of fat in this debate.
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  5. Jo tB
    Holy, moly, having seen Gloria often on the BBC, the transformation is amazing for a 73 year old lady. Fantastic. Don't care how she achieved, the fact that she DID is enough for me.

    Hell, a lady can change her mind after research on the internet. Haven't we all done it at one time or another? I know I have. So don't hold it against her. Stop being cynical about her.

  6. sten
    10 years ago I would have been flattered (!!!) if Unilever asked me to participate in their Becel ads and get paid for it! And possibly delighted to also get a few boxes Becel free! Because I didn't have a clue that I was on a fast ride downhill health-wise.

    As Jo tB says, with sensible information most of us can change just like we did. I am really pleased I found this and other related websites before it would have been too late!

    But I agree with you about the fat, especially the long lasting saturated fat that doesn't go rancid and then need early replacement like omega-6! Still it may take some time before I get that stuff out of my brain !

  7. Ted Hutchinson
    I was somewhat concerned by the comment from someone claiming to be a doctor that Sugar intake wasn't a risk factor for diabetes.
    My reply was
    "The Relationship of Sugar to Population-Level Diabetes Prevalence" PMC3584048 shows sugar availability is a significant statistical determinant of diabetes prevalence rates worldwide.

    There are many other contributory risk factors such as Air Pollution, Bisphenol A, hepatitis C virus infection, shift work)

    See also
    "Sugar, Uric Acid, and the Etiology of Diabetes and Obesity"

  8. Paul the rat
    "...Still some scientists(?) believe there are "obesity genes" and "diabetes genes" to be found, and they get cash to -as I see it - waste on their research!
    Can somebody get them to understand that they are barking up the wrong tree?.."

    Not some sten, 99% of so called obesity and diabetes research scientist are convinced of it. They use their favorite term that these conditions occur in, and I quote: "genetically predisposed individuals".

    This whole obesity, diabetes et cetera research train runs with full speed and is well oiled, it will not stop in our lifetime, anyone trying to even slow it down (pointing to 'maybe other causes than orthodox') is laughed at and ridiculed very quickly.

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  10. bill
    I want one!

    Every celiac person should have one of these.

    Sounds great!

    TellSpec.com is their website.

  11. robert
    Wouldn't it be much nicer if we could trust food to be proper and clean in the first place?

    And who makes sure the data provided by that company is unbiased?

  12. Murray
    Suppose you have a cup with an uneven rim at the top. If you pour water into the cup until it overflows, there will be a lowest point in the rim contour where the water leaks first. These scientists who are fixated on obesity genes or diabetes genes are fixated on that lowest point of the rim and developing lucrative drugs to level the rim. But there will always be a lowest point and gene variations that correspond to that lowest point. Of course the more relevant cause of the leak is too much water for the design of the cup, but limiting water would affect sales of water, and drugs.

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