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The Worst Dietary Advice Ever?

How bad can the dietary advice be that hospital patients get? This tweet from Dr. Ted Naiman shows an example that may be the worst ever.

The tweet

In my opinion, every statement is either simply useless and confusing, or totally wrong (people would be better off doing the opposite).

Fat and cholesterol

Just to start with – eat food that is “low in fat and cholesterol”? Come on, nobody still believes that, do they? That’s what misinformed people used to believe in the 80s, back when the obesity epidemic got started.

Even official US dietary advice have now dumped the emphasis on total fat, and even stopped telling people to avoid dietary cholesterol. You’d think people would have to have lived in a cave for decades to still fear all natural fat and cholesterol. It’s just wrong, it’s been proven wrong. Stop repeating it.

Low-fat diets are not only useless for preventing heart disease or cancer, they are also uniquely ineffective for controlling people’s weight.

More confusion

Why the emphasis on the number of kinds of healthy or unhealthy foods? Just eat more healthy food, and avoid unhealthy foods, period.

Why the obsession with serving sizes? And how does it help anyone to say “not too big or too small”? How would you know what the right size is? This is just confusing, not helpful.

A better option? How about this:

  • Just eat real food, when you’re hungry.
  • If you’re not hungry, don’t eat.
  • If you’re sensitive to carbs (obesity, type 2 diabetes), mostly eat something else instead.

Finally, salt

Regarding salt, here’s another area where the simplistic “less is better” mantra may be not only wrong, but even harmful. There is no proof that lower is always better, and it seems like too little salt may even be dangerous:

New Study: Low-Salt Diets May Be Dangerous!

A moderate intake of salt, 3 to 6 grams of sodium per day (7,5 – 15 grams of salt), may be best for pretty much everyone. This matches what most people eat in developed societies.

The result of the bad advice

The result of the obsolete advice in the tweet is likely to be confusion, followed by eating even more carbs (as real food like meat, fish, eggs, butter, whole milk and everything with salt in it is supposedly “bad”).

This seems like a perfect prescription for obesity and type 2 diabetes, which is, incidentally, exactly what has happened in the world.

Sorry for the rant, but I didn’t realize people seriously handed out so useless or even harmful advice anymore.

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One Comment

  1. Anne
    A little over two years ago I was discharged from a hospital with 5 different diets to follow: Low Cholesterol, Low Salt, Low Fat, ADA Diabetic Diet, and 1200 Calorie weight reduction diet. All this with NO instruction as to how to meld all of this together, just handed 5 different handouts with my discharge instructions. Fortunately I threw it all away and a few weeks later read The New Atkins for a New You by Westman, Volek, and Phinney. It changed my life. I was fortunate to live close to Durham and was able to get an appointment with Dr. Westman who reinforced that the previous dietary advice I had received all my life was making me sicker and sicker and that my obesity was not my fault. I now have the correct information I need to reverse that downward trend towards ill health and further obesity. Following LCHF I dropped 30 pounds before I had knee replacement surgery, reversed my T-2 Diabetes, and have been able to reduce my antihypertensive meds from 3 pills to 1/2 of one.

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