LCHF - NOT A DIET but a life style
Grant Derrick, Editor of Brides Essence caught up with Professor Tim Noakes to find out more about the LCHF diet that is currently the buzz. We also review his latest book The Real Meal Revolution. Here is the interview.
It is believed that the Scots consumed oats. What were the effects on their health?
Prof. Noakes: Historically the Scots included a great deal of oatmeal in their diets. It was the major carbohydrate in their diet. Apart from this they ate protein and fat. The Swiss only ate rye which they grew and milled themselves.
The famous Canadian dentist Dr Weston Price in 1930’s noticed that the children he was treating in Toronto had malformed mouths and dental caries and so he realised that a novel dental problem was developing and he wondered if it was related to changes in their nutrition. For 10 years he travelled around the world and visited 14 countries to determine what was the health of those populations that continued to eat their traditional foods and avoided the modern industrial diet, which already then was becoming full of sugar and refined flour.
In Switzerland he found a group of people that had been isolated for 1000s of years. All they ate was meat, milk and cheese from their cattle which grazed on the most nutritious alpine spring grasses. This group of people was the healthiest that he had encountered in his 10 years of searching. They had none of the chronic diseases that are our modern scourge and no dental caries. Obviously once access was gained to this group, foreign foods were introduced and so their health began to deteriorate.
by Grant Derrick