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It’s a dis­grace to see that, in the face of over­whelm­ing ev­i­dence to the con­trary, the lat­est UK gov­ern­ment Eatwell Guide ad­vises peo­ple to fol­low a high-carb, low-fat diet. In fact the guide, re­leased in March this year, rec­om­mends that daily in­take of starchy foods rises from 33 per­cent to 38 per­cent, and that daily fruit in­take in­creases from 33 per­cent to 40 per­cent. It also ad­vises peo­ple to drop their dairy in­take from 15 per­cent to 8 per­cent. For­tu­nately, the health ben­e­fits of the low-carb life­style are so clear, and so many stud­ies point to a causal re­la­tion­ship be­tween Eatwell’s so-called guide­lines and the in­crease in obe­sity and type 2 di­a­betes, that pro­po­nents of the low-carb life­style are fight­ing back. Dr Zoë Har­combe stated that the guide was ‘for­mu­lated by a group ap­pointed by Pub­lic Health Eng­land, con­sist­ing pri­mar­ily of mem­bers of the food and drink in­dus­try rather than in­de­pen­dent ex­perts’, in­stead of be­ing ev­i­dence-based. ‘The as­so­ci­a­tion be­tween the in­tro­duc­tion of the di­etary guide­lines, and con­comi­tant in­creases in obe­sity and di­a­betes, de­serves ex­am­i­na­tion,’ she says.

Pro­fes­sor David Haslam, chair­man of the Na­tional Obe­sity Forum, told the Press As­so­ci­a­tion that, ‘as a clin­i­cian treat­ing pa­tients all day ev­ery day, I quickly realised that guide­lines... sug­gest­ing high-car­bo­hy­drate, low-fat di­ets were the uni­ver­sal panacea, were deeply flawed’.

And Dr Aseem Mal­ho­tra, con­sul­tant car­di­ol­o­gist and found­ing mem­ber of the Pub­lic Health Col­lab­o­ra­tion, weighed in too, call­ing the Eatwell Guide a ‘meta­bolic time­bomb’, and say­ing that pro­mot­ing a low-fat diet ‘is per­haps the big­gest mis­take in mod­ern med­i­cal his­tory, re­sult­ing in dev­as­tat­ing con­se­quences for pub­lic health’.

It’s so en­cour­ag­ing to see that the low-carb lob­by­ists are get­ting more pub­lic­ity than ever be­fore. It’s a sign that peo­ple are re­fus­ing to be (lit­er­ally) spoon-fed di­etary non­sense, when the enor­mous health ben­e­fits of low-carb liv­ing are so clear.

Read on for the real story!

‘Let’s do this!’

Un­til next time


BLOG AUTHOR NICKY PERKS (WWW. PRIMALPERKS.COM) is also the CO-FOUNDER OF BANTING BUD­DIES, which of­fers per­son­alised coach­ing to those want­ing to lose weight and get healthy.

DR GERHARD SCHOONBEE, GP, has over 40 years of med­i­cal ex­pe­ri­ence, and per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence of liv­ing the LCHF life­style. He also has a deep sci­en­tific and med­i­cal in­ter­est in the sub­ject.

NU­TRI­TIONAL THER­A­PIST SALLY-ANN CREED is the fore­most and most ex­pe­ri­enced LCHF prac­ti­tioner in South Africa.

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