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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
THE LOSE IT! TEAM
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.