LOW CARB MYTHS
Are carbohydrates essential ?
"There are three kinds of foods--fats,
proteins, and carbohydrates. All of these provide calories. But the
carbohydrates provide calories and nothing else. They have none of
the essential elements to build up or to repair the tissues of the
body. A man, given carbohydrates alone, however liberally, would
starve to death on calories. The body must have proteins and animal
fats. It has no need for carbohydrates, and, given the two essential
foodstuffs, it can get all the calories it needs from them."
Sir Heneage Ogilvie, former vice president of the Royal College of
The earliest and primary proponent of an all animal-based diet was
Vilhjalmur Stefansson, a Canadian explorer who lived with the Inuit
for some time, and who witnessed their diet as essentially
consisting of meat and fish, with very few carbohydrates - berries
during the summer. Stefansson and a friend later volunteered for a
one year experiment at Bellevue Hospital in New York to prove he
could thrive on a diet of nothing but meat, meat fat and internal
organs of animals.
His progress was closely monitored and experiments were done on his
health throughout the year. At the end of the year, he did not show
any symptoms of ill health; he did not develop scurvy , which many
scientists had expected to manifest itself only a few months into
the diet due to the lack of vitamin C in muscle meat. However,
Stefansson and his partner did not eat just muscle meat - they ate
fat, raw brain, raw liver (a significant source of vitamin C and
others), and other varieties of offal. The no-carbohydrate and low
carb diet often reverses type two diabetes.
We do not advocate a no carb diet, although this has been proved to
be safe, it would be a very boring way to live. Some of us think of
our way of life as being meat eating vegetarians. No, we are not
trying to wind up vegetarians, but we base our food on fresh
vegetables, then add high quality protein, then good fats. If you
are consuming around 50 carbs per day, all from non starchy
vegetables, you have a very large range to chose from. By eating the
colours of the rainbow, and eating small portions, of many different
types, you can get all the nutrients you need to stay healthy.
saturated fat bad for your heart ?
For decades we have been brainwashed into believing saturated fat
causes heart disease. So many people believe this a fact. This is
arguably, the most ludicrous piece of dietary information and
biggest scam ever hoisted on the medical profession and general
published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, pooled
together data from 21 unique studies that included almost 350,000
people, about 11,000 of whom developed cardiovascular disease (CVD),
tracked for an average of 14 years, and concluded that there is no
relationship between the intake of saturated fat and the incidence
of heart disease or stroke.
A meta-analysis of prospective epidemiologic studies showed that
there is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary
saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of CHD or CVD.
More data are needed to elucidate whether CVD risks are likely to be
influenced by the specific nutrients used to replace saturated fat.
Dr. Malcolm Kendrick on…the idiotic dietary advice
we give to diabetes patients
"Personally, I do not believe that fat consumption has the
slightest impact on heart disease in people with or without
diabetes, and I would defy anyone to unearth a controlled study on
restriction of dietary fat that has shown any impact on CHD."
Sylvan Weinberg, former president of
the American College of Cardiology:
'The low-fat "diet heart hypothesis"
has been controversial for nearly
low-fat, high-carbohydrate diet,
promulgated vigorously by the
National Cholesterol Education
Programme, National Institutes of
Health and American Heart
Association since the Lipid Research
Clinics-Primary Prevention Program
in 1984, and earlier by the US
Department of Agriculture food
pyramid, may well have played an
unintended role in the current
epidemics of obesity, lipid
abnormalities, type 2 diabetes and
This diet can no
longer be defended by appeal to the
authority of prestigious medical
organisations or by rejecting
clinical experience and a growing
medical literature suggesting that
the much-maligned low-carbohydrate,
high-protein diet may have a
salutary effect on the epidemics in
At this stage we have got to come clean on a few
issues. The low carb. life style has one major draw back, there is
no money in following this way of life. By dumping the highly
processed factory produced food, and staying nil/minimal med’s, the
big food and pharmaceutical companies lose out big time. The profit
margin on fresh food is very low, compared to the long shelf life,
laboratory concocted poison, that has become the main stream food
for so many in the so called developed world. All is not lost for
them, they can afford to spend billions promoting the food that has
led to an epidemic of obesity and it’s often associated type 2
diabetes. Ever wondered why a low carb way of life is not endorsed
by DUK , and the majority of Healthcare professions ? Check out DUK
and what it euphemistically calls “acknowledgements.”
With so many pharmaceutical companies and cereal
manufacturers on board, is DUK going to bite the hand that feeds ?
Most Healthcare Professionals are held in the vice like grip of the
NICE guidelines and are following the decades old dogma, of “cut the
fat and up the carbs“. For close on forty years the so called
American food pyramid has prevailed. “Up the carbs and drop the fat“
Result, a complete disaster. Massively increased obesity, diabetes,
heart disease and stroke.
If you start researching low carb diets you will
not take long to find articles referring to the scientifically
unsupported, negative side of low carbing. The great myth often put
out is that low carbers eat to much saturated fat, and that our
cholesterol numbers will suffer. Total nonsense, and I will tell you
why. The people with lowest cholesterol levels have the highest rate
of heart disease. The Australian aborigines have that distinction.
The Swiss have very high cholesterol levels and a very low rate of
heart disease, fact. Not my opinion. That of the WHO.
Mankind prospered and survived on a diet of meat,
saturated fat, berries, nuts and vegetation, for thousands of years,
why is it so bad for us ?
You will have to learn to
cook and prepare your fresh food. The low carb way of life, is not a
diet, because if you want to stay healthy, you will follow this road
for the rest of your life. Time and effort must be put in to reap
the many benefits this life style has to offer.