PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
GaryWatson
 
Comments: 6
Article views: 3092
 
 
Latest Badges:



 
View all GaryWatson's badges.
 

Sweden officially goes high-fat, low-carb

06 February 2014, 14:44

My, my…what will the Nutrition Establishment say about this?  This is surely going to get the conventional nutritionists in a right huff. 

The dogmatic, robotic and largely unfounded dietary mantra – “Cut calories, cut fat, low-carb diets are bizarre and dangerous” - seems to be coming under serious assault. 

Can you imagine the discussion in the break-out sessions at the latest Convention on Conventional Dieting? 

“It’s just that this irritating evidence in favour of low-carbs is mounting every day; I mean how long can we keep rubbishing it?”   Replying in that exasperated nasal tone, “I know, what will happen to our Food Based Dietary Guidelines?  You know our default Low-Fat Slimming Diet safety blanket?”  “I mean my clients are starting to ask me uncomfortable questions about the food pyramid! They say their friends are losing visible amounts of weight from one week to the next eating bacon and eggs, while they continually have to assure everyone they’re still watching their weight!”   

I’m watching with great interest, and a wry smile.  I mean how many studies by the world’s best medical research schools on the efficacy of a high-fat, low-carb diet (in humans not rats) are needed?    Surely there must be something to this ketosis malarkey after all?  (Anyone who tells you nutritional ketosis is a dangerous condition is talking nonsense BTW – as always Google “Nutritional Ketosis” and see for yourself – plenty of doctors and medical professors will explain it to you there).

Sweden – 10th on the list of life expectancy at 83 years – has just become the first Western nation to OFFICIALLY REJECT the popular low-fat dogma in favour of LOW-CARB, HIGH FAT dietary guidelines.  This changes everything.  The Food Based Dietary Guidelines of Sweden are now suggesting you ramp up your fat consumption people!   Why?  Because they decided to do their own research (from over 16,000 high quality studies on human nutrition) and then base their recommendations on EVIDENCE, not untested hypothesis. 

BTW – the Mediterranean Diet often touted on the basis that the Greeks live longer than their European counterparts, another lie to further subjective opinion, is creeping into the dietary narrative.  Greek life expectancy is lower than almost every major European nation, sure it is still high by global stats, but no more than Britain’s.  One wonders why there isn’t a media-driven, branded Austrian diet, or a German diet or a Scandinavian diet if life expectancy is why we follow diets.  I know.  Because this feel-good, romanticized version of something often drives nutritional dogma. 

Eat Med if you want, it looks pretty healthy, but I think it’s the nutritional establishment’s way of sneaking lower-carb eating into the discourse without them having to admit the science is making their ‘low-fat’ belligerence look bad.   

As always….don’t believe me.  Google “Sweden’s dietary guidelines” or “23 studies of low-carb and low-fat”; just read the articles from the highly respected peer-reviewed medical journals.  Then you decide which side of the fence you’d rather be with your personal health.   

The next question is when do we get South Africa to change their dietary guidelines?  I think Tim Noakes has kicked off a valuable public discussion; his legacy will be how used his running reputation to change the way we think about diet and lifestyle.  Africa needs to deal with this issue - West Africa’s obesity incidence has doubled in the last 15 years. Fifteen years!  Get this…in South Africa almost half of all people over the age of 15 is overweight.  Half!  And 20% have a BMI of over 30.  In a country where our primary health care response traditionally focuses on under-nourished children – 1 in 5 children under 6 is overweight.  Yes obesity and poverty are undeniably positively related, meaning it effects poor people more, but get this - more South African’s are dying from obesity related complications than poverty; yet where’s the public health response?  (Google “Obesity rates in South Africa” & “More South African adults now die from obesity than from poverty” for credible references, not newspaper articles)

My personal dietary mantra is ‘EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT – SO EVERY DIET SHOULD BE DIFFERENT’.  Learn to experiment with what you eat.   I am not sure how a health professional can recommend the SAME SOLUTION to EVERYONE, day in and day out.  I think that lacks integrity.  I wish it ended there, but not only do Diet Doctors recommend the same diet to every individual, they actively attack anyone that suggests an evidence-based solution like low-carb eating may be beneficial to many of us.   Personally, I have encountered hundreds of people that have had genuinely life-changing experiences after eating high-fat, low-carb diets for a few weeks; many of whom spent years going hungry in a desperate attempt to cut their “calories in to below their calories out”.  The sheer number of people sharing their positive, life-changing experiences on high-fat, low-carb eating simply cannot be ignored.   

This way of eating is anything but a fad.  It’s an establishment.  And hats off to the Swedes for making it even more so!  Is that bacon I smell…..or is it the smell of inevitability?

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
6 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
Tommie Cato
Out with the Old Bull, in with th...

Even the most loyal Blue Bulls supporter would have to concede that chances of reaching the playoff stages of this years’ competition is, well “unlikely”.  Read more...

3 comments 116 views
Submitted by
woadstress
Pleasure or Pain

Most of us, are motivated to move away from pain and towards pleasure.  Read more...

3 comments 107 views
Submitted by
JP Le Roux
The secret rise of communism in S...

Is it just me or is South Africa starting to look like a communist country? Read more...

30 comments 1322 views
Submitted by
woadstress
Cut the clutter

How much of your dis-ease, unhappiness, worry, illness and other external manifestations of inner turmoil is created by your perceived need to respond to other peoples stuff? Read more...

0 comments 101 views
Submitted by
Leigh-Rose Jenkins
Licensing renewal incompetence!

I am no longer surprised at the number of unlicensed vehicles on Gauteng roads, just like I am no longer convinced that those unregistered or cloned vehicles belong to a “criminal element”. Read more...

12 comments 927 views
Submitted by
Ruan Stix Fourie
Is the invasion of our privacy re...

Someone, somewhere seems to have hacked into some private server somewhere containing photos of a few female celebrities. Read more...

11 comments 889 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Camping gear!

We’ve got all your camping must have’s right here at mind blowing low prices. Check them out now!

Herbex – buy 3 & get 1 free!

Fat burn packs, appetite control chewies, stretch mark cream and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

30% off Jinger Jack handbags

Spice up your wardrobe and save 30% on stylish Jinger Jack handbags. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Buy 3 books & pay for 2

The cheapest of the 3 books will be free. Offer valid while stocks last. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

Deal of the week!

Hisense 40” Full HD LED Television now R3999. Offer valid while stocks last. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.