10 reasons why News24 users love and loathe banting

2015-11-24 12:42
Tim Noakes (Tammy Petersen, News24)

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Pretoria - While the HPCSA continues its hearings on whether Professor Tim Noakes acted unprofessionally by giving unconventional advice on breastfeeding, many News24 users said they believed his methods were solid.

Noakes was summoned before the Health Professions Council of SA following a Twitter post where he advised a mother to wean her child onto low carbohydrate, high fat foods - commonly abbreviated as LCHF.

The tweet read: "Baby doesn't eat the dairy and cauliflower. Just very healthy high fat breast milk. Key is to ween [sic] baby onto LCHF."

News24 received many responses from its users on the professor’s eating plan.

Below are the top ten:

- "I have 3 boys aged 11, 9 and 4 and putting them on a low carb diet is amazing. Their ability to concentrate and having energy at the end of the day is obviously improved and I can notice a marked difference in mood and energy (low!!) when they had a lot of carbs," said Peet Potgieter, a gynaecologist.

- "My son has seen huge improvements in his concentration and my younger two children are calmer, more energetic - and best of all, they don't nag me constantly for snacks all day long!," said Jessica Marais, who has a child with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

- "My daughter was continually sick and only once I put her on a virtually carb free medium fat diet did her health improve. She has been off asthma meds for the first time in her life," said Gayle Fahrenfort.

- "Our 6-week premature baby is now 8-months-old and is at the very top of the growth charts for his age, and is very healthy. He is as tall as some 13-month babies we know, making him a bit of a giant," said Mathieu Dargavel.

- "I put my 9-year-old on banting food for two weeks prior to and during her exam time. The change was incredible. She had sustained energy, never complained of tummy ache, and wasn't hungry all the time. She also slept better and showed consistent stamina. Above all, she never craved or asked for sweets or sugary food," said Suzanne Martin.

- "In essence Tim Noakes is correct. His diet is a hundred times better than anything his accusers suggest. As a matter of fact his accusers should go to jail for poisoning their patients and Tim Noakes should be on the shortlist for the Nobel prize for medicine. He is one of the pioneers standing up against the big lie that is helping big pharma and conventional medicine in business," said Marius Rossouw.

- "I studied the research and science about banting and find it sound. Not only do I bant, I also encourage it in my family and my patients. I have seen great success with banting," said Robin Martinez, a paediatrician from the United States.

- "My son has been a diabetic since he was 10-years-old and is now 20. The banting diet works very well for him. Everyone in our household is on it and our health is excellent. Thank you, Dr Tim Noakes," said Danie Basson.

However, a few News24 readers had a very different experience with the diet.

- "Breastmilk is low in protein and high in sugar (specifically lactose). This is nature's way of supplying energy for all that growth... As such, the idea of weaning my child onto a low carb diet is ludicrous. He will be getting butternut and sweet potato and gem squash. All of which contain significant amounts of carbohydrate," said Caroline Simons, an anesthesiologist.

- "My goodness, my muscles ached and joints were inflamed and I had less to no energy! My GP told me to stop banting immediately as it is the most ridiculous diet ever and put me on a course of cortisone," said Elsie Malan.

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