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The nutrition wars again

Saturday, September 06, 2014

I see this week another study tells us that low carb high fat diets can be as good as or better than traditional low fat diets.

Since I personally eat low carb that is good news to get the news out there. My problem with all this is that the people that report on these things always present it as a horse race, the diet wars or whatever headline they choose. The so called experts keep telling us for decades now that there is a single best way for us to eat. What if the approach from all this became there are many healthy ways to eat and you can choose what works best for you. As a low carber I don't want to see the experts suddenly turn and tell us that we all have to change to a low carb diet.

I choose a high fat approach and I have lost some weight with more to go and my diabetes is under control and my blood tests are now terrific. Many people that follow the traditional diet can say the same thing. We don't have to be at odds.

Where this works in the macro is there are adults and children alike that are struggling with no hope in sight of getting their weight in line, but if the people advising us to get it under control started telling us to find the best approach which may or may not include saturated fats or it might be a vegan diet for some or it might be low fat for others, but as someone who failed for decades trying to lose weight while keeping my calories under 1800, keeping my fat under 30% and keeping my dietary cholesterol low, it was freeing to find out that I could eat the things I love, not count calories obsessively (that doesn't mean calories don't have a role of course) and still get healthy. What if others who have failed for decades found this out? Maybe our health care costs might get better as well?
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  • GIPPER1961
    That is true about nutritional science. I think there is a good reason for it. Traditionally we have tried to to apply micro reasoning to macro situations. Meaning that they have tried to come up with the one single best way for every human on earth to eat. Since we are all different with sensitivities, auto-immune disorders, Psychological inclinations precludes this type of thing. Since it is not possible to do this the policy makers step in and pronounce a best way whether science can actually quantify it or not. More often than not this pronouncement is made based on negotiated recommendations driven more by politics and alliances than science.
    1994 days ago
    I am really looking forward to the study results from NuSi, the Nutritional Science Initiative. They're actually running stringently controlled tests from multiple points of view. I hope they can bring some clarity to the subject. Nutritional "science" has the absolute worst track record of any scientific endeavor out there, due to poorly controlled studies and dubious conclusions.
    1995 days ago
  • JUDITH1654
    It would really help if the companies quit putting GMO in our food and fluoride in our water! Good for you for finding what works for you. emoticon
    1996 days ago
  • LJOYCE55
    I agree with you. The best advice I ever got was that diets only work when people customize them to their needs. Sounds like you agree.
    1996 days ago
    Nutrition OPINION
    1996 days ago
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