I call bullshit

The Mail online has an article titled “Are low-carb diets BAD for you? Nutrition expert claims giving up grains can lead to heart disease and cancer” where they make the following claim:

Low-carbohydrate diets are all the rage, but one nutrition expert has claimed that they may not be as healthy as we think.

According to Dr T Colin Campbell’s new book The Low-Carb Fraud, giving up grains can mean putting yourself at a higher risk for heart disease, cancer and other regenerative diseases.

He says that not only are low-carb diets lacking in nutritional value, but they’re actually even worse than the standard American diet.

The problem, says Dr Campbell, who has 40 years’ experience in nutrition science, is that people who cut out carbs tend to load up on animal protein and fat, which heightens cholesterol levels, sometimes leading to disease.

Even the standard American diet is too high in protein and fat, an imbalance that is merely worsened with a low-carb diet.

Consuming more meat also leads to smaller consequences like headaches, rash, cramps and bad breath, also known as halitosis.

Yeah, sure. Like with everything else I bet it will depend on genetics. My paternal grandfather smoked filterless Camels (2 packs a day) and drank like a lush, and died at the tender young age of 99. The guy gave me the best advice I ever got: don’t booze it up, smoke, or chase tail till you turn 13, and while I never smoked (other than a real occasional cigar) and didn’t start drinking until after I was 19, I did take the other part of his advice at heart.

I myself eat a low carb diet. I changed to that after my regular diet started packing the pounds on. I feel healthier and am able to be a far more active with that diet. I also recently had my annual checkup. My results were so good that the doctor told me to not come back for 2 years, despite the fact that people of my age are strongly encouraged to visit yearly. Even more importantly, he asked me to join a study about cholesterol, considering my number was not just so low, but that my good cholesterol number was higher than my high cholesterol number. Apparently this condition is so rare, and practically unheard off in people my age. I declined because I would have had to drive to Yale twice a week for them to do shit, and was getting nothing in return for the effort worth my while. I asked him to check if I could just deal with the facilities right in my town and have that send there, but Yale wanted nothing to do with that. Their loss.

Now granted, I have good genes, work out regularly and am quite active, eat lots of veggies and fruit with my low carb diet, and while I have lots of bones I broke when I was younger that bother me more these days , and even have some bad habits, they are not the sort that seem to impact me negatively, so I may just be an outlier. The thing is, Low carb diets for couch potatoes could be bad, but I bet a carb diet for the same people is worse.

And everyone should eat more fish, and by fish I don’t mean the ones that come from the ocean, lakes, or rivers. That stuff is like a mircale cure. Besides it sounds like this guy is just selling his book..

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  1. Xetrov

    And everyone should eat more fish, and by fish I don’t mean the ones that come from the ocean, lakes, or rivers. That stuff is like a mircale cure.

    ?? Do you mean the ones that come from aquariums then?

    I just finished reading a really great book – “In Defense of Food”. Blows the entire nutritionist movement out of the water. The entire “more animal fat in the diet equals higher cholesterol” is based on completely inconsistent and unreliable studies from the middle of the 20th century, and our entire SAD (Standard American Diet) is based more on politics than real nutrition.

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  2. Seattle Outcast

    Never trust “research” from someone who’s answer will determine future funding. You already know the answer they will produce.

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  3. hist_ed

    “Never trust “research” from someone who’s answer will determine future funding. You already know the answer they will produce.”

    Hmmm what other issue could that apply to?

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  4. hist_ed

    SO (and others) have you seen the upcoming trial of the Century: Michael Mann Vs Mark Steyn? So far the prep work has been beautiful. Mann is so used to lap dogs slurping up lies that he put many, easily falsifiable lies in his motions to a court of law. Stein has wiki’d his defense putting the motions on line and inviting anyone to have at it.

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  5. AlexInCT *

    SO (and others) have you seen the upcoming trial of the Century: Michael Mann Vs Mark Steyn?

    Been following this, and it looks to be a doozy. I will eventually write about it.

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  6. Hal_10000

    When it comes to what the best diet is, I’m not sure anyone has a fucking clue (http://michaelsiegel.net/?p=5699). I’m not sure the concept of a universal is valid in the first place. We know that people’s dietary needs can vary dramatically with genetics, with age, with other aspects of their health. With some people — perhaps a lot of people — a high-meat, high-fat diet is a bad idea. With others, it’s fine. I think the dawning era of “personalized medicine” is going to have a lot to say about this.

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  7. Section8

    I feel healthier and am able to be a far more active with that diet.

    It could be that being more active made you more active and the diet gave you the push you needed to be more active which leads to feeling better. Not knocking low carb diets, but at the end of the day it basically revolves around putting down the fork and getting off your ass. It’s just that everyone wants a magic pill or method that works overnight and requires no work., hence 10000 different diets out there. Don’t get me wrong, I’m preaching but don’t practice. Maybe some day I’ll get off my ass and do something about it.

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  8. Hal_10000

    It could be that being more active made you more active and the diet gave you the push you needed to be more active which leads to feeling better. Not knocking low carb diets, but at the end of the day it basically revolves around putting down the fork and getting off your ass. It’s just that everyone wants a magic pill or method that works overnight and requires no work., hence 10000 different diets out there.

    This ^^^. I lost 8 lbs last year because I started exercising regularly. And if ever can give up midnight snacking, I’ll lose more.

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  9. ilovecress

    If you’ll allow me a humblebrag for a moment – I’ve lost 16 pounds since January 13th – and it hasn’t been anything really that complicated.

    Diet wise, it’s been pretty obvious. Less cake more veggies. Slightly less booze. Exercise wise, it’s even more obvious. Basically I started doing some for the first time since my 20’s.

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  10. hist_ed

    “Diet wise, it’s been pretty obvious. Less cake more veggies. SLIGHTLY LESS BOOZE Exercise wise, it’s even more obvious. Basically I started doing some for the first time since my 20′s.”

    That’s crazy talk mister . . .

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