Low Carb, High Fat Diets: Why the fuss?

We've come to eat fake food with fake fat, instead of real food with real fat. - Dr. Eric Westman

Tim Noakes' 'Banting Diet' has been all the fad since he first introduced it in his book "_The Real Meal Revolution" _last year.

One of the reasons that the Banting diet has changed the way people eat is because it condemns the old myth that fat is a no-go, the diet espouses a low-carb and high fat intake.

Noakes has been called irresponsible, unscientific and a charlatan by medical professionals for "inventing" a diet.

This week, Redi Tlhabi spoke to American researcher, clinician and specialist in low-carb nutrition Dr. Eric Westman who is in the country for the first ever "International Low Carb", Old Mutual Health Convention.

Westman explained that all kinds of animal fat are encouraged for people on the 'Banting diet'. He condemned earlier studies as "weak science" for creating a bad reputation around fat.

The low fat diet didn't help anything, it didn't help reduce heart disease, it didn't reduce obesity, it didn't reduce cancer. That was called the 'Women's Health Initiative Study' and so it was a weak science that got us to fear the fat ... but the studies never showed that it was bad. It's kind of complicated because the science was all kinds of messed up.

Low Carb Nutrition Researcher, Dr. Eric Westman

In light of the flack that Noakes has had to deal with from his colleagues and medical professionals in the past year, Westman explained that he and other Speakers at this year's health convention are here to support Noakes, whose ideas are not new or unique to him.

Westman was merely echoing Noakes' words last year, when members of his faculty at the University of Cape Town first came out against his research. In an interview with Cape Talk's Pippa Hudson he explicitly says that there is no evidence that the low fat diet is better than any other diet.

It is impossible to prove that one diet is better than another, so what happened 30 years ago is the funders of American Research said that 'we will do a fake study, we will tell people what they eat and hope they eat that way' ... so the low fat diet that these people tell us has good evidence for it has no evidence.

Exercise and Sports Science Professor, Tim Noakes

Listen to Westman's conversation with Redi Thlabi, where he explains what the The Old Mutual Health Convention, February 19 - 22, will cover.


This article first appeared on 702 : Low Carb, High Fat Diets: Why the fuss?


Read More
Actress Hlubi Mboya Arnold talks scholarship opportunity for aspiring filmmakers

Actress Hlubi Mboya Arnold talks scholarship opportunity for aspiring filmmakers

The scholarship is open to all South African citizens and all candidates must hold a Grade 12 certificate.

The question many ask about sexual abuse: Why don't women tell?

The question many ask about sexual abuse: Why don't women tell?

Dr Eve says this is the most patriarchal question people ask, suggesting women are responsible for the abuse.

[LISTEN] The Naked Scientist explains the effects of cooking with microwaves

[LISTEN] The Naked Scientist explains the effects of cooking with microwaves

Chris Smith joins the Eusebius McKaiser Show every Friday to answer questions on science or just about anything else

How to have your cake and eat it (without the guilt) this festive season

How to have your cake and eat it (without the guilt) this festive season

Stacey Holland and Nicci Robertson share experiences of their weight loss journey and relationship with food.

Banting: Fad or Fabulous?

Banting: Fad or Fabulous?

Good news: you can have protein and fat! Bad news: you can't have your cake and eat it!

The #ConsideredView @StephenGrootes: The Tim Noakes Diet

Stephen shares his views on the Tim Noakes diet and diet fads in general.

Popular articles
If you're caught driving with your phone, officials are allowed to confiscate it

If you're caught driving with your phone, officials are allowed to confiscate it

If the engine is running and you are sitting behind the wheel you are not allowed to operate your phone says W Cape's JP Smith

[WATCH] Zola Tsotsi drops bombshell about Zuma meeting at State Capture Inquiry

[WATCH] Zola Tsotsi drops bombshell about Zuma meeting at State Capture Inquiry

Former Eskom chair Zola Tsotsi’s jaw-dropping statements include Tony Gupta saying they could hire or fire Eskom board members.

SA fizzy drinks undergo "shrinkflation" to control sugar intake

SA fizzy drinks undergo "shrinkflation" to control sugar intake

Coca-Cola has reduced its 500ml "buddy" to 440ml and the traditional 330ml Coke cans will soon have a volume of just 300ml.

Mugabe threatened to dissolve Parliament hours before his resignation

Mugabe threatened to dissolve Parliament hours before his resignation

Deputy President of MDC says Mugabe's threats could not deter them from their mission to impeach him - they were determined.

What Shoprite, Checkers, Pick n Pay and Makro will offer on Black Friday

What Shoprite, Checkers, Pick n Pay and Makro will offer on Black Friday

Up for a Springboks level scrum? Instructions on how to ensure you get the deals in your inbox the moment they become known...